|Known For||“Only manager in football history to win three consecutive UEFA Champions League titles (leading Real Madrid).”|
|Date Of Birth||23 February 1972||Age||46|
|Nickname||Zizou||Place Of Birth||Marseille, France|
|Height||185 cm / 6′ 1″||Weight||80 kg / 176 lb|
|Profession||Football Coach||Zodiac Sign||Cancer|
|Ethnicity||French||Relationship Status||Married (in 1994)|
Zinedine Zidane Family
|Siblings||He was Youngest Among Five||Spouse||Véronique Fernández|
|Son 1||Enzo Alan Zidane Fernández||Son 2||Luca Zidane Fernández|
|Son 3||Theo Zidane Fernández||Son 4||Elyaz Zidane Fernández|
Highlights From Zinedine Zidane’s Career
This Is How Zidane’s Life Began
- He was born when his parents (Algerian descent), migrated to Paris just before the Algerian war in 1953 and moved to southern France in mid-60s. There, his father chose to work in a departmental store as warehouseman, and nightwatchman, in those high unemployment rates in Marseille.
- It was all because of his father, who acted as guiding light in Zidane’s entire career which actually started from Castellane, when at the age of five, Zinedine Zidane introduced himself to the football, playing with neighbor’s children on 80×20 yard square of the housing campus.
- With time, he grew up idolizing Marseille players Blaz Sliskovic, Enzo Francescoli and Jean Pierre Papin.
- When Zidane was 10 years old, he joined the junior team of a local club, named “US Saint-Henri”, and spent next one and half year in the same club.
- Later, he moved to SO Septemes-Les-Vallons, and remained there till the age of 14, until he was not called in a three-day training camp at CREPS (Regional Centre For Sports, and Physical Education) in Aix-en-Provence, organized by French Football Federation.
- Those three days were magical, or we should say, those were the days Zizou was waiting for. As there, a scout of AS Cannes, Jean Varraud spotted that magic in his feet and recommended him to the training directors of the club.
Signed In to AS Cannes
- He was brought there into the training for just six weeks, the impression he created there, not only made him stayed in the club for four years which lead him to his professional level games but also he was invited to live the club director, Jean-Claude Elineau to live with him instead of the dormitory of 20 other trainees.
- At the start, the club environment was not too friendly for Zidane. He was insulted for leaving his parental country, while in reply he punched that opponent which actually led him to a punishment in his first ever week with Cannes, on cleaning duty.
- But the coach advised him to transform his anger into the goals, and goals, and more goals.
- He got his first one while scoring against Nantes in a French Division 1 match, and rewarded by a car, club chairman, Alain Pedretti promised him to give.
- AS Cannes booked their berth in UEFA Cup first time in their history by finishing fourth in the league, Zidane playing his first full season.
Moved To Bordeaux, & France National Team
- For 1992-93 season, Zidane was transferred to Girondins de Bordeaux, helping the club to win 1995 Intertoto Cup beating Karlsruhe, and ending being runner-up in 1995-96 UEFA Cup against Bayern Munich.
- Playing with his French teammates, Bixente Lizarazu and Christophe Dugarry, benefited both Bordeaux and French National Team, when he has first appeared against the Czech Republic in a friendly match. He scored twice in that match, avoiding his nation from a straight 2-0 defeat.
- Eric Cantona’s suspension for assaulting a fan in January 1995, Zidane cemented his position in the French squad.
- Also in 1996 season, after turning down Newcastle United’s offer of 1.2 million euros, Zidane was honored with Ligue 1 Player Of The Year.
Big Club – Juventus, & Becoming The Local French Hero
- When you score goals, you pull the eyes of some big clubs at your feet. That’s only happened with Zidane after giving some magical performances for Bordeaux and French national team.
- He was called by the UEFA Champions League winner, Juventus during the closing days of 1996 session.
- There he showed, what’s he is made of. He left the immediate impact on Italian league, by winning Serie A title in the 1996-97 session, and claiming the 1996 Intercontinental Cup. He was also named Serie A Foreign Footballer of the Year in his first ever season of the league.
- Zidane’s growing skills although failed to rescue France from the Euro 1996 semifinal against the Czech Republic in the penalty shootout, while he scored in both quarterfinal and semis.
- Not at the national level, but things going well in the club leagues for Zinedine Zidane. apart from being in the European XI against World XI in December 1997, he earned the FIFA World Player Of The Year and Ballon d’Or in 1998, losing the two consecutive finals of UEFA champions league by 3-1, and 1-0 against Borussia Dortmund, and Real Madrid respectively. But Zidane’s 7 goals in 32 matches helped Juventus to win 1997-98 Serie A title and added another positive mark in his career.
- When your nation calls you, you go and make it sure that you put your hundred percent in whatever it demands from you. It was the 1998 FIFA World Cup, which was the first world cup for Zidane, organized in his home country, France. The French team won all three matches of their group stage, but because of a stamp on Saudi Arabian Fuad Anwar, Zidane was sent off in the second match. This red card actually made him the first French player to do so in World Cup Finals match.
- Without their main man, France set a win of 1-0 against Paraguay in the round of sixteen matches, and a 4-3 win over Italy in the quarterfinals where the goalless match was dragged to penalty shootout by strong hands of both the teams.
- Zidane returned in the semifinal against Croatia. He played an important role in that win of 2-1 and sent his team into the final of World Cup 1998 although all of his fans were still waiting for a single goal from Zizou.
- It was Brazil, the defending champion and favorites, vs France and Zizou. It was the final of FIFA World Cup 1998 at Stade de France where France kept the pressure of Brazil until from the kick-off. Those were Zidane’s two similar headers sent the football into the goal on the crosses of Emmanuel Petit, and Youri Djorkaeff before the halftime. Later, Petit added one more goal in that unreachable lead at the end of stoppage time, ensuring France first ever World Cup.
- Zidane was honored with Man Of The Match Trophy, became an instant hero for his nation which also earned him the Legion d’honneur in the same year. Zidane picture was projected on Arc de Triomphe along with the words, “MERCI ZIZOU”, where the celebration was centered with more than one million people of the country.
- Zidane’s bending free kick goal against Spain in quarters, and the penalty goal in the semifinal against Portugal in Euro 2000 were the two most stylish goals from Zidane’s feet, which actually earn them the title of the tournament, made them second nation to hold both World Cup, and European Championship at the same time, after West Germany.
- In 2000-01 season, Juventus finished second in the league, but unfortunately, they got eliminated from the group stage in the Champions Trophy, maybe because of the absence of their main man, Zidane who was banned for head-butting Jochen Archer in the match against Hamburger SV.
- Later in 2001 also, Zidane was named Serie A Foreign Player of the Year for the second time.
Real Madrid & 2006 World Cup
- World record fee of 150 billion Italian lire booked Zidane’s place in Real Madrid squad, signing a four-year contract in 2001. There you go, when a big man met big club, goals should be big to win some big tournaments. Yes, we are talking about that volley hit from his weaker foot in the final of UEFA Champions League, a match-winning goal, put Read Madrid ahead by 2-1 against Bayer Leverkusen.
- Next season was the bigger one for Zidane, Real Madrid won La Liga 2002-03 title, and he was honored with FIFA World Player Of The Year third time. Later in 2004 as well, he was voted as the best European footballer in previous 50 years in UEFA’s 50th anniversary.
- 2006 season was the final one for Zidane, and he ended it with some great personal achievements like scoring his first hat-trick, becoming Real Madrid’s second highest assist provider and goal scorer after David Beckham and Ronaldo respectively in that season, (9 goals, 10 assists in 28 games)
- Announcing about his retirement after the 2006 FIFA World Cup, Zidane played his last match ending with a 3-3 draw against Villarreal. For saying the last goodbye to Zidane, his teammates wore a t-shirt on which “ZIDANE 2001-2006”, was written just below the club logo, with 80k fans holding a huge banner of “Thanks For The Magic”, at Santiago Bernabeu.
- After eliminating from the group stage in World Cup 2002, and from quarter-finals in Euro 2004 after a loss from Greece 1-0, disappointment forced him to retire from international football in 2004. But the poor performance in WC qualifiers by France, made their coach to recall Zidane for 2006 World Cup. He, along with Thuram, and Makelele rescued Frace from the fourth place and pulled their nation at the number one position in the qualifying group.
- The start in 2006 FIFA World Cup was not that much good for France, they suspended for the third match against Spain, but yet again the captain Zizou came at the rescue, he set up a goal for Patrick Vieira and scored one to send France into the quarterfinals.
- Brazil only put a single shot on the goal in quarterfinals, while the win was again decided by Zidane’s assist to Thierry Henry. Now it was Portugal’s turn to face Zidane in Semifinal whose penalty kick yet again send France into the final of this major international football tournament.
- Football fans knew, it will be the final match of Zidane as he had already announced his retirement, so yes, everybody was excited to see some magic spell out on the field. It was Italy vs France and Zidane. Our hero just took seven minutes to put this nation ahead with a penalty kick, which hit the crossbar and bounced just inside the goal line. With this goal, he became the fourth player in the world cup history to score goals in two World Cup finals. along with Pele, Paul Breitner and Vava. Later, he had almost put his second goal in the post, but his header was saved by another football favorites, and Italy’s goalkeeper, Gianluigi Buffon.
- 110th minute was the deciding one when Zidane put himself out of the match by headbutting the opposition player Marco Materazzi on the chest,
which results in the 5-3 loss in the Penalty shootouts. Italy won the 2006 world cup, and Zidane lost his final and one of the biggest game of his life. He was criticized all over the world for his actions in the final. But his country praised his efforts and welcomed him with all of their heart, “Zizou! Zizou!”, fans chanting in all over the France.
- Later in an Interview, it was revealed that Marco Materazzi insulted Zidane’s sister which resulted in heightened anger and such reactions in this much of a big game.
- This way, Zidane ended his international career with 108 games from his national side, fourth highest in France history, and for relieving from the three-match suspension from FIFA, he served in humanitarian projects ran by FIFA. Along with Brazil’s Cafu, he received the most cards in World Cup matches, i.e. Six.
- Even after saying Goodbye to football, he was never been away from the game, he made some futsal appearances, played some charity soccer matches and contributed a huge amount in the education and lifestyle of society which needed the help.
Back On The Field – As A Boss
- From joining as Special Adviser to Real Madrid team to becoming assistant coach to Carlo Ancelotti at the same club, Zidane’s managerial career started on a positive note.
- Later in June 2014, Zidane was appointed as Head Coach of Real Madrid’s B team, “Real Madrid Castilla.”
- When senior team manager, Rafael Benitez was dismissed on 4 January 2016, he was appointed as the Real Madrid Manager on the same day, signing a two and a half year deal.
- Just after five days, the new manager of the club guided them to a massive victory of 5-0 against Deportivo de La Coruna, later on, 4th April, Zidane, and Real Madrid faced their biggest rival in the league, FC Barcelona, for the biggest clash of football, El Clasico at Camp Nou who was unbeaten from last 39 games. But Zizou showed a way to Madrid players to clinch the win in that match, 2-1 and became the first Real Madrid Manager since 2007 to win his first El Clasico match.
- The first year with the club was a magical one for Zidane. He not only put Real Madrid in 2016 UEFA Champions League Final but also handed them the Champions Trophy with a win of 1-0 aggregate score. They finished runners-up in La Liga just behind Barcelona because of the lack of just a single point.
- But the series of achievements doesn’t stop here, it was just a start, and Real Madrid put hands on another major title, 11th European Cup beating Atletico Madrid in a penalty shootout. This title made Zidane the only seventh man to win to win the European Cup as player and manager, the second man from his side, Real Madrid, and the first French Manager to win the trophy.
- While in the next season, in which Zizou led his club from the beginning, they recorded 16th consecutive victory in La Liga and equaled the record of Barcelona set up in the 2010-11 season. Later on 18th December 2016, with the help of that marvelous hattrick by Cristiano Ronaldo, Real Madrid lifted Club World Cup by beating Japanese club Kashima Antlers with 4-2.
- At the beginning of 2017, when Real Madrid played a draw against Sevilla FC in the second league match of Copa del Rey, Zidane broke the record of 39 matches without the loss of Luis Enrique with Barcelona, by saving his 40th.
- After claiming 33rd La Liga title, Real Madrid and their Boss, won another UEFA Champions League title by beating Juventus by 4-1, recorded their consecutive second title in a row. With this victory, Madrid and Zidane became the first team and manager respectively to win back to back titles since 1956-57 season.
- Another URFA Super Cup beating Manchester United, winning at El Clasico against Barca, and equalling his title count with the defeat he got as the manager, Zidane was awarded as Best FIFA Men’s Coach in 2017.
- After winning another FIFA Club World Cup in December 2017 (8th trophy with Real Madrid), on 26th May 2018, Real Madrid won against Liverpool with 3-1 in the third consecutive final of UEFA Champions League, and with this exceptional achievement, Zidane became the first manager in the football history to win three consecutive Champions League title. (Bob Paisley and Carlo Ancelotti also won three UEFA Champions League title, but not in a row.)
- It was a heavy shock for Real Madrid Fans, when Zidane resigned as Club Manager just after five days of Champions League title.
Zinedine Zidane’s Career Statistics And Goal Count
|Performance with Different Clubs|
|AS Cannes||1988-89||Division 1||2||0||0||0||0||0||2||0|
|Real Madrid||2001-02||La Liga||31||7||9||2||9||3||49||12|
|At National Level|
|Zidane scored total of 108 goals in 31 international matches he played during the career.|
|Record As A Manager|
|Real Madrid Castilla||25th June 2014||4th Jan. 2016||57||26||17||14||45.61|
|Real Madrid||4th Jan. 2016||31st May 2018||149||104||29||16||69.80|
Achievements and Awards
- As A Player
- Bordeaux – UEFA Intertoto Cup 1995
- Juventus – Serie A 1996-97 & 1997-98, 1997 Supercoppa Italiana, UEFA Super Cup & Intercontinental Cup 1996, 1999 UEFA Intertoto Cup,
- Real Madrid – La Liga 2002-03, Supercopa de Espana 2001 & 2003, 2001-02 UEFA Champions League, 2002 UEFA Super Cup & Intercontinental Cup.
- France – 1998 FIFA World Cup, UEFA European Championship 2000.
- Personal Achievements – French divison 1 young player of the year 1993-94, and player of the year 1995-96. Serie A Foreign footballer of the year 1996-97 & 2000-01, Ballon d’Or (Bronze Award 1997), FIFA world player of the year 1997 & 2002 bronze award, Onze d’Argent in 1997, 2002 and 2003.
ESM Team of the year in 1997-98, 2001-02, 2002-03, and 2003-04, 1998 UEFA Club Midfielder of the year, L’Equipe International & France Champion of Champions 1998.
1998 FIFA WC Final Man Of The Match Award, FIFA World Cup all star team 1998 and 2006, 1998 Player of the year in world soccer awards, French Player of the year in 1998 & 2002, Onze d’Or 1998, 2000, and 2001.
Ballon d’Or 1998, FIFA World player of the year in 1998, 2000 and 2003, FIFA XI 1998, Onze de Bronze 1999, 100 greatest footballers of the 20th century selected by world soccer.
El pais European player of the year in 1998, 2001, 2002, and 2003, Silver award in Ballon d’Or 2000, UEFA European Championship Player of the tournament in 2000, and team of the tournament in 2000 and 2004.
Serie A Top Assist provider and footballer of the year in 2000-01 season, booked his place in UEFA Team of the year in 2001, 2002, and 2003. Man of the match in 2002 UEFA Champions League Final, Don Balon Award and La Liga Best Foreign Player 2001-02.
2002 UEFA Club Footballer of the year, into FIFA Dream Team 2002 and FIFA Top 100 in 2004, UEFA best European Player of the past 50 years in 2004, FIFA FIFPro world XI in 2005 and 2006, World’s Best Playmaker 2006 by IFFHS, FIFA World Cup Golden Ball 2006 (Oldest player to win the prize), Silver award in FIFA world player of the year 2006, UNFP Honorary Award 2007, Top-100 players of all time announced by AFC in 2007, Marca Leyenda and Golden Foot Legends Award in 2008.
Team and Player of the Decade 2009 by ESPN, Sports Illustrated and Don Balon, Fox sports player of the decade 2009, Laureus Lifetime Achievement Award 2011, into UEFA team of the teams, Best player in UEFA Champions League from past 20 years in 2011, Real Madrid Greatest XI 2012, Juventus Greatest XI 2017 and World Soccer Greatest XI 2013 of all time.
Real Madrid Hall of Fame 2014, He was in the Substitute of UEFA ultimate team of the year in 2015, UEFA Euro All time XI, and IFFHS Legends 2016, into the list of 100 greatest footballer selected by 442, and L’Equipe Best French Player of All Time 2018.
- As Manager
- Real Madrid – 2016-17 La Liga, Supercopa de Espana 2017, UEFA Champions League 2015-16, 2016-17 and 2017-18, UEFA Super Cup and FIFA Club World Cup in 2016 and 2017.
- Personal Achievements – La Liga manager of the month April 2016 and May 2017, UEFA La Liga 2015-16 team Revelation of the year, UEFA Champions League Breakthrough XI 2015-16, Runner up in IFFHS World Best Club coach 2016 and Best FIFA Football coach 2016 and 2018.
Le Buteur Coach of the year 2016, UEFA La Liga team of the season 2016-17, Best FIFA Football coach 2017, Onze d’Or Coach of the year 2016-17 & 2017-18, ESPN Manager of the year and IFFHS World’s Best Club coach 2017.
RMC French Manager of 2017, Best Coach of the year 2017 awarded by Globe Soccer, World Manager of the year 2017 by World Soccer Magazine.