Zidane opens his own pitch in Paris

13 June 2018, 11:15
Life After Football

20 years on from the iconic, legendary success of the French team at the 1998 World Cup in their own nation, Zinedine Zidane's two goals in the final versus Brazil are enough to immortalise him in French football folklore forever.

However, just in case those two towering headers against Brazil weren't enough, or even the other iconic use of his head in the 2006 final, he has opened a new football pitch in Paris. The ZZ10 playground, decorated with a graphic design of the shirt he wore in the 1998 final in the same city, is to be a platform for the next generation of French footballers.

Zizou, who used to play using two t-shirts as the goalposts when he was a kid, christened the new surface in Saint-Denis with local school kids, before letting them take over the pitch for a crowded, 25-a-side game.

Sponsored by adidas, the brand that provided shirts for France in 1998 and boots and more for Zizou through his illustrious career, the pitch will act not only as a platform for new talent, but a reminder of the legacy that Zidane and teammates have left.

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