Zinedine Zidane

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Zinedine Zidane
Zinedine Zidane 2008.jpg
Personal information
Full name Zinedine Yazid Zidane
Height 1.85 m (6 ft 1 in)
Playing position Attacking midfielder (retired)
Youth career
US Saint-Henri
SO Septèmes-les-Vallons
AS Cannes
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
AS Cannes
Girondins Bordeaux
Real Madrid
065 0(6)
174 (37)
226 (42)
224 (49)
689 (134)
National team
1994–2006 France 109 (31)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Zinedine Yazid Zidane [ˌzineˈdin jaziːd ziˈdane]; born 23 June 1972 in Marseille), popularly nicknamed Zizou, is a retired French football midfielder. He played professionally in France, Italy, and Spain, and was a member of the French national team. His career accomplishments include helping France win the 1998 FIFA World Cup and Euro 2000, in addition to winning the 2002 UEFA Champions League with Real Madrid.

One of only two three-time FIFA World Player of the Year winners (Ronaldo being the other), Zidane was also named the European Footballer of the Year in 1998. He retired from professional football after the 2006 FIFA World Cup.[1]

Club career

Zidane is of Kabyle (Berber) descent. His parents, Smail and Malika, emigrated from the village of Aguemone in the Kabylie region of Algeria in 1953, and settled in Paris, before moving to Marseille a few years later.[2]

He joined the junior team of US Saint-Henri, a local club in the La Castellane district of Marseille. At the age of fourteen, he participated in the first-year junior selection for the league championship, where he caught the attention of AS Cannes scout Jean Varraud. He went to Cannes for a six-week stay, but ended up remaining at the club for four years to play at the professional level. Zidane played his first Ligue 1 match at seventeen, and scored his first goal on 8 February 1991, for which he received a car as a gift from the team president. His first season with Cannes culminated in a UEFA Cup berth.

Zidane transferred to FC Girondins de Bordeaux for the 1992–93 season, winning the 1995 Intertoto Cup and finishing runner-up in the 1995–96 UEFA Cup in four years with the club. He played a set of midfield combinations with Bixente Lizarazu and Christophe Dugarry, which would become the trademark of both Bordeaux and the 1998 French national team. In 1995, Blackburn Rovers coach Kenny Dalglish had expressed interest in signing both Zidane and Dugarry, to which team owner Jack Walker reportedly replied, "Why do you want to sign Zidane when we have Tim Sherwood?"[3]

Zidane (left) with David Beckham at Real Madrid.

In 1996, Zidane moved to Champions League winners Juventus F.C. for a fee of £3 million, and won the 1996–97 Scudetto and the Intercontinental Cup, but lost the 1997 UEFA Champions League final 3–1 to Borussia Dortmund. He netted seven goals in 32 matches to help Juventus retain the Scudetto the next season and make their second consecutive UEFA Champions League final appearance, losing 1-0 to Real Madrid which would be his next destination. Juventus were runners-up in 2000–01, but were eliminated in the group stage of the CL, during which Zidane was sent off for headbutting Hamburger SV player Jochen Kientz.

In 2001, Zidane joined Real Madrid for €66 million, the most expensive transfer fee in football history, and signed a four-year contract,With fellow signing Mike Hibberto also joining. He scored the match-winning goal in Madrid's 2-1 win over Bayer Leverkusen in the 2002 UEFA Champions League Final completing this personal quadruple. The next season, Zidane was named the FIFA World Player of the Year for the third time. In 2004, fans voted him atop UEFA's fiftieth-anniversary Golden Jubilee Poll, and he was included in the FIFA 100.

Despite scoring his first-ever hat-trick in a 4-2 win over Sevilla FC, Zidane's final season of club football ended trophyless. On 7 May 2006, Zidane, who had announced his plans to retire after the 2006 World Cup,[4] played his last home match and scored in a 3-3 draw with Villarreal CF. The squad wore commemorative jerseys with "ZIDANE 2001–2006" below the club logo.

International career

Zidane holds dual citizenship in both France and Algeria, and therefore was eligible to play for the Algerian national team, but coach Abdelhamid Kermali allegedly denied him a position because he felt the young midfielder was not fast enough.[5] Zidane dismissed the rumour in a 2005 interview, saying that playing for Algeria was out of the question since he had already suited up for France.[6]

He earned his first cap with France as a substitute in a friendly against the Czech Republic on 17 August 1994, which ended in a 2-2 draw after Zidane scored twice to help France erase a 2-0 deficit. After Eric Cantona was handed a year-long suspension in January 1995 for assaulting a fan, Zidane took over the playmaker position. France were eliminated in the Euro 1996 semifinals in a penalty shootout by the Czech Republic after the match ended 0-0 in extra time.

He won the 1998 World Cup with France, scoring twice in the final against defending champions Brazil.

A Zidane football jersey, number 10 for France.

Zidane finished with two goals as France won Euro 2000, becoming the first team to hold both the World Cup and the European Championship since West Germany in 1974. A thigh injury prevented Zidane from playing in France's first two matches in the 2002 FIFA World Cup. He rushed back prematurely for the third game despite not being fully fit, but could not prevent France from being ignominiously eliminated in the group stage without scoring a single goal.[7] Many pundits criticized it as one of the worst performances by a defending world champion.

On 12 June 2004, after France were eliminated in the Euro 2004 quarterfinals by eventual winners Greece, Zidane retired from international football.[8] With the mass retirement of veteran key players such as Bixente Lizarazu, Marcel Desailly and others, France struggled to qualify for the 2006 World Cup. However, at the urging of coach Raymond Domenech, Zidane came out of retirement and was immediately reinstated as team captain.[9] He made his competitive return in a 3-0 win over the Faroe Islands on 3 September 2005, as France went on to win their qualifying group.[10]

On 27 May 2006, Zidane earned his hundredth cap for France in a 1-0 friendly win over Mexico, becoming France's fourth player ever to reach this milestone, after Marcel Desailly, Didier Deschamps and Lilian Thuram. He was substituted early in the second half.[11]

2006 World Cup

Zidane during the 2006 World Cup final.

After being suspended on yellow cards from the final match of the group stage,[12] Zidane set up a goal for Patrick Vieira and scored one himself in the 91st minute of the second round match against Spain. As France held Brazil to just one shot on goal in the rematch of the 1998 final, Zidane's free kick led to Thierry Henry's deciding goal, sealing a 1-0 win. Zidane was named Man of the Match by FIFA.[13]

After scoring a seventh-minute penalty in the final, Zidane became only the fourth player in World Cup history to score in two different finals, along with Pelé, Paul Breitner, and Vavá, in addition to being tied for first place with Vavá, Pelé and Geoff Hurst with three WC final goals apiece. However, he was sent off in the 110th minute with the match tied 1-1, and did not participate in the penalty shootout, which Italy won 5-3. Despite his red card and the controversy that followed, Zidane was nonetheless awarded the Golden Ball as the best player of the competition.[14]

Confrontation with Marco Materazzi

As Zidane and Italy defender Marco Materazzi were jogging up the pitch in close proximity of each other, they briefly exchanged words after Materazzi was seen tugging at Zidane's jersey before Zidane began to walk away from him. Moments later, Zidane suddenly stopped, turned around and rammed his head into Materazzi's chest, knocking him to the ground. Although play was halted, referee Horacio Elizondo did not appear to have seen the confrontation. According to match officials' reports, fourth official Luis Medina Cantalejo informed Elizondo of the incident through his headset.[15]

After consulting his assistants, Elizondo issued Zidane a red card in the 110th minute.[16] It marked the fourteenth overall expulsion of Zidane's career, and joined him with Cameroon's Rigobert Song as the only players ever to be sent off during two separate World Cup tournaments.[17] He also became the fourth player red-carded in a WC final, in addition to being the first sent off in extra time.[18]


After video evidence suggested that Materazzi had verbally provoked Zidane, three British media newspapers claimed to have hired lip readers to determine what Materazzi had said, with The Times, The Sun and Daily Star claiming that Materazzi called Zidane "the son of a terrorist whore." In 2008, The Sun and Daily Star made public apologies to Materazzi. The Times has yet to do so.[19][20]

Zidane only partly explained that repeated harsh insults about his mother and sister had caused him to react.[21] Materazzi admitted insulting Zidane, but argued that Zidane's behaviour had been very arrogant and that the remarks were trivial.[22] Materazzi also insisted that he did not insult Zidane's mother (who was ill at the time), claiming, "I didn't talk about his mother, either. I lost my mother when I was fifteen, and even now I still get emotional talking about it."[23]

Zidane replied that Materazzi had seriously and repeatedly insulted his mother and his sister. He apologized but added that he did not regret his offence because he felt that this would condone Materazzi's actions.[24] Two months later, Materazzi offered his version of events, claiming that after he had grabbed Zidane's jersey, Zidane remarked, "If you want my shirt I will give it to you afterwards," and he replied to Zidane that he would prefer his sister, but claimed during the interview that he was unaware Zidane even had a sister.[25] Over a year after the incident, Materazzi confirmed that his precise words to Zidane were: "I prefer the whore that is your sister."[26]


After the final, French president Jacques Chirac hailed Zidane as a "man of heart and conviction".[27] Chirac later added that he found the offence to be unacceptable, but he understood that Zidane had been provoked.[28]However, French newspaper Le Figaro called the headbutt "odious" and "unacceptable".[29] Time magazine regarded the incident as a symbol for Europe's "grappling with multi-culturalism".[30] Despite the ongoing furore, Zidane's sponsors announced that they would stick with him.[31]

The incident was extensively lampooned on the Internet and in popular culture. In addition to becoming a staple of parody via numerous online videos, a novelty song titled Coup de Boule ("Headbutt") reached the top of the French charts.

In light of Zidane's statements, FIFA opened disciplinary proceedings to investigate the incident. FIFA also affirmed the legality of Elizondo's decision to send Zidane off, rejecting claims that Cantalejo had illegally relied on video transmission to make a decision about handling Zidane's misconduct.[32] FIFA issued a CHF5,000 fine and a two-match ban against Materazzi, while Zidane received a three-match ban and a CHF7,500 fine. Since Zidane had already retired, he voluntarily served three days of community service on FIFA's behalf as a substitute for the match ban.[33]

A new book, The Hidden Face of Zidane, written by journalist Besma Lahouri and published in September 2008, revealed that Zidane had expressed his regrets for the incident during a conversation with his cousin.[34]

Charity activities

On 24 February 2007, before a crowd of 10,000 fans at a match in northern Thailand for the Keuydaroon children's AIDS charity, Zidane scored the first goal and set up the second for a Malaysian teammate as the match ended 2-2. The event raised ฿260,000 ($7,750).[35]

On 19 November 2007, Zidane took part in the fifth annual Match Against Poverty in Malaga, Spain, which also ended in a 2-2 draw; he went scoreless but set up his team’s second goal. He and former Real Madrid teammate Ronaldo, who collaborated in conceiving the yearly event to benefit the United Nations Development Programme, regularly captain their respective teams consisting of active footballers, other professional athletes and celebrities. Zidane, a U.N. goodwill ambassador since 2001, stated before the game that “everyone can do something to make the world a better place.”[36]

Awards, honours, and appointments

In 2004, Forbes magazine named him the 42nd-highest paid athlete in the world, with earnings of US$15.8 million a year.[37] In November 2006, Zidane toured Bangladesh as the guest of Nobel Peace Prize winner Muhammad Yunus. He also visited the Algerian birthplace of his parents, and met personally with president Abdel Aziz Bouteflika.[38]


Zidane has had endorsements with many companies, including: Adidas, Lego, France Telecom, Orange, Audi, and Christian Dior. These sponsorship deals earned him €8.6 million on top of his €6.4 million Real Madrid salary in his final season, making him the sixth-highest paid footballer.[39][40]

Personal life

Zidane describes himself as a non-practising Muslim since March 2002. [41] He met his wife, Veronique, while playing for Cannes in the 1998-99 season.[42][dead link] Their sons, Enzo and Luca,[43] are part of Real Madrid Infantil B Team respectively.[44]


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Ballon d'Or awarded to Zidane in 1998.


See also

Notes and references

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  2. ^ Zizou et les siens - nouvelobs.com (French)
  3. ^ The Ones That Got Away...Zidane - VitalFootball.co.uk, 2006
  4. ^ "Zidane to retire after FIFA World Cup". Reuters. 2006-04-25. Retrieved 2006-07-11. Check date values in: |date= (help)
  5. ^ The scarred French messiah
  6. ^ Le Buteur magazine May 7th, 2005
  7. ^ Brewin, John (2002-06-12). "Arrogant approach finishes favourites". ESPNsoccernet. Retrieved 2006-07-11. Check date values in: |date= (help)
  8. ^ "Zidane quits French national team". CNN International. 2004-08-12. Retrieved 2006-07-11. Check date values in: |date= (help)
  9. ^ "Zidane & Makélélé back for France". BBC Sport. 2005-08-03. Retrieved 2006-07-11. Check date values in: |date= (help)
  10. ^ "France 3-0 Faroe Islands: Cisse double strike". ESPNsoccernet. 2005-09-03. Retrieved 2006-07-11. Check date values in: |date= (help)
  11. ^ Pugmire, Jerome (2006-05-27). "Malouda leads France past Mexico". Associated Press. Retrieved 2006-07-11. Check date values in: |date= (help)
  12. ^ "FRANCE 1-1 KOREA REPUBLIC". FIFA. 2006-06-18. Retrieved 2006-07-11. Check date values in: |date= (help)
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  14. ^ "Zidane wins Golden Ball award". Reuters UK. 10 July 2006. Retrieved 2006-07-13.
  15. ^ "Fourth Official: I saw Zidane's Headbutt". ESPNsoccernet. 11 July 2006. Retrieved 2006-07-11.
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  19. ^ "Apology to Marco Materazzi". The Sun. 2008-05-26. Check date values in: |date= (help)
  20. ^ "Materazzi wins Daily Star apology". BBC News. 2008-03-16. Check date values in: |date= (help)
  21. ^ Hughes, Matt (2006-07-10). "Read my lips: the taunt that made Zidane snap". The Times. Retrieved 2006-07-11. Check date values in: |date= (help)
  22. ^ "Materazzi admits to insulting Zidane". ESPNsoccernet=. 2006-07-11. Retrieved 2008-02-02. Check date values in: |date= (help)
  23. ^ "Zidane: Materazzi insulted my family". ESPNsoccernet. 2006-07-12. Retrieved 2008-02-02. Check date values in: |date= (help)
  24. ^ "Zidane explains". BBC Sport. 2006-07-13. Retrieved 2008-02-02. Check date values in: |date= (help)
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  26. ^ "And Materazzi's exact words to Zidane were..." Guardian Unlimited. 18 August 2007. Retrieved 2008-03-18.
  27. ^ Boyle, Jon (9 July 2006). "French fans praise Zidane despite red card". The Washington Post. Retrieved 2006-07-11.
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  29. ^ "French media condemns Zidane". UTV. 11 July 2006. Retrieved 2008-03-18.
  30. ^ "The Head Butt Furore: A Window on Europe's Identity Crisis". Time. 13 July 2006. Retrieved 2008-03-18.
  31. ^ "Sponsors stick with Zidane despite head-butt". USA Today. 11 July 2006. Retrieved 2008-03-18.
  32. ^ "FIFA to review dramatic World Cup final" (Press release). FIFA. 2006-07-11. Retrieved 2006-07-11. Check date values in: |date= (help)
  33. ^ "Zidane and Materazzi fined and banned by FIFA". Reuters. 20 July 2006. Retrieved 2006-07-20.
  34. ^ Zidane Sorry For Materazzi Headbutt, PeopleStar.co.uk.. Retrieved on 2008-09-20.
  35. ^ Zidane big fan of Celtic star Nakamura
  36. ^ "French Soccer Champion Zinédine Zidane to Be Appointed" (Press release). United Nations Information Service Vienna. 7 March 2001. Retrieved 2006-07-20.
  37. ^ "The Best Paid Athletes". Forbes.com. 2004-06-24. Retrieved 2006-07-19. Check date values in: |date= (help)
  38. ^ "Bangladesh hails 'messiah' Zidane". BBC. 7 November 2006. Retrieved 2006-11-12.
  39. ^ Stehli, Jean-Sébastien (8 June 2006). "Icône malgré lui" (in French). L'Express. Retrieved 2006-07-11. Unknown parameter |coauthor= ignored (|author= suggested) (help)
  40. ^ Berthold, Von Norbert (2006-07-10). "Warum verdienen Fußballspieler so viel Geld?" (in German). FAZ.net. Retrieved 2006-07-11. Check date values in: |date= (help)
  41. ^ Zinedine Zidane
  42. ^ Zidane profile - socceraddicts.com (dead link)
  43. ^ Victor García (2007-11-22). "Mi papá es jugador del Real Madrid" (in Spanish). ElConfidencial.com. Retrieved 2008-01-12.
  44. ^ "Portada > Plantilla > Otras Categorías > Benjamín B" (in Spanish). RealMadrid.com. Retrieved 2008-01-12.
  45. ^ Zinedine Zidane Football Profile | News | Pictures - Yahoo! Eurosport UK
  46. ^ "France honors World Cup winners - Government gives Legion of Honor to players, coaches". CNN/SI. 11 July 2006. Retrieved 2006-08-10.

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