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Name Laurent Blanc
Gender Male
Ethnic French
Job French Footballer
Desc Nicknamed Le Président because he was the leader of literally every defence he ever played in, Blanc was a classy defender in the mould of Gaetano Scirea and Bobby Moore, able to play out from the back, read the game with ease, and take the ball off any forward who dared come his way


Org France National Team
Club as Player xxxx

2013 09 14 Retrieve

[Laurent Blanc following Paris Saint-Germain’s 2-0 win at Bordeaux on Friday night] We weren’t prepared for it at all but, ironically, this was our best performance of the season. Players returned [from international duty] yesterday at 18:15 – nothing was prepared and you see the result? The coach is useless!

2013 11 05 Retrieve

[Laurent Blanc on Paul Scholes] I tell anyone who asks me – Scholes is the best English player

2013 12 31 Retrieve

[France Laurent Blanc takes the award for most outrageously condascending question of the year while in conversation with a female Swedish journalist] Women who talk about football tactics, it’s beautiful. I find that fantastic. And you know what a 4-3-3 is, right?

2014 12 10 Retrieve

[Laurent Blanc on Stephanie Roche’s FIFA Puskás Award contender] t’s beautiful, magnificent. Pity there wasn’t more of a [crowd] to celebrate it a bit more. If it had been in a [Women’s] Champions League final or in a match with 100,000 spectators, it would have caused a sensation

2015 11 10 Retrieve

[on David Beckham] He delivers the ball just where you want it. He makes great contact and whips the ball in. I scored a few goals from his crosses while at Old Trafford

2015 11 28 Retrieve

[on Roy Keane] I only played with him for two seasons at the end of my career, and he had some injuries, but I saw more than enough to appreciate his brilliance. He is one of the best players I have ever seen. Not only that, but he could motivate players too. He was the boss too. He is also a good man

2016 01 09 Retrieve

[Laurent Blanc on Zinedine Zidane’s appointment as Real Madrid coach] This was a great player. He is pre-determined to not do things like others and what I like is that it he has been given the means to become a coach. His first club is Real Madrid, it’s beautiful. As I said, it’s extraordinary and I wish him success

2016 02 17 Retrieve

[Quote on Cafu] He is not only a defender, he is an all-round footballer, and he can do everything. I played against him in Italy when he was with Roma, and he never stopped running up and down the right side of the field. He has brilliant energy and stamina, and oh, what skill too. And, of course, he has leadership skills: don’t forget he captained Brazil to the World Cup in 2002

2016 02 18 Retrieve

[Quotes on Marcel Desailly] He is a monster! [. . .] he is an absolute monster! He can play in defence or midfield, but I think he is better as a centre-back. In fact, I’m sure of that. He has so much quality. Forwards simply couldn’t get past him because of his size, but he was smart and quick too

2016 08 06 Retrieve

[Quotes on Zlatan Ibrahimovic] When I see his stats and the records he is breaking – records were just a matter of time. When people ask me if I’m surprised he has scored so many goals, no I’m not. He is a player whos has always scored goals – in Spain, in Italy. His statistics are unbelievable. He is an incredible competitor. He wants to win everything, he wants to score more goals. [. . .] When I hear people questioning his abilities it means they don’t know a thing about football. He can have difficult patches of form but when you see what he has done, and I don’t think it’s over, I think it’s impressive