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Zinedine Zidane

Zinedine Yazid Zidane (French pronunciation: [zinedin zidan]; born 23 June 1972) is a retired French World Cup-winning footballer. Widely regarded as one of the game's all-time greats, Zidane played for club teams in France, Italy and Spain, and was a member of the French national team.
 

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His career accomplishments include helping France win the 1998 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 along with Ronaldo, Zidane was also named the European Footballer of the Year in 1998. He retired from professional football after being sent off from the 2006 World Cup (in the final) for headbutting Italy's Marco Materazzi after the latter was alleged to have made highly-offensive comments about Zidane's family.

Club career

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Zidane joined the junior team of US Saint-Henri, a local club in the La Castellane district of Marseille. At the age of 14, 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 was transferred to Girondins de Bordeaux for €7 million[1] in 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 Ray Harford 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?"[2]

In 1996, Zidane moved to Champions League winners Juventus for a fee of £3.2 million even though he wanted to become a Rossoneri. Despite waiting for Milan, they were not forthcoming in an offer for him, so he joined Juventus 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 third 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 Champions League, during which Zidane was sent off for headbutting Hamburger SV player Jochen Kientz.

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In 2001, Zidane joined Real Madrid for a then world record fee of €75 million[3] and signed a four-year contract. He scored the match-winning goal, a thunderous volley hit with his weaker foot, in Madrid's 2-1 win over Bayer Leverkusen in the 2002 UEFA Champions League Final completing this personal quadruple. The next season, Zidane helped Real Madrid to win the Spanish league title and 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, 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

Both France and Algeria consider Zidane a citizen, but he was ineligible to play for the Algerian national team. His uncle Djamel Zidane represented Algeria at the 1982 and 1986 World Cups. There was a rumor that coach Abdelhamid Kermali denied Zinedine a position for the Algerian squad because he felt the young midfielder was not fast enough.[5] However, Zidane dismissed the rumor in a 2005 interview, saying that he would have been ineligible to play for Algeria because he had already played 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 Éric 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 96 semi-finals in a penalty shootout by the Czech Republic after the match ended 0-0 in extra time.

Zidane won the 1998 World Cup with France, scoring twice in the final against defending champions Brazil. He finished with two goals as France then 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 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]

After France were eliminated in the Euro 2004 quarter-finals by eventual winners Greece on 12 June 2004, 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

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] Before the final match, Zidane was awarded the Golden Ball as the best player of the competition.[14]

By scoring a 7th 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 World Cup final goals apiece. Zidane was sent off in extra time after headbutting Marco Materazzi following verbal taunts and insults from the Italian player, and so did not participate in the penalty shootout, which Italy won 5–3.[15][16] Despite the incident, Zidane was allowed to keep the Golden Ball award.[14] In 2010, Zidane said that he "would rather die" than apologise to Materazzi for the headbutt in the final.[17]

Post-retirement

 

On 1 June 2009, Zidane was announced as the Advisor to the President as Florentino Perez was named President of Real Madrid for the second time. He also regularly plays for Real Madrid Veterans team.[18] He along with Jorge Valdano, General Director, and Miguel Pardeza, Sporting Director, will be the key decision makers on the sporting side of the club.

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). This money paid for the building of two schools and 16 three-bedroom houses.[19]

On 19 November 2007, Zidane took part in the fifth annual Match Against Poverty in Málaga, 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.”[20]

In June and July 2009, Zidane toured across Canada with stops in Toronto, Montreal, and Vancouver. Although billed as Zidane and "Friends", the likes of which included Fabian Barthez and Samuel Eto'o, the exhibition matches featured local players. Tournament organisers cited lack of sponsorship and support from the Canadian Soccer Association for the disorganized rosters. Some proceeds were given to Unicef.

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.[21] 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.[22]

Filmmakers Philippe Parreno and Douglas Gordon filmed a documentary Zidane, which follows Zidane during an entire match, filmed with 17 cameras. The documentary was part of the 2009 Full Frame Documentary Film Festival.[23]

Sponsorships

Zidane has had endorsements with many companies, including: Adidas, Lego, France Telecom, Orange, Audi, Volvic 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.[24][25]

Zinedine Zidane in 2008

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Zidane in 2008

Personal life

Zidane's parents, Ismail and Malika, are both Muslims of Kabyle descent although Zidane describes himself as 'a non-practising Muslim'.[26] His parents emigrated to Paris from Algeria in 1953 from the village of Aguemone in the Kabylie region of Algeria. They moved to Marseille a few years later, where Zidane was born.[27]

Zidane met his wife, Véronique, while playing for Cannes in the 1988-89 season. They have four sons: Enzo, Luca,[28] Theo,[29] and Elyaz. Luca and Theo are both members of the Real Madrid Infantil B Team.

Honours

Bordeaux

  • UEFA Intertoto Cup: 1995

Juventus

  • Serie A: 1996-97, 1997-98
  • Italian Super Cup: 1997
  • European Super Cup: 1996
  • Intercontinental Cup: 1996
  • UEFA Intertoto Cup: 1999

Real Madrid

  • La Liga: 2002-03
  • Spanish Super Cup: 2001, 2003
  • UEFA Champions League: 2001-02
  • UEFA Super Cup: 2002
  • Intercontinental Cup: 2002

International

  • FIFA World Cup: 1998
  • UEFA European Championship: 2000

Individual

  • Ligue 1 Best Young Player - 1994
  • Ligue 1 Best Player - 1996
  • UEFA Champions League Best Midfielder - 1998
  • Ballon D'or - 1998
  • UEFA Euro Player of the Tournament - 2000
  • Serie A Foreign Footballer of the Year - 1997, 2001
  • Serie A Footballer of the Year - 2001
  • Onze d'Or - 1998, 2000, 2001
  • French Player of the Year - 1998, 2002
  • UEFA Club Footballer of the Year - 2002
  • Don Balón Award Foreign Player of the year in La Liga - 2002
  • UEFA Team of the Year - 2001, 2002, 2003
  • FIFA World Player of the Year - 1998, 2000, 2003
  • UEFA Golden Jubilee Poll - 2004
  • FIFA 100
  • UEFA European Championship Team of the Tournament - 2000, 2004
  • FIFA World Cup Golden Ball - 2006
  • FIFA World Cup All-Star Team - 1998, 2006
  • FIFPro World XI All-Star Team - 2005, 2006

Orders

  • Chevalier (Knight) of the Légion d'honneur in 1998,[31][32] promoted to Officier (Officer) in 2009[33]

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zinedine zidane is a very very good player
Definitely d greatest of all time, no one could talk 2 a football like zidane. he is simply poetry in motion
zizou u are like an image to be worship on the football pitch
zidane is the greatest player of all time , he won more awards than maradona and pele never wnt to europe so no one comes close!!
zizu is my role model and he is the worlds best player n my friends also call me Zidane because i play like him
There will never be another great player as Zidane. Zidane has done wonders in the football field. he has done things we never thought they could be done. the way he takes on players, the way he controls the ball, the way he passes its just immaculate. I wish he could just return and bless us again with his talent. HE is by far the greatest that's why here is south africa we say he is the GOD of football.
I've seen so many greats.... included Maradona... Yes, he was phenomenal player.... but Zizu, oh my God! he has an immortal art of soccer.... he has more than something in which no one can compete him. There is no doubt, Zizu is greatest!
I think you are the best player in the world
zindane....u r simply da best no1 can ever beat u...u knoe ....muah...
He is one of the best in the best! Even the best
love u zain ul abiden (zidane)
ZIDANE your the best
i want to know which foot zidane used best to play football
zidane best ever......lov u
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zidane is simply the best ever, 2 great feet, sublime skill, the quality to win a game with single handed, passion, grit, determination, heading ability, leadership and a surprising turn of pace! no other player mentioned has this x

excellent footballer but not as good as ronaldinho
you are  the best  dude
zidane is the best player to have ever played soccer
zidane is the best player in world. every clever person knows that
always the best player in the world no matter what he is the gifted and blessed soccer player.ZZ will always the best and GOD bless u Zinedine Zidan
zidane the man. A stroke of genius

you rock zidine zidane_wizard

u rock ZIDANE

A master of football

he is the best icon of football for this century

now what he is doing now, play soccer, been on TV...etc

wow

zidane will always be and remain the best footballer ever. pele, eusebio, matthews, cruyff, beckenbauer, platini, di stefano, copa and maradona are awesome but zizou has talents these players don't. his palmares speaks for him, i'd like to thank him for the magic he provided us with.

Zizou's way of playing is just like magic

Zizou is the best

he is the best i ever seen in my life.

Zidane is a true winner and was the best player in the world with no doubt from his day view he really has been something special.

ZZ is the most talented footballer of all time!

Zidane, no more explanation needs him to be known even to a child nowadays. Without any comparison with the best footballers who were in history like Maradona, Pele or Platini, the amazing drillings and the short & sweet passes to the target makes him no.1 player in the world without any doubt. If you look at his profile you will see how many times he has been honoured FIFA best player and European world player. These becomes proof of the talented Zizu in documents and in articles that proves him the best player so far emerged in the field of Football in the world history. This time, Fifa World Cup 2006-Germany, Zidane proved even though he is 34 year old, he is the best player still among the [32 Teams - 352 players] 32 * 11 = 352. In the Germany 2006 tournament, we have seen 20 years old, young, energetic footballers, but they have a lack of talent's and skills that denied them winning the best player of the tournament. Zizu - whether you believe or not is the No.1, Ronaldinho is nothing, so better not to compare with him Zidane. Ronaldinho might have won some awards he is comparable with Thierry Henry, Steven Gerrard, Beckham and so on... - amitabh-


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