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Marcel Desailly interview: on Chelsea, Milan and France’s ‘amazing’ Euro 2000

France won the 1998 World Cup and Euro 2000 with Marcel Desailly at the heart of their defence. Here he opens up about his early career in Marseille, his struggles to mark Dion Dublin and how he hadn’t heard of Chelsea before 1998

By Ponga Liwewe for These Football Times, part of the Guardian Sport Network

The years have been kind to Marcel Desailly, the one-time France captain whose career led him to some of the biggest clubs in the world, with Marseille, Milan and Chelsea benefitting from his rock-solid performances. With the exception of a few extra pounds gained – inevitable for a man now in his mid-40s – he still has an air of invincibility around him, like a gladiator who knows no fear as he strides into the room for our interview.

Desailly was born in Accra in Ghana, where, as fate would have it, his mother made a decision that irreversibly changed the course of his life; she married a French diplomat. The consequence of that union was a move to France, where the four-year-old Desailly experienced a culture far removed from what he had left behind.

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Marcel Desailly interview: on Chelsea, Milan and France’s ‘amazing’ Euro 2000

France won the 1998 World Cup and Euro 2000 with Marcel Desailly at the heart of their defence. Here he opens up about his early career in Marseille, his struggles to mark Dion Dublin and how he hadn’t heard of Chelsea before 1998

By Ponga Liwewe for These Football Times, part of the Guardian Sport Network

The years have been kind to Marcel Desailly, the one-time France captain whose career led him to some of the biggest clubs in the world, with Marseille, Milan and Chelsea benefitting from his rock-solid performances. With the exception of a few extra pounds gained – inevitable for a man now in his mid-40s – he still has an air of invincibility around him, like a gladiator who knows no fear as he strides into the room for our interview.

Desailly was born in Accra in Ghana, where, as fate would have it, his mother made a decision that irreversibly changed the course of his life; she married a French diplomat. The consequence of that union was a move to France, where the four-year-old Desailly experienced a culture far removed from what he had left behind.

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