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Zidane: Le football God
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What's so good about Zinedine Zidane?
Not many would dispute that the man the French call 'Zizou' is currently the world's greatest player.

What Zinedine Zidane lacks in hair, he makes up for in skill and vision.

Bags of it. A silky turn, a cunning feint, a dazzling dribble or a stunning volley.

And he never lets anybody down on the biggest of stages.

In the 1998 World Cup final, his two headed goals saw off the might of Brazil.

And one of his grandest moments?

Close your eyes and recall the Champions League final in 2002. Real versus Bayer Leverkusen.

Zinedine Zidane in full flow for France
Zizou tries out his new magic slippers

Just before half-time, Zidane balances his body and lashes in the most beautiful of left-foot volleys.

That's the thing with this man.

Everything's graceful and it all seems in slow motion.

It looks as though he's got all the time in the world.

Whenever he picks up the ball, watch him closely. Firstly, he uses his strength to shield off other players.

He'll then subtley move his body - a stepover or a sideways dummy. His dribbling foot will change and the opponent's torture will be over.

With his marker now in his wake, Zidane will be heading for goal looking for another cunning pass to a team-mate.

It's a combination of skill and intelligence, knowing who's around and how to react in set situations.

And it's all about having the tricks but knowing when to use them.

Just ask any England fan!


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What's a Euro Star?
Becks: Pass Master
Henry: Speed King
Gerrard: Engine
Zidane: Le God
Nedved: Cannon
Ruud: Powerhouse

Zinedine Zidane facts
Born: 23 June 1972
Birthplace: Marseille, France
Height: 6ft 1in
Weight: 11st 1
Clubs: Real Madrid, Juventus, Bordeaux, Cannes
France caps: 88
France goals: 22

Did you know?
Zidane hopes to play competitive tennis at some level when he retires. His idol is Andre Agassi

Another Zizou fact
In 2001 Real splashed out a world record fee of 45.6 million for his services


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