Zidane and the 1998 World Cup

Written in 2009 by Sara Murphy and Alex Tschumi

Edited and Updated in 2013 by Kavin Tamizhmani, Becca Fisher, Caitlin Moyles, Rosa Toledo, and Elena Kim


Zinedine Zidane is a figure of mythical proportions in the world of football. Widely considered one of the best players to have ever played the game,  he is certainly among the most decorated individuals in the history of the sport. Although he has been retired since 2006, the three-time “FIFA World Player of the Year,” continues to be one of the most recognizable faces in the world. Zidane’s popularity extends far beyond his native country of France, where he was recently voted “the most popular Frenchman of all time.”[1]

1998 French World Cup Logo

In exploring Zidane’s unparalleled fame and success, the 1998 World Cup is arguably the single most important event in Zidane’s career. The conditions surrounding the tournament and the French team’s victory played a defining role in their direct and indirect effect on Zidane’s decisions and actions on and off the field. The multi-dimensional relationship between Zidane and the ’98 World Cup is a unique and defining factor in the direction and growth of Zidane’s image.



How to cite this article: “Zidane and the 1998 World Cup,” Written by Sara Murphy and Alex Tschumi (2009), Edited and Updated by Kavin Tamizhmani, Becca Fisher, Caitlin Moyles, Rosa Toledo, and Elena Kim (2013), Soccer Politics Pages, Soccer Politics Blog, Duke University, http://sites.duke.edu/wcwp (accessed on 10/17/13).


[1] Hussey, A. “ZZ Top,” April 4, 2004. Observer.

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5 Responses to “Zidane and the 1998 World Cup”

  1.   Kavin Tamizhmanion 05 Oct 2013 at 10:38 am 1

    I would like to edit this page to study Zidane’s influence as a cultural figure in France. As he is my favorite player, I am interested in understanding his role as a global icon.

  2.   Becca Fisheron 06 Oct 2013 at 4:05 pm 2

    I would also like to edit this page. As I am in the French section and don’t know much about soccer, I would love to learn more about one of the greatest soccer players who is also French. Zidane will be a way to look at him as a player but also understand the effects of French culture.

  3.   Caitlin Moyleson 07 Oct 2013 at 1:18 pm 3

    I’d like to edit this page as well. I’m not really an avid soccer fan, but I am interested in how players become cultural icons and the power they have to change a society’s conversations about race, belonging, and inclusion/ exclusion.

  4.   Rosa Toledoon 07 Oct 2013 at 5:49 pm 4

    Being a part of the French section, it would be really interesting to study one of the greatest French players of all time. We’ve talked about immigration and racism in football and in my opinion, Zidane would be a great example of how players overcome the difficulties of racism and discrimination in the world of European football.

  5.   Elena Kimon 08 Oct 2013 at 10:06 am 5

    I would like to edit this page because I’ve always been interested in French culture and would like to learn about one of the most iconic French players around today. I also think it would be interesting to analyze the role of immigrant players in France as well as immigration in France as a whole and how it has affected French culture today.

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