What is ZiZuMania?

21 September 2017

This word had appeared nineteen years ago in summer 1998 almost at once after the final victory of French national team in the World Cup in France. Naturally, the long-term leader of Juventus, Real and the national team, the attacking midfielder and the playmaker Zinedine Zidane became an object of admiration for millions of football fans.

What is ZiZuMania?

And Zidane wasn't just loved, he was idolized! Zidane's popularity for eight years (1998-2006) was fantastic in all football countries of the world.

In football Europe, prior to ZiZuMania, millions of fans in the same degree idolized only the Flying Dutchman Johannes Cruijff and the French magician of a ball Michel Platini.

Now the pages of the leading European sports editions often compare the leader of Los Galácticos of the beginning of the century and the current head coach of Real Zinedine Zidane and the Portuguese captain of the defending champion of Europe Cristiano Ronaldo in order of importance.

The answer is definite - ZiZu! Though in due time the French playmaker won only one Ballon d'Or (1998), and then Cristiano Ronaldo - four, and Leo Messi - five (an absolute record of this competition). But if Cristiano or Leo will become the world champions in summer 2018 in Moscow Luzhniki only then they can be compared to ZiZu.

And by the number of the won Ballon d'Or the answer is very simple. During Zinedine Zidane, Ronaldo, Rivaldo, Luís Figo, Matthias Sammer 's era the best player of year was chosen by secret ballot voting on the pages of "France Football" and therefore even one victory in a competition was considered to be unique achievement. But at once after ZiZu's leaving in summer 2006 the former FIFA president Sepp Blatter put hands on popular competition and since then the best football player began to be chosen only between Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi as, according to Blatter, the owner of the Ballon d'Or could play only in Spain.

The question of ZiZuMania became relevant after Real’s victory on 13th of September in the first round of Champions League group stage over APOEL Cyprus (3:0). Thus, the team of Zinedine Zidane had done all to leave the group and to take part in the first round of the playoffs.

And then, ZiZu has all chances to become the owner of unique achievement in the Champions League final-2018 that will be held in Kiev. We speak about three in a row coaching victories in the final match of the main UEFA tournament - 2016, 2017 and...

In due time the coach of Liverpool Bob Paisley (1977, 1978, 1981) and the former player of Milan and Real and now the head coach of Bayern Munich Carlo Ancelotti (2003, 2007, 2014) became three-time winners of the Champions Cup (Champions League). But never before any coach had managed to win three Champions League finals in a row. ZiZu can become the first one. ZiZuMania continues …

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