Zinedine Yazid Zidane (; born 23 June 1972) is a French former professional football player who played as an attacking midfielder. He won the 1998 FIFA World Cup, the UEFA Champions League and the Ballon d’Or as a player. As a coach, he won the Champions League three times consecutively, as well as a La Liga title and a Supercopa de España. He resigned in 2018, but returned to the club as manager in 2019. He is a Muslim of Algerian Kabyle descent.
About Zinedine Zidane in brief
Zinedine Yazid Zidane (; born 23 June 1972) is a French former professional football player who played as an attacking midfielder. He won the 1998 FIFA World Cup, the UEFA Champions League and the Ballon d’Or as a player. As a coach, he won the Champions League three times consecutively, as well as a La Liga title and a Supercopa de España. He resigned in 2018, but returned to the club as manager in 2019. He was the ambassador for Qatar’s successful bid to stage the 2022 FIFA World World Cup. He is one of the most successful managers in the world. Zinedine is a Muslim of Algerian Kabyle descent. His parents emigrated to Paris from Aguemoune in the Berber-speaking region of Kabylie in northern Algeria in 1953 before the start of the Algerian War. The family lived in the northern Marseille suburb of La Castellane in the 16th arrondissement of Marseille. His father worked as a warehouseman and nightwatchman at a housewatch department store, while his mother was an 80-by-12 square-yard plaza owner. He had his earliest introduction in football at the age of five in football games that he played on the Place Tartane. Zizou is the son of Smaïl and Malika, who moved to Paris in the mid-1960s. He has five siblings and is the youngest of five siblings. He retired from football in 2007 after 108 caps for France. He also won the UEFA Euro 2000, and the Golden Ball for Player of the Tournament at the 2006 World Cup despite his infamous sending off in the final against Italy for headbutting Marco Materazzi in the chest.
In 2004, he was named in the FIFA 100, a list of the world’s greatest living players compiled by Pelé, and in the same year was named the best European footballer of the past 50 years in the UEFA Golden Jubilee Poll. In his initial two and a half seasons as Real Madrid Castilla manager, he became the first coach to win the UEFA Super Cup and FIFA Club World Cup twice each. He remained in the position for two years before taking the helm of the first team in 2016. In 2018, he resigned as manager of Real Madrid but returned in 2019, and proceeded to win another La Liga and SupercopA de EspAña title. He currently lives in Madrid with his wife and two children. He and his wife have a son and a daughter who were born in 2007. He married his long-term girlfriend, Nathalie, in 2010. He said in an interview that he is proud of being French, but also very proud of having French roots and being proud of the diversity of his family. He added: “I have an affinity with the Arabic world, I have French roots, but I’m also very Proud of having these roots and this diversity. It was in Marseille where I grew up.”