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Our global ambassador Zinedine Zidane

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    Zinedine Zidane

    Zinedine Zidane is a retired French football player who won all the major international and European trophies. He is one the most loved icons in France and worldwide.

    Ambassador of the Danone Nations Cup for 8 years, he enhanced the awareness of the event thanks to his involvement.

    For a young footballer, being sponsored by Zinedine Zidane is the greatest honour imaginable. His commitment to the Danone Nations Cup has boosted the event’s profile enormously.

    For each of the last six years, France’s celebrated number 10 has been there on the pitch with the children to kick off the World Final.

    Interview with Zinedine Zidane:

    You’ve been ambassador of the Danone Nations Cup for nearly ten years. What’s behind that loyalty?

    At some point in your life,you want to give something back. Football has given me so much, and I wanted to pass on my experience to the younger generation, not just from a technical point of view, but more in terms of the state of mind you need to adopt. When you’re 11, football really is just a game. It’s a passion that you live to the full with your friends. My message is a simple one. You have to hold on to that attitude through the years. Football has the power to bring people together, whether on the pitch or in the stands. Every year, I’m amazed to see all these kids coming from the four corners of the earth, with their different languages andcultures...yet when they come together on the pitch, all the barriers disappear!

    What’s your role at DANONE?

    I’m helping to develop programmes and initiatives for children, which of course includes the Danone Nations Cup. I’m keen to pass on what life has given me and give something back, and so it was only natural for me to join forces wi th Danone and Franck Riboud, who are launching a number of initiatives for children in every part of the world. Together, we’re developing prog r ammes focusing on nutrition, physical and intellectual development, for children all over the planet. I am also in the Danone Communities board alongside Franck Riboud and Professor Yunus.

  • 08 April 2015

    Blaise Matuidi, Ambassador of France

    Blaise Matuidi is a French international footballer. As a defensive midfielder he participated in UEFA Euro 2012 and 2014 FIFA World Cup with the French national team. After he began his career in Ligue 2 playing for the ES Troyes AC, he joined Ligue 1 in 2007 with AS Saint Etienne. Since 2011, he has been a significant player for Paris Saint Germain and won with the club two national championships (2013 and 2014), the Champions' Trophy (2013) and the League Cup (2014). With him, the club also reached twice the quarter finals of the Champions League. In 2015, he became the ambassador of the Danone Nations Cup France: "When I was younger (...) I dreamed of participating in the Danone Nations Cup. Today I approach this dream by sharing with children my passion for football. The Danone Nations Cup is an extraordinary experience that promotes collective values, fair play and respect. I am delighted to join the adventure and meet these little champions."

  • 16 March 2015

    Tarek HADJ ADLANE, Ambassador of Algeria

    Tarek Hadj Adlane is one of the most famous players in the history of the Algerian League. He holds two major records: he scored the highest number of goals in the league (320) and he was triple Golden Boot "top scorer of the season" in 1990, 1994 and 1995. In one of the most prestigious African clubs, JS Kabylie (JSK), he won the Algerian Cup in 1992 and 1994 and the Algerian League in 1995.

  • 16 March 2015

    Richard KRAJICEK, Ambassador of The Netherlands

    Dutch former tennis player, Richard Krajicek won Wimbledon in 1996. He beat MaliVai Washington in the final but mainly Pete Sampras in the quarterfinals (the only defeat of Sampras in this tournament between 1993 and 2000). He ended his career in 2003 after 17 tournaments victories. His best world ranking was fourth in 1999. Won over by the values (fair play, respect, team spirit) and the sport project of the Danone Nations Cup, he became ambassador of the competition in 2008.

  • 16 March 2015

    Neil TOVEY, Ambassador of South Africa

    Neil Tovey has played 52 matches for Bafana Bafana. Nicknamed “Makoko“, he was the captain of South Africa with which he won the Africa Cup of Nations in 1996. He is currently the coach of the club Thanda Royal Zulu and ambassador of the Danone Nations Cup in South Africa since 2008.

  • 16 March 2015

    Mohammad AL-SHALHOUB, Ambassador of Saudi Arabia

    Mohammad Al-Shalhoub is a professional football player; he plays as a midfielder for the club Al-Hilal. In 2010 he was named “best scorer” of the League of Saudi Arabia. Member of the national team of Saudi Arabia (79 caps, 21 goals) since 2000, he participated with his selection to the World Cup in 2002 and 2006.

  • 16 March 2015

    Denis ODOI, Ambassador of Belgium

    Belgian professional footballer, Denis Odoi plays as a defender. He won the Belgian Supercup in 2012 with Anderlecht and joined the KSC Lokeren in 2013. He participated as a player to the Danone Nations Cup in 2000. Seduced by the human and sporting values of the competition, he became an ambassador in 2011: “As a little boy, I also dreamed of a great football career ... It's my turn to support and encourage these young people to realize their dreams and enjoy this wonderful adventure!”

  • 16 March 2015

    Michael BALLACK, Ambassador of Germany

    Former football player, he was elected three times best German player in 2002, 2003 and 2005 and named best midfielder by UEFA in 2002. He was also one of the major players of the German national team with which he played three European Championships and two World Cups. He was runner–up of 2002 FIFA World Cup, 2008 UEFA Euro and UEFA Champions League 2002 and 2008.

  • 16 March 2015

    Vincente DEL BOSQUE, Ambassador of Spain

    Spanish football player during the '70s and '80s, he became a coach after his career. When he was the coach of the Real Madrid, he won two Champions Leagues in three years (2000 and 2002). Since 2008, he is the coach of the Spanish team and led it to victory in the 2010 World Cup and 2012 UEFA Euro. In 2011, Vicente del Bosque was ennobled by the King of Spain who raised him to the rank of marquis.

  • 16 March 2015

    David TREZEGUET, Ambassador of Argentina

    French-Argentinian footballer who currently plays as a striker, David Trezeguet counts 74 selections in French national soccer team where he won the 1998 FIFA World cup and the Euro 2000. Its fabulous club record is just as impressive. He played for AS Monaco from 1995 to 2000 and won League 1 twice with his team (1997 and 2000). His major feats remain, however, at Juventus for which he played 11 seasons (from 2000 to 2010) and accumulated several titles here: 2003 UEFA Champions League finalist, Serie A winner in 2001-2002 and 2002-2003.That makes him the highest foreign goalscorer in the club’s history. In 2011, he transferred to Argentina, his native land, where he signed for River Plate. Since 2013, he has been playing for Newell’s Old Boys. He became in 2014 the Danone Nations Cup ambassador in Argentina.

  • 16 March 2015

    Diego RIVAROLA, Ambassador of Chile

    Diego Rivarola is a Chilean striker. He was formed in Argentina by the young team of the legendary River Plate club, since 2010 he plays for Universidad de Chile.

  • 16 March 2015

    Dimitar BERBATOV, Ambassador of Bulgaria

    Bulgarian footballer Dimitar Berbatov plays as a striker with Fulham FC in Premier League. He received many honors during his career: best Bulgarian footballer of the year (7 times) between 2002 and 2010, he was also best scorer of English Premier League in 2011 (21 goals). In addition of being an ambassador of the Danone Nations Cup, he is also an international ambassador for UNICEF and founder of the Dimitar Berbatov Foundation, which helps underprivileged children.

  • 16 March 2015

    Maksim SHATSKIKH, Ambassador of Ukraine

    Maxim Shatskikh is a famous Uzbek player. He is the second best goalscorer in the Ukranian Premier League history (156 goals). He played for Ukranian Premier League's Dynamo Kyiv from 1999 until 2009 with which he won 6 championships.

  • 16 March 2015

    Gheorghe HAGI, Ambassador of Romania

    Former glory of the Romanian football, he was one of the best players in the world in the 90s with Real Madrid, Barcelona FC or Galatasaray. Top scorer in the history of the Romanian team, he scored nearly 300 goals in his career and was named "Romanian footballer of the century."

  • 16 March 2015

    CAFU, Ambassador of Brazil

    Former Brazilian footballer, he won the Serie A with AS Roma in 2001. In 2007, he won with AC Milan the most prestigious title : the Champions League. Capped 142 times with the national team between 1990 and 2006 (a record for Brazil), he won the World Cup in 1994 and 2002 as captain. His outstanding track record makes him one of the best defenders of all time. Cafu is also invested in social activities through Cafu Foundation which provides an opportunity for poor children to learn how to play football.