Zinedine Zidane Appointed New Sporting Director for Real Madrid

Roberto Alvarez-Galloso@AlvarezGallosoChief Writer IJuly 8, 2011

Zinedine Zidane
Zinedine ZidaneAngel Martinez/Getty Images

According to an Associated Press news article published in ESPN, Zinedine Zidane has been appointed Sporting Director of Real Madrid.

Zidane replaces Jorge Valdano, who was fired by Florentino Perez (Real Madrid President) last May due to personality conflicts between Valdano and Jose Mourinho.

Zidane declared that Mourinho and Perez were "instrumental" in his appointment as the new sporting director. Zidnane also praised Real Madrid for being important in his life as a player and sporting director.

Zidane was one of the members of the French National Football team that helped France win the 1998 FIFA World Cup. Zidane was instrumental in the French victory in the European Championship in 2000.

According to the Real Madrid website, Zinedine had 35 goals and 32 assists within 151 matches with Real Madrid in La Liga. Zinedine scored six head goals within the 35 goals in the matches he played at the Santiago Bernabeu.

Zidane also scored one free kick goal during the 2001-2002 La Liga season in the Real Madrid match against Las Palmas in El Insular Stadium. The career of Zidane has been marked with controversy as well as success.

Zinedine received 23 yellow cards and two red cards during his period with Real Madrid. Zidane is also famous for the famous head butt incident against Italian defender Marco Materazzi which brought an undignified end to the 2006 FIFA World Cup in Germany.

It is hoped that Zidane can reinvent himself in Real Madrid and not repeat the headbutting incident as sporting director.