Biography of Zinedine Zidane
In 1987 he made his debut as part of the French club Cannes.
1992 signed a contract with French Bordeaux.
1994 – 2006 the main team of France. Team captain.
1996 bought by the Italian football club Juventus.
2001 moved to Real Madrid.
His name Zinedine or Yazid means “beauty of faith”. The fifth and youngest of the children in the family. Parents Zidan Smail and Malika, sister Leela and brothers Nordin, Farid and Jamel are a large, friendly and correct family of the Islamic faith. The Zidane family emigrated to France in 1953 at the height of the Algerian war. Yazid showed not bad abilities, like his older brother, but the family could not pay for the education.
In the boys’ room, Zinedine had two posters with football players – Jamel Zidane and Enzo Francescoli. Djamel Zidane is a namesake and fellow countryman, midfielder of the Algerian national team, which legendaryly defeated the German national team at the 82 World Cup. Enzo Francescoli is the hero of Uruguayan football.
Zinedine participates in reviews and training camps in order to be in front of Marseille coaches. The small Marseille clubs “Saint-Henri”, “Septem-le-Vallon” were the beginning. Children are given uniforms, more or less trained and allowed to play football on the field to their heart’s content. Jean Varro found Zidane at the next review and recommended him to the Cannes club. So he became a member of the youth team of the club. A year later, already living in the hostel of the Mimon center, he constantly plays in youth teams and is involved in various teams. He studies at a sports school, and the club pays for accommodation and meals.
With Fabrizio Monacino, he plays in the cadet squad of the French team. And gradually goes through all the steps from the youth to the youth team of France. On May 20, 1989, as a candidate, Zidane in an away match against Nantes first comes on as a substitute. The game of the first French division was his debut.
The main problems of Zidane at that time were weak heading and behavior on the field, he was very emotional. He often hit opponents with his head in the chest being enraged. “Cannes” in the 1990/91 season managed to take 4th place in the championship. But the next season was a failure.
On the field
In 1992, Zinedine Zidane agrees and signs a contract with Bordeaux. Playing for Bordeaux, Zizou scored 10 goals in his first season.
In 1996, at the end of the European Championship, Zidane was sold to Juventus Turin for three million euros. As part of he spent five years, and was recognized as the best football player in the world. And during this time he won two Italian championships (1997, 1998), the Italian Super Cup (1997), the European Super Cup (1996) and the Intercontinental Cup (1996).
On August 17, 1994, as part of the French national team, he played an away friendly match against the Czech Republic. Played 106 matches and scored 29 goals. He took part in three World Championships (1998, 2002 and 2006) and three European Championships (1996, 2000 and 2004), first as a midfielder, then as the captain of the national team.
The most productive tournaments are the 1998 World Cup and Euro 2000. Playing in the French national team became the World Champion in 1998. Vice World Champion 2006. European Champion 2000. Winner of the King Hassan II Cup in 1998 and 2000. Zidane has mastered the art of heading.
With my beloved wife
The 1998 World Cup made him a national hero, thanks to two successful attacks, namely from the head. Zidane received the title of the best player in the world and the Golden Ball in 1998. He was just like hot cakes, he began acting in commercials.
Algerian by origin, playing for the country’s national team, he seemed to personify the unity of the French team, so multinational in composition. The loud defeat of the French team at the European Championships and the political party “National Front” Le Pen immediately declared – “there are too many foreigners in the team.” To which, Zinedine boldly replied that the multinational composition of the French team is the best anti-propaganda of Le Pen’s nationalist prejudices.
At the end of the 2000/01 season, on 9 July 2001 Di Stéfano, Honorary President of Real Madrid presented Zinedine Zidane with the number 5 shirt. The amount of the transfer was a record – 78 million dollars. The income of the football player himself for playing in Real Madrid ranged from 5.6 million to 7.2 million dollars a year. In just his first two years at Real Madrid, Zizou won the Intercontinental Cup and the Spanish Super Cup, the Champions League, the Spanish Championship and the European Super Cup.
In 2006, Zinedine Zidane, as part of the French national team, reached the final of the world championship. During the final match “Italy – France” between opponents Zidane and Marco Materazzi there was a verbal skirmish, which ended with a signature blow to the chest. Zizou received a red card and left the field. Without a captain, the French team lost on penalties and finished second. Zidane ended his football career at the end of the 2006 World Cup. From June 1, 2009, he worked as an assistant to Real Madrid president Florentino Perez. On November 12, 2010, he became an adviser to the president of the club, Florentino Perez. Since May 2011, he has been the sports director of Real Madrid and the coach of the children’s team.
Personal life of Zinedine Zidane
Zidane met his wife while living at the Memon Center. Veronica Fernandez conquered him at first sight. She lived there and studied at the dance school. For the first time together in public, they appeared at the presentation of his first car, the red Renault Clio, for the winning goal. In May 1994 they got married. Happy parents of four sons.
In France, Zidane is very loved and respected not only for his football achievements. An exemplary family man, a faithful husband and an excellent father. He always put his family and her interests first.
So his transition to Real Madrid is often associated with the origin of his wife. The Spaniard did not like the climate of Turin, and she insisted on moving. Often Zinedine refused social events in order to spend more time with his family. Brought up in the love of parents, their son became the successor of family values. He always said that he wanted to have at least four children. Enzo is the name given to his first child by Zidane.
Zinedine Zidane loves children and does a lot to develop children’s sports. At the end of his sports career in 2006, he does a lot of charity work. Organizes and takes part in children’s football matches for charity. He sponsored the construction of a children’s department in a hospital in Algeria. As part of the children’s football tournament, arranged by the French company “Danone”, it holds matches for children. He is also a representative of the charitable foundation of this company. Actively participates in the program of social rehabilitation of children left without a home and parents. One of the teams in which Zidane started was called “Foresta”, now it is no longer there. But instead of her, childhood friends created “Nouvelle Vag”. Now Zidane is the honorary president of the amateur club La Castellane. Not just an honorary president, but an active participant in the life of the team.
Since 2001, Zinedine Zidane has been a Goodwill Ambassador for the UN Development Program. A member of the European Association for the Fight Against Leukodystrophy, a Ford Expedition jeep belonging to him was sold at an auction for 39,800 euros especially for the fund of this association.
Lord of the ball
In 2006, the documentary Zidane, un Portrait du 21eme Siecle was presented at the out-of-competition program at the International Cannes Film Festival. In 2008, he played a cameo role in the film “Asterix and Obelix at the Olympic Games” – the ancient football player Nume-rodix, in the French manner “number 10”, Zidane played under this number in the French team.
The current consultant of the French channel Sapa1+ on sports. In 2007, Sapa1+ aired the Zidane Night program on Sapa1+ (from 9 pm to 6 am). An interview with the most shy and taciturn football player in the world and the premiere of the documentary “Zidane’s Last Match” blew up the ratings.
Now Zinedine Zidane tries to spend most of his time with his family, often visiting his native Marseille. He is actively involved in teaching his sons his “trademark feints”. First-born Enzo is already showing great promise, playing for the children’s Real Madrid under coach Zinedine Zidane. A football player’s career is limited by age, but as Zizou himself said, “It’s not how you left that matters, it’s important who you were.”