DOHA: Enzo Zidane takes after his father. The 17-year-old son of the French former World Player of the Year possesses both footballing talent but also a sharp, explosive temper.
Father Zinedine, notoriously, ended his top-level career earning a red card in the closing minutes of the 2006 World Cup Final after heabutting Italy defender Marco Materazzi.
Zidane had always promised that France’s last match at the finals would be his last as a professional and he has proved as good as word. Since that day seven years ago he had worked his way up the administrative and directorial ladder at his last club, Real Madrid. Speculation also swirls around French footballer that he could become national coach one day.
Meanwhile son Enzo is making his own in the Madrid youth section. In Doha this week, however, he collected a red card of his own only eight minutes after appearing as a half-time substitute in a 3-2 win over Egypt’s Zamalek in the Al Kass International Cup.
Zidane, wearing the symbolic No10, reacted furiously to a crunching tackle and was dismissed. Madrid, without him, did go on to win 3-2 with goals from Javier Munoz and Agoney Gonzalez (two).
Victory qualified Fernando Morientes’s team for the quarter-finals of a tournament also featuring youngsters from Liverpool, Fluminese, Internazionale, Paris Saint-Germain and Boca Juniors.
Zidane senior was an ambassador for Qatar in the country’s successful bid to win host rights to the 2022 World Cup.
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