at PSG? Leonardo denies the rumor


Zinedine Zidane: at PSG?  Leonardo denies the rumor

ZIDANE. While contacts would have been established according to information from the Parisian, Leonardo denied this Friday, November 26.

Zidane in Paris? After a paper from the Parisian on November 25 indicating that the former number 10 would have been contacted by PSG and would even be in negotiation, Leonardo, sports director of the club in the capital spoke via AFP and confirmed his coach Mauricio Pochettino . « We don’t want Pochettino to leave. He has never asked to leave and no club has contacted us about him. We have a lot of respect for Zinedine Zidane, which he did as a player and coach , but I can tell you very clearly that there is no contact and that no meeting with him has taken place, « said the Brazilian.

According to information from the Parisian, a meeting was organized during the second week of the All Saints holidays. But according to the Spanish press, AS in particular, « Zizou » would not necessarily intend to take control of the PSG team. The Parisian explains that the first contacts were made during the summer of 2021, but without a convincing result, the former playmaker wanting to rest. An internal source from Qatar would push to have the former coach of Real. « In Barça or Real, it does not happen like that … With a coach who is used to managing the stars, it would not happen like that … »

World famous football player, Zinedine Zidane has distinguished himself as a centerpiece of the French team, world champion in 1998 and winner of the European Nations Championship in 2000. Nicknamed « el maestro » by the Italians after his visit at Juventus in Turin, Zidane is recognized as an outstanding football tactician. After five years in the Juve jersey, the attacking midfielder joined the prestigious Real Madrid club in 2001.

Born in Marseille on June 23, 1972 in a family of Kabyle origin, Zinedine Zidane was interested in football from a very young age. His first club was that of US Saint-Henri, near la Castellane. While he spent three days at the CREPS (Regional Center for Physical and Sports Education) in Aix-en-Provence, he was spotted by the recruiter from AS Cannes. He began training there in 1985. Zinedine Zidane worked and trained at the Cannes training center for six years. There he rubs shoulders with professional players and also plans to make a career in football. He turned professional at the age of sixteen and it was in 1989 that he played in the First Division for the first time. This match pits him against the FC Nantes team at La Beaujoire stadium. He scored his first goal in the First Division in 1991. On this occasion, the president of the Cannes club (Alain Pedretti) offered him a car, a red Clio. The clubs are linked, always more prestigious. The following year, he joined the Bordeaux club. There he meets Christophe Dugarry who becomes his friend. In 1994, Zidane was selected for the first time in the French team. In the encounter against the Czech Republic team, he gave France the two goals which made it possible to end in a draw. He was established in the French team in 1995 and Aimé Jacquet chose him as playmaker. Qualified in 1996 for the UEFA European Cup, the Girondins went to the final, but lost to Bayern de Munich.

After a fanfare debut in France, Zidane was not at his best when he was playing Euro 96. Weakened by a dense season in Bordeaux and by a car accident, he reached with the Blues with difficulty the half. final. However, his talents did not escape the very famous Juventus of Turin who recruited him during the transfer window of the summer of 1996. Zidane had a few difficult months of adaptation. With the help of Didier Deschamps, he nevertheless adjusted his game to the Italian game and familiarized himself with this new life abroad. His efforts paid off as he won the UEFA Super Cup and the Intercontinental Cup in 1996. Two Italian championship titles followed (1997 and 1998). Zidane will also win the Italian Super Cup during these two seasons, then vice-champion of Italy in 2000 and 2001. All without counting two Champions League finals, in 1997 and 1998.

Zidane’s career reached a new stage in 2001, when he transferred to Real Madrid during the summer. The cost of this transfer breaks all records with an amount of around 506 million francs (more than 77 million euros) for a period of four years. With this new team, he won the Champions League in 2002. In the final match against Bayer Leverkusen, he scored a memorable goal for a right-hander (left-footed volley). With Real, Zidane will confirm his stature as a contender for the title of best player in the world of the moment: he will win the UEFA Super Cup and the Intercontinental Cup in the same year. We can add to this list a title of champion of Spain and a supercup the same year (2003).

The passage of Zidane by a great Italian club will make him a very great player from 1997, but it will take more to become a legend: in the France team, Zinedine Zidane wins the 1998 World Cup, in France and against the Brazilians , during an anthology final on July 12, 1998. The two goals he scored with a header will go down in history. This is the very first time that French players have achieved the supreme title of world champions. Zidane received the Golden Ball that same year and the title of best European player. The great control specialist has reached an exceptional level of play. In 2000, he won with the Blues the European Nations Championship, a double (world cup + European Nations Championship) never before achieved in the history of football. « Zizou » is awarded the title of best FIFA player of the year. Its popularity in France is considerable.

After the two historic trophies of the France team, the return to earth is cruel for the Zidane generation. The Blues lost their title of world champions in 2002, during a completely failed World Cup. The bad results don’t end there. Two years later, during Euro 2004, the France team, led by the famous attacking midfielder, was eliminated in the quarterfinals by Greece (0-1). Zidane decides to retire internationally in August 2004. But a twist a year later, on August 3, 2005, Zidane announces his return in the tricolor jersey « to help the France team » at the 2006 World Cup.

During the latter, designated captain, he leads his team in the final thanks to his extraordinary play and his flawless course. He notably stood out in the quarter-final against Brazil. Designated best player of the World Cup, he was at the top until the last minutes of extra time in the final. But he cracks in front of the provocations of Marco Materazzi and hits him with a « ball stroke » in the thorax. Excluded from the match, he sadly ended his career watching France lose on penalties. It was on this whim that he ended his career. A terrible black spot as an epilogue of an exceptional career.

In the midst of several UNFP trophies (French football awards), UEFA and other distinctions, Zinedine Zidane won the Ballon d’Or in 1998. He finished second in 2000 and third in 1997. He was also voted best FIFA footballer of the year in 1998, 2000 and 2003. He was for many one of the best players in the world. His mastery of control, his very good vision of the game and the quality of his distribution characterize this exceptional player. Pelé is full of praise for him: « He’s the master, period. I would put Zidane in the top five (in history). In the last ten years, there haven’t been any. others like him, he was the best player in the world « .

Zinédine Zidane’s post-career is initially quite vague. Zidane first devoted himself to charities, followed up a few gala matches and received proposals for a luxury retreat in a club in the United States or Australia. He finally returned to the football world in June 2009, when he joined the Real Madrid management team as an advisor to the president. In July 2011, « Zizou » became the club’s sports director after the departure of Jorge Valdano. On June 26, 2013, he was chosen as assistant coach with Carlo Ancelotti, still with Real Madrid.

In 2015, Zidane obtained his UEFA coaching diploma and his European professional license. He must pass the DEPF (professional football coach diploma) in 2016. On January 4, 2016, he became coach of Real Madrid in place of Rafael Benítez, in the midst of a period of crisis for the club, which has just chained heavy defeats. The press is initially dubious, but the Zidane style, between discretion, determination and strong relationship with his stars, like Cristiano Ronaldo, will also take on the bench. With Real, Zinédine Zidane will win everything: Spanish Championship (2017), Spanish Super Cup (2017), UEFA Super Cup (2016 and 2017), FIFA Club World Cup (2016 and 2017) . Above all, he will string together three straight victories in the most prestigious competition, the Champions League, which he will win in 2016, 2017 and 2018, before announcing his departure from Real at the end of May 2018. He was recalled to the bench in March 2019, to take over from Santiago Solari, then left the club again in May 2021.

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