Zinedine Zidane

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July 1, 2022

Zinédine Yazid Zidane (French pronunciation: /zinedin zidan/; Marseille; June 23, 1972), also known as Zizou (French pronunciation: /zizu/),[1] is a Franco-Algerian former footballer and coach. As a coach, he made his debut at the helm of Real Madrid on January 4, 2016,[5] holding the position for three seasons,[6] in which he was consecutively proclaimed three-time European champion (2016, 2017 and 2018).[7] ] In March 2019, he began his second stage as coach of the merengue club. As a footballer, he played in the position of attacking midfielder, and was considered the most outstanding player of the late 1990s and early 2000s, as well as one of the best footballers of all time.[8][9] Distinguished with the "Golden Ball" in 1998 and named three times by FIFA, as "Best World Player" in 1998, 2000 and 2003, he was chosen in a digital survey promoted by UEFA in 2004, as "best soccer player". Europe of the last 50 years".[10][11] He made his professional debut at the age of seventeen, in May 1989, at Cannes, where he stayed until the 1991/92 season, after which he signed for his second club in France, Girondins de Bordeaux. In 1996 he made the leap to Italian "calcium", after being signed by Juventus in Turin, with whom he played five seasons. In 2001 he signed for Real Madrid, in a record transfer to that date of 77.5 million euros,[12] for which he became the second of the four "galactic" signings made by President Florentino Pérez between 2000 and 2003 (Figo, Zidane, Ronaldo and Beckham).[13] With the club from the capital of Spain he played five seasons (2001-2006), and in his first year as Real Madrid champion of Europe was proclaimed, scoring the famous volley goal in the 2002 Glasgow final.[14] He was a full international with the French national team for twelve years (1994-2006), with 108 caps and 31 goals. With it he was proclaimed world champion in 1998 and European champion in 2000, by achieving a "double of selections". His last match as a professional was on July 9, 2006, in the World Cup final against Italy.[15][16] On December 14, 2020, he was included as an attacking midfielder in the second historic Ballon d'Or Dream Team. [17]

Career as an athlete

Beginnings and early years

Born in Marseille, France, on June 23, 1972, he was the third of five children: Djamel, Farid, Nourredine and Lila, who grew up in La Castellane,[18] due to the emigration of his parents Smaïl and Malika from Aguemoune. , on the occasion of the war from Algeria to Paris and then to Marseille in 1962.[19] Since childhood he was closely linked to sports, he had a fondness for badminton and at the age of six he began to practice judo: he became a green belt. A few years later, he went to the Stade Vélodrome in Marseille, and became an admirer of the Uruguayan soccer player Enzo Francescoli, who played for Olympique de Marseille in the 1989/90 season. In fact, his first child is named after Enzo, in his honor.[20] At 14, he left his family home and joined the Association Sportive de Cannes Football. There he lived in the house of a club manager, Jean Claude Elineau. At the age of 17 he made his debut in the French Ligue 1 with Cannes, with whom he played four seasons. In 1992 he moved to Girondins de Bordeaux, a team with which he played four seasons and which made him known to the rest of the continent, especially in his last season with the Aquitaine club, in which they qualified for European competition through the Intertoto Cup in preseason; they finally reached the runner-up position in the 1996 UEFA Cup.

Eclosion in Juventus

In 1996, Zidane signed for Juventus Turin, then current European champions. The "Squadra Bianconera" directed by Marcello Lippi, c