Champs-Elysees was the place where one million people headed, late afternoon on the 12th of July. The world-famous venue in Paris became crowded with cheering fans, tricoloured flags and above all the sound of car horns could be stood out. The Arc de Triomphe decorated by a Zinedine Zidane image as the throngs partied. Zidane’s status sealed as the cultural icon as the crowd roared in anticipation.
Only hours earlier France became world champions with a 3-0 win over Brazil. It was 20 years after France claimed its first World Cup triumph and on Tuesday night the victorious 1998 squad reunited. Only a one-goal score was to be enjoyed by Zidane, who scored twice in the final at Stade de France. The hosts targeted Vincent Candela and Thierry Hendry as Gaizka Mendieta, and Fernando Morientes netted for the visitors. While Didier Deschamps, was in the absence (excused) most of the French squad attended. Ibrahim Ba and Sabri Lamouchi took the places of David Trezeguet and the former Juventus striker who already in Russia for the start of the summer tournament.
Aime Jacquet, the France boss got the event started with same eleven players that got them victory twenty years ago in Marseille with a 3-0 victory over South Africa. The back five consisting of Marcel Desailly, Bixente Lizarazu, Lilian Thuram, Laurent Blanc, and Fabien Barthez reunited once more. Bolt hot-footed from the U Arena Stadium after he played at Old Trafford just outside of Paris on Sunday night. Within 8 minutes Morientes found the back of the net, although France equalised by the 22nd minute as Henry curled home after he exchanged passes with Zidane. Candelas was the man the that held the victory of the French in his hands to only seven minutes later.
Zinedine Zidane Stunn Football World by Quitting Real Madrid Management
For fans across the globe the departure of Zidane from Real Madrid is a real shock, he was not only a successful player for the team but managed the B club since 2016. Apart from his remarkable achievements during the Champions League he also led Rael Madrid to the 2017 La Liga title.
The 45-year-old Zidane is still considering his next move and attended the French Open watching the Dominic Thiem and Rafael Nadal in the French Final. While Zidane spends the day in the company of his wife and two sons, Enzo and Luca, others in attendance included Youri Djorkaeff.