Zinedine Yazid Zidane, also known as Zizou, is a French professional football manager and former attacking midfielder. He is one of the most successful coaches in the world, most recently coaching Real Madrid in Spain. Zidane, widely regarded as one of the greatest players of all time, was a playmaker known for his elegance, vision, passing, ball control, and technique. As a player, he received numerous individual honors, including FIFA World Player of the Year in 1998, 2000, and 2003, as well as the Ballon d’Or in 1998.
Zinedine Yazid Zidane was born on June 23, 1972, in La Castellane, Marseille, in southern France. He is the youngest of five siblings. Zidane is an Algerian Kabyle Muslim. His parents, Smaal and Malika, moved to Paris in 1953 from the village of. Aguemoune in the Berber-speaking region of Kabylie in northern Algeria, before the Algerian War began. The family, who had settled in the city’s tough northern districts of Barbès and Saint-Denis, found little work in the area and moved to the northern Marseille suburb of La Castellane in the 16th arrondissement of Marseille in the mid-1960s.
After a string of outstanding performances for both Bordeaux and France. Zidane received offers to join Europe’s top clubs in the spring of 1996, ultimately deciding to join UEFA Champions League winners Juventus during the close season. Zidane made an immediate impact in Italy, winning the 1996-97 Serie A title as well as the 1996 Intercontinental Cup. In his first season, he was named Serie A Foreign Footballer of the Year. In December 1997, Zidane was named to a European XI to face a World XI that included Ronaldo and Gabriel Batistuta in the forward line.
Zidane was the playmaker at Juventus, playing just behind forward Alessandro Del Piero. Who recalled, “Zidane possessed exceptional talent, which contributed to his singular focus on assisting the team. He was not a self-centered player. He possessed a rare ability to be both a great player and a team player. I was fortunate to be able to play with him.” He was unable to make an impression against Paul Lambert’s close marking in the 1997 UEFA Champions League Final, losing 3-1 to Borussia Dortmund.
The following season, Zidane scored seven goals in 32 league games to help Juventus win the Serie A and retain the Scudetto.
In Europe, Juventus reached their third consecutive UEFA Champions League Final, but were defeated 1-0 by Real Madrid. Zidane was named FIFA World Player of the Year and won the Ballon d’Or in 1998. Juventus finished second in the Serie A in 2000-01, but were eliminated in the Champions League group stage after. Zidane was banned for headbutting Hamburger SV player Jochen Kientz. For the second time, Zidane was named Serie A Foreign Footballer of the Year in 2001.
In 2001, Zidane signed a four-year contract with. Real Madrid for a world record fee of 150 billion Italian lire (approximately €77.5 million at a fixed exchange rate; 12.8 billion pesetas). Zidane, the latest addition to. Real Madrid’s Galácticos era of signing global stars every year, scored a famous match-winning goal in his first season at the club, a volley hit with his weaker left foot from the edge of the 18-yard box, in Madrid’s 2-1 win over Bayer Leverkusen in the 2002 UEFA Champions League Final. The goal is widely regarded as one of the best in Champions League history.
Because of the magnitude of the strike, Zidane performed one of his most emotional goal celebrations, running towards the touchline with his mouth wide open and screaming in delight.
While Zidane’s final season in club football ended without a trophy. He achieved personal success by scoring his first hat-trick in a 4-2 win over Sevilla in January 2006.
 He finished the season as Real Madrid’s second highest goalscorer and assist provider. Trailing only teammates Cristiano Ronaldo and David Beckham, with nine goals and ten assists in 28 games. Zidane, who had announced his intention to retire after the 2006 World Cup. Played his final match on May 7, 2006, and scored in a 3-3 draw with Villarreal.
The players wore commemorative t-shirts with the words ZIDANE 2001-2006 below the club logo. Inside the Santiago Bernabéu, 80,000 fans held a banner that read, “Thanks for the magic.”
In 2012, Zidane appeared for Real Madrid in an All Stars Match against Manchester United, which Real won 3-2. Marca named him to their list of the “Best Foreign Eleven in Real Madrid History” in April 2013.
Zidane holds dual citizenship in France and Algeria. Algerian coach Abdelhamid Kermali reportedly denied Zidane a place in the squad because he thought the young midfielder was too slow. However, Zidane denied the rumour in a 2005 interview. Claiming that he would have been ineligible to play for Algeria because he had already played for France.
In 1993, Zidane was a member of France’s under-21 team that won bronze at the Languedoc-Roussillon Mediterranean Games.
On August 17, 1994, he was named as a substitute in a friendly against the Czech Republic, which ended in a 2-2 draw after Zidane scored twice to help France overcome a 2-0 deficit.
1998 World cup
Zinedine Zidane was the mastermind behind France’s World Cup victory in 1998. He was the captain and star player for France and led his team to victory with his spectacular play on the field. Zidane was a very versatile player, who was able to play as a midfielder, striker, and defender. He was a very creative player, and was able to create chances for his teammates with his quick passing and dribbling. Zidane was also a very strong defender. Who was able to win balls and clear the ball from the midfield area. France’s victory in the 1998 World Cup was largely due to the spectacular play of Zidane
Zidane has regularly played for the Real Madrid Veterans team since his retirement. He has also played futsal on several occasions. In 2015, he competed in a futsal tournament in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, where an opposing player received a yellow card for taking an in-game selfie with Zidane, much to his amusement. In a June 2008 interview. Zidane stated that he wanted to return to football but had no immediate plans to do so.
After Florentino Pérez was named president of Real Madrid for the second time on June 1, 2009, Zidane was named advisor to the president.
He was to be the key decision maker on the sporting side, along with general director Jorge Valdano and sporting director Miguel Pardeza.
the club’s After France’s disastrous World Cup campaign in 2010. Zidane stated that he had no plans to enter coaching any time soon.
Despite establishing himself as one of the most successful coaches of his era and in Real Madrid history,[A] Zidane’s time at. Real Madrid was viewed by some as being overshadowed by a certain amount of luck. [B] Many have praised Zidane’s tactical philosophy, particularly his tactical flexibility. Zidane’s tactical style, which is distinguished by formation flexibility and attacking football, as well as his ability to unite the squad. Has been compared favorably to Carlo Ancelotti’s coaching method. Many of his in-game substitutions resulted in victories, such as introducing Marco Asensio and. Lucas Vázquez to provide pace and width against Paris Saint-Germain in the UEFA Champions League to overturn a 1-0 deficit.
into a 3-1 triumph His inclusion of Gareth Bale in the 2018. UEFA Champions League Final for similar reasons yielded similar results. It is also noted that his team concentrated on attacking through the flanks, and he is credited with popularizing the 4-4-2 diamond formation in modern football.
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