Zidane hopes France gets drawn in tough group

Dec. 5 (UPI) --Former soccer star and World Cup winner Zinedine Zidane has said he hopes France, the team he won the World Cup with, gets a tough draw in the 2014 World Cup group stage.
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Banderas named U.N. Goodwill ambassador

Banderas named U.N. Goodwill ambassador

NEW YORK, March 18 (UPI) -- Spanish-born actor Antonio Banderas was named a Goodwill ambassador for the U.N. Development Program, it has been announced.
Soccer star to visit Gaza

Soccer star to visit Gaza

JERUSALEM, Dec. 3 (UPI) -- Zinedine Zidane, a retired international soccer player, says he will visit the Gaza Strip in March to promote peace in the Middle East.

French Sister Emmanuelle dead at age 99

PARIS, Oct. 25 (UPI) -- Sister Emmanuelle -- a nun revered in France for her work with the poor -- has died at the age of 99, members of her Roman Catholic order say.

Soccer helps U.N. raise poverty awareness

UNITED NATIONS, Feb. 21 (UPI) -- World soccer greats will play in a match against poverty to generate awareness of the U.N. Millennium Development Goals.

Comic bluffs Segolene Royal

PARIS, Jan. 28 (UPI) -- A radio comic has revealed that he duped French presidential candidate Segolene Royal by pretending to be the premier of Quebec.

Cannavaro, Marta take top soccer honors

ZURICH, Switzerland, Dec. 18 (UPI) -- Italy's Fabio Cannavaro and Brazil's Marta have been selected the FIFA World Players of the Year.

FIFA names Player of the Year finalists

ZURICH, Switzerland, Nov. 29 (UPI) -- Ronaldinho of Brazil, Zinedine Zidane of France and Fabio Cannavaro of Italy are the finalists for the FIFA World Player of the Year award.

Ronaldino selected for FIFPro honor

BARCELONA, Spain, Nov. 6 (UPI) -- Brazil's Ronaldinho, who plays soccer professionally for Barcelona, Spain, was voted the FIFPro player of the year.

Zidane up for soccer player of the year

CHICAGO, Oct. 12 (UPI) -- France's Zinedine Zidane, involved in the controversial head-butt in the 2006 World Cup title game, has been nominated to be soccer's player of the year.

Player talks about provoking Zidane

ROME, Sept. 5 (UPI) -- It was a sister slur that provoked France's captain Zinedine Zidane to head butt Marco Materazzi in the World Cup final, the Italian player has disclosed.

Zidane, Materazzi suspended, fined by FIFA

ZURICH, Switzerland, July 20 (UPI) -- France's Zinedine Zidane and Italy's Marco Materazzi have been suspended and fined by FIFA for their altercation during the World Cup final.

Armstrong criticized by French newspaper

PARIS, July 19 (UPI) -- Retired seven-time Tour de France champion Lance Armstrong has sparked outrage in France after he insulted the country's World Cup soccer team. The presence of Armstrong, who was in the country to follow the Tour de France in a car, was described by state

Soccer star does not regret head butt

PARIS, July 13 (UPI) -- A French soccer player has said he does not regret head butting an Italian player in the World Cup final because the player insulted his mother.

Zidane still hero to Chirac and other fans

PARIS, July 11 (UPI) -- French soccer team captain Zinédine Zidane received a hero's welcome in Paris despite his head butt that may have cost his team the World Cup.
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Zinedine Zidane
France's Zinedine Zidane moves the ball in the World Cup soccer final in Berlin, Germany on Sunday July 9, 2006. Italy became World Champion after a penalty shoot out edged France 5-3. (UPI Photo/Thierry Gromik)

Zinedine Yazid Zidane (French pronunciation: ; born 23 June 1972) is a retired French World Cup-winning footballer. Widely regarded as one of the game's all-time greats, Zidane played for club teams in France, Italy and Spain, and was a member of the French national team. His career accomplishments include helping France win the 1998 World Cup and Euro 2000, in addition to winning the 2002 UEFA Champions League with Real Madrid. One of only two three-time FIFA World Player of the Year winners along with Ronaldo, Zidane was also named the European Footballer of the Year in 1998. He retired from professional football after being ejected from the 2006 World Cup (in the final) for headbutting Italy's Marco Materazzi after the latter was alleged to have made highly-offensive comments about Zidane's family.

Zidane joined the junior team of US Saint-Henri, a local club in the La Castellane district of Marseille. At the age of 14, he 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 culminated in a UEFA Cup berth.

Zidane was transferred to Girondins de Bordeaux for €7 million in 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 Ray Harford 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?"

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