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Lilian Thuram
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Personal information
Full name Ruddy Lilian Thuram-Ulien
Date of birth January 1, 1972 (1972-01-01) (age 38)
Place of birth Pointe-à-Pitre, Guadeloupe
Height 1.82 m (5 ft 11+12 in)[1]
Playing position Right back / Centre back
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1991–1996 Monaco 155 (8)
1996–2001 Parma 163 (1)
2001–2006 Juventus 145 (1)
2006–2008 Barcelona 41 (0)
Total 504 (10)
National team
1994–2008 France 142 (2)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

Lilian Thuram (born Ruddy Lilian Thuram-Ulien on 1 January 1972 in Pointe-à-Pitre) is a retired French professional football defender and is the most capped player in the history of the France national team. He played at the top flight in France, Italy and Spain for over 15 seasons, including ten in the Serie A with both Juventus and Parma FC With France, Thuram won the 1998 World Cup and the Euro 2000. Thuram holds the record for most appearances at the European Championship, with 16.


Club Career

Thuram's football career began with AS Monaco of the French Ligue 1 in 1991. He then transfered to Parma F.C. (1996–2001) and then to Juventus (2001–2006) for £25 million, and eventually to Barcelona in 2006.


AS Monaco

Thuram started his professional career with AS Monaco in 1991. He only made 1 appeareance that season, but was officially promoted to the first team the following season, when he would go on to make 19 appearences. He was inserted into the starting eleven by the end of 1992 and would go onto make 155 league appearances for the Ligue 1 outfit, before transferring to Parma FC in the summer of 1996. He made his national team debut in 1994, while at Monaco.

Parma FC

In July 1996, Thuram made a highly watched transfer to Italy, with Serie A club, Parma FC. In his first season with the club, he made over 40 appearances for the club, in all competitions, scoring 1 goal. He maintained starting position throughout his time with Parma, and racked up 163 Serie A appearances, scoring the lone league goal. In all, he made over 200 appearences for the club, really making a name for himself, also earning caps for France. Following another overly impressive season in 2000-2001, Thuram along with teammate Gianluigi Buffon transferred to Juventus FC, one of the European giants, and Italian Scudetto holders. His transfer cost the club £25 million. While at Parma, he won the UEFA Cup in 1998-99, along with eventual Juventus teammate Gianluigi Buffon and Fabio Cannavaro.

Juventus FC

In the summer of 2001, Thuram made a high profile transfer to Juventus FC, along Buffon. During this period, under coach Marcello Lippi, Juventus was considered as one of the strongest teams in the world, also containing what was considered as one of the best defences in the world by many, and teams strongly regretted ever going down a goal to the club, as they knew how hard it would be to score one back for themselves. Thuram formed impressive defensive partnerships with the likes of Ciro Ferrara, Paolo Montero, Gianluca Pessotto, Mark Iuliano, Alessandro Birindelli, Igor Tudor, Gianluca Zambrotta, Nicola Legrottaglie, Fabio Cannavaro, Giorgio Chiellini, Federico Balzaretti, and Jonathan Zebina during his 6 year tenure with the club. During his time with the club Thuram won the Scudetto four times with Juventus During the seasons 2004-05 and 2005-06, Thuram, formed one of the most expensive, but also most feared, defenses in the world, along with Gianluigi Buffon in goal, Gianluca Zambrotta at left back, he and Fabio Cannavaro in the center of defence, and Jonathan Zebina at right back. After 6 years with the Italian giants, Thuram transferred to FC Barcelona in La Liga, in the wake of the calciopoli scandal. He managed over 200 total appearances for the club, with 2 goals.

FC Barcelona

On 24 July 2006, Thuram signed with Spanish club FC Barcelona[2] for 5 million[3] after Juventus were relegated to Serie B due to Calciopoli. Sadly, after his contract expired in the 2007-2008 season, Thuram was forced to call time on his illustrious career due to a rare heart condition which had a few years prior taken the life of his brother. In the season before his announced retirement (the 2007-08 season), he was the third/fourth choice centre back after Carles Puyol, Gabriel Milito, and Rafael Márquez.[4]

International career

After becoming world champion in 1998, Thuram was an integral part of France's triumph at Euro 2000, which led to the team being ranked by FIFA as number one from 2001-2002. He also played in the 2002 World Cup, 2006 World Cup, Euro 96, Euro 2004, and Euro 2008

1998 World Cup

Thuram scored only two international goals, both of which came in one game – the 1998 World Cup semi-final against Croatia, in which France came back to win 2–1 and advance to the final. France defeated Brazil 3–0 to capture their inaugural World Cup and Thuram won the Bronze Ball as the third most valuable player in the tournament. He, Bixente Lizarazu, Laurent Blanc and Marcel Desailly formed the backbone of the French defence that conceded only 2 goals in seven games.

2006 World Cup

After a brief international retirement, France coach Raymond Domenech convinced Thuram to return to the French team on 17 August 2005, along with fellow "Golden Generation" teammates Zinedine Zidane and Claude Makélélé, as Les Bleus struggled to qualify for the 2006 World Cup. Thuram's centre-back partnership with William Gallas was to be the foundation for France's progression to the final. Thuram earned his 116th cap for France in the group stage match against South Korea in Leipzig on 18 June 2006. In that game he equalled Desailly's record number of caps, which he broke in the final group stage match, a 2–0 win over Togo in Cologne on 23 June 2006, winning his 117th cap. He was named the Man of the match in France's semi-final 1–0 victory against Portugal, coincidentally the same distinction he had earned eight years earlier at the semi-finals of the 1998 World Cup.

Euro 2008

On 9 June 2008, Thuram took the field against Romania in a group match, and became the first player to make 15 UEFA European Championship finals appearances. The former record of 14 appearances was held by Zinedine Zidane, Luís Figo and Karel Poborský.[5] He played one more game during the tournament, raising the number of his appearances to 16, which record was then equaled a few days later by Edwin van der Sar from the Netherlands in the quarter-finals. Thuram was the captain of France in the tournament. He, along with Claude Makélélé, announced his retirement from international football on 17 June 2008, after France's 2-0 loss to Italy.[6] He finished his career with the national team as France's most capped player with 142 caps.

Personal life

His cousin is AS Monaco player Yohann Thuram. He likes the singer Admiral T and played in his clip Fos A Peyi La.

Political engagement

During the French riots in November 2005, Thuram took a position against Nicolas Sarkozy, the head of the conservative political party UMP and President of the French Republic. Thuram was opposed to the verbal attacks against young people that the then-Minister made when he talked about the "scum", and he said that Nicolas Sarkozy never lived in a suburban estate.[7]

On 6 September 2006, Thuram sparked controversy when he invited 80 people, who were expelled by French Minister of the Interior Nicolas Sarkozy from a flat where they lived illegally, to the football match between France and Italy.[8][9] He has also engaged in campaigns that favour the Catalan language and that favour the independence of Roussillon (Catalonia Nord) from France.[10]

Career statistics

Club performance League Cup League Cup Continental Total
Season Club League Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
France League Coupe de France Coupe de la Ligue Europe Total
1990-91 Monaco Division 1 1 0
1991-92 19 0
1992-93 37 0
1993-94 25 1
1994-95 37 2
1995-96 36 5
Italy League Coppa Italia League Cup Europe Total
1996-97 Parma Serie A 34 1
1997-98 32 0
1998-99 34 0
1999-00 33 0
2000-01 30 0
2001-02 Juventus Serie A 30 0
2002-03 27 1
2003-04 24 0
2004-05 37 0 9 0 46 0
2005-06 27 0 8 0 35 0
Spain League Copa del Rey Copa de la Liga Europe Total
2006-07 FC Barcelona La Liga 23 0 2 0 4 0 29 0
2007-08 18 0 4 0 6 0 28 0
Total France 155 8
Italy 308 2 17 0 81 0
Spain 41 0 10 0 57 0
Career Total 504 10 4 0 27 0 136 0

International Goals

# Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1 July 11, 1998 Stade de France, Paris  Croatia 1 – 1 2 – 1 1998 FIFA World Cup
2 July 11, 1998 Stade de France, Paris  Croatia 2 – 1 2 – 1 1998 FIFA World Cup

Club Playing Honours

AS Monaco FC
Parma F.C.
Juventus F.C.
FC Barcelona

International Playing Honours

French national team

Individual Playing Honours


External links

Simple English

Lilian Thuram
File:Lilian Thuram -
Personal information
Full name Ruddy Lilian Thuram-Ulien
Date of birth 1 January 1972 (1972-01-01) (age 39)
Place of birth    Pointe-à-Pitre, Guadeloupe
Height 1.82 m (5 ft 11+12 in)
Playing position Defender (retired)
Senior clubs
Years Club
National team
1994-2008 France

Lilian Thuram (born 1 January 1972) is a former French football player. He has played for France national team.

Club career statistics


Club Performance League
SeasonClubLeague AppsGoals
1990/91MonacoDivision 110
1996/97ParmaSerie A341
2001/02JuventusSerie A300
2006/07BarcelonaLa Liga230
CountryFrance 1558
Italy 3072
Spain 410
Total 50310

International career statistics


France national team



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