Sunday, June 28, 2009

'It Was Never Easy,' Zidane Tells Kids

French soccer legend Zinédine Zidane visits hundreds of screaming fans in Montreal North Saturday, June 27, 2009. His Montreal visit is part of a national tour. Photograph by: Tyrel Featherstone, The Gazette

From The Montreal Gazette:

French Soccer star on tour for child refugees

When Montreal North makes the news, you can usually count on it that gangs or last year's police shooting of an unarmed youth will figure in the headline.

But Saturday, the multicultural, north-end neighbourhood hosted a media event with a difference: a message of hope from retired French soccer superstar Zinedine Zidane.

Zidane - a goodwill ambassador for the United Nations Development Program - spoke briefly to a delirious crowd of 1,500 who packed the municipal arena to glimpse the bean-shaved soccer legend.

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