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Zinedine Zidane

Zinedine Zidane  
Complete Name: Zinedine Zidane
Nationality: French
Place of Birth: Marseille, France
Date of Birth: 23/06/1972
Height: 185 cm
Weight: 80 kg
National Team: France- A
Current Club: Real Madrid CF (Spain)
Position: Attacking Midfielder

Zinedine Zidane Career

Cannes (France), Bordeaux (France), Juventus (Italy), Real Madrid (Spain)

Zinedine Zidane Honours

1998 Golden boot (Juventus)
1998 World Cup winner (France)
2000 European Championship winner (France)
1996 Intercontinental Cup winner (Juventus)
2002 Intercontinental Cup winner (Real Madrid)
1996 European SuperCup winner (Juventus)
2002 European SuperCup winner (Real Madrid)
2002 Champions League winner (Real Madrid)
1997 Italian SuperCup winner (Juventus)
1997 Serie A Champions (Juventus)
1998 Serie A Champions (Juventus)
2003 Primera League Champions (Real Madrid)
1997 Champions League Finals (Juventus)
1998 Champions League Finals (Juventus)
1996 UEFA Cup Finals (Bordeaux)
2002 Spanish Cup Finals (Real Madrid)
2004 Spanish Cup Finals (Real Madrid)

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Zinédine Zidane (born June 23, 1972, in Marseille, France), nicknamed Zizou, is a football player for Real Madrid and formerly France. He is a Muslim of Algerian kabyle Berber ethnic origin. Through his status as a prominent Frenchman of Arabic descent, he promotes racial and religious tolerance, especially among the youth.

He was a member of the French football team in the 1998 Football World Cup, which France won, scoring two goals in the final against Brazil. He has been elected three times as FIFA World Player of the Year (1998, 2000, 2003). Zidane is often considered to be the best footballer in the world, and perhaps one of the most talented players of all time. An elegant dribbler of the ball, Zidane's passing ability and perfect balance make him the natural successor of France's Michel Platini.

In an interview he declared that when he was a teenager, Zidane admired Olympique de Marseille's Uruguayan striker Enzo Francescoli. He once was a ballboy at a match with Francescoli and thus saw him up close.

In 2001 Zidane transferred from Italian team Juventus to Spanish club side Real Madrid on a four-year contract. The transfer fee was US$64.45 million, making him the most expensive player in football history. While Zidane initially took a while to settle in among the superstars of Madrid, the season culminated in him scoring the winning goal in a 2-1 win over the German team Bayer Leverkusen in the 2001-2002 Champions League Final.

Injuries prevented him from reprising his 1998 performance in the 2002 Football World Cup. France's defence of their trophy was one of the most unsuccessful in World Cup history, the team being eliminated in the First Round without scoring a single goal.

Zidane is well-liked in France, and is known to be a modest, quiet, even to the point of being shy, footballer. He is married to a French woman of Spanish descent and has three children. As a Guardian feature article says, however, Zidane has also occasional flashes of aggression on the pitch.

In 2004, Zidane was named to the FIFA 100, a list of the 125 greatest living footballers selected by Pelé as a part of FIFA's centenary celebrations. In 2004, he was also voted the best European player for the past 50 years in the UEFA Golden Jubilee Poll.

He was an Athens 2004 Torchbearer.

On August 12, 2004 Zidane retired from international football. He announced on February 4, 2005 that he would retire from the game at the end of his current contract with Real Madrid, at the end of the 2006/07 season.

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