Real Madrid have announced that French football legend Zinedine Zidane will be coaching one of the club’s youth teams whilst taking his coaching badges.
The 40-year-old playmaker retired in 2006, leaving the game in acrimonious circumstances after getting sent off in the World Cup final. His head-butt on Marco Materazzi was the last thing he’d ever do on a pitch.
However, the former Cannes, Bordeaux and Juventus star is eager to get back into the game in a coaching capacity, and appears set to move on from his role as Director of Football with Los Blancos.
"Zinedine Zidane will begin training to become a coach, while at the same time coach Real Madrid’s youth academy," read a statement on the club’s official website.
"This year he will also complete his team-management qualification, which he started a few months ago.
"That will allow him to formalise his knowledge and training, which will enable him to fulfill an aspiration that he made public in the press conference in which he announced his retirement as a player in April 2006: to work with Real Madrid's youth academy."
Zidane is expected to replace Alberto Giraldez as head of Madrid's youth sector, although that is currently unconfirmed at this stage, and his first task will be to work specifically with one of the ‘cantera’ sides in the Spanish capital.
The three time FIFA World Player of the Year has always stated his intention to work in football management one day, and will have a great mentor in the shape of Jose Mourinho. It was also reported last month that Zidane ‘dreams’ of managing the French national side in the future.
So what can the Madrid youth team players expect from Zidane the coach? A little bit of everything, perhaps, as the magician provided during his time at the Santiago Bernabeu. And, in case you’ve forgotten, check out a video of ZiZu’s best moments here: