Zinedine Zidane was born on the 23rd of June 1972 in Marseille, France.
Having played for several clubs in Marseille, Zinedine joined the training academy of the Association Sportive de Cannes at the age of 15, and began his career as a professional footballer two years later.
In 1992, Zinedine Zidane moved to the Girondins team in Bordeaux. It was there that he played for the first time in the European Cup, and the quality of his performances paved the way for him to enter the national French A team in 1994.
At the end of the Euro 1996 tournament, Zinedine signed for Juventus de Turin, discovering there the merits of a rigorous physical training regime and a winning culture. Having played a huge part in France’s victorious World Cup campaign as well as enjoying a stellar season with Juventus, Zinedine received the Golden Ball trophy in 1998.
After 5 seasons playing in Italy, during which time he secured various league and cup titles, including the 2000 Euro Cup with the French national team, Zinedine signed with Real Madrid in 2001. Whilst wearing the No. 5 shirt, Zinedine Zidane enjoyed many victories, winning numerous trophies, including an unforgettable goal to win the Champions’ League 2002!
Awarded 108 caps for the French side, Zinedine Zidane scored 31 goals over this time. He retired as a player after the final of the 2006 World Cup, held in Germany.
From 2013 to 2014, Zinedine Zidane acted as assistant coach at Real Madrid, then moved to the Real Madrid Castilla team as head coach until 2016. On the 4th of January 2016, he was appointed head coach at Real Madrid.
- UEFA Super Cup Winner with Juventus de Turin
- Inter-continental Cup Winner
- Italian League Champion with Juventus de Turin.
- Italian Super Cup Winner
- Italian League Champion with Juventus de Turin
- World Cup Winner with the French national team
2000 : European Cup Winner with the French national team
2001 : Spanish super cup with Real de Madrid
- Champions’ League Winner with Real Madrid
- Inter-continental Cup Winner
- UEFA Super Cup Winner
- Spanish League Winner with Real Madridid
- Spanish Super Cup Winner
- Named as ‘best player of the year’ at least once in every single championship he has participated in.
- Named the ‘Best European Footballer in History’ by the BBC.
- Voted the ‘Best European Footballer of the Past 50 Years’ by FIFA and UEFA.
- Three-times named as the Best Footballer of the Year by FIFA in 1998, 2000 and 2003.
- Winner of the Golden Ball trophy in 1998.
- Named in FIFA and UEFA ‘Team of the 21st Century’.
- Named ‘Best Player’ in the World Cup 2006.
In addition to his professional activities, Zinedine Zidane also participates in many charitable activities, putting his public image, profile and contacts to use where possible.
Since the year 2000, he has been one of the “Honorary Godparents” in the European Leukodystrophy Association (ELA), which gives support to families who have been affected by the disease, as well as funding research into the disease.
Named ‘Goodwill Ambassador‘ in 2001 in the fight against poverty, as part of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), a United Nations programme. Alongside Ronaldo, he has organised the Match Against Poverty since 2003 – a football match that brings together the big names in football, and whose profits are used to finance projects in the fight against poverty worldwide.
Zinedine created his own foundation in 2010: the Zinedine Zidane Foundation, aimed at providing support to the most underprivileged in society.
“Five-a-side football takes me back to the kind of football I used to play at the very start: spontaneous, generous and convivial. Five-a-side is very different to 11-a-side football; it allows players more time with the ball, on a pitch that is far smaller, all the while allowing for great expression and enjoyment. Whatever level it is played at, five-a-side football offers a game of increased freedom and pleasure. It represents both a return to football’s roots as well as providing a great future for the game.”