Zinedine Zidane

by andrew on April 3, 2014

2011 Soccer - Real Madrid and Tottenham Hotspur European Cup Press Conference - April 12, 2011

Birth Name: Zinedine Yazid Zidane

Place of Birth: Marseille, France

Date of Birth: 23 June, 1972

Ethnicity: Algerian Kabyle Berber

Zinedine Zidane is a French football player and coach. He is considered one of the best ever in the history of the game. He is of Kabyle Berber descent. His parents, Smaïl and Malika, emigrated to Paris from the village of Aguemoune in the Berber-speaking region of Kabylie in northern Algeria in 1953 before the start of the Algerian War. His wife, Veronique Fernandez, is of Spanish descent; he has described himself as “a non-practicing Muslim”.

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phaedra April 14, 2016 at 11:45 pm

He’s even too white for an Italian. This man looks Western European.

Don’t let trolls like Andrew say otherwise.

andrew June 1, 2016 at 5:26 am

I personally added this profile. Shut the f*** up.

DAZZY June 17, 2016 at 2:12 am

You probably never came in Italy. I think you have a distorted image about how italians look. Alot of blonde and blue eyed/green eyed are in italy

WildcatXVI March 7, 2016 at 1:35 am

Okay, wow, there’s a lot of misinformation on Amazigh/Berbers and Algerians.
My family comes from Tlemcen/northern morocco (rif) so I’ll explain
First of all, we have had many invaders, that’s true. But almost none of them have mixed with the native berbers. The people you see in Algeria today for the most part are the people who have been there for THOUSANDS of years.

Also, it offends me a lot when I see people here talking about blue eyes and blond hair being European. That’s bullshit. Go to the middle of the rif in morocco or the middle atlas mountains; they have tested for almost zero European DNA and yet the average rate of blondism is nearing the 40-50% range. And zidane can pass as European but so can a lot of people. It’s a Mediterranean country, not a sub-Saharan country for Christ sakes.

andrew March 7, 2016 at 3:44 pm

“the average rate of blondism is nearing the 40-50% range”:

Wtf not even in UK lol

Jordan July 28, 2016 at 7:23 pm

Oh but you are so wrong. On average, Berbers and other North Africans are 17-24% SSA (black African) and 12-16% WHG (pure European, Brits around around 46% WHG). That’s the reason for some people having light hair and eyes, but it is no where near 40-50%.

memphis January 2, 2017 at 6:34 am

Jordan, don’t forget a thing called genetic drift often called the “bottleneck effect” due to isolation and lack of marriage choices. Blonde hair, red hair is a recessive trait. Humans are walking mutations.

phaedra December 26, 2015 at 5:05 am

Definitely has European (French) blood….I doubt that he’s a full Berber/Algerian. You certainly cannot have this “Nordic” look and be from North Africa. You just can’t. >_<

olympiadesashk January 29, 2016 at 2:37 am

It means you don’t know all the variety and shades of North African ethnic groups. Berbers from the Mediterranean coast of Maghreb (Rifis in Morocco, Kabyles in Algeria, for example) were mixed with European tribes (Vandals for example) that crossed the Gibraltar strait way before Arabs invaded the area. More people know that the same process happened the other way around (maghrebi tribes settling on the Iberian peninsula). You don’t need to be mixed with French to be a true Maghrebi with “europeanized” features.
Just so that youg et the complexity of genetics, check those pictures of Zidane’s brothers. Some look mixed with European, some don’t:
http://www.linternaute.com/sport/foot/1215137-zinedine-zidane-famille-amis-clan/1215401-majid-farid-et-noureddine-les-trois-freres

WildcatXVI March 7, 2016 at 1:39 am
Ajaxfan October 31, 2015 at 2:59 am

When I fist saw him, I though he was just French.

Capricious October 11, 2015 at 7:33 am

Looks very central/eastern European.

After all Berbers did get German admixture.

Capricious October 11, 2015 at 7:33 am

And French.

They definitely need to put that.

MadBadDog September 22, 2015 at 3:01 am

He def looks berbeird. Berbers are arabized people who are ethnically different from the people of the middle east. Probably the best player of his generation, too bad he’ll always be remembered for that infamous headbutt on Materazzi.

neiltennant August 4, 2015 at 5:19 am

Years ago i was shocked and surprised to see a guy from algeria with blonde hair (even he was bald ) but his eyebrows were blond and he had blue eyes

but then i thought about the history of france etc. and now i know it makes sense

he has some french or even germanic roots

Check7t August 14, 2014 at 8:44 pm

10/25% black.

andrew August 15, 2014 at 6:57 am

He was one of the only 4 whites in France squad in Fifa world cup final in 2006

luckystar October 28, 2015 at 1:45 am

hahaha he clearly got less than 6% if he really does it.

http://www.theplace2.ru/archive/zinadin_zidan/img/zinadin%20zidan.jpg

fuzzybear44 October 29, 2015 at 11:50 pm

@luckystar

Quote:
(hahaha he clearly got less than 6% if he really does it.)

What are you basing that on?

Check7t August 14, 2014 at 8:44 pm

Average North African Arab-Berber 15/25% black, the more south you go in the country the more admixed they get with Negroids due to the Arab slave trade.

fuzzybear44 September 22, 2015 at 8:30 pm

I think the more north you go, the more admixture. The black more pure bloods were push off their land. When the moors were kicked out of Spain, the majority came right into north Africa with their mixed blood. You had white slavery in north Africa. Then you had the colonization of north Africa, where Europeans came in like a tsunami. The Arab slave traders, were just Arabized blacks taking non-Arab blacks to sell. Ayuba Suleiman Diallo was an example Muslim slave trader, who was taken as a slave.

cwm85 September 22, 2015 at 8:52 pm

Most north africans are berbers and arabs. Berbers are in the Caucasian classification tho here in america they wouldn’t be considered Caucasian since most when they here Caucasian think European. Arabs are part of the Caucasian sub group. Most don’t know that due to ignorance. People in Iraq, Iran, Afghanistan and large portions of middle east are also Caucasian but again the ignorance of classification is different from genetics and phenotype.

fuzzybear44 September 22, 2015 at 8:56 pm

@cwm85

Are you following me

fuzzybear44 September 22, 2015 at 9:13 pm

Also they are only arab by culture.

Quote( Berbers are in the Caucasian classification tho here in america they wouldn’t be considered Caucasian since most when they here Caucasian think European. )

Anyone from a Arab culture is marked as Caucasian by u,s law. This is the whole thing behind the check right we ain’t white campaign. These people are lumped into white box no matter what they look like. They tell you themselves, that they come from 22 countries. Also they say they from pale to the darkest ebony. Also they are only class as Caucasian because of a deal that made in the 1900’s. Only the Lebanese and Syrians see themselves as white

fuzzybear44 September 22, 2015 at 10:10 pm

@cwm

quote( Berbers are in the Caucasian )

The Berbers of today have the classification of Caucasian. However up until in the early 1900’s, they were classify as negroes .This is base on slave laws of the U.S., which are the very people who call them Caucasian today. Heck even in South Africa, Chinese Citizens Reclassified as Blacks

cwm85 September 23, 2015 at 7:07 am

American whites and Europeans probably will be shock that a lot of people they call middle eastern are actually Caucasian. The Caucasian race is more expanded than what most uneducated people think. They may check white box but they also can do middle eastern. Basically what I was saying they are part of the Caucasian race but that doesn’t mean Americans or European nations see that.

memphis January 2, 2017 at 6:43 am

The Caucasus is an area of Central Asia and borderline West Asia. Caucasians are Armenians, Georgians, Turkmen, parts of Iran and Turkey. Most skin complexions of Caucasians are dark olive, although some can be pale. In parts of Russia, people of the Caucasus are identified as “black” and discriminated against.

Gurrl July 11, 2014 at 2:37 pm

No big deal, I’ve seen a blue eyed pale Berber before from Algeria. They are Caucasian people. Most are “Arab” looking though.

shobohunter June 20, 2014 at 9:39 am

DUMBASS.
are you blind? or stupid?
you are frustrated. your afrocentric theory has proved wrong. he is a living example of that.. your reactions is similar to what I see in many others forum.
“he look black” or mixed. lol
you cannot pin point any kind of black feature in him. he hardly look Italian.
Berber are not native from Africa but they are descends of muslim moor from Spain…

Michella Murphy July 11, 2014 at 2:32 pm

Moors from Spain!!!!! Moors were BLACK people as were all North Africans before white people came along! just as the “typical” American before the europeans were not white!!!!

andrew July 11, 2014 at 3:38 pm

No, Berbers dont descend from the Moors, they’re the indigenous inhabitants of North Africa. Yeah Moors were Black as Afrocentrists and our friend Fuzzybear keep saying..of course!

fuzzybear44 July 12, 2014 at 12:19 am

The indigenous inhabitants of North Africa,were called moors first.This happen long before the arab INVASION.Berber was just another derogatory name,that europeans attached to people who were not like them.

(Black as Afrocentrists and our friend Fuzzybear keep saying..of course!)

Wait,it wasn’t just me and Afrocentrists.It was all those White(authors and historians) that I provided you with,that stated the same thing.

andrew July 12, 2014 at 4:11 am

Moors/Mauri were people from Mauritania. Berber is more a recent term. In Europe it’s popular “Maghrebian”

fuzzybear44 July 12, 2014 at 7:18 am

@Andrew

(Moors/Mauri were people from Mauritania)

Well yes that’s true,but it’s obvious that you didn’t bother to find out where Mauritania/Mauretania was in antiquity,the time in question.If you had,you would have seen it’s old location in North Africa:
http://realhistoryww.com/world_history/ancient/Misc/North_Africa/Roman_Africa.jpg
http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/5/51/Mauretania_Tingitana_SPQR.png
http://explorethemed.com/images/maps/RomanAfrica2.jpg
ancient Mauri/Mauretania:
http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/2/2c/Roman_Africa.JPG

marjanel February 22, 2016 at 7:00 am

Moors were not necesarily blacks. Many Moors in Spain were light-skinned, even blondes. Being Moor was more relationed with Muslim religion in Spain not about race. Many Moors in literature of the time are described as light skinned, you can see pictures of them where they appeared with other Europeans and those Moors don´t look different to those Europeans. Many important Moorish historical figures were described as blonde(blonde, not light brown). so all not Moors were blacks.

fuzzybear44 February 23, 2016 at 1:26 am

@marjanel

Well what you said is true, not all moors were black. Seeing how they came to convert the infidels not replace them. They did this for centuries, so yes you’ll get blonde hair ones, either blood related or converts. As for those Moors not looking different from those Europeans , is probably because they were European converts.Now I don’t know of many Historical ones described as blond, although in 800 yrs, there would probably be some. To be honest I’m kinda bias, and focus mainly on the black ones or those I know to be black.

fuzzybear44 February 23, 2016 at 1:43 am

meant 700 yrs

fuzzybear44 February 23, 2016 at 1:50 am

no 800 is better

WTF June 20, 2014 at 5:30 am

HE LOOKS LIKE A LIGHT-SKINNED BLACK MAN!

sarahle August 4, 2015 at 9:23 am

:’DDDDDDDDDDD

sure…

bleachsoda December 2, 2015 at 12:54 pm

yeah you’re clearly blind as fuck

Marseille June 14, 2014 at 12:10 pm

100% White Berber.

J.J. April 27, 2014 at 3:29 am

he does not look arab, that’s for sure he could easily pass for European perhaps eastern European would be befitting to his appearance but north Africans are still white so his ethnicity isn’t an immense shock

andrew May 3, 2014 at 9:29 am

he’s Berber, different from Arab

J.J. May 4, 2014 at 7:00 am

I’m aware, but a lot of berber’s could easily pass for arab hence why I said he doesn’t look it, then I said north Africans meaning arabs and berbers are still white so it’s not that big a shock

apachi74 May 29, 2014 at 12:36 pm

A lot of North Africans are Berber and Arab mix. A lot look more Arabic then anything else. He happens to be an exception. Remember, barbarians invaded north Africa. So their blood is in a lot of people. But Berbers and ARabs are not European for you “ignoramuses” out their. Arabs are dark people.

J.J. May 29, 2014 at 6:49 pm

@apachi74
I am well aware arabs and berbers aren’t European and I don’t appreciate being called an ignoramus for merely pointing out that he could pass for a European from his appearance thank you very much. arabs and berbers do carry similar genetics to Europeans as they’re still white Caucasians, hence why I said his appearance isn’t an immense shock, not to mention Europeans did colonise parts of north Africa and would have mixed respectively. as for “arabs are dark people” that is not necessarily true, many arabs have light skin and some even possess fair skin which is common in Europe not to mention light hair and eyes can be found amongst them too. some arabs are dark but in general they are still white Caucasians.

memphis June 10, 2014 at 8:13 pm

North Africans are all mixed with various ethnic groups from centuries of invasions. Amazigh (Berbers) are indigenous to North Africa since recorded history. Their Y dna originates in East Africa not the Caucasus. The barbarian rule lasted 300 years during the B.C. However during the Barbary slave trade there were 1.25 million Europeans enslaved. I’ve seen many blonde haired,blue eyed Kabyles yet still having some “African” features. Yo me they remind me of Louisiana Creoles or “high yella” . Really look at their President.

nina January 28, 2015 at 10:58 am

He does look arabic in my opinion and arabs are not dark they are tan i’ve never seen a black arab tbh i mostly see pale arabs or tan, my dad is from morocco and he has pale skin and blue eyes so i know what i am talking about

shobohunter April 11, 2014 at 12:56 am

sorry for my
typos and grammar n spilling mistakes. lol

shobohunter April 11, 2014 at 12:54 am

north African are not racially arab.. they closer to European.
sorry for my
typos and grammar n spilling mistakes. lol

shobohunter April 11, 2014 at 12:46 am

Algerian are white. most of the north African n wast Asian are white. they are closer to European.
I know same of them look arab. but because they are mixed with them but them. I presently know a Tunisian girl with blue gey she look so white.

nina January 28, 2015 at 10:59 am

Yeah north african countries are mixed with spanish and italian and my dad is from morcco and he has blue eyes and pale skin

Angelalibohova April 9, 2014 at 8:07 am

He does not look Algerian to me..

andrew April 9, 2014 at 8:37 am
scott April 9, 2014 at 12:16 am

he looks Swedish to me

andrew April 9, 2014 at 8:35 am

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