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Zidane: Why I Want To Coach France

Three-time UEFA Champions League-winning coach Zinedine Zidane has revealed why he wants to move into international football coaching, with his infamous headbutt being part of the reason.

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The 2006 FIFA World Cup final was the last game of Zidane's professional playing career, and it ended acrimoniously, to say the least.

After scoring the opening goal of the match, and with 10 minutes to go in extra-time before penalties would decide the game, the French superstar was sent off for headbutting Italian central defender Marco Materazzi.

Despite this shocking end to his impressive playing career, the 1998 Ballon d'Or winner has gone on to have an equally illustrious managerial career. Along with two LaLiga trophies, Zidane also won a hat-trick of Champions League titles while he was still at the helm of Real Madrid, among other pieces of silverware.

Now out of football management, it is believed the 1998 FIFA World Cup winner will not be Paris Saint-Germain's new boss, but he has articulated his wish to become the next French national team head coach.

"I'm not done with Les Bleus," the former playmaker told French publication L'Equipe.

"I hope to be a coach one day, I want to close the circle, I'm not done with France.

"It [the 2006 final against Italy] wasn't our best game, especially mine, but well, that's how it is. What happened happened.

"That day, my mother was very tired. She talked to my sister on the phone several times a day. I knew that my mother was not well, but it wasn't very serious either, but I was worried.

"Materazzi [before the headbutt] said he didn't talk about my mother, and it's true.

"But he insulted my sister, who was with my mom at the time... Other times they insult you and nothing happens, but that day he was more fragile and what happened happened.

"He had to accept it, I'm not proud, but it's part of my journey, this is my career, the story of my life.

"That's why I say that the France team is not finished. Somehow, I don't want to end like this. It's not over."

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