Zinedine Yazid Zidane
; 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.
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
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?"
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.
In 2001, Zidane joined Real Madrid for a then world
record fee of €75 million
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
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,
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.
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.
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.
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.
After France were eliminated in the Euro 2004
quarter-finals by eventual winners Greece on 12 June
2004, Zidane retired from international football.
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
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.
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.
After being suspended on yellow cards from the final
match of the group stage,
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.
Before the final match, Zidane was awarded the Golden
Ball as the best player of the competition.
Main article: 2006 FIFA World Cup Final
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
Despite the incident, Zidane was allowed to keep the
Golden Ball award.
In 2010, Zidane said that he "would rather die" than
apologise to Materazzi for the headbutt in the final.
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.
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.
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
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
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.
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.
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
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.
Zidane's parents, Ismail and Malika, are both Muslims
of Kabyle descent although Zidane describes himself as
'a non-practising Muslim'.
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.
Zidane met his wife, Véronique, while playing for
Cannes in the 1988-89 season. They have four sons: Enzo,
and Elyaz. Luca and Theo are both members of the Real
Madrid Infantil B Team.
- Serie A: 1996-97, 1997-98
- Italian Super Cup: 1997
- European Super Cup: 1996
- Intercontinental Cup: 1996
- UEFA Intertoto Cup: 1999
- La Liga: 2002-03
- Spanish Super Cup: 2001, 2003
- UEFA Champions League: 2001-02
- UEFA Super Cup: 2002
- Intercontinental Cup: 2002
- FIFA World Cup: 1998
- UEFA European Championship: 2000
- 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,
- 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
- Chevalier (Knight) of the Légion
d'honneur in 1998,
promoted to Officier (Officer) in 2009
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
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
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
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
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-