Zidane poses with his devout
fans holding a ‘We love Zidane’ poster
Signing autographs for happy
Leading by example and
training future stars.
The organizers present the
football star with a memento of his visit to Chiang Mai.
Zidane showing his fans a
trick or two.
Thousands turn up to cheer on
French football legend Zinedine Zidane swept through Chiang Mai for a
charity match to raise funds for children living with HIV/Aids.
The down to earth star, dressed casually in a blue shirt and brown shorts,
arrived unannounced and without a formal welcoming ceremony. While pushing a
trolley out of the arrival hall at the airport, Zidane was mobbed by a huge
crowd who recognized the former French captain.
Airport guards intervened and whisked Zidane and his family away to a
The football star serves as a goodwill ambassador to the United Nations
Development Program (UNDP) and has said that it’s important to use his
prominence to draw attention to its worthy cause.
During his brief stay in Chiang Mai, French football superstar Zinedine
Zidane appeared at a clinic at Chang Puak Stadium last Saturday and coached
aspiring young players. He then spent time training 40 players chosen from
eight schools in the province and donated 1,000 footballs to provincial
Zidane also played a charity match with leading players and film stars from
Thailand, Singapore, Malaysia, and Indonesia at the Chiang Mai municipal
stadium. Over 3 thousand enthusiasts attended the game.
The “Adidas Impossible Match”, sponsor of the event featured past and
present Thai football stars like Piyapong Piew-on, Kiatisak “Zico”
Senamuang, and Tawan Sripan, and actors Saksit Thaengthong and Somchai
Zidane donates the proceeds of
the charity match to the Kua-aroon Foundation.