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Zinedine Zidane
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Personal information
Full nameZinedine Yazid Zidane
Date of birth23 June 1972 (1972-06-23) (age 47)
Place of birthMarseille, France
Height1.85 m (6 ft 1 in)
Playing positionMidfielder (retired)
Youth career
1987-1988Cannes
Senior career*
YearsTeamApps(Gls)
1988-1992
1992-1996
1996-2001
2001-2006
Cannes
Girondins Bordeaux
Juventus
Real Madrid
National team
1994-2006France
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

Zinedine Yazid Zidane (born 23 June 1972, nicknamed Zizou, Yaz and ZZ) is a French retired football player. He played for four European clubs and the French national team.

Early life

Zidane was born in Marseille and is of Kabyle Berber descent.

Career

Zidane played for several famous football clubs, like Juventus of Italy and Real Madrid of Spain. He led France to win the 1998 FIFA World Cup and the 2000 European Football Championship. In 2002 he also won the European Championship for Real Madrid, this was the ninth championship for Real Madrid. Zidane became World Footballer of the year three times. He led France to the 2006 world cup final and was arguably the best player in the tournament. He was one of the greatest players of his generation and his reputation was marred by the sending off against Italy in the 2006 world cup final.

Retirement

In 2006, Zidane announced that he would retire after the World Cup. Zidane was famous for headbutting Marco Materazzi at the 110th minute of the extra time at the Final game and was sent off with a red card; France eventually got second place. This incident was known to many as the Zidane headbutt.

Club career statistics

Club performance League CupContinentalTotal
SeasonClubLeague AppsGoals AppsGoalsAppsGoalsAppsGoals
FranceLeague Coupe de France EuropeTotal
1988/89 Cannes Division 1 2 0 0 0 - 2 0
1989/90 0 0 0 0 - 0 0
1990/91 28 1 0 0 - 28 1
1991/92 31 5 0 0 4 0 35 5
1992/93 Girondins Bordeaux Division 1 35 10 0 0 - 35 10
1993/94 34 6 0 0 6 2 40 8
1994/95 37 6 3 2 4 1 44 9
1995/96 33 6 14 3 8 1 55 10
ItalyLeague Coppa Italia EuropeTotal
1996/97 Juventus Serie A 29 5 9 1 10 2 48 8
1997/98 32 7 13 5 11 3 56 15
1998/99 25 2 6 0 10 0 41 2
1999/00 32 4 14 5 4 0 50 9
2000/01 33 6 7 2 4 0 44 8
SpainLeague Copa del Rey EuropeTotal
2001/02 Real Madrid La Liga 31 7 9 1 9 3 49 11
2002/03 33 9 7 3 14 3 54 15
20018/04 33 6 11 4 10 3 54 13
2004/05 29 6 0 0 10 0 39 6
2005/06 29 9 15 5 4 0 48 14
Country France 200 34 17 5 22 4 239 43
Italy 151 24 49 13 49 5 249 42
Spain 155 37 42 13 47 9 244 59
Total 506 95 108 31 118 18 732 144

International career statistics

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France national team
YearAppsGoals
1994 2 2
1995 6 2
1996 12 1
1997 8 1
1998 15 5
1999 6 1
2000 13 4
2001 8 2
2002 9 1
2003 7 3
2004 7 4
2005 5 2
2006 10 3
Total 108 31

References