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Encyclopedia > Zinedine Zidane
Zinedine Zidane
Personal information
Full name Zinedine Yazid Zidane
Date of birth 23 June 1972 (1972-06-23) (age 36)
Place of birth    Marseille, France
Height 1.85 m (6 ft 1 in)
Playing position Attacking midfielder (retired)
Youth clubs
1982–1983
1983–1987
1987–1988
US Saint-Henri
SO Septèmes-les-Vallons
AS Cannes
Senior clubs1
Years Club App (Gls)*
1988–1992
1992–1996
1996–2001
2001–2006
AS Cannes
Girondins Bordeaux
Juventus
Real Madrid
Career
061 0(6)
135 (28)
151 (24)
155 (37)
502 (95)   
National team
1994–2006 France 108 (31)

1 Senior club appearances and goals
counted for the domestic league only.
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Zinedine Yazid Zidane (pronounced [ˌzineˈdin jaziːd ziˈdan ]; born 23 June 1972 in Marseille), popularly nicknamed Zizou, is a French former football midfielder of Algerian Kabyle descent. He was a member of the French national team that won the 1998 FIFA World Cup and Euro 2000, and the recipient of the Golden Ball after he captained the French side to the 2006 World Cup final, a match that saw his career end in controversy after he was sent off for headbutting Italy defender Marco Materazzi. Zidane can refer to: Zinedine Zidane, Real Madrid and French footballer Zidane Tribal, protagonist of the video game Final Fantasy IX This is a disambiguation page: a list of articles associated with the same title. ... is the 174th day of the year (175th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1972 (MCMLXXII) was a leap year starting on Saturday (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... City flag Coat of arms Motto: By her great deeds, the city of Massilia shines The Old Port of Marseille Location Time Zone CET (GMT +1) Coordinates Administration Country Region Provence-Alpes-Côte dAzur Department Bouches-du-Rhône (13) Subdivisions 16 arrondissements (in 8 secteurs) Intercommunality Urban... “Soccer” redirects here. ... For the Australian Rules position, see Midfielder (Australian Rules). ... The Kabyles are a Berber people whose traditional homeland is highlands of Kabylie (or Kabylia) in northeastern Algeria. ... First international Belgium 3 - 3 France (Brussels, Belgium; 1 May 1904) Biggest win France 10 - 0 Azerbaijan (Auxerre, France; 6 September 1995) Biggest defeat Denmark 17 - 1 France (London, England; 22 October 1908) World Cup Appearances 12 (First in 1930) Best result Winners, 1998 European Championship Appearances 7 (First in... 1998 World Cup redirects here. ... The 2000 UEFA European Championship, or Euro 2000, was the 11th edition of the UEFA European Championship, a competition between the national football teams of Europe held every four years and organised by UEFA, footballs governing body in Europe. ... At the end of each FIFA World Cup final tournament, several awards are attributed to the players and teams which have distinguished from the rest, in different aspects of the game. ... 2006 World Cup redirects here. ... Wikinews has related news: Materazzi reveals slur he uttered at 2006 FIFA World Cup Marco Materazzi, Cavaliere Ufficiale OMRI,[2][3] (born August 19, 1973 in Lecce), is an Italian World Cup-winning footballer, who currently plays for Serie A club Internazionale, sometimes known as Inter Milan. ...


He played for four European clubs and lifted the 2002 UEFA Champions League trophy with Real Madrid C.F. after scoring the match-winning goal. One of only two three-time FIFA World Player of the Year winners (Ronaldo the other), he also finished in the top three an additional three occasions, and was also named European Footballer of the Year in 1998. In 2004, fans voted him atop UEFA's fiftieth-anniversary Golden Jubilee Poll, and he was included in Pelé's FIFA 100. The 2001-02 season of the European UEFA Champions League football club tournament was won by Real Madrid. ... Real Madrid redirects here. ... The FIFA World Player of the Year is an Association football award given annually to the male and female player who are thought to be the best in the world, based on votes by coaches and captains of international teams. ... Ronaldo Luis Nazário de Lima (born September 22, 1976), is a Brazilian professional footballer who plays as a striker for Brazil and the Italian Serie A club AC Milan. ... The Ballon dOr trophy, as awarded to Hristo Stoichkov in 1994. ... The Union Européenne de Football Association or Union of European Football Associations in English, almost always referred to by the acronym UEFA (pronounced (you-AY-fuh) or (oo-Ay-fuh) or ), is the administrative and controlling body for European football. ... The UEFA Golden Jubilee Poll is the popular name for an online poll conducted in 2004 by UEFA as part of their Golden Jubilee celebrations, celebrating the best European footballers from the fifty previous years. ... Pele redirects here. ... Pelé The FIFA 100 is a list of the world-renowned Brazilian striker Pelés choice of the greatest living footballers. Unveiled on March 4, 2004 at a gala ceremony in London, the FIFA 100 marked part of the celebrations of the 100th anniversary of the foundation of the F...


Zidane retired from professional football after the 2006 FIFA World Cup,[1] but revealed in a June 2008 interview with BBC that he was interested in returning to football, though he had no definite plans to do so.[2] 2006 World Cup redirects here. ...

Club career

Early career, Cannes and Bordeaux (1988–1996)

Zidane got an early start in football when he joined the junior team of US Saint-Henri, a local club in the La Castellane district of Marseille. At the age of fourteen, he left Septèmes and participated in the first-year junior selection for the league championship, where he caught the attention of AS Cannes scout Jean Varraud. He went to Cannes for a six-week stay, but ended up remaining at the club for four years to play at the professional level. Zidane played his first Ligue 1 match at seventeen, and scored his first goal on 8 February 1991, for which he received a car as a gift from the team president. His first season with Cannes eventually culminated in a UEFA Cup berth. Association Sportive de Cannes Football (a. ... Ligue 1 (Première division or Division 1 until 2003, now called Ligue 1 Orange) is the top division of French and Monegasque football, one of two divisions making up the LFP, the other being Ligue 2. ... is the 39th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1991 (MCMXCI) was a common year starting on Tuesday (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian Calendar. ... The UEFA Cup (also known as European Cup 3, CE3 or C3) is a football competition for European club teams, organized by the Union of European Football Associations (UEFA). ...


Zidane transferred to FC Girondins de Bordeaux for the 1992-93 season, winning the 1995 Intertoto Cup and finishing runner-up in the 1995-96 UEFA Cup in four years with the club. He played a set of midfield combinations with Bixente Lizarazu and Christophe Dugarry, which would become the trademark of both Bordeaux and the 1998 French national team. In 1995, Blackburn Rovers coach Kenny Dalglish had expressed interest in signing both Zidane and Dugarry, to which team owner Jack Walker reportedly replied, "Why do you want to sign Zidane when we have Tim Sherwood?" [1] FC Girondins de Bordeaux is a French football team, playing in the city of Bordeaux. ... The UEFA Intertoto Cup 1995 saw Strasbourg and Bordeaux win their semi-finals to advance to the UEFA Cup. ... The UEFA Cup 1995-96 was won by Bayern Munich on aggregate over Bordeaux. ... Bixente Lizarazu (Basque: //; French: //) (born December 9, 1969 in Saint-Jean-de-Luz, Pays Basque, France) is a former football (soccer) left defender for Bayern Munich and three other professional teams, as well as the French national team. ... Christophe Dugarry (born March 24, 1972 in Lormont) is a former French football (soccer) forward. ... Blackburn Rovers is an English Premier League football club based in the town of Blackburn, Lancashire. ... Kenneth Mathieson Dalglish MBE (born 4 March 1951 in Dalmarnock, Glasgow) is a former Scottish international football player. ... For other people named Jack Walker, see Jack Walker (disambiguation). ... Tim Sherwood (born 02 February 1969 in St Albans, England) is a professional footballer. ...


Juventus (1996–2001)

Zidane (left) with David Beckham at Real Madrid.
Zidane (left) with David Beckham at Real Madrid.

In 1996, Zidane moved to Champions League winners Juventus F.C. for a fee of £3 million. Zidane served as the top playmaker in Marcello Lippi's team as Juventus won the 1996-97 Scudetto and the Intercontinental Cup with a 1-0 win over River Plate. He also reached the 1997 UEFA Champions League final, which Juventus lost 3-1 to Borussia Dortmund. Image File history File linksMetadata Download high-resolution version (262x625, 38 KB) File links The following pages on the English Wikipedia link to this file (pages on other projects are not listed): David Beckham Zinedine Zidane Metadata This file contains additional information, probably added from the digital camera or scanner... Image File history File linksMetadata Download high-resolution version (262x625, 38 KB) File links The following pages on the English Wikipedia link to this file (pages on other projects are not listed): David Beckham Zinedine Zidane Metadata This file contains additional information, probably added from the digital camera or scanner... David Beckham David Robert Joseph Beckham OBE (born May 2, 1975) is an English footballer born in Leytonstone, London. ... Juventus redirects here. ... In football (soccer), a playmaker is an attacking player who controls the flow of the teams offensive play, and is often involved in passing moves which lead to goals[1]. The term overlaps somewhat with attacking midfielder, but playmakers are not constrained to a single position - creativity is the... Marcello Lippi, Commendatore OMRI[1], (born April 11, 1948) is an Italian World Cup-winning football coach and former player. ... Final Classification External links 1996/1997 Serie A Squads - (www. ... 1980-2004 Logo The European/South American Cup, commonly referred to as the Intercontinental Cup or Toyota Cup, was a football competition endorsed by UEFA and CONMEBOL, contested between the winners of the European Champions League and the South American Copa Libertadores in a match played each year, from 1980... For the club from Uruguay see Club Atlético River Plate (Uruguay), for the one from Paraguay see Club Atlético River Plate (Asunción) Club Atlético River Plate, known also as River Plate or simply River, is an Argentine sports club best known for its football team, established... The 1997 UEFA Champions League Final took place at the Olympiastadion in Munich on 28 May 1997. ... BV Borussia Dortmund is a German football club based in Dortmund, North Rhine-Westphalia and one of the most successful clubs in German football. ...


He netted 7 goals in 32 matches to help Juventus retain the Scudetto the following season and make their second consecutive UEFA Champions League final appearance, losing 1-0 to Real Madrid. In the 2000-01 Serie A season Juventus finished second, two points behind champions AS Roma. In total, he scored 24 league goals over five seasons for Juventus, winning an Intercontinental Cup, the 1999 Intertoto Cup, in addition to the two Scudetti. Classification External links 1997/1998 Serie A Squads - (www. ... The 1998 UEFA Champions League Final took place at the Amsterdam ArenA in Amsterdam on 20 May 1998. ... In the 2000-01 season, Serie A, the major football (soccer) Italian professional league, was composed by 18 teams, for the 13th consecutive time from season 1988-89. ... A.S. Roma (Associazione Sportiva Roma) is a Italian football club. ... 1980-2004 Logo The European/South American Cup, commonly referred to as the Intercontinental Cup or Toyota Cup, was a football competition endorsed by UEFA and CONMEBOL, contested between the winners of the European Champions League and the South American Copa Libertadores in a match played each year, from 1980... The UEFA Intertoto Cup 1999 finals were won by Montpellier, Juventus, and West Ham United. ...


Real Madrid (2001–2006)

In 2001, Zidane joined Real Madrid for €76 million, the most expensive transfer fee in football history, and signed a four-year contract.


He enjoyed a steady run of success on the individual and team fronts, beginning with a spectacular winning volley in a 2-1 win over Bayer Leverkusen in the 2002 UEFA Champions League final in Glasgow. The next season, Real Madrid won the European Super Cup, and in addition to winning the 2003 Spanish Super Cup, Zidane was named the 2003 FIFA World Player of the Year for the third time, joining Ronaldo as the only other three-time winner of the award. Bayer 04 Leverkusen Fußball is a German football club based in Leverkusen, North Rhine-Westphalia. ... The 2002 UEFA Champions League Final took place at Hampden Park in Glasgow, Scotland on May 15, 2002. ... For other uses, see Glasgow (disambiguation). ... The 2002 UEFA Super Cup was played on August 30, 2002 between Real Madrid of Spain and Feyenoord of the Netherlands. ... The Supercopa de España (Spanish Super Cup) is a Spanish football trophy created in 1982, played by the winners of the First Division and the Copa del Rey (Kings Cup). ... The 2003 FIFA World Player of the Year award was won by Zinedine Zidane for a record-equalling third time. ... Ronaldo Luis Nazário de Lima (born September 22, 1976), is a Brazilian professional footballer who plays as a striker for Brazil and the Italian Serie A club AC Milan. ...


Despite scoring his first-ever hat-trick in 4-2 win over Sevillla FC, Zidane's final season of club football was less fruitful, as Madrid were eliminated in the semi-finals of the Copa del Rey and in the last sixteen of the Champions League, and finished the league 12 points behind champions FC Barcelona. In sports, a hat-trick (more often rendered in North America as hat trick, without the hyphen) is associated with achieving something in a group of three. ... La Liga 2005/2006 season started August 27, 2005 and finished May 20, 2006. ... Copa del Rey won by FC Barcelona in 1978. ... Futbol Club Barcelona (Spanish IPA: , Catalan IPA: ), known familiarly as Barça (Spanish IPA: , Catalan IPA: ), is a sports club based in Barcelona, Spain. ...


On May 7, 2006, Zidane, who had announced his impending retirement the month before, played his last home match at the Bernabéu, scoring in a 3-3 draw with Villarreal CF. His teammates wore commemorative jerseys with "ZIDANE 2001–2006" stitched below the club logo. is the 127th day of the year (128th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2006 (MMVI) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... The Santiago Bernabéu is a football stadium in Madrid, Spain. ... Villarreal Club de Fútbol SAD, usually abbreviated to Villarreal, is a Spanish Primera División football club based in Vila-real, a small town in the province of Castellon. ...


International career

Zidane holds dual citizenship in both France and Algeria, and therefore was eligible to play for the Algerian national team, but coach Abdelhamid Kermali allegedly denied him a position because he felt the young midfielder was not fast enough.[3] Zidane dismissed the rumour in a 2005 interview, saying that playing for Algeria was out of the question since he had already suited up for France.[4] Countries that do (yellow) and do not (red) recognize multiple citizenship. ... First international Tunisia 1 - 2 Algeria (Tunisia; 01 June 1957) Biggest win Algeria 15 - 1 South Yemen (Libya; 17 August 1973) Biggest defeat East Germany 5 - 0 Algeria (Cottbus, East Germany; 21 April 1976) World Cup Appearances 2 (First in 1982) Best result Round 1, 1982 and 1986 African Nations... Abdelhamid Kermali (born April 24, 1931 in Sétif, Algeria) is a former Algerian footballer and football manager of the Algerian national team. ...


He earned his first cap with France after coming on as a substitute in the 63rd minute of a friendly against the Czech Republic on 17 August 1994. The match ended in a 2-2 draw after Zidane scored twice to help France erase a 2-0 deficit. A friendly match is generally a match where there is no competitive value of any kind, and most times quality of play is valued over the result. ... is the 229th day of the year (230th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1994 (MCMXCIV) The year 1994 was designated as the International Year of the Family and the International Year of the Sport and the Olympic Ideal by the United Nations. ...

European Footballer of the Year (Ballon d'Or) awarded to Zidane in 1998.
European Footballer of the Year (Ballon d'Or) awarded to Zidane in 1998.

At that time, manager Aimé Jacquet had planned to position the team's formation around Manchester United star Eric Cantona, but after Cantona was handed a year-long suspension in January 1995 after assaulting a fan, Jacquet re-arranged the team and positioned Zidane as playmaker. Despite criticism from fans and pundits regarding the choice of players, France made it to the Euro 1996 semifinals, where France were eliminated in a penalty shootout by the Czech Republic after the match ended 0-0 in extra time. Image File history File linksMetadata Download high-resolution version (768x1024, 229 KB) Ballon dor 1998 - Zidane, au Stade Santiago Bernabeu. ... Image File history File linksMetadata Download high-resolution version (768x1024, 229 KB) Ballon dor 1998 - Zidane, au Stade Santiago Bernabeu. ... The Ballon dOr trophy, as awarded to Hristo Stoichkov in 1994. ... Aimé Jacquet (born November 27, 1941) is a French football (soccer) coach and former player, and manager of the France national football team when they won the 1998 FIFA World Cup. ... MUFC redirects here. ... Éric Daniel Pierre Cantona (born 24 May 1966 in Paris raised in Marseille) is a French former footballer of the late 1980s and 1990s. ... The 1996 European Football Championship (or simply Euro 96) was hosted by England. ...

1998 World Cup

During France's second match of the first round, Zidane received a red card and a two-game suspension in a 4-0 win over Saudi Arabia after he stomped on Saudi defender Fuad Amin. Reports from people close to Zidane stated that Amin had provoked him verbally. After netting in the penalty shootout in the quarter-final against Italy, he scored his two other goals of the tournament off headers in the first half of the final against Brazil as France won the match 3-0 and claimed their first World Cup. Misconduct in football (soccer) is any conduct by a player which is deemed by the referee to warrant a disciplinary sanction (caution or dismissal) in accordance with Law 12 the Laws of the Game. ... Fuad Anwar Amin (born October 13, 1972) is a former football defender from Saudi Arabia. ... The FIFA World Cup, sometimes called the Football World Cup or the Soccer World Cup, but usually referred to simply as the World Cup, is an international association football competition contested by the mens national teams of the members of Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA), the...


2000 European Championship

A Zidane football jersey, number 10 for France.
A Zidane football jersey, number 10 for France.

Zidane helped his team reach the Euro 2000 final with inspired play and important goals. He scored a direct free kick in the quarter-final against Spain, along with a controversial golden goal penalty in the semi-finals against Portugal. France went on to defeat Italy in the final, thus becoming the first team to hold both the World Cup and the European Championship since West Germany in 1974 . Subsequently, France were ranked first in the world by FIFA. Image File history File links Size of this preview: 450 × 600 pixelsFull resolution (480 × 640 pixel, file size: 29 KB, MIME type: image/jpeg) Maillot n°10 de Zinedine Zidane encadré et signé This picture was improved or created by the Wikigraphists of the Graphics Lab. ... Image File history File links Size of this preview: 450 × 600 pixelsFull resolution (480 × 640 pixel, file size: 29 KB, MIME type: image/jpeg) Maillot n°10 de Zinedine Zidane encadré et signé This picture was improved or created by the Wikigraphists of the Graphics Lab. ... The 2000 UEFA European Championship, or Euro 2000, was the 11th edition of the UEFA European Championship, a competition between the national football teams of Europe held every four years and organised by UEFA, footballs governing body in Europe. ... The golden goal was a method used in football to decide the winner of games in elimination matches which end in a draw after the end of ordinary time (90 minutes). ... This article is about the international association football organization. ...


Injuries, retirement, and comeback (2002–2006)

A thigh injury prevented Zidane from playing in France's first two matches in the 2002 FIFA World Cup. He rushed back prematurely for the third game despite not being fully fit, but could not prevent France from being ignominiously eliminated in the group stage without scoring a single goal.[5] The 2002 FIFA World Cup, the 17th staging of the World Cup, was held in South Korea and Japan from May 31 to June 30. ...


Going into Euro 2004 as defending champions and heavy favourites, Zidane and his team started strongly as he scored a free kick and penalty in injury-time to defeat England 2-1 in the group stage. On 12 June 2004, after France were eliminated by eventual surprise winners Greece 1-0 in the quarter-finals, Zidane retired from international football.[6] However, prompted by manager Raymond Domenech and seeing France struggle to qualify for the 2006 World Cup, Zidane announced on 3 August 2005 that he was coming out of retirement. He was immediately reinstated as team captain.[7] He made his competitive return in a 3-0 win over the Faroe Islands on 3 September 2005, as France went on to win their qualifying group.[8] However, on 25 April 2006, after an injury-plagued season at Real Madrid, Zidane announced that he would retire from professional football altogether after the 2006 World Cup.[9] Euro 2004 Logo The 2004 UEFA European Football Championship, commonly called EURO 2004, was held in Portugal between 12 June and 4 July 2004. ... First international Scotland 0 - 0 England (Partick, Scotland; 30 November 1872) Biggest win Ireland 0 - 13 England (Belfast, Ireland; 18 February 1882) Biggest defeat Hungary 7 - 1 England (Budapest, Hungary; 23 May 1954) World Cup Appearances 12 (First in 1950) Best result Winners, 1966 European Championship Appearances 7 (First in... is the 163rd day of the year (164th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2004 (MMIV) was a leap year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Raymond Domenech (born 24 January 1952 in Lyon) is a former French football player and the current manager of the French national team. ... 2006 World Cup redirects here. ... is the 215th day of the year (216th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2005 (MMV) was a common year starting on Saturday (link displays full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... is the 246th day of the year (247th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2005 (MMV) was a common year starting on Saturday (link displays full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... is the 115th day of the year (116th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2006 (MMVI) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ...


On 27 May 2006, Zidane earned his 100th cap for France in a 1-0 friendly win over Mexico at the Stade de France in Saint-Denis. It was his last match in the stadium, and he became the fourth player in the history of French football to earn 100 caps, after Marcel Desailly, Didier Deschamps and Lilian Thuram. He was substituted early in the second half.[10] is the 147th day of the year (148th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2006 (MMVI) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... The Stade de France is a stadium in Saint-Denis, France in the inner suburbs of Paris. ... Saint Denis can refer to: a Christian saint: see Denis Seine-Saint-Denis a département of France Several communes in France: Saint-Denis,in the Aude département Saint-Denis, in the Gard département Saint-Denis, in the Seine-Saint-Denis département, home of Saint Denis Basilica Saint-Denis, in the... Marcel Desailly (born September 7, 1968 in Accra, Ghana as Odenke Abbey) is a former French footballer and star of the France national football team squad, with whom he won the 1998 FIFA World Cup and Euro 2000. ... Didier Deschamps (French IPA: ) (born 15 October 1968 in Bayonne) is a former French football player who captained France to victories in the 1998 FIFA World Cup and Euro 2000. ... Lilian Thuram (born Ruddy Lilian Thuram-Ulien, January 1, 1972) is a French professional football defender whos last team was FC Barcelona and is the most capped player in the history of the France national team. ...


2006 World Cup

France began the tournament in similar fashion to their dismal performance in Korea/Japan, frustrated to a 0-0 draw against Switzerland. In the closing minutes of France's second match of the group stage, against South Korea, Zidane was yellow-carded after pushing an opposing defender, which was his second booking of the tournament and resulted in his suspension from the final match of the group stage.[11] France nonetheless advanced to the knockout round after beating Togo 2-0.[12] Zidane returned to action in the second round match against Spain, setting up Patrick Vieira for a goal by sending a free kick into the penalty area, and scoring one himself in the 91st minute after going down the left wing then firing the ball past Spain goalkeeper Iker Casillas. The victory sent France into the quarter-final against defending champions Brazil in a rematch of the 1998 final. As France held Brazil to just one shot on goal for the entire match, Zidane's free kick led to a goal by Thierry Henry, sealing a 1-0 win. Zidane was named "Budweiser Man of the Match" by FIFA.[13] In the semi-final against Portugal four days later, Zidane netted a penalty for the only goal of the match that saw France through to the final against Italy on 9 July, in what would be his career finale. The 2002 FIFA World Cup, the 17th staging of the World Cup, was held in South Korea and Japan from May 31 to June 30. ... Detailed results of the 2006 FIFA World Cup Group G. (Key) // Qualification scenarios (after four of six matches) France will qualify if they defeat Togo by a margin of two goals in their last match, or if they win and the Switzerland-Korea game is decisive. ... First international South Korea 5 - 3 Mexico (London, England; August 2, 1948) Largest win South Korea 16 - 0 Nepal (Incheon, South Korea; September 29, 2003) Worst defeat Sweden 12 - 0 South Korea (London, England; August 5, 1948) World Cup Appearances 6 (First in 1954) Best result Fourth place, 2002 AFC... Patrick Donalé Vieira (born June 23, 1976 in Dakar, Senegal)[1] is a French football midfielder who currently plays for Internazionale Milano. ... Iker Casillas Fernández (born May 20, 1981 in Móstoles, Madrid) is a Spanish football goalkeeper. ... Thierry Daniel Henry (pronounced , born 17 August 1977) is a French football player. ... The 2006 FIFA World Cup Final was contested between Italy and France. ... is the 190th day of the year (191st in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ...


After scoring a 7th-minute penalty with a chip shot that hit the crossbar and narrowly crossed the goal line, Zidane became only the fourth player in World Cup history to score in two different finals, along with Pelé, Paul Breitner, and Vavá, in addition to being tied for first place with Vavá, Pelé and Geoff Hurst with three WC final goals apiece. However, he was sent off (see below) in the 110th minute with the match tied 1-1, and did not participate in the penalty shootout, which Italy won 5-3. Despite his red card and the controversy that followed, Zidane was nonetheless awarded the Golden Ball as the best player of the competition.[14] Paul Breitner (born September 5, 1951 in Kolbermoor, West Germany) was a German football player. ... Mega Man X character, see Vile (Mega Man X). ... Sir Geoffrey Charles Hurst, MBE (born December 8, 1941 in Ashton-under-Lyne, Lancashire) is a footballer enshrined in the games history as the only player to have scored a hat-trick in a World Cup final. ... At the end of each FIFA World Cup final tournament, several awards are attributed to the players and teams which have distinguished from the rest, in different aspects of the game. ...


Confrontation with Marco Materazzi

Zidane being sent off for headbutting Materazzi during the 2006 World Cup final in Germany.
Zidane being sent off for headbutting Materazzi during the 2006 World Cup final in Germany.

As Zidane and Italy defender Marco Materazzi were jogging up the pitch in close proximity of each other, they briefly exchanged words after Materazzi was seen tugging at Zidane's jersey before Zidane began to walk away from him. Moments later, Zidane suddenly stopped, turned around and rammed his head into Materazzi's chest, knocking him to the ground. Although play was halted, referee Horacio Elizondo did not appear to have seen the confrontation. According to match officials' reports, fourth official Luis Medina Cantalejo informed Elizondo of the incident through his headset.[15] After consulting his assistants, Elizondo issued Zidane a red card [16] in the 110th minute of the game. [17] Image File history File links Zidane_Elizondo. ... Image File history File links Zidane_Elizondo. ... Wikinews has related news: Materazzi reveals slur he uttered at 2006 FIFA World Cup Marco Materazzi, Cavaliere Ufficiale OMRI,[2][3] (born August 19, 1973 in Lecce), is an Italian World Cup-winning footballer, who currently plays for Serie A club Internazionale, sometimes known as Inter Milan. ... Horacio Marcelo Elizondo (born November 4, 1963, in Quilmes) is a former Argentine international football referee best known for his controversial officiation throughout the 2006 World Cup. ... In a game of association football (soccer), the fourth official is a match official who assists the referee in a variety of tasks, and who may be called upon to replace another match official. ... Luis Medina Cantalejo (born March 1, 1964) is a Spanish football referee. ... A penalty card is used in many sports as a means of cautioning a player regarding their conduct, or indicating that a player is to receive a certain level of punishment. ...


Provocation

After video evidence suggested that Materazzi had verbally provoked Zidane, British media newspapers claimed to have hired lip readers to determine what Materazzi had said, with The Sun and Daily Star erroneously claiming that Materazzi called Zidane "the son of a terrorist whore." Later, in 2008, both newspapers made public apologies to Materazzi.[18] [19] Lip reading, also known as lipreading, speech reading, or speechreading, is a technique of understanding speech by visually interpreting the movements of the lips, face and tongue with information provided by the context, language, and any residual hearing. ... This article is about the British tabloid newspaper. ...


In his first public comments since the incident, Zidane only partly explained that repeated harsh insults about his mother and sister had caused him to react.[20] Materazzi admitted insulting Zidane, but argued that Zidane's behaviour had been very arrogant and that the remarks were trivial.[21][22] Materazzi also insisted that he did not insult Zidane's mother (who was ill at the time), claiming, "I didn't talk about his mother, either. I lost my mother when I was 15, and even now I still get emotional talking about her." Zidane replied that Materazzi had seriously and repeatedly insulted his mother and his sister, adding that he would "rather have taken a punch to the face than hear that". He also apologized to viewers, particularly children and educators, but said that he did not regret his offence because he felt that this would condone Materazzi's actions.[23] Two months later, in continuing to assert the triviality of his comments, Materazzi publicly refused to apologise to Zidane, but stated his desire for reconciliation. He also offered his version of events, claiming that after he had grabbed Zidane's jersey, Zidane offered it to him sarcastically, and that he in turn replied to Zidane that he would prefer his sister.[24] Materazzi later stated in an interview that his precise words to Zidane were: "I prefer the whore that is your sister."[25]


Reactions

After the final, French president Jacques Chirac hailed Zidane as a national hero and called him a "man of heart and conviction".[26] Chirac later added that he found the offence to be unacceptable, but he understood that Zidane had been provoked.[27] Algerian President Abdelaziz Bouteflika expressed his solidarity with Zidane in a letter of support. However, French newspaper Le Figaro called the headbutt "odious" and "unacceptable".[28] The editor-in-chief of French sports daily L'Équipe compared Zidane's greatness to that of Muhammad Ali, but added that Ali, Jesse Owens, and Pelé had never "broken the most elementary rules of sport" as Zidane had. He questioned how Zidane could explain the offense to "millions of children around the world", but apologised for his comments the following day.[29] Time magazine regarded the incident as a symbol for Europe's "grappling with multi-culturalism".[30] Despite the ongoing furor, Zidane's sponsors announced that they would stick with him.[31] “Chirac” redirects here. ... Abdelaziz Bouteflika (IPA: ) (Arabic: عبد العزيز بوتفليقة) (born March 2, 1937 in Oujda, Morocco) has been the President of Algeria since 1999. ... Le Figaro (English: ) is one of the leading French morning daily newspapers. ... LEquipe logo LÉquipe (French for the team) is a French nationwide daily newspaper devoted to sports. ... For other persons named Muhammad Ali, see Muhammad Ali (disambiguation). ... James Cleveland Jesse Owens (September 12, 1913 – March 31, 1980) was an African American track and field athlete. ... (Clockwise from upper left) Time magazine covers from May 7, 1945; July 25, 1969; December 31, 1999; September 14, 2001; and April 21, 2003. ...


The incident was extensively lampooned on the Internet and in popular culture. In addition to becoming a staple of parody via numerous online videos, a novelty song titled Coup de Boule ("Headbutt") reached the top of the French charts. It was also parodied in the Family Guy episode titled "Saving Private Brian", and referenced in The Simpsons episode "Marge Gamer." A novelty song is a silly or nonsensical song, performed principally for its comical effect. ... Coup de Boule (French for headbutt) is a French song written and performed by brothers Sebastien and Emmanuel Lipszyc, who run a firm called La Plage that produces television jingles, and Franck Lascombes. ... Family Guy is an Emmy Award-winning American animated television series about a dysfunctional family in the fictional town of Quahog, Rhode Island. ... “Saving Private Brian” is the fourth episode of season five of the FOX animated television series Family Guy. ... Simpsons redirects here. ... Marge Gamer is the seventeenth episode of The Simpsons eighteenth season, which originally aired April 22, 2007. ...


FIFA investigation

In light of Zidane's statements, FIFA opened disciplinary proceedings to investigate the incident. FIFA also affirmed the legality of Elizondo's decision to send Zidane off, rejecting claims that Cantalejo had illegally relied on video transmission to make a decision about handling Zidane's misconduct.[32] FIFA issued a CHF5,000 fine and a two-match ban against Materazzi, while Zidane received a three-match ban and a CHF7,500 fine. Since Zidane had already retired, he voluntarily served three days of community service on FIFA's behalf as a substitute for the match ban.[33] This article is about the international association football organization. ... ISO 4217 Code CHF User(s) Switzerland, Liechtenstein, Campione dItalia Inflation 1. ...


Discipline

Zidane was known for his sometimes short temper on the pitch, as he was sent off fourteen times throughout his career. In addition to his World Cup send-offs in 1998 and 2006, he was red-carded for headbutting Jochen Kientz while playing for Juventus in a 2000-01 Champions League match against Hamburger SV. One of only four players to have been sent off during a World Cup final, Zidane also joined Cameroon's Rigobert Song as the only two players ever to be red-carded during two separate World Cup tournaments.[34] He is also the only player ever to be sent off during extra time of a World Cup final.[35] Hamburger SV is a German football club based in Hamburg. ... Rigobert Bahanag Song (born July 1, 1976) is a Cameroonian football player who, as of 2007, is playing for Galatasaray. ...


Charity activities

On 24 February 2007, before a crowd of 10,000 fans at a match in northern Thailand for the Keuydaroon children's AIDS charity, Zidane scored the first goal and set up the second for a Malaysian teammate as the match ended 2-2. The event raised ฿260,000 ($7,750).[36] is the 55th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2007 (MMVII) was a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar in the 21st century. ... For other uses, see AIDS (disambiguation). ... Thai banknotes and coins. ...


On 19 November 2007, Zidane took part in the fifth annual Match Against Poverty in Malaga, Spain, which also ended in a 2-2 draw; Zidane went scoreless, but set up his team’s second goal in the 70th minute. He and former Real Madrid teammate Ronaldo, who collaborated in conceiving the yearly event to benefit the United Nations Development Programme, regularly captain their respective teams consisting of active footballers, other professional athletes and celebrities. Zidane, a U.N. goodwill ambassador since 2001,[37] stated before the game that “everyone can do something to make the world a better place.” is the 323rd day of the year (324th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2007 (MMVII) was a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar in the 21st century. ... Málaga, a port town in the province of Málaga in Andalusia, Southern Spain Malaga, a fortified wine originating in Málaga. ... Ronaldo Luis Nazário de Lima (born September 22, 1976), is a Brazilian professional footballer who plays as a striker for Brazil and the Italian Serie A club AC Milan. ... The United Nations Development Programe (UNDP), the United Nations global development network, is the largest multilateral source of development assistance in the world. ...


Awards, honours, and appointments

In 2004, Forbes magazine named him the 42nd-highest paid athlete in the world, with earnings of US$15.8 million a year.[38] Zidane is the President for Life for Nouvelle Vague, a club in Marseille coached by his brother Farid.[39] 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.[40] For other uses, see Forbes (disambiguation). ...


In November 2006, Zidane toured Bangladesh as the guest of Nobel Peace Prize winner Muhammad Yunus, and befriended UK-born Bangladeshi rapper Naz Haque Attack. Zidane has said in interviews that Haque's first touch is as good as his. He also visited the Algerian birthplace of his parents, and met personally with president Abdel Aziz Bouteflika.[41][42] The Nobel Peace Prize (Swedish, Danish and Norwegian: Nobels fredspris) is the name of one of five Nobel Prizes bequeathed by the Swedish industrialist and inventor Alfred Nobel. ... For the Indian diplomat, see Mohammad Yunus (diplomat). ...


Sponsorships

Zidane has had endorsements with many companies, including: Adidas, Lego, France Télécom, Orange, Audi, and Christian Dior. These sponsorship deals earned him €8.6 million on top of his €6.4 million Real Madrid salary in his final season, making him the sixth-highest paid footballer.[43] This article is about the company. ... For other uses, see Lego (disambiguation). ... France Télécom (Euronext: FTE, NYSE: FTE) (often spelled France Telecom, without the accents, in non-French text) is the main telecommunication company in France. ... Orange SA IPA: is a mobile network operator and an internet service provider that is a subsidiary of France Télécom. ... Audi AG, more commonly known as Audi, is a premium German automobile manufacturer and one of the worlds leading performance-luxury marques, with headquarters in Ingolstadt, Bavaria. ... Christian Dior (January 21, 1905 – October 23, 1957), was an influential French fashion designer, probably best known as the founder of one of the worlds top fashion houses Dior. ...


Personal life

Zidane describes himself as a non-practicing Muslim.[44] He met his wife, Spanish dancer Veronique Fernández, while playing for Cannes in the 1991-92 season.[45] Their sons, Enzo Fernández and Luca Zinedine Zidane,[46] are part of Real Madrid Infantil B[47] and the Benjamín B team, respectively.[48] There is also a collection of Hadith called Sahih Muslim A Muslim (Arabic: مسلم, Persian: Mosalman or Mosalmon Urdu: مسلمان, Turkish: Müslüman, Albanian: Mysliman, Bosnian: Musliman) is an adherent of the religion of Islam. ...


Statistics

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Club Performance League Cup Continental Total
Season Club League Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
France League Coupe de France Europe Total
1988-89 Cannes Division 1 2 0 - - 2 0
1989-90 0 0 - - 0 0
1990-91 28 1 - - 28 1
1991-92 31 5 - 4 0 35 5
1992-93 Girondins Bordeaux Division 1 35 10 - - 35 10
1993-94 34 6 - 6 2 40 8
1994-95 37 6 3 2 4 1 44 9
1995-96 33 6 14 3 8 1 55 10
Italy League Coppa Italia Europe Total
1996-97 Juventus Serie A 29 5 9 1 10 2 48 8
1997-98 32 7 13 5 11 3 56 15
1998-99 25 2 6 0 10 0 41 2
1999-00 32 4 14 5 4 0 50 9
2000-01 33 6 7 2 4 0 44 8
Spain League Copa del Rey Europe Total
2001-02 Real Madrid La Liga 31 7 9 1 9 3 49 11
2002-03 33 9 7 3 14 3 54 15
2003-04 33 6 11 4 10 3 54 13
2004-05 29 6 - 10 0 39 6
2005-06 29 9 15 5 4 0 48 14
Total France 200 34 17 5 22 4 239 43
Italy 151 24 49 13 49 5 249 42
Spain 155 37 42 13 47 9 244 59
Career Total 506 95 108 31 118 18 732 144

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Honours

Club

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Country

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Individual

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See also

  • Zidane: A 21st Century Portrait

Notes and references

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  15. ^ It is said that when Materazzi was pulling on Zidane's shirt Zidane told him that he could have his shirt when he wins the cup. Materazzi replied with an insult saying, I'd rather your sister, the whore." Zidane turned around and the headbutt incident occurred. "Fourth Official: I saw Zidane's Headbutt", ESPNsoccernet, 11 July 2006. Retrieved on 2006-07-11. 
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  21. ^ "Materazzi admits to insulting Zidane", ESPNsoccernet, 2006-07-11. Retrieved on 2008-02-02. 
  22. ^ "Mondiali 2006: Materazzi, Mai Insultato Madre Zidane", ADN Kronos, 2006-07-12. Retrieved on 2008-02-02. (Italian) 
  23. ^ See:
  24. ^ "Materazzi reveals details of Zidane World Cup slur", Reuters, 5 September 2006. Retrieved on 2008-02-02. 
  25. ^ And Materazzi's exact words to Zidane were.... Guardian Unlimited (18 August 2007). Retrieved on 2008-03-18.
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  31. ^ "Sponsors stick with Zidane despite head-butt", USA Today, 11 July 2006. Retrieved on 2008-03-18. 
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  34. ^ Buckingham, Mark. "1998 World Cup - France", Sky Sports. Retrieved on 2006-07-11. 
  35. ^ "Zidane sent off in extra time for head butt", ESPNsoccernet, 9 July 2006. Retrieved on 2006-07-11. 
  36. ^ Zidane big fan of Celtic star Nakamura
  37. ^ United Nations Information Service Vienna (7 March 2001). "French Soccer Champion Zinédine Zidane to Be Appointed". Press release. Retrieved on 2006-07-20.
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  39. ^ "The grace of a dancer, the grimace of a serial killer", The Sunday Times, 9 July 2006. Retrieved on 2006-07-19. 
  40. ^ See:
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  43. ^ See:
  44. ^ Zinedine Zidane
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Lev Ivanovich Yashin (Russian: ) (October 22, 1929 – March 20, 1990) was a Russian Soviet football goalkeeper, known for his supreme athleticism in goal, imposing stature (he was 6 3, 189 cm) and amazing reflex saves. ... Denis Law (born February 24, 1940, in Aberdeen, Scotland) is a retired Scottish football player, who enjoyed a long and successful career as a striker from the 1950s to the 1970s. ... Eusébio da Silva Ferreira, GCIH, GCM (pron. ... Sir Robert Bobby Charlton, CBE (born 11 October 1937 in Ashington, Northumberland) is a former English professional football player who won the World Cup and was named the European Footballer of the Year in 1966. ... Flórián Albert (born September 15, 1941 in Hercegszántó) was a Hungarian football striker, who was named European Footballer of the Year in 1967. ... George Best (22 May 1946 – 25 November 2005) was a Northern Irish football player best known for his years with Manchester United. ... 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Hendrik Johannes Cruijff ( ) - often spelled Cruyff outside the Netherlands; see IJ (digraph)); born April 25, 1947 in Amsterdam) is a Dutch football manager/coach and former player. ... Oleg Volodymyrovych Blokhin (born November 5, 1952 in Kiev, Soviet Union, now Ukraine), is a Ukrainian soccer coach, and was formerly a striker for the USSR national football team. ... Franz Anton Beckenbauer (born September 11, 1945) is a German football coach, manager, and former player, nicknamed der Kaiser (the emperor) because of his elegant style, his leadership qualities, his first name Franz (reminiscent of the Austrian emperors called Francis in English), and his dominance on the football pitch. ... Allan Simonsen Allan Simonsen (born December 15, 1952 in Copenhagen) is a former Danish football (soccer) player and now coach. ... Joseph Kevin Keegan, OBE (born 14 February 1951 in Armthorpe, Doncaster, England)[1] is a former footballer, former England national team coach and the current manager of Newcastle United. ... Joseph Kevin Keegan, OBE (born 14 February 1951 in Armthorpe, Doncaster, England)[1] is a former footballer, former England national team coach and the current manager of Newcastle United. ... Karl-Heinz Kalle Rummenigge (born September 25, 1955) is a former German football player. ... Karl-Heinz Kalle Rummenigge (born September 25, 1955) is a former German football player. ... Paolo Rossi (born September 23, 1956) is an Italian former football (soccer) player. ... Michel François Platini (born June 21, 1955) is a French former football manager and midfielder, and current president of the UEFA (Union of European Football Associations). ... Michel François Platini (born June 21, 1955) is a French former football manager and midfielder, and current president of the UEFA (Union of European Football Associations). ... Michel François Platini (born June 21, 1955) is a French former football manager and midfielder, and current president of the UEFA (Union of European Football Associations). ... Ihor Bilanov (Ukrainian: ) (born September 25, 1960 in Odesa, Soviet Union) is a former football forward, who was named European Footballer of the Year in 1986. ...   (born September 1, 1962 in Amsterdam) is a Dutch football coach and former player, who played professionally in the 1980s and 1990s. ... Marcel Marco van Basten (October 31, 1964 in Oog in Al, Utrecht) is a Dutch football manager, currently in charge of the Dutch national team. ... Marcel Marco van Basten (October 31, 1964 in Oog in Al, Utrecht) is a Dutch football manager, currently in charge of the Dutch national team. ... Lothar Herbert Matthäus (born 21 March 1961) is a German former football player and now manager. ... Jean-Pierre Papin (born November 5, 1963 in Boulogne-sur-Mer, France) was a French football player. ... Marcel Marco van Basten (October 31, 1964 in Oog in Al, Utrecht) is a Dutch football manager, currently in charge of the Dutch national team. ... Roberto Baggio (born 18 February 1967 in Caldogno, Veneto) is an Italian retired footballer, among the most technically gifted and popular players in the world throughout the 1990s. ... Hristo Stoichkov alternatively spelt Stoitchkov (Bulgarian: ) (born February 8, 1966, in Plovdiv, Bulgaria) is a football manager and former striker who was a member of the Bulgaria national team that finished fourth at the 1994 FIFA World Cup. ... George Manneh Oppong Ousman Weah (born October 1, 1966 in Monrovia[1]) is a Liberian politician and former football forward. ... This article or section does not adequately cite its references or sources. ... Ronaldo Luis Nazário de Lima (born September 22, 1976), is a Brazilian professional footballer who plays as a striker for Brazil and the Italian Serie A club AC Milan. ... Vítor Borba Ferreira (born April 19, 1972 in Paulista, Pernambuco), commonly known as Rivaldo, is regarded as one of the best Brazilian professional football players of all time, currently playing for AEK Athens in the Super League Greece. ... Luís Filipe Madeira Caeiro Figo, (born 4 November 1972 in Almada, Portugal) is a professional Portuguese footballer. ... For other persons named Michael Owen, see Michael Owen (disambiguation). ... Ronaldo Luis Nazário de Lima (born September 22, 1976), is a Brazilian professional footballer who plays as a striker for Brazil and the Italian Serie A club AC Milan. ... Pavel NedvÄ›d pronounced (born August 30, 1972 in Cheb, Czech Republic, at that time Czechoslovakia) is a Czech professional football player. ... Andriy Mykolayovych Shevchenko (Ukrainian: , born 29 September 1976, Dvirkivschyna, Kiev Oblast) is a Ukrainian football striker who plays for Chelsea in the Premier League. ... For other persons named Ronaldinho, see Ronaldinho (disambiguation). ... Fabio Cannavaro, Cavaliere Ufficiale OMRI[1][2] (born September 13, 1973 in Naples, Italy) is an Italian World Cup-winning footballer. ... This article is about the Brazilian footballer. ... The FIFA World Player of the Year is an Association football award given annually to the male and female player who are thought to be the best in the world, based on votes by coaches and captains of international teams. ... Lothar Herbert Matthäus (born 21 March 1961) is a German former football player and now manager. ... Marcel Marco van Basten (October 31, 1964 in Oog in Al, Utrecht) is a Dutch football manager, currently in charge of the Dutch national team. ... Roberto Baggio (born 18 February 1967 in Caldogno, Veneto) is an Italian retired footballer, among the most technically gifted and popular players in the world throughout the 1990s. ... Romário de Souza Faria (born January 29, 1966), better known simply as Romário, is a Brazilian legendary football center forward who helped the Brazil national team win the 1994 FIFA World Cup and has been one of the most prolific strikers in the world since the 1990s, having... George Manneh Oppong Ousman Weah (born October 1, 1966 in Monrovia[1]) is a Liberian politician and former football forward. ... Ronaldo Luis Nazário de Lima (born September 22, 1976), is a Brazilian professional footballer who plays as a striker for Brazil and the Italian Serie A club AC Milan. ... Ronaldo Luis Nazário de Lima (born September 22, 1976), is a Brazilian professional footballer who plays as a striker for Brazil and the Italian Serie A club AC Milan. ... Vítor Borba Ferreira (born April 19, 1972 in Paulista, Pernambuco), commonly known as Rivaldo, is regarded as one of the best Brazilian professional football players of all time, currently playing for AEK Athens in the Super League Greece. ... Luís Filipe Madeira Caeiro Figo, (born 4 November 1972 in Almada, Portugal) is a professional Portuguese footballer. ... Ronaldo Luis Nazário de Lima (born September 22, 1976), is a Brazilian professional footballer who plays as a striker for Brazil and the Italian Serie A club AC Milan. ... For other persons named Ronaldinho, see Ronaldinho (disambiguation). ... For other persons named Ronaldinho, see Ronaldinho (disambiguation). ... Fabio Cannavaro, Cavaliere Ufficiale OMRI[1][2] (born September 13, 1973 in Naples, Italy) is an Italian World Cup-winning footballer. ... This article is about the Brazilian footballer. ... The Serie A Foreign Footballer of the Year is a yearly award organized by the Associazione Italiana Calciatori (English: Italian Association of Footballers) given to the best non-Italian professional football player in the Serie A. The award is part of the Oscar del calcio awards event. ... Ronaldo Luis Nazário de Lima (born September 22, 1976), is a Brazilian professional footballer who plays as a striker for Brazil and the Italian Serie A club AC Milan. ... The UEFA Club Football Awards are awards given by UEFA to the most outstanding performers of the European club football season. ... David Beckham David Robert Joseph Beckham OBE (born May 2, 1975) is an English footballer born in Leytonstone, London. ... Ronaldo Luis Nazário de Lima (born September 22, 1976), is a Brazilian professional footballer who plays as a striker for Brazil and the Italian Serie A club AC Milan. ... Since 1982, the magazine World Soccer has its readers select winners for awards in three categories: Player of the Year, Manager of the Year, and Team of the Year. ... Vítor Borba Ferreira (born April 19, 1972 in Paulista, Pernambuco), commonly known as Rivaldo, is regarded as one of the best Brazilian professional football players of all time, currently playing for AEK Athens in the Super League Greece. ... Ronaldo Luis Nazário de Lima (born September 22, 1976), is a Brazilian professional footballer who plays as a striker for Brazil and the Italian Serie A club AC Milan. ... The Ballon dOr trophy, as awarded to Hristo Stoichkov in 1994. ... Vítor Borba Ferreira (born April 19, 1972 in Paulista, Pernambuco), commonly known as Rivaldo, is regarded as one of the best Brazilian professional football players of all time, currently playing for AEK Athens in the Super League Greece. ... Ronaldo Luis Nazário de Lima (born September 22, 1976), is a Brazilian professional footballer who plays as a striker for Brazil and the Italian Serie A club AC Milan. ... The FIFA World Player of the Year is an Association football award given annually to the male and female player who are thought to be the best in the world, based on votes by coaches and captains of international teams. ... Vítor Borba Ferreira (born April 19, 1972 in Paulista, Pernambuco), commonly known as Rivaldo, is regarded as one of the best Brazilian professional football players of all time, currently playing for AEK Athens in the Super League Greece. ... Vítor Borba Ferreira (born April 19, 1972 in Paulista, Pernambuco), commonly known as Rivaldo, is regarded as one of the best Brazilian professional football players of all time, currently playing for AEK Athens in the Super League Greece. ... The FIFA World Player of the Year is an Association football award given annually to the male and female player who are thought to be the best in the world, based on votes by coaches and captains of international teams. ... Luís Filipe Madeira Caeiro Figo, (born 4 November 1972 in Almada, Portugal) is a professional Portuguese footballer. ... Francesco Totti, Cavaliere Ufficiale OMRI,[1][2] (born 27 September 1976 in Rome) is an Italian World Cup-winning footballer. ... The Oscar del Calcio are awards given by Associazione Italiana Calciatori (Italian for Italian Association of Footballers) to the best footballers of Italian Serie A. The winners of the prizes are chosen by the same footballers. ... David Sergio Trezeguet (IPA: []) (born 15 October 1977 in Rouen, France) is a French-Argentine football striker who plays for Juventus and France. ... Andriy Mykolayovych Shevchenko (Ukrainian: , born 29 September 1976, Dvirkivschyna, Kiev Oblast) is a Ukrainian football striker who plays for Chelsea in the Premier League. ... The Serie A Foreign Footballer of the Year is a yearly award organized by the Associazione Italiana Calciatori (English: Italian Association of Footballers) given to the best non-Italian professional football player in the Serie A. The award is part of the Oscar del calcio awards event. ... David Sergio Trezeguet (IPA: []) (born 15 October 1977 in Rouen, France) is a French-Argentine football striker who plays for Juventus and France. ... Stefan Effenberg (born August 2, 1968 in Hamburg, West Germany) is a former German soccer player. ... The UEFA Champions League MVP (Most Valuable Player) is an award given in the run up to the European Super Cup, and draw for the group stage of the UEFA Champions League. ... This article is about the Italian goalkeeper. ... Ronaldo Luis Nazário de Lima (born September 22, 1976), is a Brazilian professional footballer who plays as a striker for Brazil and the Italian Serie A club AC Milan. ... The FIFA World Player of the Year is an Association football award given annually to the male and female player who are thought to be the best in the world, based on votes by coaches and captains of international teams. ... For other persons named Ronaldinho, see Ronaldinho (disambiguation). ... Oliver Rolf Kahn (born 15 June 1969 in Karlsruhe) is a German football goalkeeper. ... At the end of each FIFA World Cup final tournament, several awards are attributed to the players and teams which have distinguished from the rest, in different aspects of the game. ... 2006 World Cup redirects here. ... Patrick Donalé Vieira (born June 23, 1976 in Dakar, Senegal)[1] is a French football midfielder who currently plays for Internazionale Milano. ... Patrick Donalé Vieira (born June 23, 1976 in Dakar, Senegal)[1] is a French football midfielder who currently plays for Internazionale Milano. ...

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