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Zidane takes first session as coach of Madrid 'B' team

Zinedine Zidane has begun his new role as Real Madrid’s ‘B' team manager.

Former Real Madrid player and coach Zinedine Zidane has taken his first session as manager of the club’s development side, Real Madrid Castilla.

Castilla, who were created to help Madrid streamline its approach to academy football and produce talent such as Iker Casillas, will be managed by Zidane this season after the Frenchman left his post as assistant to Carlo Ancelotti in the senior side.

Often known as the Real Madrid ‘B' side, Castilla have helped nurture some of the club’s greatest ever player’s, and seen the likes of Premier League stars Juan Mata and Alvaro Negredo progress onto stellar careers.

The side play in the Segunda División B league, competing in a system that does not allow them promotion to La Liga to face its parent club.

Zidane will now take over Castilla after just one season in the management set-up at the Bernabéu, his first senior coaching role.

‘Zizu’, often regarded as one of the greatest ever players to play the game, scored 49 times in 225 appearances for Madrid over five seasons between 2001 and 2006. He also won over 100 caps for France, and could have lifted the World Cup for the second-time in his last ever game of professional football, only to be sent for a head-butt on Italy’s Marco Materazzi.

Should Zidane’s coaching in the game reach anywhere near the standards of his playing days, Madrid could be set for the arrival of some immense prospects over the next few years, as one of football’s great names looks to guide the talent of the next generation.

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