Zidane Interview: "I’m not going to start speaking more just because I became a manager"

Passing through Paris for the « All Bleu » Adidas event with athletes from many other sports (judo, basketball, etc…) Zinedine Zidane took the time, between two photoshoots, to look back, in detail, on his relationship with his two sons who became footballers : Luca, recently crowned European champion with the French U17 team, and Enzo, his eldest son, who he coaches in Madrid.

Passing through Paris for the « All Bleu » Adidas event with athletes from many other sports (judo, basketball, etc…) Zinedine Zidane took the time, between two photoshoots, to look back, in detail, on his relationship with his two sons who became footballers : Luca, recently crowned European champion with the French U17 team, and Enzo, his eldest son, who he coaches in Madrid.

Sofoot are an independently run magazine based in Paris. Over the last 12 years they have become synonymous with French Football culture; injecting an intellectual spirit into the way they talk about the game.

You are here to take part in an Adidas meeting with many other sportsmen. How important were other sports than football during your career ?

Sofoot are an independently run magazine based in Paris. Over the last 12 years they have become synonymous with French Football culture; injecting an intellectual spirit into the way they talk about the game.

It’s very strange because for a long time, I told myself that I could not have played an individual sport. In my family, Judo is quite big, my brother is a black belt and was a French champion. I wasn’t too bad either (ed note : blue belt). I also always loved tennis, Roland-Garros, etc…but I’ve always told myself I couldn’t play an individual sport. The sportsman’s loneliness scares me. When you win, it’s alright, but when you lose, you’re alone. And when you lose alone, you go home alone, you travel alone. I’ve always admired the guys who could cope with that. You’ve prepared all season for something, and in the end, you get knocked out in the first round and you’re alone…it must be hard ! But then again, today, I’m a manager. And when you’re a manager, well, you’re alone. I was a player, so I’ve never ignored the difficulties of the job. In fact, I’ve always been lenient with my managers. Even when I saw that their message wasn’t too clear, it wasn’t a big deal, I knew what I had to do on the pitch. And I also knew how difficult it was to be a manager. But in the end, that’s what I wanted to do, I wanted to pass on knowledge.

What kind of manager are you ?

Yes, well, he’s a European champion, at his age, it was hard to do better than that!

Have you talked about it afterwards ?

Interview conducted by: Franck Annesse

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