Marseille — Soccer star Zinedine Zidane's childhood home in
Marseille is being demolished, part of an urban renewal project aimed at
rehabilitating a blighted area of the southern French city.
Journalists and neighbors crowded around as construction
vehicles on Wednesday went to work tearing apart "Building G,"
unofficially referred to as the "Zidane building," in the Castellan
neighborhood of northern Marseille.
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Zidane, a child of Algerian immigrants, became a French
soccer idol after he and his ethnically diverse teammates won the World Cup at
home in 1998. But his playing career ended badly when he head-butted an
opponent and was thrown out of the 2006 World Cup final.
The 43-year-old has since turned to coaching, taking the job
with Real Madrid earlier this year.
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