Zinedine Zidane facts for kids
Zidane in 2017
|Full name||Zinedine Yazid Zidane|
|Date of birth||23 June 1972|
|Place of birth||Marseille, France|
|Playing position||Attacking midfielder|
|2014–2016||Real Madrid Castilla|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).
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 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 statistics
|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 statistics
|France national team|
Images for kids
La Castellane in the northwestern edge of Marseille where Zidane was born in 1972
Zidane with teammate David Beckham in 2003
Following France's World Cup win, an image of Zidane was projected on the Arc de Triomphe (pictured) along with the words "Merci Zizou".
Zidane playing a backheel during a game of futsal in 2008
Zidane in the Match Against Poverty in Bern, March 2014
Zidane (right) with Real Madrid captain Sergio Ramos lifting the 2016 UEFA Champions League trophy
Zidane, with his Real Madrid players, standing to the right of Madrid mayor Manuela Carmena after Real had won their 33rd La Liga title, May 2017
Zidane's Z5 Group is a sporting complex made up of five a side football pitches sponsored by Adidas
Zidane's parents' house in the village of Aguemoune Ath Slimane in Algeria
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