March 11, 2019 / 6:48 PM / 13 days ago

FACTBOX-Soccer-Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane

    March 11 (Reuters) - Zinedine Zidane has been reappointed as
Real Madrid coach nine month after resigning, replacing
Argentine Santiago Solari who was sacked on Monday.

    Here are some key facts about Zidane:

    EARLY LIFE
    *Born 23 June, 1972 in Marseille, France.
    *Began his playing career with AS Cannes and made his
professional debut in May 1989.
    
    PLAYING CAREER
    *Moved to Girondins Bordeaux in 1992 and scored 28 goals in
139 league appearances during four seasons.
    *Moved to Juventus in 1996. Helped the club win two Serie A
titles in his first two seasons. Won the European Super Cup and
the World Club Cup with Juventus.
    *Played in the Champions League final in 1997 and 1998 but
Juventus were beaten both times, by Borussia Dortmund and Real
Madrid respectively.
    *Became the world's most expensive player in 2001 as he
moved from Juventus to Real Madrid for 77.5 million euros 
($87.10 million).
    *Helped Real Madrid win the Champions League in 2002 with a
majestic winner in the 2-1 final victory over Bayer Leverkusen.
Also won the Intercontinental Cup as Real beat South American
champions Olimpia 2-0.
   *Won the Liga title with Real Madrid in 2003.
    
    INTERNATIONAL CAREER
    *Made France debut in 2-2 draw against the Czech Republic in
August 1994. Scored two goals in 17 minutes after coming on as a
second-half substitute.
    *During the 1998 World Cup, was sent off after 70 minutes of
France's 4-0 first-round victory over Saudi Arabia and missed
the next two matches. Headed in two first-half goals to help
France win their first World Cup with a 3-0 victory over Brazil.
    *Named player of the tournament as he helped France to
victory in Euro 2000.
    *Retired from international soccer in August 2004 but a year
later announced his comeback. Having already said he would
retire after the 2006 World Cup, he helped France reach the
final against Italy.
    *Zidane was sent off during extra time in the final for
butting Italy defender Marco Materazzi in the chest. Italy went
on to win the title in the penalty shootout.
    
    INDIVIDUAL AWARDS
    *FIFA World Player of the Year - 1998, 2000, 2003.
    *Ballon d'Or: 1998
    *European Player of the Year - 1998, 2001, 2002, 2003.

    MANAGERIAL CAREER
    *In 2013, Zidane was appointed assistant coach to Carlo
Ancelotti at Real Madrid.
    *Zidane replaced sacked Real manager Rafa Benitez in January
2016.
    *Became the first manager to win three European Cup titles
in a row.
    *Zidane also guided the club to a Liga title in the 2016-17
season and two FIFA Club World Cup crowns.
    * On May 31, 2018, he stepped down after leading the club to
three consecutive Champions League titles
    * He was reappointed Real Madrid coach on March 11, 2019
nine months after resigning.
    
    LIST OF MANAGERIAL HONOURS
    La Liga: 2016–17
    Spanish Super Cup: 2017
    UEFA Champions League: 2015–16, 2016–17, 2017–18
    UEFA Super Cup: 2016, 2017
    FIFA Club World Cup: 2016, 2017
    
    INDIVIDUAL MANAGERIAL AWARDS
    The Best FIFA Football Coach: 2017
    World Soccer Magazine World Manager of the Year: 2017
    ($1 = 0.8898 euros)

 (Editing by Julien Pretot/Ken Ferris)
  
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