Zinedine Zidane is a former professional football player and team manager. Better known as ‘Zizou’, he played for Real Madrid, Juventus, Cannes, and Bordeaux. In 2004, he was named to the FIFA 100. In 2006, he receive France’s National Order of Merit. Zizou has also received a number of personal awards including being named the FIFA World Player of the Year there times. In 1998, he also received the Ballon d’Or Award.

Player Profile, Personal Life, and Youth Career

Zinedine Yazid Zidane was born on June 23, 1972, in Marseille, France. He is of Muslim and Algerian descent. His mother was a housewife and his father was a night watchman. He had a strict upbringing, which he would later credit as a ‘guiding light’ for his career.

Zizou started playing football when he was five years old. He would later name Blaž Slišković, Enzo Francescoli, and Jean-Pierre Papin as three of his football idols growing up. At age 10, he got his playing license. Teams he played for in his youth career include AS Foresta, US Saint-Henri, SO Septemes-Les-Vallons, and Cannes.

Position Midfielder
Height / weight 1.85 m / 78 kg
Born 13 May 1998
Nationality France France
Nickname Zizou
Number 30
Team History
132 real madrid Real 2001 - 2006
41 juventus Juventus 1996 - 2001
348 fc girondins de bordeaux Bordeaux 1992 - 1996
AS Cannes AS Cannes 1989 - 1992

Professional Career

He started his professional career playing for Cannes in 1989. As a young player, his coaches noted that Zizou had a tendency to attack spectators who attacked his race and his family. This is something that would come to a head at the FIFA World Cup decades later.

After making 61 appearances for Cannes, he moved to play for Bordeaux and stayed with the team from 1992 to 1996. He later joined Juventus and played for the club from 1996 to 2001. In 2001, he joined Real Madrid. Throughout his professional career, he made 506 appearances and scored 95 goals, 37 of which, he made while playing for Madrid.

Zidane also represented France internationally and played in 108 matches as a senior player, scoring 31 goals.

After he retired in 2006, following his appearance at that year’s FIFA World Cup, he took some time off, and in 2013, he was hired by Real as an assistant coach. From 2014 to 2016, he coached Read Madrid B before taking on the coaching helm at Real Madrid from 2016 to 2018 and again from 2019 to 2021.

Throughout his career, he would receive a number of personal awards and accolades including being named the FIFA World Player of the Year in 1998, 2000, and 2003. In 1998, he also won the Ballon d’Or award. In 2006, at the FIFA World Cup Final, he is perhaps best remembered for head-butting Marco Materazzi after the German player allegedly made racist comments against Zidane.

Career Highlights:

  • 1993–94 - French Division 1 YoungPlayer of the Year
  • 1995–96 - French Division 1 Playerof the Year
  • 1996–97, 2000–01 - Serie A ForeignFootballer of the Year
  • 1997 - Ballon d’Or: Bronze
  • 1997, 2002 - FIFA World Player ofthe Year: Bronze Award
  • 1997, 2002, 2003 - Onze d’Argent
  • 1997, 1998, 2000, 2002 - FIFA XI
  • 1997–98, 2001–02, 2002–03, 2003–04 -ESM Team of the Year
  • 1998 - UEFA Club Midfielder of theYear
  • 1998 - L’Équipe InternationalChampion of Champions
  • 1998 - L’Équipe France Champion ofChampions
  • 1998, 2006 - FIFA World Cup All-Starteam
  • 1998 - World Soccer Awards Player ofthe Year
  • 1998 - France Football French Playerof the Year
  • 1998, 2000, 2001 - Onze d’Or
  • 1998 - Ballon d’Or
  • 1998, 2000, 2003 - FIFA World Playerof the Year
  • 1998, 2001, 2002, 2003 - El PaísEuropean Player of the Year
  • 1999 - Onze de Bronze
  • 1999 - World Soccer’s Selection ofthe 100 Greatest Footballers of the20th century
  • 2000 - 2nd French Player of theCentury (France Football)
  • 2000 - Ballon d’Or: Silver
  • 2000 - UEFA European ChampionshipPlayer of the Tournament
  • 2000, 2004 - UEFA EuropeanChampionship Team of the Tournament
  • 2000–01 - Serie A top assistprovider
  • 2000–01 - Serie A Footballer of theYear
  • 2001, 2002, 2003 - UEFA Team of theYear
  • 2001–02 - Don Balón Award
  • 2001–02 - La Liga Best ForeignPlayer
  • 2002 - UEFA Club Footballer of theYear
  • 2002 - FIFA World Cup Dream Team
  • 2004 - FIFA 100
  • 2004 - UEFA Best European Player ofthe Past 50 Years
  • 2005, 2006 - FIFA FIFPro World XI
  • 2006 - IFFHS World’s Best Playmaker
  • 2006 - FIFA World Cup Golden Ball
  • 2006 - FIFA World Player of theYear: Silver Award
  • 2007 - UNFP Honorary Award
  • 2007 - AFS Top-100 Players of AllTime #5
  • 2008 - Marca Leyenda Award
  • 2008 - Golden Foot Legends Award
  • 2009 - ESPN Team of the Decade
  • 2009 - ESPN Player of the Decade
  • 2009 - Fox Sports Player of theDecade
  • 2009 - Sports Illustrated Team ofthe Decade
  • 2009 - Sports Illustrated Player ofthe Decade
  • 2010 - Don Balón Team of the Decade
  • 2010 - Don Balón Player of theDecade
  • 2011 - Laureus Lifetime AchievementAward
  • 2011 - UEFA team of teams
  • 2011 - UEFA Champions League BestPlayer of the Past 20 Years
  • 2012 - Real Madrid’s Greatest XI ofAll Time
  • 2013 - World Soccer Greatest XI ofAll Time
  • 2014 - Real Madrid Hall of Fame
  • 2015 - UEFA Ultimate Team of theYear (substitute)
  • 2016 - IFFHS Legends
  • 2016 - UEFA European ChampionshipAll-Time XI
  • 2017 - Juventus Greatest XI of AllTime
  • 2018 - L’Équipe Best French Playerof All Time
  • 2020 - Ballon d’Or Dream Team(Silver)
  • 2021 - IFFHS All-time Men’s B DreamTeam
  • 2021 - IFFHS All-time Europe Men’sDream Team
  • 2022 - FourFourTwo’s 100 bestfootball players of all time #5

Manager

  • April 2016, May 2017 - La LigaManager of the Month
  • 2015–16 - UEFA La Liga TeamRevelation of the Year
  • 2015–16 - UEFA Champions LeagueBreakthrough XI
  • 2016 - IFFHS World’s Best Club Coach– Runner-up
  • 2016, 2017, 2018 - The Best FIFAFootball Coach
  • 2016, 2017 - France Football FrenchManager of the Year
  • 2016 - Le Buteur Coach of the Year
  • 2016–17,2019-20 - UEFA La Liga Teamof the Season
  • 2016–17 - France Football UEFAChampions League Team of the Season
  • 2016–17, 2017–18, 2020–21 - Onzed’Or Coach of the Year
  • 2017 - ESPN Manager of the Year
  • 2017, 2018 - IFFHS World’s Best ClubCoach
  • 2017 - IFFHS Men’s World Team
  • 2017 - RMC French Manager of theYear
  • 2017 - Globe Soccer Awards BestCoach of the Year
  • 2019 - France Football 22nd GreatestManager of All Time
  • 2019 - Sports Illustrated 34thGreatest Manager of All Time
  • 2019–20 - Miguel Muñoz Trophy
  • 2020 - L’Equipe’s Best Club Coach
  • FourFourTwo’s 36th Greatest Managerof All Time
  • 2020 - Globe Soccer Awards Coach ofthe Century 2001–2020 (Runners-up)
  • 2021 - IFFHS’s 38th All-Time World’sBest Coach

Orders

  • 1998 - Knight of the Legion ofHonour
  • 2006 - National Order of Merit
  • 2008 - Officer of the Legion ofHonour

Team History

National Team Career

  • 1988–1989 - France U17
  • 1989–1990 - France U18
  • 1990–1994 - France U21
  • 1994–2006 - France

Teams Managed

  • 2013–2014 - Real Madrid (Assistant)
  • 2014–2016 - Real Madrid B
  • 2016–2018 - Real Madrid
  • 2019–2021 - Real Madrid

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