Zinedine Zidane

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July 5, 2022

Zinedine Yazid Zidan (French pronunciation: [zinedin zidan] (listen), French Zinédine Yazid Zidane, Arabic. زين الدين يزيد زيدان‎, Kabyle. Zineddin Lyazid Zidan; born June 23, 1972, Marseille) is a French football player and coach, world champion in 1998, European champion in 2000, vice-champion of the world in 2006, winner of the "Golden Ball" - the best football player in Europe in 1998, three times recognized as the best football player in the world according to FIFA (1998, 2000, 2003), one of the best football players of the late 20th and early 21st centuries. From June 1, 2009 to May 2011, he worked as an assistant to the president of "Real" Florentino Perez. From May 2011 to 2012, he held the position of sports director of Real Madrid. In the summer of 2012, Zidane left the post of sports director of "Real" and in the summer of 2013 became the assistant of the head coach of the "royal club" Carlo Ancelotti, having worked for one year. After that, during 2014-2016, he was the head coach of the double "creamy" Real Castilla. Since January 2016, Zidane began an independent coaching career, leading Real Madrid. Since January 4, 2016, he headed the coaching staff of the Spanish club "Real Madrid". On May 31, 2018, he announced that he was resigning from his position. On March 11, 2019, Real Madrid took the lead again. Second world coach of 2016 according to FIFA, awarded at the FIFA All-Star Parade.

Childhood and youth

Yazid was the youngest, the fifth, child in the family of Smail and Malika Zidan, he had a sister, Lola, and brothers: Nuridin, Farid and Jamel. The Zidans are of Kabila (Berber ethnicity) origin from Algeria, a former French colony. Yazid's father, Smail Zidat, moved to France in the mid-1950s and settled in Marseille, and to be more precise, on its outskirts - in La Castellane. He became Zidane, as it were, due to the negligence of an official who wrote down his last name incorrectly. For most teenagers in the troubled La Castellana, football was the main pastime. Yazid shows remarkable abilities and is enrolled in the Saint-Henri club, then he moves to Septem-la-Vallon. In 1986, at a New Year's gathering in Aix-en-Provence, the young, talented Yazid was noticed by scout Jean Varro, who informed the coaches of Cannes about him. After examinations, Yazid is taken to the junior team. After some hesitation, the father agreed to let his son go to another city: "Well, sports are the only ones