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Zinedine Zidane: The Man of Trophies

Zinedine Yazid Zidane(nicknamed “Zizou”), born 23 June 1972, is a French professional Football coach and a former French player who last managed Real Madrid.

The 45 years old has achieved a lot in his both playing as well as coaching career. Widely regarded as one of the greatest of all time, Zidane was an elite playmaker, renowned for his elegance, vision, ball control and technique.

Zidane transformed from player to coach in Real Madrid Castilla becoming assistant under Carlo Ancelotti for the 2013-14 season.

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Some moments which defines the Zinedine Zidane’s career are listed below:

As Player:

1. The Bordeaux Breakthrough

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Zidane was trained and developed at the French club Cannes U19 and then he played for the senior team of Cannes.

After scoring just 6 goals from 61 appearances he jumped into the Ligue 1 with Bordeaux.

It was the start of a Trophy winning run for Zidane as Bordeaux won 1995 Intertoto cup and netted 28 times from 139 appearances.

2. The 1998 World Cup Final

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Before playing the 1998 World Cup for France, he was transferred to Juventus FC in 1996 for just €3.15m.

But playing his World Cup in front of their own fans Zidane decided to make his name remember in the history of French Football as he scores 2 goals on the night of final.

The run of trophies continues as he achieved most iconic trophy in the history of World Football i.e. World Cup.

3. Move to Bernebau

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After the fantastic spell in Turin for Juventus, Zidane moved to the Spanish Capital Madrid to become the Galactico

The interest of one of the best club in the world shows that Zidane was on the peak of his game and ready to continue his trophy run.

The €77.5 million fee from Juventus to Real Madrid shows that how much he was valued by the Italian giants.

In his very first season for Madrid, he scored a famous match-winning weak footed volley in the Champions League final against Bayern Leverkusen winning the title in 2002 and completing his own quadruple.

In next season, Zidane helped Real Madrid to win the 2002-03 La Liga title starring alongside Luis Figo and was named FIFA player of the year.

Zidane’s final season comes out to be trophyless.

4. Headbutt in WC 2006

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In World Cup game Zidane headbutts Marco Materazzi in the chest in the game where Italy wins on the penalty shootout.

It turns out to be the last match as a player and he ends that career with the red card.

Zidane explained after the headbutt incident

“What annoyed me most was that some supporters or journalists said that I insulted his mother. I would never have allowed myself to offend his mother, because I lost mine a long time ago.”

As Manager:

1. First Step as Manager

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Having retired as one of the best, his club gives him a future in management career as he starts working for Real Madrid’s Castilla side(Real Madrid B side).

He also worked under Carlo Ancelotti as an assistant manager for the 2013-14 season.

Zidane learned quite fast as he trains and nurtures Real Madrid youngsters for their better career.

2. The Triumph against Atletico

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Winning UEFA Champions League in his very first season as manager was the biggest achievement for Zidane.

Many people doubted Zidane’s management skills but he proved everyone wrong and become the legend and the mastermind of this sport.

3. The Triplet

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Zidane won his third consecutive Champions League title, despite the horrible mistakes from Liverpool’s goalkeeper Larius Karius Zidane’s boys show their capability to deliver on big stage.

He got the best out of the trio of Madrid BBC and some attacking midfielders like Isco and Asensio made his work easy.

Zidane acclaimed many individual accolades as a player, being named the FIFA World Player of the Year three times, in 1998, 2000 and 2003, while also winning the 1998 Ballon d’Or.

Zidane is also one of eight players to have won the FIFA World Cup, the UEFA Champions League, and the Ballon d’Or

He won the UEFA Champions League twice, a La Liga title, a Supercopa de España, and both the UEFA Super Cup and FIFA Club World Cup twice.

In 2018, Zidane led Real Madrid to another UEFA Champions League, his third in a row, becoming the only coach in the history of football to win three consecutive UEFA Champions League titles.

A few days after the victory, he resigned as Real Madrid coach.

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