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Zidane ‘lined up for job as Bordeaux manager’

French footballing legend Zinedine Zidane could be about to land his first job as a coach, if rumours in France this week are to be believed. Zidane, currently an assistant at Real Madrid, is reported to be lined up to become the manager at Bordeaux.

Zidane 'lined up for job as Bordeaux manager'
Is French footballing legend about to get his first job as a coach at Ligue 1's Bordeaux? Photo: Patrick Hertzog/AFP

France legend Zinedine Zidane is poised to become head coach of Ligue 1 side Bordeaux, according to reports in the French media on Tuesday.

Zidane, 41, played for Cannes, Bordeaux and Juventus before joining Real Madrid in 2001 and retiring at the age of 34 in 2006.

He is currently working as an assistant to Real coach Carlo Ancelotti, and in January graduated with a diploma in sports management at the Centre for the Law and Economics of Sport in Limoges.

Reports linking him to the job at Bordeaux have gathered strength this week with some papers suggesting his arrival at the Girondins was imminent.

The Sud Ouest daily wrote Tuesday that Bordeaux had made Zidane "top of their list" to replace existing manager Francis Gillot.

Gillot is under contract until 2015 with a release clause built into his deal.

Bordeaux president Jean-Louis Triaud said on Tuesday: "It's a rumour and the time is coming, when it's the moment to discuss the set up for next season we'll talk about it then."

He added: "It's not the news for today," he added.

French news channel I-Tele suggested the 1998 Ballon d'Or's appointment as Bordeaux boss was "90 percent" assured.

I-Tele reported that "Zidane had met Jean-Louis Triaud" and that the two men "were almost in agreement on everything".

Zidane and Triaud are set to meet up again "by the end of the week" to wrap up the arrangement.

"It's almost done," the same source reported.

If it comes about Zidane will become the second 1998 French World Cup champion to manage Bordeaux after his former teammate Laurent Blanc, who was also a rookie coach, taking over the Bordeaux reins in 2007.

Blanc, now in charge of defending champions Paris Saint-Germain who can win the 2013-2014 title on Wednesday, guided them to the Ligue 1 title in 2009.

Zidane played for Bordeaux between 1992 and 1996.

The majestic playmaker's last game was with the French team in the 2006 World Cup final in Berlin against Italy, when he scored a goal but was then sent off in the second half for head-butting Marco Materazzi.

Bordeaux are placed seventh in L1 ahead of the visit of Marseille on Saturday for their penultimate game of the season.

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French prosecutors demand jail term for Russian accused of leaving England football fan with brain damage

French prosecutors on Friday called for a 15-year prison sentence for one of two Russians accused of beating a British supporter during Euro 2016, an attack that left him with brain injuries.

French prosecutors demand jail term for Russian accused of leaving England football fan with brain damage
Russian fans light flares at the match against England in 2016.. Photo: AFP

One prosecutor, Christophe Raffin, asked for the “legal maximum… between 14 and 15 years” for Pavel Kossov, who is accused of throwing the first punch at 55-year-old Andrew Bache.

Bache was injured in the violence that broke out before England played Russia in the southern French port city of Marseille on June 11th, 2016.

The second Russian on trial in Aix-en-Provence, Mikhail Ivkine, stands accused of throwing a chair at the victim, with prosecutors asking for a potential suspended sentence of up to five years.

He has claimed he was defending himself.

“No, it wasn't legitimate self-defence, it was illegitimate use of force against Andrew Bache,” Raffin said of the violence.

 

Police give emergency aid to Andrew Bache following clashes in the city of Marseille. Photo: AFP

The prosecutors said the Russians were part of a group of about 150 men, many with martial arts training, who wrought havoc in Marseille.

Bache, from Portsmouth in southern England, has no memory of the events and is too frail to attend the trial.

His son Harry, who nurses his father, is representing him in court.

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