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Published: 18 September 2013

Zidane visits Surrey Sports Park

Former World Footballer of the Year and World Cup winner Zinedine Zidane visited Surrey Sports Park as the official ambassador for the Danone Nations Cup.

Surrey Sports Park, owned by the University of Surrey, hosted the group and initial knockout stages of this year's Danone Nations Cup tournament, an annual football tournament involving several months of regional and national matches and more than 2.5 million children and 10,000 schools worldwide.

During the event, Zidane spent several hours watching the sporting talent on show as well as having photos and signing autographs with the tournament participants, many of whom look up to Zidane as as idol within the sport.

In total, more than 600 10 to 12-year-olds took part in the two-day tournament at the Sports Park. This was followed by the final at Wembley Stadium where 25,000 spectators saw France lift the Danone Nations Cup 2013 trophy, after a tense penalty shoot-out against Brazil.

Japan’s Hiro Satho was named Player of the Tournament, while England’s Bobby Duncan secured the Top Scorer accolade. The much coveted Fair Play Award was also won by Japan. You can watch a video of the final here.

The University of Surrey has launched a new degree in Sport and Exercise Sciences. To find out more about the programme and discover why Surrey's a top choice for Sport and Exercise Sciences, come along to the next University of Surrey Open Day.