Zinedine Zidane returns to Real Madrid as a manager

Real Madrid has confirmed Zinedine Zidane’s return to the club as manager, to replace the sacked Santiago Solari. The club announced

Zinedine Zidane returns as Real Madrid manager just 10 months after leaving the Spanish giants.

The Frenchman replaces Santiago Solari who was sacked after a 4-1 win over Real Valladolid on Sunday – which followed a shock Champions League exit to Ajax. He was in charge of the Club for less than five months.

“I am very happy to go back to work with this great club and with this staff,” Zidane said

Zidane was first appointed Real Madrid boss in January 2016 after a spell in charge of the B team, and he became the first coach to win the Champions League in three straight seasons, two Club World Cups, two UEFA Super Cups, one LaLiga title and Spanish Super Cup.

Former Real midfielder Zidane has agreed to take over until 2022, the club announced

A club statement read: “The board of directors of Real Madrid, meeting today, Monday, March 11, 2019, has decided to terminate the contract that linked Santiago Solari with the club as coach of the first team.

“Real Madrid appreciates the work done by Santiago Solari and the commitment and loyalty he has always shown to what is his home.

“The board of directors has also agreed with the appointment of Zinedine Zidane as the new coach of Real Madrid with immediate incorporation for the remainder of the season and the next three, until June 30, 2022.”

Zidane was already the only coach to have claimed back-to-back Champions League titles, but despite his European success, he came under pressure for winning only one La Liga title during his two and a half years in charge.

Zidane is set to take his first training session on Tuesday before managing his first game back against Celta Vigo at the Bernabeu on Saturday.

The best of Zinedine Zidane at Real Madrid

Zidane oversaw 149 games in charge of Real Madrid and recorded 104 wins, the last of which secured the club’s 13th European Cup trophy in Kiev. In addition to the silverware secured under this stewardship, the French tactician broke several records. He boasts the best record of any Real Madrid coach in his first 70 games (51 wins, 14 draws, and five defeats). During his spell in the hot seat, the team also broke the Spanish record for consecutive games scored in (73) and the longest unbeaten run (40).

His spell as a player

During his five-year stint as a Real Madrid player, Zidane lifted one European Cup, Intercontinental Cup, UEFA Super Cup and LaLiga title apiece and two Spanish Super Cups. In addition, his trophy haul during his playing days also features a World Cup winners’ medal and a European Championship as he led France to glory and a Ballon d’Or award.

Honours as a coach:

3 European Cups
2 Club World Cups
2 UEFA Super Cups
1 LaLiga title
1 Spanish Super Cup

Honours as a Real Madrid player:

1 European Cup
1 Intercontinental Cup
1 UEFA Super Cup
1 LaLiga title
2 Spanish Super Cups

Real Madrid is currently third in La Liga, 12 points behind leaders Barcelona.

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