Tag: zidane

Zidane Zidane and the defining moments of genius at Euro 2000

Zinedine Zidane arrived at Euro 2000 following yet another impressive season in Turin. His creativity and ability to spot passes – barely visible on television broadcasts, let alone amongst the intensity of…

France’s unlikely journey to the 2006 World Cup final

France’s journey to the 2006 World Cup final was one of the last great stories of the competition. A bizarrely quixotic campaign had its origins in the return of three veterans, who…

The World Cup Series: 1994 and 1998

Join host Jim Hart and World Cup experts Steven Scragg and Dan Williamson as they look back at the iconic USA 94, inclusive of Brazil’s stunning win and Roberto Baggio’s flawed moments…

The art and anatomy of scoring a beautiful goal

They say art is a subjective matter. What one person finds majestic another can find abhorrent. Tracey Emin’s Unmade Bed, Michelangelo’s statue of David and Banksy’s Raise the Drawbridge are all works of…

Zinedine Zidane: the Juventus diaries

Zinedine Zidane and excellence have rarely been too far apart. A midfielder of supreme quality, a leader with a timeless vision, and now a manager who is setting records, his mind is being…

In celebration of the greatest number 10s in history

When it comes to pure football romance, the number 10 position is in a class of its own. With the greatest names having worn the shirt, we discuss the position, what makes…

Zinedine Zidane: myth, God and king

Illustration by Federico Manasse “Zidane is a myth,” said former France coach Raymond Domenech. “A myth capable of setting off emotions in people, and not only positive ones.” Domenech’s assessment of a player…

Zinedine Zidane and the making of a king

From a simple life as the son of two Algerian migrants to the peak of football, we celebrate the genius and madness of Zinedine Zidane and his career as football’s ultimate big-game player.

The story of France’s failure at World Cup 2002

The 2002 World Cup in Japan and South Korea was a tournament of shocks and surprises, with a touch of genuine quirkiness thrown in for good measure. Never before had European audiences…