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VIDEO: Zidane junior follows dad’s lead at Real

His dad was one of the greatest footballers ever, and now Enzo Zidane appears to be following in Zinedine's footsteps, and in more ways than one (see video). Real Madrid have promoted him out of his age group, it was reported this week.

VIDEO: Zidane junior follows dad's lead at Real
Photo: Bertrand Langlois/AFP

Zizou the Younger looks set to be playing his football for Real Madrid’s C team this coming season – no mean feat for a young man who, having just turned 18, would normally be expected to tog out for the under-19s.

Enzo, who often uses his mother Veronique’s surname, Fernandez, will be part of the third-tier Real squad that plays in the Segunda B league, Spain’s third division, according to a report by Madrid daily Diario AS on Monday (link in Spanish).

If he continues his rapid progression through the ranks, the young attacking midfielder could eventually opt to play for France, Spain or even Algeria, through his father’s parents.

Wherever he plies his trade, however, if these videos are anything to go by, the eldest son of Zizou the temperamental genius seems to have more than a little in common with his old man’s style.

Here is Enzo scoring a 25-yard screamer for Real’s youth team against their counterparts from Athletico Madrid, last November.
(Video courtesy of Alain Soulard).

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And here is, displaying some of his father’s infamous temper in a match in Qatar in January.
(Video courtesy of Jordinella Sabro).

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France’s Zinédine Zidane quits as Real Madrid manager

French football legend Zinédine Zidane announced on Thursday he was leaving Real Madrid, just days after his team won the European Cup.

France's Zinédine Zidane quits as Real Madrid manager
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Zidane, who won the World Cup with France in 1998 as a player, told media at a hastily arranged press conference in Madrid: “The team needs to keep winning so it needs a change to keep winning.”

“The team needs another way, another method of working, that's why I'm going,” he said.

Zidane's Real Madrid team beat Liverpool in the final of the Champions League on Saturday, the third consecutive season the Spanish giants have been crowned champions of Europe under his leadership.

There had been speculation Zidane would have stepped down if his team had lost the final but after securing victory the football world presumed he would stay on.

But the Frenchman, who was a former player at Real Madrid, has surprised everyone including Real's president Florentino Perez who said he was upset by Zidane's “unexpected” decision.

Perez said: “It is a totally unexpected decision, today is a sad day.”

“I told him that Real Madrid will always be his home and he will always be welcome,” said Perez adding that he had not tried to change Zidane's mind.

Speculation will now turn to what Zidane does next. 

Many believe he will end up as the coach of France's national team. He could replace the current national team manager Didier Deschamps if he decides to step down after the World Cup.

Zidane however said he wouldn't be taking up a new post immediately.

“I am not looking for another team,” he said.

But a few teams might come looking for him given his record of winning three Champions League titles on the bounce.

 

 

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