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Zinedine Zidane is Real Madrid’s new Coach
Real Madrid has fired coach Rafa Benitez after seven months and replaced him with former player Zinedine Zidane. Club president Florentino Perez announced the decision.
Madrid won seven of nine matches since that demoralizing defeat but fans continued to demand the departure of Benitez, whose Liverpool side won the Champions League in 2005. Real Madrid is third in the Spanish league, four points behind leader Atletico Madrid and two behind Barcelona. France soccer great Zidane, who was Carlo Ancelotti's assistant in 2014 when Real Madrid won the Champions League, has been coaching Madrid's B team in the third division.
Zidane, who made 225 appearances for the club, was managing Real Madrid Castilla, but has now been promoted to manager of the 10-time European champions. In his 25 games into a three-year contract, Benitez led Real to 17 wins, five draws and three defeats at a win percentage of 68, the seventh-highest in the club's history. Zidane will sign a two-and-a-half year deal to become Real Madrid's 13th manager, with the club having won just one league title in the previous seven seasons.