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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

Affiliation

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

2019 12 16 Retrieve

[When asked if Ljungberg is a viable long-term option] I don’t think so. I think what they need is an experienced manager, especially when we talk about former players because to be a manager you need experience. Like for example Frank Lampard, what he did [at Derby] worked very well and now he’s the manager of Chelsea. So I think for Ljungberg it should be the same but right now he is the manager of Arsenal and as I said it will be very difficult. You know, you’ve got so many former players that played for Arsenal that can easily manage them. You have to give them a chance if they’re a former player. For example, Patrick Vieira can be the manager. He was a legend for Arsenal, so why not?

[Ljungberg has plenty of credit in the bank with Arsenal supporters from his playing days] He has received a lot of love from the fans. He is very passionate. To be a manager is not easy. For him, the manager was sacked, and even if he knows the players, when you start to be a manager you have to start to be a coach. You know your players very well and what to expect of them. You have to explain how you want your team to play so right now it is very difficult because he needs to have an impact straight away. He has pressure on his shoulders

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