Zinedine Yazid Zidane (born 23 June 1972, nicknamed Zizou, Yaz and ZZ) is a French retired football player that played as a Midfielder. He played for four European clubs and the French national team. He is the current manager of Real Madrid.
Zidane in 2017
|Full name||Zinedine Yazid Zidane|
|Date of birth||23 June 1972|
|Place of birth||Marseille, France|
|Height||1.85 m (6 ft 1 in)|
|Playing position||Attacking midfielder|
|2014–2016||Real Madrid Castilla|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only|
Zidane played for several famous football clubs, like Juventus of Italy and Real Madrid of Spain. He led France to win the 1998 FIFA World Cup and the 2000 European Football Championship. In 2002 he also won the UEFA Champions League for Real Madrid, which was the ninth championship for Real Madrid. Zidane was picked as the FIFA World Player of the Year three times. He led France to the 2006 World Cup final and was arguably the best player in the tournament. He was said to be one of the greatest players of his generation.
In 2006, Zidane announced that he would retire after the World Cup. Zidane was famous for headbutting Marco Materazzi in the chest during the 2006 FIFA World Cup final at the 110th minute of extra time and was sent off with a red card. France eventually lost 5-3 in penalties to Italy and got second place. This incident was widely known as the Zidane headbutt. There is even a sculpture of it in Doha, Qatar.
Club career statisticsEdit
|France||League||Coupe de France||Europe||Total|
|1992/93||Girondins Bordeaux||Division 1||35||10||0||0||-||35||10|
|Spain||League||Copa del Rey||Europe||Total|
|2001/02||Real Madrid||La Liga||31||7||9||1||9||3||49||11|
International career statisticsEdit
|France national team|
- "Zinedine Zidane biography". Biography.com. Retrieved 28 May 2013.
- "Zinedine Zidane Profile". ESPN. Archived from the original on 28 June 2011.
- "Zinedine Zidane - Century of International Appearances". www.rsssf.com.