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Zinedine Zidane

Zinedine Zidane is a former footballer from France and is considered as one of the best players of his generation. As a player he has won the tournaments like La Liga, Serie A, Champions League. He has also laid his hands on the FIFA Best Player of the Year and the Ballon d‘Or awards.



Managerial Career and Titles


Zinedine Zidane was appointed the coach of Real Madrid’s B team, Real Madrid Castilla in 2014-15. Prior to that, he served as an assistant coach to Carlo Ancelloti in the first team of Real Madrid.

In 2016, he replaced Rafael Benitez as the manager of the first team of Real Madrid. He made his mark in no time, beating their arch rivals FC Barcelona 2-1 in El Classico that ended their 39 game unbeaten run. This was the first of the many instances under Zidane where Madrid showed their propensity to catch up with Barcelona, after lagging behind in the recent past under managers like Jose Murinho and Rafael Benitez.

He ended his first season on a very high note by winning the UEFA Champions League and joining the elite list of players who have won the Champions League both as a player and a manager.

In the December of 2016, Madrid won the FIFA Club World Cup. Zidane made a record of going 40 matches unbeaten, thus crossing Louis Enrique’s mark of 39 games with Barcelona. The same season, Madrid ended up winning the La Liga, making it a cherry on the top.

He was awarded the FIFA Best Men’s Coach Award in 2017.

However, Madrid’s performance dipped in the 2017-18 season, finishing third behind Barcelona and Atletico Madrid in the La Liga and finishing 2nd in their pool in the Champions League.


But despite their poor league form, Madrid and Zidane upped the ante in the knockout stages of the UEFA Champions League, and eventually beat Liverpool 3-1 in the final to win their third successive Champions League title, and their 13th overall.


On 31st May 2018, Zidane announced that he would step down from his position as manager of Real Madrid.


Tactics


Zidane has proven himself to be a successful tactician, which is reflected in the remarkable way his team has performed in. His greatest strength is to perhaps shuffle the line-up in a way which not only counters the strength of the opposition, but also maximizes the utility of the depth of the current talented Madrid side.


"The little brother I didn't have" - Zinedine Zidane delivers heartfelt message to Real Madrid superstar
"The little brother I didn't have" - Zinedine Zidane delivers heartfelt message to Real Madrid superstar

"The little brother I didn't have" - Zinedine Zidane delivers heartfelt message to Real Madrid superstar

"There aren't 50 clubs where I can go" - Zinedine Zidane breaks silence on future amid PSG links
"There aren't 50 clubs where I can go" - Zinedine Zidane breaks silence on future amid PSG links

"There aren't 50 clubs where I can go" - Zinedine Zidane breaks silence on future amid PSG links

"More than deserves it" - Zidane believes whole world wants Real Madrid superstar Karim Benzema to win 2022 Ballon d'Or 
"More than deserves it" - Zidane believes whole world wants Real Madrid superstar Karim Benzema to win 2022 Ballon d'Or 

"More than deserves it" - Zidane believes whole world wants Real Madrid superstar Karim Benzema to win 2022 Ballon d'Or 

"When we talked to him about Galtier, he laughed" - Daniel Riolo says Neymar was convinced Zidane would be PSG manager 
"When we talked to him about Galtier, he laughed" - Daniel Riolo says Neymar was convinced Zidane would be PSG manager 

"When we talked to him about Galtier, he laughed" - Daniel Riolo says Neymar was convinced Zidane would be PSG manager 

"You can't go back in time" - Zidane says he's 'not proud' of infamous headbutt on Materazzi in 2006 World Cup final
"You can't go back in time" - Zidane says he's 'not proud' of infamous headbutt on Materazzi in 2006 World Cup final

"You can't go back in time" - Zidane says he's 'not proud' of infamous headbutt on Materazzi in 2006 World Cup final

"He would have been important that night" - Zidane says former France teammate was the only one who could've prevented infamous headbutt
"He would have been important that night" - Zidane says former France teammate was the only one who could've prevented infamous headbutt

"He would have been important that night" - Zidane says former France teammate was the only one who could've prevented infamous headbutt

"I'm your biggest fan" - Brazilian great Ronaldinho sends heartfelt message to Zinedine Zidane
"I'm your biggest fan" - Brazilian great Ronaldinho sends heartfelt message to Zinedine Zidane

"I'm your biggest fan" - Brazilian great Ronaldinho sends heartfelt message to Zinedine Zidane

"Nobody has done what he has" - What Zidane said about best ever player debate dominated by Messi and Ronaldo resurfaces as PSG links emerge
"Nobody has done what he has" - What Zidane said about best ever player debate dominated by Messi and Ronaldo resurfaces as PSG links emerge

"Nobody has done what he has" - What Zidane said about best ever player debate dominated by Messi and Ronaldo resurfaces as PSG links emerge

“I’m not even sure that the Emir of Qatar is really interested” – Zinedine Zidane’s advisor silences reports linking Frenchman with PSG job
“I’m not even sure that the Emir of Qatar is really interested” – Zinedine Zidane’s advisor silences reports linking Frenchman with PSG job

“I’m not even sure that the Emir of Qatar is really interested” – Zinedine Zidane’s advisor silences reports linking Frenchman with PSG job

"Messi will finally have a decent manager", "He will thrive under Zidane" - Messi and PSG fans lose their mind as reports claim Frenchman is close to becoming manager of Ligue 1 club
"Messi will finally have a decent manager", "He will thrive under Zidane" - Messi and PSG fans lose their mind as reports claim Frenchman is close to becoming manager of Ligue 1 club

"Messi will finally have a decent manager", "He will thrive under Zidane" - Messi and PSG fans lose their mind as reports claim Frenchman is close to becoming manager of Ligue 1 club

Zinedine Zidane 'travels to Qatar' to finalize PSG contract - Reports 
Zinedine Zidane 'travels to Qatar' to finalize PSG contract - Reports 

Zinedine Zidane 'travels to Qatar' to finalize PSG contract - Reports 

5 clubs who have won most Champions League titles
5 clubs who have won most Champions League titles

5 clubs who have won most Champions League titles

Zinedine Zidane doesn't want to become PSG manager as he has eyes on national team job - Reports 
Zinedine Zidane doesn't want to become PSG manager as he has eyes on national team job - Reports 

Zinedine Zidane doesn't want to become PSG manager as he has eyes on national team job - Reports 

5 players with best minutes-per-goal record since the 1999-00 season
5 players with best minutes-per-goal record since the 1999-00 season

5 players with best minutes-per-goal record since the 1999-00 season

Zinedine Zidane among PSG's 5-man shortlist to replace Mauricio Pochettino: Reports
Zinedine Zidane among PSG's 5-man shortlist to replace Mauricio Pochettino: Reports

Zinedine Zidane among PSG's 5-man shortlist to replace Mauricio Pochettino: Reports

Peter Crouch names his greatest XI in UEFA Champions League history
Peter Crouch names his greatest XI in UEFA Champions League history

Peter Crouch names his greatest XI in UEFA Champions League history

Zinedine Zidane as manager remains top priority for PSG if Mauricio Pochettino is let go - Reports
Zinedine Zidane as manager remains top priority for PSG if Mauricio Pochettino is let go - Reports

Zinedine Zidane as manager remains top priority for PSG if Mauricio Pochettino is let go - Reports

5 clubs with most league titles since 2000
5 clubs with most league titles since 2000

5 clubs with most league titles since 2000

4 Ballon d'Or winners who picked Cristiano Ronaldo over Lionel Messi
4 Ballon d'Or winners who picked Cristiano Ronaldo over Lionel Messi

4 Ballon d'Or winners who picked Cristiano Ronaldo over Lionel Messi

Zinedine Zidane's potential PSG arrival could affect Real Madrid's pursuit of Kylian Mbappe: Reports
Zinedine Zidane's potential PSG arrival could affect Real Madrid's pursuit of Kylian Mbappe: Reports

Zinedine Zidane's potential PSG arrival could affect Real Madrid's pursuit of Kylian Mbappe: Reports

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