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Name William Gallas
Gender Male
Ethnic French
Job French Footballer
Desc Not many players have the skill, or the gall, to become first-team regulars at Chelsea, Arsenal and Tottenham. It was at Stamford Bridge the enigmatic Frenchman enjoyed the most success, winning two league titles


Org France National Team
Club as Player Chelsea FC
  Arsenal FC
  Tottenham Hotspurs

2009 11 19 Retrieve

[Thierry Henry admits to handball that defeated Ireland in World Cup play-off. Gallas attempted to dodge the controversy surrounding his former Arsenal team-mate by insisting he did not see how Henry provided the pass for the goal] It all happened so quickly. I received the ball from Thierry, but I couldn’t see. I saw Thierry’s pass, the Irish were surprised and I put my head and my chest out.

2016 11 05 Retrieve

[Gallas reveals Redknapp inspiration behind Spurs’ famous defeat of Arsenal] Arsene Wenger didn’t give particularly war-like speeches, it was business as usual. Harry Redknapp used it. The year of the famous 3-2 win for Spurs at the Emirates, when the club hadn’t beaten one of the ‘big four’ away since 1993, everyone talked about my story with Samir Nasri and that I wasn’t going to shake his hand. It was talked about every day, but I stayed in my bubble. In the dressing-room before the game, Redknapp came to see me. ‘What’s the story with Nasri?’ I explained it to him, and he said to me: ‘You know what? You’ll be captain.’ He did it deliberately to increase motivation. It worked

It’s good that you’ve asked me that question, since you’ll be able to make things right. We found a picture on the internet that gives the impression of a fight. But that’s not what happened. Bendtner fought with Adebayor, and I separated them!

Pointing to his face, Bendtner told me: ‘Did you see what he did to me?’. And I answered that it was something you don’t resolve on the pitch. So, really, I had nothing to do with it.

In my first match I was whistled. I expected it a little bit. When I played at Chelsea in my first match with Arsenal in 2006, when I’d moved from one club to the other, it was fine. But between Spurs and Arsenal is another thing. On the pitch, you feel the hatred of the fans. It’s a real force

2016 11 18 Retrieve

[Asked about his most memorable spell in England] If I have to pick one, I would say Chelsea as we won a trophy. Jose Mourinho gave me that feeling and it’s unbelievable. You are the king of the world when you lift a trophy. At Arsenal I wanted to lift a trophy again, but it didn’t happen. Or at Tottenham.

2017 07 15 Retrieve

[William Gallas speaks about Kylian Mbappe] The guy is born to be one of the best players in the world. How he talks, how he manages his life is unbelievable. He’s only 18. But he looks like he’s a real, real professional player. He knows what he wants and that shocked me. To be mature at this age, I haven’t seen many players like him

2018 05 05 Retrieve

[William Gallas on Zidane headbutt] It was his last World Cup and everybody wanted to win for him

2020 04 25 Retrieve

[William Gallas on facing former Chelsea team-mate Didier Drogba] He had something about him, a power I’d never sensed as a team-mate, an aura I had never seen before. Facing that, you just s— yourself. He was so intimidating that it rattles you