Zinedine Zidane

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

Zidane in 2011, photo by PrPhotos

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 professional footballer, coach, and manager. He played as an attacking midfielder, and was a playmaker. He is considered one of the best ever in the history of the game. Zinedine has played for Cannes, Bordeaux, Juventus, and Real Madrid, and the French national team, and has coached and managed Real Madrid. He won the Ballon d’Or in 1998. He is known as “Zizou.”

Zinedine 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.

Zinedine is married to Veronique Fernandez, who is of Spanish descent. The couple has four children, professional footballers Enzo Zidane, Luca Zidane, Théo Zidane, and Elyaz Zidane. Zinedine has described himself as “a non-practicing Muslim.”

82 Responses

  1. Flanders says:

    Don’t forget that North Africa was under Roman rule for centuries..

  2. pedro_henrique says:

    Hey, I met some algerian girls and some were blond, blue eyes, etc. and they had no french or german or english ancestry. You people just need to understand that you don’t need to be german to have blonde hair or blue eyes. It happens that there are blondes even in India, and it is not an european thing exclusively. There are people in islands from Pacific Ocean with blond hair.

  3. phaedra says:

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

    Don’t let trolls like Andrew say otherwise.

    • andrew says:

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

    • DAZZY says:

      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

    • Hill says:

      Nice iq phaedra.

    • alberto.r7 says:

      Pure berbers are caucasians so they could pass for europeans but modern berbers are not pure, normally they have about 1/4 of non caucasian blood. Italians are white, no comments on that.

      • fuzzybear44 says:

        Pure Berbers were not white people. As I stated, the U.S. who dealt with them face to face bases clearly stated they were N-word.

        • pedro_henrique says:

          North africans are quite the same people as greeks, turks, middle-eastern, spanish, etc They are mediterranean: most have dark hair, fair skin, dark eyes, other great part has brown hair, green or blues eyes, and few are blondes.

    • RadDaddy says:

      Doesn’t Northern Italy border on Austria, Switzerland and France?
      Oh right, all Italians are from south Italy/Sicily and they fit the Jersey Shore grease-ball stereotype….

      Even though many on that show aren’t even Italians, let alone south Italians or Sicilians…

    • pedro_henrique says:

      Man…are you that dumb? If you go to northern Italy you find people who looks like austrians, swiss, frenches, etc. but in south people are more like greeks, and even so, there are a lot of blondes and so on. You never went to Italy to say such bul—-.

  4. WildcatXVI says:

    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 says:

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

      Wtf not even in UK lol

      • pedro_henrique says:

        Don’t be ignorant…he said about isolated areas, and that statement is true. In some isolated areas from Pakistan you find people with 50% rate of blondism.

        • andrew says:

          Pakistan isolate areas with 50% rate or blondism?!

          That is astonishing.

          • pedro_henrique says:

            Search for Kalash people from Pakistan. In Iran and northern India, there was a lot of migration from iranian ethnic peoples like Scythians, and there is a region in Iran called Sistan because of that. Those Scythians were from Ukranian and Russian steppe, and were whites. They mixed with native people, but in some areas they remained isolated. Because of that, some regions in Pakistan, Kashmir and Iran has a lot of blondes like northern european type.

          • pedro_henrique says:

            The Nuristanis from Pakistan and Afghanistan also are very white.

          • pedro_henrique says:

            They were iranians, not slavic. In fact, most of Ukraine and southern Russia was inhabitaded by iranian people before most of them migrated to iran and India. The ones who stayed were slavicized. The mongol influence in southern Russia due Golden Horde or in Pakistan and Afghanistan wasn’t among overall people, but in specific locations. In Pakistan, by the time Babur got there, his “mongols” was already mixed. It would be the same as saying modern europeans have hunnic blood since these people conquered most of Europe.

    • Jordan says:

      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 says:

        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.

      • pedro_henrique says:

        Blonde hair and blue eyes genes is not particular to mesolithic hunter-gathereds. Proto Indo-europeans and neolithic farmers, so as middle-eastern people too has those genes, and they manifest only in small numbers though.

  5. phaedra says:

    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. >_<

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