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Full name Zinedine Yazid Zidane
Date of birth 23 June 1972 (age 35)
Place of birth Marseille, France
Height 1.85 m (6 ft 1 in)
Playing position Attacking midfielder
1982-1983 US Saint-Henri
1983-1987 SO Septèmes-les-Vallons
Years Club App (Gls)* 1988-1992 Cannes 061 0(6)
1992-1996 Bordeaux 135 (28)
1996-2001 Juventus 151 (24)
2001-2006 Real Madrid 155 (37)
Career 502 (95)
1994-2006 France 108 (31)
1998 World Cup
Zidane was a member of the French national football team that won the 1998 FIFA World Cup. During France's second match of the first round, he received a red card and a two-game suspension in a 4-0 win over Saudi Arabia for stomping on Saudi Arabia's team captain Fuad Amin. Reports from people close to Zidane stated that Amin had provoked him verbally. This incident was much like the incident to follow, in the 2006 FIFA World Cup. After scoring in the penalty shootout in the quarter-final against Italy, he scored his only other goals of the tournament in the final against Brazil; both goals were headers off corner kicks during the first half. France won the match 3-0 and obtained their first and only World Cup title.
2000 European Championship
In the Euro 2000 tournament, Zidane helped his team reach the final with inspired play and important goals. He scored a direct free kick in the quarter-final against Spain and a golden goal penalty in the semi-final against Portugal. France went on to win the tournament by defeating Italy in the final, making it the first team in 26 years to hold both the World Cup and the European Cup (since Germany held both titles in 1974). Subsequently, his team was ranked 1st in the world.
Awards, honours, and appointments
In 2004, Forbes magazine had named him the 42nd highest paid athlete in the world at earnings of US$15.8 million a year. Zidane is the President for Life for Nouvelle Vague, a club in Marseille coached by his brother Farid (فريد). In 2001, Zidane was appointed as the United Nations Development Programme Goodwill Ambassador for the fight against poverty. Since 2000, Zidane has been consistently voted one of the most popular French personalities in newspaper polls. He was voted most popular in 2000, 2003, 2004 and 2006, second most popular in 2005, and fourth most popular in 2001 and in 2002. In November 2006, Zidane toured Bangladesh as the guest of Nobel Peace Prize winner Muhammad Yunus