He transferred to Bordeaux in , and in ensuing years the attacking midfielder earned renown for his sterling all-around play. Prone to the occasional flash of temper, Zidane otherwise was the embodiment of control with the ball at his feet, seemingly knowing when to maneuver through the defense, find a teammate with a pinpoint pass or rocket a shot at the goal. Zidane transferred to Juventus F. At his peak when France hosted the World Cup, Zidane spearheaded Les Bleus' march through the tournament with his crisp passing and dribbling, and then scored twice as France shut down Brazil in the final, , to become a national hero.
Two years later, Zidane again was the linchpin of the French team's run to international glory, which culminated with a win over Italy for the European Championship. Zidane had indicated he would retire after the World Cup in Germany, and it appeared his career was heading for a storybook finish when France advanced to the final against Italy. Instead, it ended in shocking fashion when, enraged by opponent Marco Materazzi's comments to him in extra time, he slammed his head into the Italian player's chest.
Zidane was thrown out of the game, and France subsequently lost on penalty kicks. Zidane joined Real Madrid's front office as an adviser and was named the club's sporting director in The following year, it was announced the French soccer legend would begin coaching at Real Madrid's youth academy, and in he was named coach of the club's B team. In January , Zidane took over as manager of Real Madrid's first team.
While some doubted how he would fare in front of a demanding owner and fan base, the icon soon silenced the critics with his overwhelming success, becoming the first manager to win two and then three consecutive Champions League titles.
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Appointed a United Nations Goodwill Ambassador in March , Zidane annually captains a team of soccer stars against a side led by fellow retired idol and U. Ambassador Ronaldo in a match for charity.
In , he also served as a high-profile ambassador of Qatar's successful bid to host the World Cup. We strive for accuracy and fairness. If you see something that doesn't look right, contact us! The new footballers took time to gel but Milan managed to qualify for the UEFA Cup thanks to a playoff win over Sampdoria, with Massaro scoring the only goal of the game in extra-time. The new coach was an exponent of the zone-to-zone total football, along with pressure and speed on opponents when they had ball possession.
Despite some adverse off-field penalties, including losing a match against Roma, the team fought back and went head-to-head with Diego Maradona's Napoli at the top of the table. From that point on, it was success after success.
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Over , spectators filled Barcelona's Nou Camp stadium to watch Milan run out winners. The period between and was undoubtedly the most prolific period, both in terms of trophies won and for the excellent performances and exciting style of play. Aka: "The Immortals" and "The Invincibles", Milan took the game to new heights but the late '90s were not as positive as the beginning of the decade. The players were called back early from their summer holidays, with some of them having just won the World Cup.
The squad gathered in Milanello, united and determined, and they qualified for UCL group stage thanks to a two-legged win over Red Star Belgrade in the preliminary round.
Milan also started well in the league but paid for the lack of pre-season training as the year wore on. However, some warm-weather training in Malta during the winter break revamped the team. Over the last few seasons the Rossoneri, four-times semi-finalists in the top European competition in five years, have certainly reaffirmed themselves as key players in the national and international scenarios, and are prepared for new achievements supported by the enthusiasm of their numerous fans In Italy and abroad, and by over one hundred years of thrills and successes.
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