...and it turns out he's really quite good

2-0 down at home to the Czech Republic in a friendly played in Bordeaux, French national manager Aimé Jacquet decides it's time to give young midfielder Zinedine Zidane a debut on what was then his home ground. By full time the groundwork had been laid for a legend to emerge.

Having scored two goals to earn the draw, Zidane would then have to wait for Cantona's year-long ban in 1995 to truly inherit the position as France's playmaker. In this game he found himself on a teamsheet with names like Blanc, Thuram, Desailly, Dugarry, Ginola and captain Eric Cantona, he would go on to eclipse all of them and become one of the greatest players to have ever played the game.

Below are two videos, the first the goals from the game and in particular Zidane's first tells you all you need to know about what would follow. If you have the time or inclination below that is the full game, all 90 minutes for you to enjoy and if you enjoy a French early 90s vintage you'll find it all there - the flashes of brilliance next to the absolutely awful.

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AuthorDavid Hartrick