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Category: Zinedine Zidane

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Cautious France embrace Didier Deschamps’ men and prepare to party

Fans hope lessons of the past have been learned as country aims to cement its place as a football superpowerAs France prepares for Sunday’s World Cup final against Croatia, the mood on the street is one of football frenzy.Fan zones across the country a…

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Lampard in, Zidane out: welcome to the mad world of management, Frank | Paul Wilson

Zinedine Zidane’s exit from Real Madrid on the same day Frank Lampard took over at Derby County underlines the insanity of the world the former Chelsea midfielder is enteringFrank Lampard was minutes into his new job as Derby County manager when the ne…

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Sports quiz of the week: Zinedine Zidane, Mo Salah and a total bore

Who hurt himself? What was dull? Who defended his clothes?More than half a million people have signed a petition asking Fifa and Uefa to take action against Sergio Ramos for his performance in the Champions League final. How many fouls did the referee …

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Zidane is latest proof coaching Spain’s super-clubs can be intolerable

First Guardiola and Enrique left Barcelona in need of rest and now Zidane has quit Real Madrid. The top of Spanish football has become suffocatingWhen Zinedine Zidane called time on his highly productive stint as the head of Real Madrid’s ego managemen…

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Zinedine Zidane knew storms are never far away at Real Madrid

Frenchman did it his way during three seasons in the Bernabéu hot seat and is leaving before his legacy can be spoiled“It might look like a strange moment but it is the right moment,” Zinedine Zidane said. And so, 878 days after taking over as manager …

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Zinedine Zidane leaves Real Madrid: ‘it’s strange but this is the right moment’ – video

Zinedine Zidane has made the surprise announcement that he is resigning from his post as Real Madrid head coach, having won three consecutive Champions League titles, and the 2016-17 Liga title. At a news conference at the Santiago Berna…

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Zidane resigns as Real Madrid head coach in shock announcement

• Club legend steps down after winning third Champions League• Zidane had won six major trophies since January 2016• Join Nick Miller for live updates and reactionZinedine Zidane has stepped down as Real Madrid head coach five days after celebrating th…

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Zinedine Zidane steps down at Real Madrid – live updates and reaction!

Frenchman steps down after winning three Champions League titlesDecision was announced at a news conference at the Santiago BernabéuThoughts on the news? You can email or tweet @NickMiller79 12.25pm BST Stop blubbing excessively, Madridistas, he could…

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Mourinho on red alert with Manchester City not interested in Gareth Bale

• Manchester United closely monitored Bale last summer• Striker’s injury record not a concern for MourinhoManchester City have cleared the way for Manchester United to revive their interest in Gareth Bale as the Premier League champions are not interes…

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Champions League final: Real Madrid 3-1 Liverpool – in pictures

We bring you the best images from Kiev after Real Madrid’s win over Liverpool gave the Spanish club their 13th European Cup win. The victory also meant they became the first side to win three consecutive titles in the Champions League era Continue read…

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Champions League final: Real Madrid 3-1 Liverpool – in pictures

We bring you the best images from Kiev after Real Madrid’s win over Liverpool gave the Spanish club their 13th European Cup win. The victory also meant they became the first side to win three consecutive titles in the Champions League era Continue read…

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Real Madrid ready for chaos in Champions League final, says Zidane

• Madrid manager says pressure brings best from his team• ‘We have had chaos before and we will have tomorrow, for sure’As his Real Madrid side arrived in Kiev to face Liverpool in the Champions League final, Zinedine Zidane admitted that he is ready f…

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Klopp v Zidane: the Champions League final in the managers’ words – video

Does the Champions League title mean more Liverpool or Real Madrid? Who is more crucial to their team – Mohamed Salah or Cristiano Ronaldo? And who is most likely to walk away from the final victorious?Jürgen Klopp and Zinedine Zidane on the fight…

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Zinedine Zidane: it was better for Real Madrid to suffer in win over Bayern

• Manager hails refusal to give in after reaching European Cup final• Bayern Munich lament crucial errors after dominating semi-finalZinedine Zidane admitted it was not good for the heart and that Real Madrid had “suffered” to reach a third European Cu…

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Bayern’s Jupp Heynckes ‘confident’ against Zidane and Real Madrid

Heynckes came out of retirement six months ago and has steered Bayern to the semi-final as he looks for a record-equalling third Champions League“Nobody had any intention of me being here,” Jupp Heynckes said, sitting at a desk at the Allianz Arena, a …

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Bayern’s Jupp Heynckes ‘confident’ against Zidane and Real Madrid

Heynckes came out of retirement six months ago and has steered Bayern to the semi-final as he looks for a record-equalling third Champions League“Nobody had any intention of me being here,” Jupp Heynckes said, sitting at a desk at the Allianz Arena, a …

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‘Referee has a rubbish bin where his heart should be,’ says Gianluigi Buffon

• Juventus goalkeeper lets fly at English referee Michael Oliver• ‘It was one tenth of a penalty,’ claims sent-off BuffonThe Juventus goalkeeper Gigi Buffon criticised the English referee Michael Oliver, saying he has a “rubbish bin” where his heart sh…

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Ronaldo heroics establish Zidane’s team among Real Madrid greats

The 3-0 away victory against Juventus in the first leg of their Champions League quarter-final included a masterclass from Isco as the holders underlined their superiorityOf all the masterpieces that Zinedine Zidane created during his playing career, t…

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Cristiano Ronaldo’s goal ‘was one of the most beautiful in history’ – video

Zinedine Zidane described Cristiano Ronaldo’s overhead kick against Juventus as ‘one of the most beautiful goals in history’ as Real Madrid eased to a 3-0 win in the first leg of their Champions League quarter final. But the former French international…

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World Cup stunning moments: Zinedine Zidane’s head-butt | Ian McCourt

In dragging France to the 2006 World Cup final Zidane hinted at immortality and, once they got there, he proved his mortalityThe crowd are whistling. Something has happened. Marco Materazzi is on the ground. The match commentators are confused. They th…