March 11, 2019 / 6:48 PM / 6 months 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:

    *Born 23 June, 1972 in Marseille, France.
    *Began his playing career with AS Cannes and made his
professional debut in May 1989.
    *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.
    *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.
    *FIFA World Player of the Year - 1998, 2000, 2003.
    *Ballon d'Or: 1998
    *European Player of the Year - 1998, 2001, 2002, 2003.

    *In 2013, Zidane was appointed assistant coach to Carlo
Ancelotti at Real Madrid.
    *Zidane replaced sacked Real manager Rafa Benitez in January
    *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.
    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
    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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