Zinedine Yazid Zidane (born in Marseille, France, June 23, 1972), nicknamed Zizou is a French football player of Algerian origin. His position was an attacking midfielder. He began his career as a player at the club AS Cannes and then played at Girondins Bordeaux, Juventus and Real Madrid in the final. He retired from club football in 2006 and retiring from the French national football team after the 2006 World Cup.
After the appearance of Zidane in the 1998 World Cup and Euro 2000, not least the football public who regard it as the best player in the world. Advantages and expertise do dribbling and ball control, making it harder for an opponent to steal the ball from him. Zidane has four children, marriage to Véronique Zidane (birth Lentisco), a former French dancer and model of Spain.
Zidane was born in Marseille and raised in La Castellane. Although born in Marseille, Zidane has never played for Olympique de Marseille. Zizou's career began at the age of 14 years, son of Algerian immigrants talent was discovered by a talent scout and a place in the academy of AS Cannes. Over in the French league, Zidane played for AS Cannes and Girondins Bordeaux, before being bought by Juventus for £ 3 million.
In 2001, Zidane transferred from Italian club, Juventus FC to Real Madrid for a four-year contract for 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 German side Bayer Leverkusen in the Champions League 2001-2002 Final at Hampden Park in Glasgow.
2004 after Euro 2004 ends, Zidane decided to retire from international football, but when the French have difficulty escaped to the 2006 World Cup, Zidane announced in August 2005 that he would return to play in the national team and decided that he would step down after 2006 World Cup is over. On April 25, 2006, Zizou formally announced his decision to resign from the club and the French national football team after the 2006 World Cup.
On May 7, 2006 Zizou played his last game as a host to Real Madrid in the Santiago Bernabéu Stadium. Real Madrid players wore special T-shirt that reads "Zidane 2001-2006" written below the club logo. This match against Villarreal CF 3-3 draw with the final result.
In the first two games of World Cup 2006, he performed poorly and even had to miss the third match due to yellow card accumulation. Zidane then showed his best game in the next round. However, Zidane's career had to end badly when he was red-carded by referee Horacio Elizondo in the finals of the World Cup due to butting Italy defender Marco Materazzi in the chest.
Zidane was selected as the best player of the FIFA 2006 World Cup and the reporters covering the event with 2012 points get, the Italian captain Fabio Cannavaro in second place with 1977 points and another Italian player Andrea Pirlo in the top three with 715 points. The reason he was chosen to be the best player since managed a charming appearance and showed good leadership in bringing France to the final round.
Zidane has a title given to France and the club over the years, among others: the World Cup (1998), European Cup (2000), Champions League (2001/2002), the 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 elected as World Player (1998, 2000, 2003) and once into European Player (1998), as well as the Player of the World Cup (2006).
- Full name: Zinedine Yazid Zidane
- Nickname: Zizou
- Birth: Marseille, France, June 23, 1972
- Position: Attacking Midfielder
- AS Cannes, 6 goals from 65 times a game (1988-1992)
- Girondins Bordeaux, 32 goals from 157 times a game, (1992-1996)
- Juventus FC, 29 goals from 190 times a game (1996-2001)
- Real Madrid, 46 goals from 202 times a game (2001-2006)
- National team of France, 31 goals from 108 times a game, (1994-2006)
- European Footballer (1998)
- Player of the World (1998, 2000, and 2003)
- Player of the World Cup (2006)