Zinédine Zidane


Zinedine Zidane and the Most Important Headbutt in the World

A deep dive into Zidane's last act as a professional footballer: thrusting his head into Marco Materazzi's chest.


How Zinedine Zidane’s France Won World Cup ‘98

An iconic tournament for many, World Cup ‘98 saw Les Bleus lift the Jules Rimet on home turf. Here’s how Zinedine Zidane and his teammates did it, and what victory for the ‘rainbow nation’ meant for France.


Analysing The Smoking Habits of Footballers and Iconic Managers

While medical science has come to the consensus that tobacco and rigorous exercise don’t mix, there are still many icons of football who enjoy a crafty smoke. Here, we look to their smoking habits and what they may or may not signify.


Rating Statues of Footballers Purely On Artistic Merit

With Alan Shearer’s new statue at Newcastle being widely compared to Dale Winton, we have decided to rate football’s most famous sculptures on artistic merit alone.


A Reddit Table Explains Why Today's Transfers Are Actually Less Overpriced Than in Previous Years

Juventus paid 90 million euros for Gonzalo Higuain. A reddit table shows us that perhaps the fee is not so exorbitant, at least in comparison to previous transfers.


Exactly 10 Years Ago, Zidane Headbutted Materazzi in the World Cup Final

Let's celebrate with a thinkpiece.


Florentino Perez: How to Make Millions From a Football Club

Florentino Perez is perhaps the most famous president in Real Madrid's history. He is power-hungry, ruthless and, above all, desperate for success.


Marcelo’s Dive Against Wolfsburg Was The Absolute Worst

Just when we were finally warming to Real Madrid, Marcelo had to go and ruin it for everyone


Walking in the Footsteps of Zidane

Zinedine Zidane’s journey to the top of world football began in Marseille’s La Castellane neighbourhood. We travelled there to learn more about the French legend’s formative years.


Zinedine Zidane and the Perils of Going Back

Zinedine Zidane and Stuart Pearce don't have a huge amount in common beyond a shared penchant for mildly psychopathic on-field violence. But the Frenchman would do well to look to Pearce as an example of the dangers of listening to your heart.


Real Madrid Sack Benitez, Zidane Takes the Reigns

Rafa Benitez out after seven months at Real Madrid.


The Cult: Zinedine Zidane

Zinedine Zidane was among the microscopically small group of footballers who​ treat the sport’s showpiece events – World Cup and Champions League finals – as the most natural stage for who they are.