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Zinedine Zidane

French midfielder Zinedine Zidane in France's 2006 World Cup opener against Switzerland on June 14, 2006. The match ended in a 0-0 draw. AFP/Getty Images/AFP hide caption

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Listen on Friday, watch on Sunday — because "Zizou" will be back in action for his second game at this year's World Cup. (Those of you following the games closely know that he played yesterday in the goalless draw between France and Switzerland.)

I know this from Genevieve Oger's upcoming piece from Paris on French soccer star Zinedine Zidane. "As soon as he has the ball, he becomes magical," (video) someone says in her story. Zidane was born in Marseilles to Algerian immigrant parents. He has played elsewhere in Europe but is a superstar in France, becoming a legend in the 1998 World Cup final win over Brazil where he scored two goals (video) — with his head!



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