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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.

  • 06 June 2016

    Sven Kums, Ambassador of Belgium

    Sven Kums, player and captain of the team La Gantoise, participated in one of the first editions of the Danone Nations Cup and was elected best player of the tournament.

    “This is definitely the biggest achievement of my young player career!”, he remembers.

    Since then he won the Belgian Championship with the KAA Gand during the season 2014 – 2015.   In January 2016 he received the Golden Shoe. 

  • 17 May 2016

    Vitaliy Reva, Ambassador of Ukraine

    Vitaliy Reva is a former Ukrainian football player who started his career with the first league football club "Poligraftehnika" (Alexandria). In 2001 "Dynamo" (Kyiv) noticed him and he signed a four-year contract with one of the strongest and most popular clubs in Ukraine. He was voted The Best Goalkeeper of Ukraine twice (2001 and 2002) and won the Cup of Ukraine twice. In 2005, he received the title of Honored Master of Sports of Ukraine. He played nine matches for the national team of Ukraine. Currently he is U-20 junior team goalkeeper coach and Instructor in The Union of European Football Associations.

  • 12 May 2016

    Carlos Tévez, Ambassador of Argentina

    Carlos Alberto Martínez Tévez is an Argentinian professional footballer who plays as a forward for Boca Juniors and in the Argentina national team. Tévez began his career with Boca Juniors, winning the Copa Libertadores and Intercontinental Cup before moving to Corinthians where he won the Brasileiro. Tévez transferred to Manchester United in 2007 and won several trophies including two league titles and the Champions League. In 2013, he joined Juventus, finishing as the team's top goalscorer and winning the Scudetto in his first season. He returned to Boca Juniors in June 2015.Since his debut for Argentina, he has over 75 team selections. 

  • 29 April 2016

    Dávid Szántó, Ambassador of Hungary

    Dávid Szántó  is a famous sport reporter and TV anchor in Hungary. He worked for the Hungarian National Television during 10 years and then joined the Digisport channel. He has also broadcasted two Olympic Games and numerous other sport tournaments like world championships.

    Dávid Szántó won 3 important awards: Knézy Award, Németh Gyula Award and Junior Prima Award.

    Father of 3, it was all naturally that he decided to give his support to the Danone Nations Cup in the country!

  • 27 May 2015

    Simão Sabrosa, Ambassador of Portugal

    Simão Sabrosa is a former Portuguese international player. After he began his career at Sporting Portugal, he was transferred to FC Barcelona at the age of twenty. In 2001, he returned to his native land by signing with Benfica. He became captain and won the Portuguese Cup in 2004, the Championship and the Supercup of Portugal in 2005. In 2007, Simão signed for 5 years with Atletico Madrid and won the 2010 UEFA Europa League and the UEFA Super Cup. With the national team of Portugal, he was selected 85 times between 1990 and 2010. In 2015, he became ambassador of the Danone Nations Cup in Portugal.

  • 27 May 2015

    Patrick Leduc, Ambassador of Canada

    Patrick Leduc is a former Canadian international player. Playing as a midfielder from 2000 to 2010 at the Montreal Impact, he was also selected 3 times for the national team of Canada. Since his international retirement in 2011, he has been a consultant and commentator for the Canadian French language channel, Réseau des Sports.

  • 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. He joined the 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 several trophies. 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. This is an extraordinary experience that promotes collective values, fair play and respect. I am delighted to join the adventure!”

  • 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

    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."