Marcel Desailly

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Marcel Desailly
Marcel Desailly 2011
Surname Marcel Odenkey Addy-Desailly
birthday 7th September 1968
place of birth AccraGhana
size 188 cm
position defender
Years station Games (goals) 1
1986-1992 FC Nantes 164 0(5)
1992-1993 Olympique Marseille 57 0(2)
1993-1998 AC Milan 164 0(7)
1998-2004 Chelsea FC 222 0(7)
2004-2005 Al-Gharafa 28 (15)
2005 Qatar Sports Club 7 0(0)
National team
Years selection Games (goals)
1993-2004 France 116 0(3)
1 Only league games are given.

Marcel Odenkey Addy-Desailly (born September 7, 1968 in Accra , Ghana ; originally Odonkey Abbey ) is a former French football player .

Club career

The center- back began his career at FC Nantes , which he joined when he was eleven and remained loyal until 1992. After a year and a half at Olympique Marseille , which was stripped of the championship title - it would have been Desailly's only title in Division 1 - he moved to AC Milan in November 1993 ; he stayed here until 1998, before organizing the defense of Chelsea for the next six years . Between October 2004 and November 2005, he let his career end with two clubs in Qatar ( Al-Gharafa and Qatar Sports Club ).

National player

The unspectacular but highly effective playing Marcel Desailly was just as indispensable in the French national team as in his clubs : between August 1993 and June 2004 he played 116 international matches, scored three goals and was their captain 50 times. Since April 30, 2003 he was the sole French record international before Lilian Thuram replaced him in June 2006.

He has helped shape all of the great successes of the Equipe Tricolore since the 1990s. His first major tournament was the 1996 European Championship in England . At the 1998 World Cup he was world champion and took part in all the games in the tournament. The only negative thing for him on the day of the 3-0 final win against Brazil in Paris was his yellow-red card in the 68th minute of the game.

Two years later he was in the final of the European Championship 2000 and was also European champion against Italy .

The lowest points in his national team career were the 2002 World Cup in South Korea , when his team were eliminated as defending champions without scoring a goal in the preliminary round, and the failure in the quarter-finals of the 2004 European Championship in Portugal against Greece (0: 1).


With his clubs

With the national team


Desailly is an athlete ambassador for the development aid organization Right to Play . In 2011 he founded a youth soccer academy just outside Accra and built The Lizzy Sports Complex in the East Legon of Accra.

Individual evidence

  1. Marcel Desailly “La roca” | Colgados por el Futbol
  2. ^ Ghana Watch the Marcel Desailly academy in Ghana from April 19, 2011
  3. Modern Ghana: Desailly Launches Sports Complex, June 20, 2011

Web links

Commons : Marcel Desailly  - Collection of images, videos and audio files