Zidane and Les Bleus: Together again next week

11th August 2005, Comments 0 comments

PARIS, Aug 11 (AFP) - Zinedine Zidane's shock return to international football was made official on Thursday when the Real Madrid star's name appeared in the France squad for next week's friendly against Cote d'Ivoire.

PARIS, Aug 11 (AFP) - Zinedine Zidane's shock return to international football was made official on Thursday when the Real Madrid star's name appeared in the France squad for next week's friendly against Cote d'Ivoire.

Chelsea's Claude Makelele and Lilian Thuram (Juventus) - two other heavyweights lured out of retirement to help kickstart France's stuttering World Cup qualifying campaign - also figured in the list made public by coach Raymond Domenech.

Last week Zidane thrilled his supporters by announcing his comeback just months after categorically ruling out a return to the international fray.

The 33-year-old, who has 93 caps and 26 goals for Les Bleus, later disclosed that a visit by a mysterious apparition had helped him make up his mind.

Zidane inspired France to the 1998 World Cup win, scoring twice in the final against Brazil.

The veteran playmaker announced his initial retirement from the France team after their failed bid to win last year's European Championships in Portugal.

France, lying fourth in their World Cup qualifying group, warm up for their latest batch of qualifiers for Germany 2006 against Cote d'Ivoire in Montpellier next Wednesday.

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Subject: French news, Zinedine Zidane, Les Bleus, football

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