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Marcel Desailly
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Personal information
Full name Marcel Desailly /Addy Odenkey
Date of birth September 7, 1968 (1968-09-07) (age 41)
Place of birth    Accra, Ghana
Height 1.88 m (6 ft 2 in)
Playing position Defender, midfielder (retired)
Senior career1
Years Club App (Gls)*
1986–1992
1992–1993
1993–1998
1998–2004
2004–2005
2005–2006
Nantes
Olympique Marseille
Milan
Chelsea
Al-Gharafa
Qatar SC
Total
164 0(5)
057 0(2)
164 0(7)
222 0(7)
028 (15)
007 0(0)
611 (35)   
National team
1993–2004  France 116 0(3)

1 Senior club appearances and goals
counted for the domestic league only.
* Appearances (Goals)

Marcel Desailly (French pronunciation: [maʁsɛl dəsaji]; born September 7, 1968 in Accra, Ghana as Abby Odenkey) is a former French footballer and star of the France national football team squad, with whom he won the 1998 FIFA World Cup and Euro 2000. He also enjoyed a distinguished career at club level with several major European clubs.

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Club career

Born as Odenke Abbey to Ghanaian parents, Marcel had his name changed when his mother married the head of the French Consulate in Accra who adopted all the children (the former professional footballer Seth Adonkor, seven years his elder, was a half-brother of his). He arrived in France as a four-year-old and, following Adonkor's lead, began his career at FC Nantes, turning professional in 1986, two years after his half-brother had died in a car accident. In 1992, he moved to Olympique de Marseille, and won the UEFA Champions League the following year. In 1994, while a member of A.C. Milan, he again won the Cup (scoring in the final himself), being the first player to win the Cup in consecutive seasons with different clubs. During his time in Milan he won two Italian league titles, in 1994 and 1996. Although he prefers to be a defender[1], he also played midfield for some time.

Desailly then moved to the English club Chelsea in a £4.6m transfer[2], where he played centre-back until the end of the 2003–04 season. It was at Chelsea that Desailly formed a formidable partnership with Frank Leboeuf. After Euro 2004, he retired from international football as the all-time leader in appearances for France (116). Desailly's record has since been surpassed by fellow defender Lilian Thuram.

Desailly was snapped up by Qatari outfit Al-Gharafa in 2004. He was appointed as the club captain and under the French coach Bruno Metsu they won the Qatar League in 2005. He then joined Qatar S.C., leading them to second place in the league before retiring from professional football.

Desailly is considered one of the most accomplished players of the game and one of the best players of the past two decades, having won virtually every major team award. He is currently a Unicef ambassador to Ghana and is being mentioned as a possible candidate for the coaching position of Ghana's national team[3].

International career

Desailly made his international debut in 1993, but was not established as a first choice defender until 1996. He was an important part of the French team which won the 1998 FIFA World Cup, albeit being sent off in the final. Like other team members, he was made Chevalier (Knight) of the Légion d'honneur in 1998.[4][5] Two years later success continued, as France won Euro 2000. After the tournament, Desailly was made captain of the national team, following the retirement of Didier Deschamps. In 2001, he led France to victory in the Confederations Cup.

In April 2003, Desailly surpassed the record for the number of appearances for the French team, a number which eventually reached 116 when he announced his retirement from international football following Euro 2004. However, that record was broken during the 2006 World Cup by Lilian Thuram.

BBC career

Desailly has become a pundit for the BBC. He can be found predominantly giving his opinion from the touchline at both half time and full time as opposed to residing in the studio with Alan Hansen, Alan Shearer and Martin O'Neill.

Playing Honours

Club

Olympique de Marseille
Associazione Calcio Milan
Chelsea F.C.
Al Gharafa
France national football team

Individual

Career statistics

Club performance League Cup Continental Total
Season Club League Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
France League Coupe de France Europe Total
1986-87 Nantes Division 1 13 0 - 2 0 15 0
1987-88 11 0 - - 11 0
1988-89 36 1 - - 36 1
1989-90 36 1 - - 36 1
1990-91 34 1 - - 34 1
1991-92 32 2 - - 32 2
1992-93 Olympique Marseille Division 1 31 1 - 10 1 41 2
1993-94 16 0 7 0 - 23 0
Italy League Coppa Italia Europe Total
1993-94 Milan Serie A 21 1 7 0 6 2 34 3
1994-95 22 1 7 0 10 0 39 1
1995-96 32 2 14 1 7 0 53 3
1996-97 29 1 7 0 5 0 41 1
1997-98 32 0 14 1 - 46 1
England League FA Cup Europe Total
1998-99 Chelsea Premier League 30 0 7 0 7 1 44 1
1999-00 22 1 16 0 16 0 54 1
2000-01 34 2 13 1 1 0 48 3
2001-02 24 1 12 0 2 0 38 1
2002-03 31 2 11 0 1 0 43 2
2003-04 15 0 8 0 8 0 31 0
Qatar League Emir of Qatar Cup Asia Total
2004-05 Al-Gharafa 28 15
2005-06 Qatar 7 0
Total France 209 6 7 0 12 1 228 7
Italy 136 5 35 2 28 2 199 9
England 156 6 67 1 35 1 258 8
Qatar 35 15 0 0 0 0 35 15
Career Total 536 32 109 3 75 4 720 39

Post-playing career

Desailly's autobiography, Capitaine, was published in France by Stock in 2002. He worked for BBC Television in the United Kingdom during the 2006 FIFA World Cup, as one of their Match of the Day analysts. He has developed a small but devout fanbase, entertained by his inability to contribute without shouting at the top of his voice, at great length, often about trivial issues. He has also recently become a spokesperson for a sports betting website.

He is currently working as a BBC journalist having covered the 2008 African Cup of Nations and Euro 2008. He is also a regular commentator for French television channel Canal Plus.

Licensed Merchandise

A mobile video game entitled Marcel Desailly Pro Soccer, developed by Gameloft was released for mobile phones in 2003.[6]

Personal

Desailly is a member of the Ga ethnic group. He is married to Virginie and has a daughter, Victoria, and three sons, one of them plays for Bombay City Wizards.

Controversy

Ron Atkinson's media work came to an abrupt halt on 21 April 2004, when he resigned from ITV after he broadcast a racist remark live on air about the black Chelsea F.C. player Marcel Desailly: believing the microphone to be switched off, he said, "...he [Desailly] is what is known in some schools as a lazy thick nigger"

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Preceded by
Dennis Wise
Chelsea F.C. captain
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Succeeded by
John Terry
Preceded by
Didier Deschamps
France captain
2000–04
Succeeded by
Patrick Vieira

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Marcel Desailly (born September 7, 1968 in Accra, Ghana as Odonkey Abbey) is a former French footballer and star of the France national football team squad, with whom he won the 1998 FIFA World Cup and Euro 2000.

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Personal information
Full name Marcel Desailly
Date of birth 7 September 1968 (1968-09-07) (age 42)
Place of birth    Accra, Ghana
Height 1.88 m (6 ft 2 in)
Playing position Defender, Midfielder (retired)
Senior clubs
Years Club
1986-1992
1992-1993
1993-1998
1998-2004
2004-2005
2005-2006
Nantes
Olympique Marseille
Milan
Chelsea
Al-Gharafa
Qatar
National team
1993-2004 France

Marcel Desailly (born 7 September 1968) is a former French football player. He has played for France national team.

Club career statistics

Club Performance League CupContinentalTotal
SeasonClubLeague AppsGoals AppsGoalsAppsGoalsAppsGoals
FranceLeague Coupe de France EuropeTotal
1986/87NantesDivision 1130-20150
1987/88110--110
1988/89361--361
1989/90361--361
1990/91341--341
1991/92322--322
1992/93Olympique MarseilleDivision 1311-101412
1993/9416070-230
ItalyLeague Coppa Italia EuropeTotal
1993/94MilanSerie A2117062343
1994/9522170100391
1995/9632214170533
1996/972917050411
1997/98320141-461
EnglandLeague FA Cup EuropeTotal
1998/99ChelseaPremier League3007071441
1999/00221160160541
2000/0134213110483
2001/0224112020381
2002/0331211010432
2003/041508080310
QatarLeague Emir of Qatar Cup AsiaTotal
2004/05Al-GharafaStars League28152815
2005/06QatarStars League7070
CountryFrance 2096701212287
Italy 13653522821999
England 15666713512588
Qatar 35153515
Total 53632109375472039

International career statistics

[1] [2]

France national team
YearAppsGoals
199340
199470
199571
1996120
199770
1998131
1999110
2000160
2001121
2002130
200390
200450
Total1163

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