Luca Zidane: Number 1 rather than number 10

Like father, like son? That’s not the case in the Zidane household in Madrid. Luca Zidane, the second oldest of Zinédine’s four sons, has followed in the footsteps of his father but not in the same way. In the semi-final of the Under-17s European Championships for France against Belgium, he tried to prove to his old man that he could be just like the World Champion from 1998.

Whilst Zinédine Zidane chipped a penalty off the underside of the bar in the 2006 World Cup final in Berlin against Italy, his son also hit the bar but his penalty went over. But no one placed any blame on Luca Zidane. The 17-year-old isn’t a gifted midfielder like his father but instead a goalkeeper. He also saved three penalties, including the decisive penalty after missing his own, as France beat Belgium 2-1 on penalties.

“What matters to me is his match winning contribution,” said manager Jean-Claude Giuntini. “He tried the penalty and missed it – I’m not going to lose any sleep over it.” Instead the manager is looking ahead to the final against Germany on Friday (19:00 CEST). The goalkeeper will be looking to give their opponents a tough time, as Zidane junior had not conceded a goal until the game against Belgium.

“The youngest has to go in goal”

The story of how Luca Zidane became a goalkeeper is pretty simple, as his 42-year-old father explained: “To play football you always need an outfield player and a goalkeeper. And my oldest son decided when we were playing in the garden that the youngest had to go in goal. He actually enjoyed the role after always playing there and he had a lot of ambition too.”

His position as number 1 instead of number 10 has an advantage as Luca cannot be compared with his father. That is not the case with brother Enzo, who has played in midfield for France’s Under-19s so he has therefore taken his mother’s maiden name of Fernandez. Both brothers play for Real Madrid, which is where their father missed out on the chance of promotion to the second division as manager of the reserves. One thing is clear: the name Zidane will not die out in the footballing world for a long time.


AND FOR THE LOVE OF ALL THAT IS HOLY --- THIS BOY IS NOT LUCA !!!! This pic was taken back in February 2007 when Zizou, Vero and the kids traveled to Thailand for a charity game. The pic was taken at a boxing match that Zizou & Vero attended without the boys but with an interpreter and the interpreter's son along for the ride.


It's been rumored but unconfirmed until today - our beloved Luis Figo has ended his run for leadership of FIFA. Oh, John Oliver ! where are you when we need you !!


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20 May 2015 @ 07:44 pm

Zidane, Maouassa keeping things tight for France

Published: Saturday 16 May 2015, 9.37CET

France topped Group C with a perfect record and no goals conceded, key to their progress keeper Luca Zidane and left-back Christ-Emmanuel Maouassa, who spoke to UEFA.com.

Through to the last eight of the UEFA European Under-17 Championship in some style, having won all three of their Group C games without conceding a goal, France are the first names on many observers' lips when asked for their competition favourites.

Integral to their victories against Scotland (5-0), Russia (1-0) and Greece (1-0) were goalkeeper Luca Zidane and marauding left-back Christ-Emmanuel Maouassa, who sat down with UEFA.com ahead of their quarter-final against Italy in Stara Zagora on Saturday.

"We played Italy last year in a tournament in Portugal and they're a very good team, strong in defence and technically adept. Let's see how we get on against them," said Zidane, who turned 17 on the same day as Les Petits Bleus' triumph over Greece, a match in which he made a particularly smart stop from Vangelis Pavlidis. "First of all, it was good to win the game and the group. Being with the national team is always great, and to celebrate my birthday here with all the guys was fun, too."

But how, we wondered, did Zinédine Zidane's son end up in goal? "When I was little I used to play a lot with my brother [Enzo Fernández], and because he was the oldest he used to say: 'You go in goal.' So I would and he'd shoot at me – it's thanks to him that I'm a keeper," explained the custodian, on the books at Real Madrid CF.

"I'm doing everything to go as far as I can in the game, but I'm taking it step by step. Perhaps next year I'll get the chance to move up to the Juvenil A and play for Real Madrid in the UEFA Youth League. Enzo has told me that playing in the Youth League is a great experience, that it teaches you a lot and the standard is really high."

Nor is defender Maouassa short on ambition, the versatile 16-year-old also eyeing a breakthrough with his club. "I hope that by next year or the year after I can get into the first team at Nancy; that's something I'd like very much.” said Maouassa, whose speed, skill and attacking thrust have earned him plenty of admirers in Bulgaria. "I'm a fan of Marcelo, while Jordi Alba is someone I also really like. People often say that I play like Jordi Alba because I like to get up and down the flank a lot. Defending comes first then attacking is a bonus – it's something extra I can offer the team.

"Our strengths are our team spirit, competitiveness and the fact we've got a good understanding on the pitch," added Maouassa, before leaving the final word to his keeper. "We've made it through to the quarter-finals," said Zidane. "Now let's see just how far we can go."

15 May 2015 @ 12:03 pm

I LOVE what this person did here - it says Licencia para Zidane - License for Zidane - but it can also be read as License TO Zidane making his name a verb as in License to kill like James Bond or the way Zlatan uses his name in that tongue in cheek way. I am thinking this was the idea - hence the Bond-ish background and himself in a snazzy suit.

And from his instagram account - here is what the Mister had to say:


14 May 2015 @ 08:14 am
Where does our Zizou go with his new Coaching license????




Will it be Marseille??? Or does it stay in Madrid??? Or is it back to Italy for our lovely man.

Now that RM has missed the Euro final my guess is he stays in Madrid and Ancelotti departs.

Or maybe he goes back to Marseille and moves into his parents extra bedroom :)
08 May 2015 @ 07:40 am
Just a FYI for all the Zizou fans out there.

The Danone Cup will be held in Rabat, Morocco in October.

05 May 2015 @ 04:07 pm
05 May 2015 @ 03:54 pm
Zizou Back in Turin


Zinedine Zidane joins his contemporaries at Juventus Center as part of a coaching masters course organised by the French Football Federation

Juventus legend Zinedine Zidane was back in Turin today for a coaching masters course organised by the French Football Federation, with a meeting alongside Giuseppe Marotta on the agenda for the Frenchman and his contemporaries.

The initiative, which forms part of a number of visits to top European clubs, brought Zidane, Claude Makelele, Willy Sagnol, Bernard Diomede, Claude Le Roy, Guy Lacombe and Franck Thivillier to Juventus Center, where the club’s head of training check Roberto Sassi was on hand to kick off the first of three days in Vinovo.

Joining Marotta and Sassi in handing out advice was another familiar face to Juventus, Christian Damiano, who acted as Claudio Ranieri’s assistant between 2007 and 2009.