Zidane Zinedine

Zinedine Yazid Zidane nicknamed “Zizou”, is a retired French footballer. He played as an attacking midfielder for the France national team, Cannes, Bordeaux, Juventus and Real Madrid. An elite playmaker, renowned for his elegance, vision, ball control and technique, Zidane was named the best European footballer of the past 50 years in the UEFA Golden Jubilee Poll. He is widely regarded as one of the greatest players of all time. At club level, Zidane won the La Liga title and the UEFA Champions League,UEFA Supercup and Intercontinental Cup with Real Madrid, two Serie A league championships with Juventus. His 2001 transfer from Juventus to Real Madrid set a world record fee of an equivalent €75 million. His left-foot volleyed winner in the 2002 UEFA Champions League Final is considered to be one of the greatest goals in the competition’s history. On the international stage with France, Zidane won the 1998 FIFA World Cup, scoring twice in the final, and UEFA Euro 2000 where he was named Player of the Tournament. The World Cup triumph made him a national hero in France, and he received the Légion d’honneur in 1998. Zidane was named the FIFA World Player of the Year three times, in 1998, 2000 and 2003, and won the 1998 Ballon d’Or. He was Ligue 1 Player of the Year in 1996, Serie A Footballer of the Year in 2001 and La Liga Best Foreign Player in 2002. In 2004, he was named in the FIFA 100, a list of the world’s greatest living players compiled by Pelé. Zidane received the Golden Ball for player of the tournament at the 2006 World Cup, despite his infamous sending off in the final against Italy for headbutting Marco Materazzi in the chest. Prior to the World Cup, he announced he would retire at the end of the tournament.


JUVENTUS F.C.


1997-1998


Bologna vs Juventus


Match Worn Shirt

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This shirt, was used by Zinedine Zidane during Bologna-Juventus which took place in Bologna on January.18th 1998. The shirt was swapped after the match with Michele Paramatti, Bologna former player. It was auctioned by Paramatti in 2012 for the charity event “Una Maglia per l’Emilia” organized by the player to raise money for people of Emilia Romagna (Italy) who got invloved in the tremendous earthquake of  2012.

JUVENTUS F.C.


1997-1998


Champions League


Match Worn Shirt


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This style of shirt was never used by the team in any Champions League game. This special style was made by team’s supplier Robe di Kappa to celebrate the team’s centenary but the shirt was only used during a friendly game against Newcastle which took place in Cesena on August 3rd 1997.

JUVENTUS F.C.


1998-1999


Match Worn & Signed Shirt

“Zidane is the master. Over the past ten years, there’s been no one like him, he has been the best player in the world” Pelè

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Many authoritative voices have acclaimed Zidane’s skills and importance in the history of football, such as Brazil coach Carlos Alberto Parreira, who called Zidane “a monster” for his performance and abilities. German coach Franz Beckenbauer stated, “Zidane is one of the greatest players in history, a truly magnificent player.” Italy’s manager Marcello Lippi, who has also coached Zidane, opined, “I think Zidane is the greatest talent we’ve known in football these last twenty years, yet he never played the prima donna. I am honoured to have been his manager.” Former England manager Kevin Keegan said, “You look at Zidane and think ‘I’ve never seen a player quite like that.’ Diego Maradona was a great player. Johan Cruyff was a great player. They were different — but with similarities. What sets Zidane apart is the way he manipulates a football, buying himself space that isn’t there. Add his vision and it makes him very special.” At the 1998 World Cup, Italian manager Cesare Maldini said, “I would give up five players to have Zidane in my squad.” Among his playing peers, Swedish striker Zlatan Ibrahimović commented, “Zidane was from another planet. When Zidane stepped onto the pitch, the ten other guys just got suddenly better. It is that simple.” David Beckham has described Zidane as “the greatest of all time”, Barcelona star Xavi has stated in a 2010 interview that Zidane was “the ’90s and early 2000s best player”, while Brazilian defender and former Madrid teammate Roberto Carlos has said of Zidane, “He is the best player I’ve seen. Supporters arrived earlier at the Bernabéu just to see him warm-up.” Brazilian playmaker Ronaldinho stated, “Zidane is one of the best footballers of all time, one of my idols. He had such elegance and grace, a wonderful touch and superb vision.” Belgian midfielder Eden Hazard believes Zidane is “the best ever”.

Match Worn Boots


Juventus F.C.


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These boots were worn by Zinedine Zidane during the season 1996/1997 with F.C.Juventus. With the same style of boots he played the 1996 Intercontinental Cup, which took place in Tokyo, “National Stadium”, on November 26th 1996. After a series of stand out performances for both Bordeaux and France, Zidane had offers to join Europe’s top clubs in the spring of 1996, deciding on a move to UEFA Champions League winners Juventus during the close season. Zidane’s impact in Italy was immediate, winning the 1996–97 Serie A title and the 1996 Intercontinental Cup.[30] He was named Serie A Foreign Footballer of the Year in his first season. Zidane’s growing status in the sport saw him chosen in a European XI to face a World XI – featuring a forward line of Ronaldo and Gabriel Batistuta – in December 1997. As the playmaker at Juve, Zidane played just behind forward Alessandro Del Piero, with Del Piero recalling, “Zidane had an extraordinary talent, which contributed to his sole interest in helping the team. He was not a selfish player. He had a unique ability to be a great and to be a team player. I was lucky to play with him.” He lost in the 1997 UEFA Champions League Final 3–1 to Borussia Dortmund when he was unable to make an impression against the close marking of Paul Lambert. The following season, Zidane scored seven goals in 32 matches in the league to help Juventus win the 1997–98 Serie A and thus retain the Scudetto. In Europe, Juventus made their third consecutive UEFA Champions League Final appearance, but lost the game 1–0 to Real Madrid. In 1998, Zidane was named FIFA World Player of the Year, and won the Ballon d’Or. Juventus finished second in the 2000–01 Serie A, but were eliminated in the group stage of the Champions League, after Zidane was banned for head-butting Hamburger SV player Jochen Kientz. In 2001, Zidane was named Serie A Foreign Footballer of the Year for the second time.

JUVENTUS F.C.


1999-2000


Match Worn Shirt


“He is a special player. He creates space where there is none. No matter where he gets the ball or how it comes to him, he can get out of trouble. His imagination and his technique are amazing” [Edgar Davids]

JUVENTUS F.C.


2000-2001


Match Worn Shirt


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In the Champions League 2000/2001, Juventus was a major disappointment, getting knocked out in the first group stage of the tournament. The team was eliminated in the group stage of the Champions League, after Zidane was banned for head-butting Hamburger SV player Jochen Kientz.It was the first time in the club’s history that it had been knocked so early in the competition. This performance put Carlo Ancelotti’s position at the helm under even more threat. Ancelotti had already been associated in the previous season with the club’s worst run in any European competition since the 1987–88 season. As a man who had been associated with Juve’s rivals Milan, Roma and Parma for most of his footballing career, he had never been a popular choice with the fans, with frequent doubts being raised about his lack of concern for the club’s declining fortunes. In this season Zinedine Zidane was named Serie A Foreign Footballer of the Year for the second time. 

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In 1998 Zidane and France went on to play against defending champions and favourites Brazil at the Stade de France in the FIFA World Cup Final. France dominated Brazil from the kick-off, with Zidane scoring two similar goals, both headers from corner kicks taken by Emmanuel Petit and Youri Djorkaeff. Courtesy of Zidane’s two goals, France went into the half-time break 2–0 up with one hand already on the World Cup trophy. Petit added a third goal deep in stoppage time to seal the 3–0 win and France’s first ever World Cup. Zidane became an instant national hero, and over one million people celebrated the victory on the Champs-Élysées where a huge image of Zidane was projected on the Arc de Triomphe along with the words “Merci Zizou”. With his team Zidane scored seven goals in 32 matches in the league to help Juventus win the 1997–98 Serie A and thus retain the Scudetto. Due his phenomenal year Zidane in 1998 was named FIFA World Player of the Year, and won the Ballon d’Or. Zidane was named the FIFA World Player of the Year three times, in 1998, 2000 and 2003, and won the 1998 Ballon d’Or.