Long live the King!
Zidane’s return inspired the French team to a 3-1 victory over Didier Drogba’s Ivory Coast.
Arguably the best player of this generation, and one of the best of all time, reinvigorated the French World Cup qualifying campaign. France, currently lie 4th and have never qualified for a World Cup since 1986 – Qualified as hosts in ’98 and holders in ’02 (when they crashed out without scoring a goal!)
Their poor performance in ’02 is even more astounding since they had the top scorers from the English League – Henry, Serie A – Trezeguet and French League – Wiltord. But Zidane’s absence through injury (missed the first 2 matches – played against Senegal) proved too much to bear.
Hopefully, the return will revive French fortunes.