Zinedine Zidane wanted to coach France after Euro 2012

Zinedine Zidane was part of the French team that won the FIFA World Cup in 1998. He also captained France in the 2006 edition of the World Cup in which they made it to the final.

updated: April 15, 2014 16:49 IST
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Paris: Midfield great Zinedine Zidane offered to coach the national team two years ago but was turned down by the president of the French Football Federation.

Noel Le Graet says in a book due out this week that Zidane expressed an interest in replacing Laurent Blanc after the 2012 European Championship. Blanc and Zidane played together when France won the 1998 World Cup and Euro 2000.

France Football magazine published an extract on Tuesday from Le Graet's book, "Champions du monde 98, secrets et pouvoir" (98 world champions, secrets and power).

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