In 1995 Zidane helped secure a place in the Union of European Football Associations (UEFA) Cup final for his Bordeaux club. The following summer, however, he was transferred to the Juventus club in Italy, where he soon became as much of a favourite as he had been in France. In 1997 Zidane appeared on Juventus’s winning team at the World Club championship and UEFA Super Cup as well as on its Italian league-winning squad. Juventus also reached the Champions League final in 1997 and 1998. Zidane joined Real Madrid in 2001, and the following year the team won the Champions League title and the European Super Cup. The Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) named Zidane World Player of the Year three times (1998, 2000, and 2003).
Zidane was also a success in international competition. He had an eventful 1998 World Cup, which was held in France for the first time. Zidane scored two goals in the final against Brazil, and France took the World Cup with a 3–0 victory. In 2000 Zidane was named player of the tournament after leading France to the European Championship

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