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Zidane Names African & His Son In Real's UCL Squad

Zinedine Zidane Names African & His Son In UEFA Champions League Squad

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By David Kappel - Sep 05, 2017 02:08 PM @kappilinho

Real Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane named an African youngster and another of his sons in Los Blancos' official UEFA Champions League group stage squad.

Click through the gallery above to see Real's expected starting XI this season.

The Frenchman did not insist on a "Galactico" signing in the latest window, choosing to add some youth to his squad instead – they only bought 19-year-old left back Theo Hernandez, as competition for Marcelo, and 20-year-old central midfield talent Dani Ceballos.

In addition, Moroccan starlet Achraf Hakimi was promoted from the youth ranks and it seems Zidane will trust the 18-year-old to feature as a back-up right back for Dani Carvajal this season as no other player has been brought in for that position.

Hakimi was born in Madrid to parents of Moroccan descent and joined the club's youth academy when he was eight years old. He made his senior debut for the African country in October 2016 and was again called up during the current international break, scoring one goal in Morocco's 6-0 rout of Mali.

Luca Zidane is the Los Blancos coach's second son to make the Real squad – left wing Enzo was part of his father's selection last season but has since joined La Liga side Deportivo Alaves. Luca, 19, has been included as the team's third-choice goalkeeper.

In addition, Jesus Vallejo (20), who spent last season out on loan at Eintracht Frankfurt, will replace Pepe in Real's squad, while Marcos Llorente (22) has been added as another midfield option after James Rodriguez joined Bayern Munich on a two-year loan.

Up front, with Alvaro Morata and Mariano Diaz having left the club, Borja Mayoral, another player returning from a loan spell, is now also part of the squad.

Here is Real's UCL squad in full, as announced by UEFA:

Goalkeepers: Keylor Navas, Kiko Casilla, Luca Zidane*

Defenders: Dani Carvajal, Jesus Vallejo, Sergio Ramos, Raphael Varane, Nacho, Marcelo, Theo Hernandez, Achraf Hakimi, Jose Leon, Alvaro Tejero*, Manu Hernando*

Midfielders: Toni Kroos, Luka Modric, Casemiro, Lucas Vazquez, Marco Asensio, Isco, Mateo Kovacic, Dani Ceballos, Marcos Llorente

Forwards: Cristiano Ronaldo, Karim Benzema, Gareth Bale, Borja Mayoral, Francho, Dani Gomez*, Oscar*

* These players qualify through UEFA's so-called B-list for players younger than 20.

Read: In-form Ronaldo Closes In On European All-Time Goal Record

Real have been drawn in Group H alongside Borussia Dortmund, Tottenham Hotspur and APOEL, with the latter being their first opponent on 13 September.

Do you think Real's squad is strong enough to defend the UCL title again? Have your say in the comments section below.


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Matayitayi Sep 10, 2017 07:53 AM
Mxmm
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Soni_JX Sep 09, 2017 01:05 PM
A risk in all its essence, but more than brilliant intentions. This team needs to go on and dominate club football for the remaining 80yrs of this century. These youngstars are gonna be around for the next 10-15 yrs. They are a team's foundation.
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Ntsunda11 Sep 08, 2017 05:28 AM
That's what called best foundation
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sera Sep 07, 2017 10:32 AM
Zizou is starting his new trend of building Galacticos than just spending big money to sign finnish products. It is an interesting era for Real madrid. He will be rated as one of the best coaches ever trained Real madrid.
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fura da bravo Sep 07, 2017 05:59 AM
Woow gud team mix of young boys , ai kodwa i see brbrigi future
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Nqozay Sep 07, 2017 12:24 AM
Zizou
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Ta Aikho Sep 06, 2017 08:40 PM
Good luck African Coach
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dond Sep 06, 2017 07:58 PM
18 year old called to a Moroccan national team... eseng 2-1 ena ya rona. Sandows, samson manyambela E.T.C. Y R THEY NOT CALLED?
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Mpontji mamba Sep 06, 2017 06:34 PM
Good team , a combination of the youth and the sinior players
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Mphozana_808 Sep 06, 2017 05:54 PM
Good team zizo
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Faysal Sep 06, 2017 10:10 AM
Forget it
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MADSPURS Sep 05, 2017 09:56 PM
Good squad Z
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Myaka weliPhefeni Sep 05, 2017 05:52 PM
His promoting his son and we hope he wll never disapoint
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Regilson wa Masandawana Sep 05, 2017 05:49 PM
good squad Zizou 3rd champions league trophy in a row is around the corner
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MALALA EPHENDUKA Sep 05, 2017 05:29 PM
Well done Mr Zizou u will prosper in future of madrid
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Maphoru2017 Sep 05, 2017 05:25 PM
Eish world team Madrid that is a good squad
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lesiba ko-c 4 life Sep 05, 2017 05:20 PM
Hmmmmmm
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ominouskhosi Sep 05, 2017 04:54 PM
Zizou knows football more than any SA coach we've ever had.
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Gizaretti_legendary Sep 05, 2017 04:22 PM
Zidane is doing something beautiful for football!
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jinks Sep 05, 2017 03:07 PM
Zinedine Zidane is the man

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