Zinedine Zidane was born on 23 June 1972 in La Castellane, Marseille, in Southern France. He was one of five children born to Smail and Malika Zidane, Algerian immigrants who came to France in 1953. The family lived in the La Castellane housing project, which is notorious throughout Marseille for its high crime rate. Zinedine Zidane's father had a steady job, as an overnight security guard in a department store, so they lived a reasonably comfortable life compared to many of their neighbors. Still, the family's apartment was so small that all seven of them could not sit down to eat at the same time.