Zinedine Zidane Reunites France ’98 World Cup-Winning Team To Play Against Fourth Division Club

Chris Wright

4th, June 2013


By Chris Wright


“We simply must do this again in 15 years’ time”

Having recently invested in French fourth division club Rodez Aveyron FC, who are based in his wife’s hometown, Zinedine Zidane staged a fundraising match for the team at their ground to help raise a bit of moolah for the club coffers and a local children’s charity.

Some 8,000 fans crammed into Rodez’s humble 5,955-seater Stade Paul Lignon ground in south west France, with Zidane’s choice of opponent’s proving to be a hell of a draw…


As well as playing himself, Zizou managed to reassemble the lion’s share – well, a small lion’s share of France’s 1998 World Cup-winning side; with Robert Pires, Bixente Lizarazu, Vincent Candela, Laurent Blanc, Fabien Barthez, Christophe Dugarry and manager Aime Jacquet all turning out for the occasion.

For the record, the match ended in a rather amicable 5-5 draw, with Barthez (playing up-front for “France”) scoring a penalty in the process.

(Image via Midi Libre)

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  1. Mr. Chopper says:

    “Some 8,000 fans crammed into Rodez’s humble 5,955-seater…”

    Did they have United doing the gate receipts for them?

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