Real Madrid replaced Rafa Benitez, who served the team as a coach for last 7 months, with Zinedine Zidane.
Zidane will be the 9th coach of this team in last 10 years. The switch was confirmed at a hastily called press conference in Madrid by club president Florentino Perez after a meeting of the club’s board.
Zidane, 43, is a far glitzier appointment, even without the managerial pedigree. A former attacking midfielder, he was one of the greatest gifted, creative players of the 1990s and early 2000s. He scored twice for the French national team in the 1998 World Cup final victory over Brazil and was instrumental to its success at Euro 2000. Even in 2006, past his prime, he rolled back the years and captained France to the World Cup final against Italy.
While Zidane’s playing credentials are unchallenged, he is unproven as a manager. He served as an assistant at Real under Carlo Ancelotti when the club won the Champions League in 2013-14 in Lisbon. The next season, he moved on to manage Real Madrid’s reserve team, which is known as Real Madrid Castilla and plays in the third tier of Spanish soccer.