Even legends get old. This June 23, Zinédine Zidane turns 50. Half a century for the 1998 world champion, France Football golden ball, 2000 European champion with the Blues and four-time winner of the Champions League (once as a player, three times as a coach) with Real Madrid. For the occasion, Zizou granted a river interview to the newspaper l’Équipe to be published on June 23. An interview of incredible length: 6 hours face to face and 18 pages in all in the newspaper during which Zidane swept everything away. Selected pieces.
Become coach of the Blues: “I want to, of course. I will be, I hope, one day. When ? It’s not up to me. But I want to come full circle with the France team. I knew this French team as a player. And that’s the best thing that ever happened to me! But really ! It’s the pinnacle. When I say that I want to take the France team one day, I assume it. Today, a team is in place. with its goals. But if the opportunity comes next, then I’ll be there. My deep desire is there. »
Will he be on the PSG bench one day? ” Never say never. Especially when you are a coach today. When I was a player, I had the choice, almost all the clubs. Coach, there aren’t fifty clubs I can go to. There are two or three possibilities. If I go back to a club, it’s to win. I say this with all modesty. That’s why I can’t go anywhere. »
Could he train elsewhere than in Paris? “Certain conditions make things more difficult. When people say to me: “Do you want to go to Manchester? » I understand English but I don’t master it completely. I know there are coaches who go to clubs without speaking the language. But I work differently. To win, many elements come into play. It’s a global context. Me, I know what I need to win. »
Karim Benzema Ballon d’Or, a no-brainer “It’s not just me saying give it to him, it’s the whole world!” It’s more than worth it. Karim is like the little brother I didn’t have because I’m the last in my family. »
Finally his version on the whim in the final of the 2006 World Cup: “That day, my mum was very tired. I have my sister on the phone several times during the day. I know my mum isn’t well but it’s not a big deal either. It concerns me nonetheless. I still stay focused. But these are things that jostle each other. The pressure, this, that. Him (Materazzi), he does not speak to me of my mother. He often said he didn’t insult my mother. It’s true. But he insulted my sister, who was with my mom at the time. On a field, there have already been insults. Everyone talks to each other, sometimes badly, but you do nothing. There, that day, what happened happened. He triggered something by talking about my sister Lila. The space of a second, and it’s gone… But afterwards, you have to accept. I’m not proud but it’s part of my journey. At that time, I was more fragile. Sometimes it’s times like these that you can do something wrong…”
His 50 years: ” Life goes on. What makes me weird is when I was 20-25 years old, I saw people 50 years older than that! Here, that is no longer the case. Life has smoothed out this age. But I am still a big child in my head! I want to enjoy everything. I am with my family. There are of course things that I am not happy with… And then there are also great misfortunes (he stops). I lost one of my brothers (Farid, in 2019)… But life moves on. It’s in front. Every moment, every moment. That’s why I love my life. I am undoubtedly someone atypical. »