Zinedine Zidane (50, France) coach does not go to see his country’s World Cup finals.
France will play the 2022 FIFA Qatar World Cup final against Argentina at Lusail Stadium in Lusail, Qatar at 0:00 am (Korean time) on the 19th. France, which previously won the World Cup in France in 1998 and the World Cup in Russia in 2018, is challenging to win three times in its career.
Prior to the match, French President Emmanuel Macron invited Zidane, Karim Benzema, N’Golo Kante and Paul Pogba to the World Cup finals. The goal was to bring all the footballers representing France together to support the French national team.
But Zidane refused. According to the French media, “Zidane declined the invitation to the finals because the French national team players, not himself, should receive attention in the World Cup finals. It is because he does not want to be disturbed by active players in a moment that will go down in history in French football.” 스포츠토토
Benzema also refused to accept the French president’s offer for similar reasons. Benzema was originally selected to the final squad for the World Cup in Qatar to prepare for the World Cup. However, two days before the opening, he suffered a thigh injury and returned home alone. About a month later, Benzema recovered and France reached the final. Judging that returning to the national team is taking away the seats of existing players, he continues training at his team, Real Madrid.