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Personal information
Full name Zinedine Yazid Zidane
Date of birth 23 June 1972 (age 38)(1972-06-23)
Place of birth Marseilles, France
Height 1.85 m (6 ft 1 in)
Playing position Attacking midfielder
Youth career
1982–1983 US Saint-Henri
1983–1986 SO Septèmes-les-Vallons
1986–1988 Cannes
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1988–1992 Cannes 61 (6)
1992–1996 Bordeaux 139 (28)
1996–2001 Juventus 151 (24)
2001–2006 Real Madrid 155 (37)
506 (95)
National team
1991–1994 France U-21 18 (3)
1994–2006 France 108 (31)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

Zinedine Yazid Zidane (French pronunciation: [zinedin jazid zidan]) (born 23 June 1972) is a retired French World Cup-winning footballer. Zidane played for club teams in France, Italy and Spain, and was the captain of the French national team. He is widely considered as one of the greatest players in the history of football. He was the iconic figure of a generation of French players that won the 1998 World Cup and 2000 European Championship. After a brief international retirement, he returned to the national team in 2005 and captained France to the 2006 World Cup Final where he won the Golden Ball as the tournament's most outstanding player.

At club level Zidane won the La Liga 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. He is alongside Brazilian striker Ronaldo, the only three-time FIFA World Player of the Year winner; he also won the Ballon d'Or in 1998. He retired from professional football after the 2006 World Cup.

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In 1996, Zidane moved to UEFA Champions League winners Juventus for a fee of £3.2 million and won the 1996–97 Serie A and the 1996 Intercontinental Cup, but lost the 1997 UEFA Champions League Final 3–1 to Borussia Dortmund. The following season, Zidane netted 7 goals in 32 matches in the league to help Juventus win the 1997–98 Serie A and thus retain the Scudetto. In Europe, Juventus made their third consecutive UEFA Champions League Final appearance, but lost 1–0 to Real Madrid which would be his next destination. Juventus finished second in the 2000–01 Serie A, but were eliminated in the group stage of the Champions League after Zidane was banned for headbutting Hamburger SV player Jochen Kientz. Zidane however was named Serie A Foreign Footballer of the Year for the second time.
International career-

A Zidane football shirt, number 10 for France
Both France and Algeria consider Zidane a citizen, but he was ineligible to play for the Algerian national team. There was a rumour that coach Abdelhamid Kermali denied Zidane 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.

The 1998 FIFA World Cup was the first World Cup that Zidane participated in. It was held in his home country France. The French team won all three games in the group stage but Zidane was sent off in the second match against Saudi Arabia for a stamp on Fuad Anwar, becoming the first French player to receive a red card in a World Cup finals. Without their suspended playmaker France proceeded to win 1–0 in the last sixteen game against Paraguay and, on his return to the side, defeated Italy 4–3 on penalties after a goalless draw in the quarter finals. France then defeated Croatia 2–1 in the semi final. Zidane played a major role in the team's accomplishment, though he had yet to score a goal at the World Cup.

Zidane and France went on to play against defending champions and favourites Brazil at the Stade de France in the 1998 FIFA World Cup Final. France dominated Brazil from the kick-off, with Zidane scoring two identical goals, both headers from corner kicks taken by Emmanuel Petit and Youri Djorkaeff. Courtesy of Zidane's brace, France went into the break 2–0 up at half-time with one hand already on the World Cup trophy. Emmanuel Petit added a third goal deep in stoppage time to seal the 3–0 win and France's first ever World Cup. Zidane became an instant national hero and his image was projected onto the Arc de Triomphe.

Two years later France won Euro 2000, becoming the first team to hold both the World Cup and the European Championship since West Germany in 1974. Zidane finished with two goals, a memorable free kick against Spain in the quarter final and the golden goal in the semi final against Portugal, and was named player of the tournament by UEFA.

As reigning world and European champions, France entered the 2002 World Cup as favourites but a thigh injury prevented Zidane from playing in France's first two matches and without their talisman the French team failed to score in either match. He was 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; the worst performance by a defending champion in the history of the competition.

France again performed below expectations at Euro 2004 were knocked out by eventual champions Greece in the quarter finals. Zidane, however, had one of the most notable games of his career in the opening match against England, scoring two goals in stoppage time (a free kick and a penalty, respectively) to turn what would have been a 1–0 defeat into a 2–1 victory for the French. After France's elimination Zidane announced his retirement from international football.

With the mass retirement of veteran key players such as Bixente Lizarazu, Marcel Desailly, Claude Makélélé and Lilian Thuram, France struggled to qualify for the 2006 World Cup. At the urging of coach Raymond Domenech, Zidane came out of retirement and was immediately reinstated as team captain. Zidane, along with Thuram and Makélélé, made his competitive return for France in a 3–0 win over the Faroe Islands on 3 September 2005. The trio managed to turn back the clock to France's winning days of the late 1990s and early 2000s as a rejuvenated 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, in what would also be his last match at the Stade de France. Zidane became France's fourth player to reach 100 caps, after Desailly, Thuram and Didier Deschamps.

Zidane during the 2006 World Cup Final
Zidane had a slow start to the 2006 World Cup and, after being suspended for the final match of the group stage, returned to set up a goal for Patrick Vieira and score one himself in the second round match against Spain. In the quarter final France held Brazil to just one shot on goal in the rematch of the 1998 final. Zidane assisted Thierry Henry's deciding goal and he was named Man of the Match by FIFA. France faced Portugal in the semi final and, as in Brussels six years earlier, Zidane's penalty kick decided the contest and sent France to another major final.

Before the 2006 FIFA World Cup Final in Berlin, Zidane was awarded the Golden Ball as the best player of the competition. Having already announced he was to retire after the expiration of his Real Madrid contract at the end of the 2005–06 season, the world of football already knew Zidane's second World Cup final was to be the last match of his career. Seven minutes into the match Zidane put France ahead with a penalty kick and 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. He almost scored a second goal during the first period of extra time but his header was saved by Italy's goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon. Zidane was then sent off in the 110th minute of the game after headbutting Marco Materazzi in the chest, so did not participate in the penalty shootout which Italy won 5–3 courtesy of David Trezeguet's shot rattling the crossbar. Neither Fabien Barthez nor Gianluigi Buffon made a single save in the penalty shootout. In 2010, Zidane said that he "would rather die" than apologize to Materazzi for the headbutt in the final, but also admitted that he “could never have lived with himself” had he been allowed to remain on the pitch and help France win the match.

Following his red card in the final, Zidane retired from professional football, and confirmed that he would not go back on his decision. He was sentenced by FIFA to a three game suspension for his red card, but since he had retired from professional football, performed three days of community service instead.

Playing for Real Madrid in 2005.
In 2001, Zidane joined Real Madrid for a then world record fee of 150 billion Italian lire (about €75 million) and signed a four-year contract. He scored a famous match-winning goal, a volley hit with his weaker foot, in Madrid's 2–1 win over Bayer Leverkusen in the 2002 UEFA Champions League Final completing his personal quadruple. The next season, Zidane helped Real Madrid to win the 2002–03 La Liga and was named the FIFA World Player of the Year for the third time. In 2004, fans voted him as the best European footballer of the previous 50 years in UEFA's fiftieth-anniversary Golden Jubilee Poll.

While Zidane's final season of club football ended trophyless, he enjoyed success on a personal note recording the maiden hat-trick of his career, scoring thrice against Sevilla FC in a 4-2 win in January 2006. 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 shirts with ZIDANE 2001–2006 He ended the season for Real Madrid as their second highest goal scorer and assists provider behind teammates Ronaldo and Beckham respectively, with 9 goals and 10 assists in 28 games. below the club logo.
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    Zidane apparently called "dirty terrorist" PARIS, July 10 (Reuters) - France captain Zinedine Zidane was apparently called a "dirty terrorist" by Marco Materazzi before he head-butted the Italy defender in Sunday's World Cup final, the anti-racism group SOS Racism said on Monday.

    "According to several very well informed sources from the world of football, it would seem that the Italian player Marco Materazzi called Zinedine Zidane a 'dirty terrorist'," SOS Racism said in a statement.

    Zidane, the son of Algerian immigrants, was shown a red card after the incident and Italy went on to win on penalties after the match was tied 1-1 following extra time.
    The Paris-based group called for an inquiry and said world soccer's governing body FIFA had recently toughened sanctions against racism.

    "It's for this reason that SOS Racism asks in a determined fashion for FIFA to shed light on this altercation and that sanctions laid out in the official rules be applied should this be the case," SOS Racism said.

    Neither Zidane nor Materazzi have spoken in public about what had passed between them before the incident. French television reported that Zidane would talk about the incident "in the coming days".
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Charity activities-

Zidane during an appearance for the Danone Nations Cup
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.

On 19 November 2008, 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.”

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 Fabien 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.

On June 6, 2010, Zidane took part in the bi-annual charity event Soccer Aid. He played for the Rest Of The World Team, managed by Liverpool and Celtic hero Kenny Dalglish against England alongside former Real Madrid teammate Luis Figo, and Celtic legend Henrik Larsson. He played against former players such as Teddy Sheringham, David Seaman and Alan Shearer, as well as celebrities such as Robbie Williams. He played well, and his skill and control were still apparent to the fans in the stadium. He passed well and dribbled around the English team, and nutmegged English celebrity midfielder Damian Lewis. The Match took place at Old Trafford in Manchester and was won by The Rest of the World for the first time, by penalties after a 2-2 draw.

 Awards, tributes 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 Algerian president Abdelaziz Bouteflika, who gave him an official reception.

Filmmakers Philippe Parreno and Douglas Gordon filmed a documentary Zidane: A 21st Century Portrait, which follows Zidane during an entire match, filmed with 17 cameras. The documentary was part of the 2009 Full Frame Documentary Film Festival.

Many experts have testified to Zidane's skills and impact as an all-time great, such as Brazil coach Carlos Alberto Parreira who has labelled Zidane "a monster" for his performance and playing skills. French footballer Michel Platini states Zidane is one of the most skillful players the game has ever known: "Technically, I think he is the king of what's fundamental in the game - control and passing. I don't think anyone can match him when it comes to controlling or receiving the ball."

German coach Franz Beckenbauer stated: "Zidane is one of the greatest players in history, a truly magnificent player." Pelé, a World Cup winner three times with Brazil, hailed Zidane after seeing Brazil losing to France: "Zidane was the magician in the game." Italy manager Marcello Lippi, who has also coached Zidane, opined "I think Zidane is the greatest talent we've known in football these last 20 years, yet he never played the prima donna. I am honoured to have been his manager." Similarly, David Beckham has described Zidane as "the greatest of all time FC Barcelona star Xavi said in a 2010 interview that Zidane was the best player of the '90s and early 2000s.


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. As of May 2010, he is appearing in ads for Louis Vuitton, alongside fellow legends Pelé and Diego Maradona.

 Personal life-

Zidane's parents' house in the village of Aguemoune Ath Slimane in Kabylie.
Zidane met his wife, Véronique Fernandéz, while playing for Cannes in the 1988-89 season. They have four sons: Enzo (b. 24-03-1995), Luca (b. 13-05-1998), Theo (b. 18-05-2005), and Elyaz (b. 26-12-2006). Enzo, Luca and Theo are all members of the Real Madrid Academy. Enzo (Midfielder) is in Cadete A, Luca (Goalkeeper) is in Infantil B and Theo (Striker) is in Benjamin B.

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National team statistics-

France national team
Year Apps Goals
1994 2 2
1995 6 2
1996 12 1
1997 8 1
1998 15 5
1999 6 1
2000 13 4
2001 8 2
2002 9 1
2003 7 3
2004 7 4
2005 5 2
2006 10 3
Total 108 31
International goals
Goal Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1 1994-08-17 Stade Chaban-Delmas, Bordeaux, France  Czech Republic 1-2 2-2 Friendly Match
2 1994-08-17 Stade Chaban-Delmas, Bordeaux, France  Czech Republic 2-2 2-2 Friendly Match
3 1995-09-06 Stade Abbe Deschamps, Auxerre, France  Azerbaijan 7-0 10-0 1996 UEFA Euro Qualifying
4 1995-10-11 Ghencea, Bucharest, Romania  Romania 1-3 1-3 1996 UEFA Euro Qualifying
5 1996-02-21 Curbs, Nimes, France  Greece 3-1 3-1 Friendly Match
6 1997-06-11 Parc des Princes, Paris, France  Italy 1-0 2-2 Tournoi de France
7 1998-01-28 Stade de France, Saint-Denis, France  Spain 1-0 1-0 Friendly Match
8 1998-02-25 Velodrome, Marseille, France  Norway 2-1 3-3 Friendly Match
9 1998-05-27 Mohammed V, Casablanca, Morocco  Belgium 0-1 0-1 1998 Hassan II Trophy
10 1998-07-12 Stade de France, Saint-Denis, France  Brazil 1-0 3-0 Final, 1998 World Cup
11 1998-07-12 Stade de France, Saint-Denis, France  Brazil 2-0 3-0 Final, 1998 World Cup
12 1999-09-08 Hrazdan Stadium, Yerevan, Armenia  Armenia 1-2 2-3 2000 UEFA Euro Qualifying
13 2000-02-23 Stade de France, Saint-Denis, France  Poland 1-0 1-0 Friendly Match
14 2000-06-04 Mohammed V, Casablanca, Morocco  Japan 1-1 2-2 2000 Hassan II Trophy
15 2000-06-25 Jan Breydel, Bruges, Belgium  Spain 0-1 1-2 Quarter-final, 2000 UEFA Euro
16 2000-06-28 King Baudouin Stadium, Brussels, Belgium  Portugal 1-2 1-2 Semi-final, 2000 UEFA Euro
17 2001-02-27 Stade de France, Saint-Denis, France  Germany 1-0 1-0 Friendly Match
18 2001-03-24 Stade de France, Saint-Denis, France  Japan 1-0 5-0 Friendly Match
19 2002-03-27 Stade de France, Saint-Denis, France  Scotland 1-0 5-0 Friendly Match
20 2003-03-29 Stade Félix-Bollaert, Lens, France  Malta 4-0 6-0 2004 UEFA Euro Qualifying
21 2003-03-29 Stade Félix-Bollaert, Lens, France  Malta 6-0 6-0 2004 UEFA Euro Qualifying
22 2003-04-02 Renzo Barbera, Palermo, Italy  Israel 0-2 1-2 2004 UEFA Euro Qualifying
23 2004-06-06 Stade de France, Saint-Denis, France  Ukraine 1-0 1-0 Friendly Match
24 2004-06-13 Estádio da Luz, Lisbon, Portugal  England 1-1 2-1 Group Stage, 2004 UEFA Euro
25 2004-06-13 Estádio da Luz, Lisbon, Portugal  England 2-1 2-1 Group Stage, 2004 UEFA Euro
26 2004-06-21 Municipal Stadium, Coimbra, Portugal  Switzerland 0-1 1-3 Group Stage, 2004 UEFA Euro
27 2005-08-17 Mosson, Montpellier, France  Côte d'Ivoire 2-0 3-0 Friendly Match
28 2005-10-12 Stade de France, Saint-Denis, France  Cyprus 1-0 4-0 2006 FIFA World Cup Qualifying
29 2006-06-27 Niedersachsenstadion, Hannover, Germany  Spain 1-3 1-3 Round of 16, 2006 FIFA World Cup
30 2006-07-05 Allianz Arena, Munich, Germany  Portugal 0-1 0-1 Semi-final, 2006 FIFA World Cup
31 2006-07-09 Olympic Stadium, Berlin, Germany  Italy 0-1 1-1 Final, 2006 FIFA World Cup


  • France  France:
    • FIFA World Cup:
      • Winner: 1998
      • Runner-up: 2006
    • UEFA European Football Championship:
      • Winner: 2000


Ballon d'Or awarded to Zidane in 1998
  • Ligue 1 Young Player of the Year - 1994
  • Ligue 1 Player of the Year - 1996
  • Serie A Foreign Footballer of the Year - 1997, 2001
  • UEFA Club Midfielder of the Year - 1998
  • FIFA World Cup Final Man of the Match - 1998
  • World Soccer Awards Player of the Year - 1998
  • Ballon D'or - 1998
  • L'Équipe Champion of Champions - 1998
  • French Player of the Year - 1998, 2002
  • Onze d'Or - 1998, 2000, 2001 
  • FIFA 100 Greatest Living Footballers - 2004
  • UEFA Best European Player of the Past 50 Years - 2004
  • FIFPro World XI All-Star Team - 2005, 2006
  • FIFA World Cup Golden Ball - 2006
  • UNFP Honorary Award - 2007

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