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Name Zinedine Zidane
Gender Male
Ethnic French
Job French Footballer
  Real Madrid Coach
Desc Zidane has had comfortably the shortest career to date of any manager on the list and that is a testament to the impact he has made on the game in such a short spell. Under Zizou in 2017, Real Madrid became the first club to retain the Champions League in 27 years. One year later, the Frenchman became the first manager ever to win three consecutive European Cups with the same club - a feat we may never see repeated again. Now back at the club with whom he has had such success, Zidane will hope to add to his legend


Org French National Team
Club as Coach Real Madrid
Club as Player Real Madrid


Son Luca Zidane
Teammate Youri Djorkaeff
  Emmanuel Petit
  Patrick Vieira
1998 07 12
World Cup 1998 final where France defeat Brazil 3-0. Zinedine Zidane score 2 goals with assist from Emmanuel Petit and Youri Djorkaeff. also final goal came from Emmanuel Petit with assist by Patrick Vieira

2008 11 03 Retrieve

[Zidane says Lippi Was My Most Important Trainer] Everyone in their own way played a role. However, if I only remember one coach it will be Marcello Lippi. It was he who made me aware of my own quailities. He told me to listen to him because he was the coach and that he knew I would make this team win

[Zidane then spoke about former Juventus head Gianni Agnelli, who passed away in 2003] Whatever he told me, I am not angry, it was one of those rare cases. He had charisma, he was a great gentleman, and it was he who made Juventus go. Now, I miss him very much

2010 04 Retrieve

[Zinedine Zidane said about Eden Hazard when the Frenchman was just about to return to the Bernabéu as presidential adviser and Hazard was 19 and playing for Lille] I would take Eden Hazard with my eyes closed… the star of the future

2013 10 23 Retrieve

[Zinedine Zidane on Steven Gerrard and Alex Ferguson] Alex Ferguson is obviously one of the most successful coaches the game has ever had. But I did find his comments about Steven Gerrard very strange. To say he is not a top player is wrong. For two or three years, Steven Gerrard was the best midfield player in the world. Even now he is playing at a high level for ­Liverpool and England

2013 11 05 Retrieve

[Zinedine Zidane on Paul Scholes] My toughest opponent? Scholes of Manchester. He is the complete midfielder. Scholes is undoubtedly the greatest midfielder of his generation. There is no doubt for me that Paul Scholes is still in a class of his own. He’s almost untouchable in what he does. I never tire of watching him play. You rarely come across the complete footballer, but Scholes is as close to it as you can get. One of my regrets is that the opportunity to play alongside him never presented itself during my career

2015 01 03 Retrieve

[Zinedine Zidane on Paul Scholes] I have said in the past that at his peak he was the best in the world. I think it was the summer of 2004 I was having a conversation with Florentino (Perez) and I told him I wanted him to partner me in midfield for Madrid. I know the club tried twice but he wouldn’t leave Liverpool. Not many players turn down Real Madrid but I think that tells you a lot about the loyalty of the man

2015 05 21 Retrieve

[Zinedine Zidane on Steven Gerrard] He’s a player that I really thought a lot of, I had a lot of time for him and rated him. I can’t say that about everyone. Why did I like him so much? Perhaps there was something about him that reminded me a little bit of myself. He made a lot of noise out there on the field but was quiet off it, meaning that he was someone down to earth and grounded away from the game who just said what needed to be said. He preferred to do his talking on the field, using his voice, his combative spirit and above all his ability on the ball that could make the difference in a game. I would have really liked to have played alongside him. But he has always remained loyal to his own club, Liverpool, the club of his heart. That also is another characteristic that is particular to him, I don’t think there are too many players who have spent their entire career playing for just one club. That is a great strength of his too. It was never possible, because of course he stayed with Liverpool, but I would have loved to play with a guy like him. It’s simply that he’s one of the few players, and I must come back to his combative spirit here, who is a superb technician, who is great on the ball, but who mixed in those fighting qualities with everything he did

2015 08 20 Retrieve

[Zinedine Zidane on Thierry Henry] Thierry Henry is probably technically the most gifted footballer ever to play the beautiful game

2015 11 Retrieve

[Zidane recommends Eden Hazard signing, just as he had done in 2010] After Cristiano and Messi Eden is the player I like the best. It’s spectacular seeing him play

2015 11 10 Retrieve

[on David Beckham] He is a tremendous player and he has contributed so much to the success of Manchester United. He is a world-class performer, so any team would want to accommodate him

2016 01 09 Retrieve

[Real Madrid and Gareth Bale give Zinedine Zidane the perfect start] Gareth can be very happy about what he did tonight. It is not easy to score three goals. So what now? Continue like this. We played the ball well and created chances. We will improve, too. I’ve only just arrived; you have to give us time

2016 02 13 Retrieve

[on Jose Mourinho] When we have the chance of counting with a manager such as José Mourinho, a person who knows how to properly develop a project in order to make this club a lot stronger, attacking Mourinho is attacking Real Madrid! I go to the Valdebebas training center many times, and I see his daily work with the players. Everything he does is meant for the club to keep improving and to create the conditions to win. He’s allowing this team to build a strong character and a big group spirit

2016 02 14 Retrieve

[on Jose Mourinho] Of course I would, just like any other football player who has been coached by him. He’s a tough coach, that’s true, but he teaches players the true meaning of winning and what it takes to do it. He’s a natural-born winner. People can dislike his methods, but I can assure you that he does everything in his power to protect his players, as he always has the right speech to put himself in front of the bullets when needed

2016 03 09 Retrieve

[on Francesco Totti] Everything he has done so far in his career has been spectacular and what he has done for Roma is really special. Hats off to him! [. . .] for those of us who love football, seeing him on the pitch is always a pleasure

2016 04 02 Retrieve

[Zinedine Zidane spoke to the press ahead of Real Madrid’s visit to Barcelona] Playing in El Clásico is the most beautiful thing that exists in football, and I’m very happy that now I’ll be able to experience it as a coach

2016 07 18 Retrieve

[Real Madrid’s Zinedine Zidane admits he is a Paul Pogba fan] I am happy with the squad I have got and it’s difficult to improve on it. Do I like Pogba? Of course, he’s a very good player and every club wants the best players but right now he’s at Juve and we have a large squad already.

There are still lots of players yet to join up with the squad and with the Euros going on we couldn’t do anything. We have three games coming up and that’s the focus at the moment

[The Real striker Álvaro Morata returned to Madrid earlier this summer on a buy-back option from Juventus and is said to be on Chelsea’s radar. Zidane gave no indication he was ready to offload the player in the near term] He is another member of this team. He’s back and I’m happy to have him. He is an academy product and truthfully we are, and me above all, happy to have him with us. Later we’ll see…

We have a large squad and all the players will be important. Álvaro will be one more of the team.”

[Zidane also batted back questions over the roles of the Colombian midfielder James Rodríguez and youth product Jesé] A large squad gives you a few more problems but that comes with the territory as Real Madrid coach,” he said. I have to play the most competitive side I can and I’ll do the same thing this season.That’s my responsibility.

2016 08 05 Retrieve

[Zinedine Zidane on Cristiano Ronaldo being one of a kind] He’ll always be Cristiano. You’re not going to see another Cristiano. He’s been and he is an important player to Real Madrid. He’ll stop some day like everybody but right now he’s with us and he’s good with us

2016 08 13 Retrieve

[Zinedine Zidane praises Sergio Ramos when speaking to the media after Real Madrid’s UEFA Super Cup final victory over Sevilla] Sergio Ramos is our captain, an important player and he’s always there to earn us the trophy. There were no special instructions for him. With a player like Sergio, he’s always been the difference. We’ve seen it before. He’s grown as a player, too. In this final, he was there just where he needed to be

2017 01 07 Retrieve

[The Best FIFA Men’s Coach nominee Zinedine Zidane gives a humble response when asked about the award in a news conference] I think it would be perfectly reasonable for someone else to win it. I’ve only just arrived, this is all new. I have to keep working and show an awful lot more and that would be perfectly reasonable to me

2017 04 29 Retrieve

[Zinedine Zidane thinks Cristiano Ronaldo could play any position] Ronaldo has always played on the wing, but he has the quality to play in several positions. He could play as an out-and-out striker as he’s a great player. And almost 400 goals as a winger - that’s something we can’t forget. It’s an amazing achievement, but he’s so good, he could play anywhere

2017 05 13 Retrieve

[Zinedine Zidane heaps praise on Karim Benzema for his role in Isco’s pivotal away goal at city rivals Atletico Madrid in the semi-final, second leg] I didn’t know how Benzema managed to come out of the corner. I honestly can’t remember how many players he left behind. Football is not just about who gets the goals, look at what Benzema did. He has a lot of quality and offers more than just goals. He’s a team player

2017 06 04 Retrieve

[Asked who would be the star if he had played with Ronaldo, Zidane replied] I could play quite well but him for sure. He scores goals and that’s the hardest thing of all

2017 10 28 Retrieve

[Zinedine Zidane reflects on his and the club’s recent achievements] Fighting for silverware is in the DNA of this club. Believing that we’re going to win a trophy is what motivates me, my staff and my players, because we mustn’t forget that they’re the ones competing every weekend out on the pitch. Believing in victory is what drives this sport, and it’s what makes it so magical

2018 04 07 Retrieve

[Zinedine Zidane jokes after Cristiano Ronaldo scored a bicycle kick in their 3-0 win against Juventus in Turin] Cristiano does things sometimes that only he can do. It can be said that it is one of the most beautiful goals in the history of football. It’s maybe not as beautiful as mine in Glasgow

2018 04 24 Retrieve

[Zinedine Zidane on Jupp Heynckes personality] He is a coach I have maximum respect for, for what he had done at Bayern and at Madrid too. He has done great things, he’s admirable. I only have good words for this man. And Bayern is not just a good team, it’s a great club

2018 05 05 Retrieve

[Zinedine Zidane speaks after leading the club to a third successive UEFA Champions League final] In football, you have to suffer. You cannot be in the final without suffering, it’s even better, more beautiful when you win like that

2018 05 12 Retrieve

[Zinedine Zidane addresses rumours that Neymar will join his club and whether the Brazilian and Cristiano Ronaldo could work well together] Good player are always compatible. I remember one year they said I wasn’t compatible to play with Youri Djorkaeff. We won the World Cup together. So good players can always play together. On the pitch there is a chemistry. I don’t know if we are negotiating for Neymar. What’s worrying us is what is going on at the moment. I haven’t asked Neymar personally because I don’t get involved in these things. We have to finish this season, the rest will come after

2018 05 25 Retrieve

[Real Madrid ready for chaos in Champions League final] Today and tomorrow will never happen again; we will live other experiences but never this, so we have to make the most of it. And if there’s a bit of pressure, no problem. It’s life, it’s better like that – a bit of emotion. We’re humans and humans are pure emotion. With pressure it’s even nicer

[For Zidane it is a recurring theme and, when he was asked if he felt valued as a manager, he replied] Yes, Well, sometimes not but that’s life

We have had chaos before and we will have tomorrow for sure. Football is simple: there are two teams and you have to know how you can damage them and control how much they damage you. We have to try to minimise that [chaos] as much as possible and suffer as little as we can. But we will suffer

[Zidane claimed that in a final there is no favourite, describing the game as 50-50] Don’t worry. In the dressing room we don’t think that. People can say what they like but we know that’s not the way it is. We’re not favourites and nor are they.

2018 05 31 Retrieve

[Zinedine Zidane announces his departure as head coach of Real Madrid] This is the right moment for everyone, it might seem a bit strange, but it had to be done for the good of everyone, the players, the club, and myself. This team must keep winning, and it needs a change after three years, another voice, another method of working. I think it would be difficult to keep winning if I stayed

[When he retired as a player, he later admitted, that he did so earlier than he originally imagined: Real had not won anything for three years, their worst run in half a century, and he felt responsible for that. He was tired of it all, sure, but he might have held on had he not experienced failure from within] I wanted to transmit serenity, work, commitment. But there is a moment when, after three years, it is hard to keep doing what you do. I want to win and, if I don’t see clearly that we’re going to keep on winning, then it is best to change and not do anything stupid

[He described the decision as for everyone’s benefit] After three years [Real] need another discourse, another working methodology, and that’s why I took this decision. I think it’s the moment to go and I also think the players need a change. They’re the ones who fight on the pitch. It’s not easy for them; it’s a demanding club, a club with a huge history and the players are always squeezed, we always want more and more and there is a moment when you think: ‘Well, what more can I ask of my players?’

[He cannot be unaware of the criticisms made of him during a season in which Real finished 17 points behind Barcelona in La Liga and were knocked out of the Copa del Rey by Leganés] I felt – I’m not going to say the word, but you know. There are complicated moments in the season when you ask: ‘Am I still the right person?’ I don’t forget the hard moments too. There are lovely moments and we ended with a spectacular moment but there are hard moments that make you reflect

2018 07 11 Retrieve

[Zinedine Zidane on Paul Pogba] The word ‘mistake’ is not something you would normally associate with Alex Ferguson’s time at Manchester United. But I do think it was a mistake letting Paul Pogba leave.

2019 03 16 Retrieve

[Zinedine Zidane addressed the media after being unveiled as Real Madrid coach for a second spell] I know this is a special day for everyone. I’m very happy to return here and that’s the most important thing. I will be starting work tomorrow to put this club back where it deserves to be

2018 04 04 Retrieve

[Zinedine Zidane on Isco in Tuesday’s Champions League quarter-final win against Juventus] Isco was very important between the lines. Everyone played great but Isco was excellent

2019 04 02 Retrieve

[Asked if he could imagine a Madrid squad without Varane] No, and besides, I don’t want him to go. None of us want him to leave. He’s still young, he’s been here for eight years, and he’s doing well. It’s life, but he seems fine to me. He hasn’t said anything about wanting to leave. But if you know something I don’t […] What counts is what the player tells me and right now he is at the best club in the world. He has won a lot here and he seems okay to me.

2019 05 18 Retrieve

[Zinedine Zidane refused to reveal whether goalkeeper Keylor Navas will be staying with the club next season was irritated when asked if team selection is entirely up to him] It’s my decision, obviously. If I don’t do what I want with my team, I leave

2019 06 11 Retrieve

[Madrid spurned the chance to go clear of Barcelona at the top as they were held 0-0 by Real Betis at home, despite racking up a total of 22 shots over the 90 minutes] We won’t score five goals every day. We have had chances. The goal is the only thing that we have lacked

2019 06 21 Retrieve

[Zinedine Zidane on Gareth Bale imminent Real Madrid exit] He wasn’t included in the squad because the club is working on his departure… that’s why he didn’t play

2019 07 23 Retrieve

[Zinedine Zidane denies disrespecting Gareth Bale, and claims the Welsh forward was left out against Bayern Munich because he did not want to play] I have not disrespected anyone. The club is dealing with his departure. Period. The other day [against Bayern], Gareth didn’t play because he didn’t want to. He said the club was trying to negotiate his departure, and he didn’t want to play because of that

[After the 3-1 defeat to Bayern on Saturday, Zidane said Bale would leave the club] I don’t know if in 24 or 48 hours, but it will change. And that’s good for everyone … if it’s tomorrow, better

[Zidane added on Monday that] Bale hasn’t asked not to play tomorrow – so far. [His] situation is known by everyone and will not change. The club is going to do what they have to do with him

2019 08 16 Retrieve

[Zinedine Zidane is ready to put his faith in Gareth Bale as the forward suddenly looks set to stay at Real Madrid] It seemed Bale was going to leave but today he is here with us. The dynamics are changing, things are changing. From now on I will rely on him as on others. I will rely on all the players who are here. He has his place, he is an important player and I hope all the players will make the task of choosing a team difficult

2019 08 22 Retrieve

[Zinedine Zidane having previously spoken of the need to show patience with a player still learning his trade] There are many players who have come on pre-season with us from the youth system. Kubo has joined us recently and he is a player for the future, but we will talk about what is best with him and it could be good that he trains with us and plays for the Castilla, we will see. He is still very young and we must be patient with his development

2019 09 27 Retrieve

[Coach Zinedine Zidane never passed up the chance to defend Benzema] I don’t agree with the criticism. What interests me is not just his goals. I like what Karim does for the team, he’s one of the best in this regard, and in the team game - I value that a lot. I’m going to defend Benzema to death

2019 11 02 Retrieve

[Zinedine Zidane heaped praise on Karim Benzema] Karim as always, doesn’t change much. It’s important that he scores because he needs that as the number nine of Madrid. But he contributes much more than goals and does better for others. I am happy with his performance.

[However, Zidane was pleased with Rodrygo and Jovic’s contribution on Wednesday, suggesting he hoped the goals would help kickstart their careers at the Santiago Bernabeu] The truth is I am happy for both of them. Rodrygo has personality and is getting better in the team. And Luka [Jovic] is happy because he needed that [goal] and, although he does not play much, it’s important [to make an impact] when he has minutes replacing Karim [Benzema].

2019 11 07 Retrieve

[Rodrygo Goes says he is progressing faster than he expected at Real Madrid after scoring a perfect hat-trick on a ‘dream’ night against Galatasaray] We are delighted for him. When he has the chance to play, he plays well, and today he did it again. He has to stay calm and we mustn’t put pressure on him. His great display today does not surprise me at all because he has already shown in training that he is a great player

2019 11 13 Retrieve

[Madrid press shout for Real hero Karim Benzema to be recalled to the France squad] From a football point of view, he’s the best. I think he should definitely have a place in the French national team. It’s beyond my role here, but he should definitely be called up

2019 11 25 Retrieve

[Zinedine Zidane on Raul Gonzalez] That it’s been 25 years since his first appearance means we’re all getting on a little. I played alongside him and he was an important player for this great club. I’m sure he’ll coach Real Madrid one day

2019 11 26 Retrieve

[Zinedine Zidane on Vinicius Junior] Vinicius is 18 years old and is the future of Real Madrid, I’m sure. But everything comes in its own time. He’s in the process of doing things the right way but I am counting on him

2019 12 20 Retrieve

[Quote on Zlatan] He has an ego, but on the field he behaves like a champion. It’s part of his character. No-one will change his personality, like Cristiano Ronaldo. Sometimes he shows an arrogant side, but when you know him he’s not like that at all. He’s quite nice

2019 12 21 Retrieve

[Zinedine Zidane is in confident mood ahead of Real Madrid’s trip to Barcelona for the Clasico] We know that we face a great team and that they have Messi, but we also have our weapons. Going to the Clasico together is something … different. I remember when I was a player. You live for these kind of matches. I’m not worried about the Clasico. I’m happy to be able to play a game like that. There’s a lot of talk … but what people want to see tomorrow is a good game