Zinedine Yazid Zidane


(French pro­nun­ci­a­tion: [zinedin zidan] ( ), born 23 June 1972), nick­named “Zizou”, is a for­mer French foot­baller and cur­rent coach of Real Madrid Castil­la. He played as an attack­ing mid­field­er for theFrench nation­al team, Juven­tus and Real Madrid.[4][5] Renowned for his ele­gance, vision and tech­nique, Zidane was named the best Euro­pean foot­baller of the past 50 years in the UEFA Gold­en Jubilee Poll,[6] and has been described as one of the great­est play­ers in the his­to­ry of the game.[7][8][9]

At club lev­el, Zidane won the La Liga title and the UEFA Cham­pi­ons League with Real Madrid, two Serie A league cham­pi­onships with Juven­tus and an Inter­con­ti­nen­tal Cup and a UEFA Super Cup each with both afore­men­tioned sides. His 2001 trans­fer from Juven­tus to Real Madrid set a world record fee of an equiv­a­lent €75 mil­lion. On the inter­na­tion­al stage with France, Zidane won the 1998 FIFA World Cup, scor­ing twice in the final, and UEFA Euro 2000where he was named Play­er of the Tour­na­ment. The World Cup tri­umph made him a nation­al hero in France, and he received the Légion d’hon­neur in 1998.

Zidane has won the FIFA World Play­er of the Year three times, a feat achieved only by Ronal­do and Lionel Mes­si,[10]and the Bal­lon d’Or once. He was Ligue 1 Play­er of the Year in 1996, Serie A Foot­baller of the Year in 2001 and La Liga Best For­eign Play­er in 2002. Zidane received the Gold­en Ball at the 2006 World Cup, and in the final was infa­mous­ly sent off for head­but­ting Mar­co Mat­er­azzi in the chest. Fol­low­ing the tour­na­ment, Zidane retired from foot­ball.

After retire­ment, Zidane became assis­tant coach at Real Madrid under Car­lo Ancelot­ti for the 2013–14 sea­son. After a suc­cess­ful year in which the club won the UEFA Cham­pi­ons League and Copa del Rey, Zidane became the coach of Real Madrid’s B team, Real Madrid Castil­la.[11]