His legend was born on July 12. After a double against Brazil in the World Cup final at the Stade de France (Saint-Denis). Icon of French football and one of the most inspiring players in the history of football, Zinédine Zidane celebrates his 50th birthday today. The opportunity for journalists Sébastien Tarrago and Jules Bian-Rosa to retrace his story in a documentary entitled Zinédine Zidane, his name is Yazid, from Aguemoune, the cradle of his family in Algeria, at the consecration in the final of the 1998 World Cup.

Benjamin of a family of five children, the one who will become known under the first name of Zinédine, grew up in La Castellane (Marseille), raised by a stay-at-home mother and a night watchman father. At the time, the neighborhood was not yet plagued by drug trafficking and kids played at the foot of buildings. This is where Yazid signs his first stepovers. But if he was born on the coasts of France, it is because twenty years earlier, his father Smaïl left French Algeria to join the metropolis and work on construction sites. As he prepares to return to Algeria (which became independent in 1962), almost ten years after his arrival in France, a happy coincidence – mechanical problems which delayed the departure of his boat by three days – allows him to meet Malika, whom he marries shortly after. The two lovebirds then settled in Marseille, and their union would forever change the destiny of French football.

Zinédine Zidane, his name is Yazid, the new documentary by L’Equipe Enquête, will be broadcast on June 23 on @lachainelequipe on the occasion of the 50th birthday of the former playmaker of the Blues. Teaser pic.twitter.com/cBdXAQJvbn

Zidane started playing football at the age of nine. Already better than his comrades, he joined the team of SO Septèmes-les-Vallons in 1983. In this commune of Bouches-du-Rhône, Sébastien Tarrago and Jules Bian-Rosa met one of his first “Dwarf” teammates. and two of his coaches at the time, Loïc Fagon and Alain Lepeu (who will accompany his transition to a professional club). Recruited by AS Cannes in 1987, after an internship with the best cadets in the region, Yazid was accommodated with a host family in Pégomas, where we met Nicole and Dominique Elineau. Finally, in Algeria, the viewer dives into the unknown family history, told by his cousin Karim.

Guy Lacombe “We wanted to make him a professional in Cannes, I never would have imagined that he would have the career he did” �� Find the Investigation Team tomorrow “His name is Yazid”, directed by Jules Bian- Rosa and Sebastien Tarrago, at 9:05 p.m., on @lachainelequipe pic.twitter.com/7wpLIUyxIO

Testimonials from his coaches when he was a child, from his friends in Marseille, from his former teammates (Ludovic Pollet, Luis Fernandez, Bixente Lizarazu), from the coaches who worked with him in Cannes (Guy Lacombe Gilles Rampillon), Bordeaux ( Rolland Courbis) or in the France team (Raymond Domenech) coupled with numerous archive images, take the viewer back to the 1990s and recall the first exploits and the first bloodshed of the former number ten of the Blues. Because behind a devastating smile and a laughing look, Yazid hides some shadows. An unpublished portrait, to be found this Thursday evening at 9:05 p.m. on the L’Équipe channel.