Biography of Zinedine Zidane

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Zinedine Yazid Zidane (born in Marseille, France, June 23, 1972), nicknamed Zizou is a French football player Algerian descent. His position is an attacking midfielder. He began his career as a player at the club AS Cannes and went on to play at Girondins Bordeaux, Juventus, Real Madrid and last. He retired from club football in 2006 and retired from the French national football team after the 2006 World Cup.

After Zidane's appearance at the 1998 World Cup and Euro 2000, not least the football public who regard it as the best player in the world. Strengths and expertise to do dribbling and ball control, making it harder for the opposing players steal the ball from him.

Zidane has four children, the marriage to Véronique Zidane (born Lentisco), a former dancer, French and Spanish models.

Zizou was born in Marseille and raised in La Castellane. Although born in Marseille, Zidane has never played for Olympique de Marseille. Zidane's career began at age 14 years, Algerian immigrant child talent was discovered by a talent scout and a place in the U.S. Academy of Cannes. During the French league, Zizou playing for AS Cannes and Girondins Bordeaux, before it was bought by Juventus for £ 3 million.

In 2001, Zidane transferred from Italian club, Juventus FC to Real Madrid for a contract for 4 years with a fee of € 66 million, making it be a football player with the most expensive transfer in the world. He scored a 2-1 victory against the German club, Bayer Leverkusen in the 2001-2002 Champions League Final at Hampden Park in Glasgow.

2004 after the end of the 2004 European Cup, Zidane decided to retire from international football, but when the French had difficulty to escape to the 2006 World Cup, Zidane announced on August 2005 that he would return to play in the national team and decided that he would step down after 2006 World Cup ends. On 25 April 2006, Zidane officially announced his decision to quit the club and national team football World Cup in France after 2006.

On May 7, 2006 Zizou played the last game as a host to Real Madrid at the Santiago Bernabéu Stadium. Real Madrid players wearing special T-shirt that reads "Zidane 2001-2006" written below the club logo. This match against Villarreal CF in the final series 3-3.

In the initial two games of World Cup 2006, he performed poorly and even had to miss three games due to yellow card accumulation. Zidane went on to show his best game in the next round. However, Zidane's career should have ended badly when he was red carded by referee Horacio Elizondo in the World Cup final match due to butting Italian defender Marco Materazzi in the chest.

Zidane was voted the best player version of the FIFA 2006 World Cup and the reporters covering the event to get 2012 points, the Italy captain Fabio Cannavaro in second place with 1977 points and another Italian, Andrea Pirlo in the top three with 715 points. The reason he was chosen as the best player because it managed to display a charming appearance and showed good leadership in bringing France to the final round.

Titles that have been present to the French Zidane and his club over the years, among others: the World Cup (1998), European Cup (2000), Champions League (2001/2002), Toyota Cup (1996 and 2002), Series A (1996/1997 and 1997/1998), La Liga (2002/2003), and the World Cup Runner Up (2006)

Zidane had three times been named Player of the Year (1998, 2000, 2003) and once to the European Footballer (1998), as well as the World Cup Best Player (2006).


Full name: Zinedine Yazid Zidane
Nickname: Zizou
Birth: Marseille, France, June 23, 1972
Position: Attacking Midfielder

Professional career:

* AS Cannes, 6 goals from 65 times to play (1988-1992)
* Girondins Bordeaux, 32 goals from 157 times to play, (1992-1996)
* Juventus FC, 29 goals from 190 times to play (1996-2001)
* Real Madrid, 46 goals in 202 times played (2001-2006)
* French National Team, 31 goals from 108 times to play, (1994-2006)


* European Footballer (1998)
* Player of the Year (1998, 2000, and 2003)
* Player of the World Cup (2006)

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