Football

Five things about Zizou

World Cup winner Zinedine Zidane has taken over as coach at Real Madrid following the sacking of Rafael Benitez.

Zidane, who also played for the club, has won the European Championship with France as well.

PA Sport looks at five things you may not have known about the 43-year-old former midfielder.

1 NORTH AFRICAN HERITAGE

Zinedine Zidane was born in La Castellane, Marseille, in southern France. His parents emigrated to Paris from northern Algeria in 1953 before the start of the Algerian War.

Zidane grew up hoping to emulate the feats of famous Marseille players Enzo Francescoli and Jean-Pierre Papin.

2 CANNES DO FOR ZIZOU

Zidane began his professional career at Cannes in 1989 and, in his first full season, the club finished fourth and qualified for the Uefa Cup. He also played for Bordeaux before moving to Italy with Juventus, where he won successive Serie A titles.

3 BERNABEU BOUND

In 2001, Real Madrid paid a then world record of 75 million euros ($116m) to take Zidane to Spain, where he won the La Liga and Champions League titles as part of the club's famed Galacticos - the world stars who included the likes of Luis Figo, Ronaldo and David Beckham during his five years at the club.

4 WORLD STAR

Zidane won both the World Cup and European Championship with France. He won the 1998 World Cup, scoring two goals in the 3-0 win over favourites Brazil in the final on home soil. Two years later, Zidane helped France to win the European Championship title.

5 DISCIPLINARY PROBLEMS

The moment for which Zidane is most infamously known is in the 2006 World Cup final against Italy. During extra time, Zidane head-butted Italy's Marco Materazzi in the chest. What is not so well known is that Zidane had form, having been sent off for head-butting Hamburg's Jochen Kientz in a Champions League tie in 2000 while playing for Juventus.

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