Football Player profiles: Zinedine Zidane

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Zinedine Zidane is a world-class professional football player. This article provides facts and figures about the former Real Madrid, Juventus, and French National player, Zinedine Zidane. Zinedine Zidane was born on 23rd June 1972 in Marseilles, France, after his parents emigrated to France from their native Algeria. He played for several clubs when he was a boy including, US Saint-Henri, SO Septèmes-Les-Vallons, and Cannes. Cannes was Zinedine Zidane’s first senior football club.

Club History

Zinedine Zidane History

1988 to 1992 – Cannes

1992 to 1996 – Bordeaux

1996 to 2001 – Juventus

2001 to 2006 – Real Madrid

National Team (France)
Portrait of an icon Zinedine Zidane

France Under 21s – 18 appearances

France Senior National Team – 108 appearances

Accolades and Honors

Club

France Girondins Bordeaux

UEFA Intertoto Cup: won once, 1995

Juventus

Serie A: won twice, 1996-97, 1997-98

Supercoppa Italiana: won once, 1997

UEFA Super Cup: won once, 1996

Intercontinental Cup: won once, 1996

UEFA Intertoto Cup: won once, 1999

Real Madrid

A celebration of Zinedine Zidane

La Liga: won once, 2002-03

Supercopa de España: won twice, 2001, 2003

UEFA Champions League: won once, 2001-02

UEFA Super Cup: won once, 2002

Intercontinental Cup: won once: 2002

France Senior National Team

FIFA World Cup: won once, 1998

UEFA European Football Championship: won once, 2000

Individual

Zinedine Zidane

Ligue 1 Young Player of the Year, won once, 1994

Ligue 1 Player of the Year, won once, 1996

Serie A Foreign Footballer of the Year, won twice, 1997, 2001

UEFA Club Midfielder of the Year, won once, 1998

FIFA World Cup Final Man of the Match, won once, 1998

World Soccer Awards Player of the Year, won once, 1998

Ballon D’or, won once, 1998

L’Équipe Champion of Champions, won once, 1998

French Player of the Year, won twice, 1998, 2002

Onze d’Or, won three times, 1998, 2000, 2001

FIFA World Player of the Year, won three times, 1998, 2000, 2003

FIFA World Cup All-Star Team, won twice, 1998, 2006

ESM Season XI, won four times, 1997-98, 2001–02, 2002–03, 2003–04

World Soccer 100 Greatest Players of the 20th Century, won once, 1999

UEFA Euro Player of the Tournament, won once, 2000

UEFA Euro Team of the Tournament, won twice, 2000, 2004

Serie A Footballer of the Year, won once, 2001

UEFA Team of the Year, won three times, 2001, 2002, 2003

UEFA Champions League Final Man of the Match, won once,2002

Best Foreign Player in La Liga, won once, 2002

UEFA Club Footballer of the Year, won once, 2002

FIFA World Cup Dream Team, won once, 2002

FIFA 100 Greatest Living Footballers, won once, 2004

UEFA Best European Player of the Past 50 Years, won once, 2004

FIFPro World XI All-Star Team, won once, 2005, 2006

FIFA World Cup Golden Ball, won once, 2006

UNFP Honorary Award, won once, 2007

Laureus Lifetime Achievement Award, won once, 2011

Chevalier (Knight) of the Légion d’honneur, 1998

Officer (Officer) of the Légion d’honneur, 2009

Personal Life

Zinedine Zidane family
Zinedine Zidane family member

Zinedine Zidane has now retired from football and is generally considered to be one of the greatest players ever to play the game. Zinedine Zidane has been married for a long time and has four children who are all in the Real Madrid Academy. He continues to work at Real Madrid even though he has retired from playing.

Unfortunately, Zinedine Zidane will be best remembered for his final game before retirement, the 2006 FIFA World Cup. In this game, Zidane was given a red card for head butting an Italian player. Zidane subsequently apologized and never played professional football again. He was given a three-match suspension from football, which was pointless because of his retirement; he did, however, complete three days of community service.

Zinedine Zidane still plays regular football with Real Madrid Veterans team and is also part of Qatar’s successful bid to host the 2022 FIFA World Cup.

Conclusion

Zinedine Zidane is one of football’s greatest ever players. Even though he has been retired for several years, he is remembered by football fans the world over. It’s a shame that most people now remember him as the man who head-butted Marco Materazzi during the world cup final. He has won everything, including football’s most significant competition, the FIFA World Cup.

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