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Lilian Thuram
Gender Male
Birthplace Guadeloupe
Ethnic French
Job French Footballer
Desc Enjoyed the best years of his storied career right at the very start of the 21st century, after he moved from Parma to Juventus in a double transfer, along with Gianluigi Buffon. Went on to form a formidable defensive partnership with Igor Tudor as well as Fabio Cannavaro, before a late career swansong at Barcelona. He also won the European Championship with France in 2000. An imperious defender, who now works tirelessly fighting against racism in football and society


Org French National Team
Club as Player Barcelona FC
  Parma FC


Son Marcus Thuram
  Khephren Thuram
Girlfriend Karine Le Marchand
Teammate Zinedine Zidane
  Emmanuel Petit
  Patrick Vieira
1998 07 12
World Cup 1998 final where France defeat Brazil 3-0. Zinedine Zidane score 2 goals with assist from Emmanuel Petit and Youri Djorkaeff. also final goal came from Emmanuel Petit with assist by Patrick Vieira

2015 08 20 Retrieve

[Lilian Thuram on Thierry Henry] He’s a wizard with his feet and is blessed with a gift for scoring goals. His best quality is his speed while the ball is at his feet. He may be the fastest man ever to lace up a football boot. No defender in the world can keep up with

2018 05 05 Retrieve

[Lilian Thuram, his longstanding teammate with Les Bleus, believes that a key difference between the team of 1998 and previous France sides was that its star player was very humble] Zidane never throws a dirty look at a player who makes a bad pass. He never neglects to try to win the ball on the grounds that his name is Zidane

2019 04 05 Retrieve

[Former Juventus player Lilian Thuram has criticised Leonardo Bonucci’s shameful comments and the lack of action from the authorities. Bonucci’s comments which said that Moise Kean was 50-50 to blame for the racism he received from the Cagliari fans earlier in the week. Thuram believes that Bonucci’s reaction was shameful] When you think about it, Kean’s own teammate says he deserves these cries of monkey, and that the fans can continue! Bonucci’s reaction is as violent as the monkey chants. Bonucci is not stupid. Bonucci’s comments are just shameful. We must agree on racism

[Lilian Thuram then went on to criticise football’s governing bodies for their lack of action] Did the referre stop the match? Has anything been done? We are in full hypocrisy. This has been going on for years. Everyone says we’ll stop the game next time and it does not happen. The observation is that the football authorities do not care. If it really disturbed them, the match would have been stopped, believe me. The teams would have left the field and we would have found a solution

2019 06 04 Retrieve

[Former Juventus defender Lilian Thuram believes it is hard to see Pep Guardiola leaving Manchester City] Guardiola is a great manager, but I think he’s not going to leave Manchester City honestly. Juventus always had great managers and I think football is wonderful because you can play it in a lot of ways. You can win playing with the style of Guardiola or with the style of [Liverpool manager] Jurgen Klopp. They have different styles. Juve won a lot of titles in Serie A in a row thanks to a really good manager. And I’m sure the next manager of Juventus will be another great one. The club know what to do as always

[Former Napoli boss Sarri is also linked with the vacant post and Thuram praised Maurizio Sarri] I don’t know Sarri as manager really well, but I know that his teams play great football. His Napoli played really well and he won with Chelsea, but I read somewhere that he doesn’t want to leave Chelsea.

2019 09 04 Retrieve

[Lilian Thuram demands meaningful action after racist abuse of Inter striker Romelu Lukaku] For how many years have there been such reactions after such events? In the end everyone thinks it’s something serious, but a solution has yet to be found. If we talk about it for many years, but nothing can be done, it means there is tremendous hypocrisy and there is no will to solve the problem

Everyone says, ‘Let’s do something’, but nobody really does anything. And the racists believe they are right. In France, for example, the referees interrupt the games in the event of homophobia in the stands: to suspend the game and send the two teams to the changing room can educate people. In Italy I don’t remember any such strong positions

We need to be aware that the world of football is not racist, but that there is racism in Italian, French, European and more generally in white culture. Whites have decided they are superior to blacks and that they can do anything with them. It is something that has been going on for centuries unfortunately. And to change a culture is not easy

2019 10 01 Retrieve

[France legend Lilian Thuram believes Paris Saint-Germain stand a better chance of winning the Champions League than ever] I’ve got the impression that this year, they are better armed than ever to win the Champions League. But you know that it’s always very, very complicated. I have the feeling that there’s greater solidity in the squad. And you win with solidity

[Thuram said before considering the frosty welcome Neymar received from the PSG fans on his return to action] He’s one of the greatest players in the world currently. I think for PSG and Ligue 1, it’s a very good thing that he’s stayed. He’s a very, very great player. He’s one of those footballers who deeply loves the game. He has the strength to respond on the pitch and in the end he will help PSG perform better

2019 11 06 Retrieve

[Former Juventus and France star Lilian Thuram says he was highly disappointed with Hellas Verona’s reaction to the racist abuse aimed at Mario Balotelli, calling manager Ivan Juric a very dangerous person who should be suspended] We have to tell people that there is history behind racism and it’s not true that it comes from ignorance. History proves that racist people genuinely believe in these ideals, much like with sexism. If someone believes in the inferiority of another race or gender, he is not stupid, he genuinely believes in this. It is also very dangerous to think of monkey noises as banter. It is not a normal thing to do. We need everyone to point that out, that this is unacceptable. This is why I say the Verona coach is a very dangerous person who should be suspended for what he said. He said that he didn’t hear anything wrong, that is the danger. When someone is attacked, others have to come to their aid, not expect the person under attack to defend himself. When all the players walk off the pitch together, that is when things will change quickly. Racism is violence

[Thuram says that people need to understand that racial abuse is a real-world problem that is much bigger than football] This gentleman says such things because there is history behind it, he believes nationality derives from the colour of your skin. Racism is in the stadium, but what about society? Many say they are not racist, but do nothing for equality. The world of football must understand this is not a joke, it has real-world consequences. I’ve known racism before, during and after my playing career. What white player went to his fans and told them to stop it? Nobody. The only coach that I know who openly said he would walk off is Carlo Ancelotti. It is white players and coaches who must stand up and have the courage to say, enough is enough

2020 05 23 Retrieve

[Lilian Thuram on Pedro Munitis] He was the player that caused me the most problems on the pitch. Sometimes I have nightmares about [Pedro] Munitis. In my office, I don’t have many football pictures, but I have one of Munitis. I think it’s important to cultivate humility. Munitis taught me humility