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Chelsea FC Profile: Marcel Desailly

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Full Name: Marcel Desailly (Born "Odenke Abbey")

Born: Saturday, 7th September 1968 (age: 55)
Place of birth: Accra, Ghana
Height: 6' 1"

Involvement with Chelsea:

Men's 1st Team Player from 1998 to 2004

Born as Odenke Abbey to Ghanaian parents, Marcel had his name changed when his mother married the head of the French Consulate in Accra who adopted all the children (the former professional footballer Seth Adonkor, seven years his senior, was his half-brother)

Playing Career:

A.C. Milan
Chelsea (Jun 1998 to Jul 2004) - cost: £4,600,000
Al-Gharafa Sports Club
Qatar Sports Club

Chelsea First-Team Career Summary

Competitive Debut: Saturday, 15th August 1998, Coventry City 2 - 1 Chelsea

Age on debut: 29 years 11 months 8 days

100th Appearance: Saturday, 21st October 2000, Chelsea 6 - 1 Coventry City

200th Appearance: Saturday, 23rd August 2003, Chelsea 2 - 1 Leicester City

Last Competitive First-Team Appearance: Sunday, 25th April 2004, Newcastle United 2 - 1 Chelsea


Season League F.A. Cup Lg Cup Europe Oth* Ttl
1998 / 99 31 (1)608045 (1)
1999 / 00 234016043
2000 / 01 34211139
2001 / 02 24832037
2002 / 03 31 (1)101033 (1)
2003 / 04 15118 (1)025 (1)
Total158 (2)22536 (1)1222 (3)


Season League F.A. Cup Lg Cup Europe Oth* Ttl
1998 / 99 000101
1999 / 00 100001
2000 / 01 200002
2001 / 02 100001
2002 / 03 200002

* oth = other competitive matches such as Full Members Cup, Charity/Community Shield, Fifa World Club Cup.
Figures in ( ) are substitute appearances and are also included in the totals.
i.e. Marcel Desailly made 222 appearances for Chelsea, of which 3 were as a substitute.

Competitive Matches Played

CompDateHome  AwayAtt
League15th Aug 1998Coventry City21Chelsea23,042 match lost
League22nd Aug 1998Chelsea11Newcastle United34,715 match drawn
Europe28th Aug 1998Real Madrid01Chelsea9,762 match won
League9th Sep 1998Chelsea00Arsenal34,644 match drawn
League12th Sep 1998Chelsea21Nottingham Forest34,809 match won
Europe17th Sep 1998Chelsea10Helsingborgs IF17,714 match won
League21st Sep 1998Blackburn Rovers34Chelsea23,113 match won
League26th Sep 1998Chelsea20Middlesbrough34,811 match won
Europe1st Oct 1998Helsingborgs IF00Chelsea12,348 match drawn
League4th Oct 1998Liverpool11Chelsea44,404 match drawn
League17th Oct 1998Chelsea21Charlton Athletic34,639 match won Sub on 54 mins
Europe22nd Oct 1998Chelsea11FC Copenhagen21,207 match drawn scored 1 goal
League25th Oct 1998Leeds United00Chelsea36,292 match drawn
Europe5th Nov 1998FC Copenhagen01Chelsea25,188 match won
League8th Nov 1998West Ham United11Chelsea26,023 match drawn
League14th Nov 1998Chelsea30Wimbledon34,757 match won
League21st Nov 1998Leicester City24Chelsea21,401 match won
League28th Nov 1998Chelsea11Sheffield Wednesday34,451 match drawn booked
League5th Dec 1998Everton00Chelsea36,430 match drawn
League9th Dec 1998Chelsea21Aston Villa34,765 match won
League29th Dec 1998Chelsea00Manchester United34,741 match drawn Sub on 73 mins
F.A. Cup2nd Jan 1999Oldham Athletic02Chelsea12,770 match won
League9th Jan 1999Newcastle United01Chelsea36,711 match won booked
F.A. Cup25th Jan 1999Oxford United11Chelsea9,059 match drawn Sub on 80 mins
League31st Jan 1999Arsenal10Chelsea38,121 match lost
F.A. Cup3rd Feb 1999Chelsea42Oxford United32,106 match won
League6th Feb 1999Chelsea10Southampton34,920 match won
F.A. Cup13th Feb 1999Sheffield Wednesday01Chelsea29,410 match won
League17th Feb 1999Chelsea11Blackburn Rovers34,382 match drawn
League20th Feb 1999Nottingham Forest13Chelsea26,351 match won
League27th Feb 1999Chelsea21Liverpool34,833 match won
Europe4th Mar 1999Chelsea30Vålerenga34,117 match won
F.A. Cup7th Mar 1999Manchester United00Chelsea54,587 match drawn booked
F.A. Cup10th Mar 1999Chelsea02Manchester United33,075 match lost booked
League13th Mar 1999Chelsea01West Ham United34,765 match lost Sub on 60 mins
League21st Mar 1999Aston Villa03Chelsea39,217 match won booked
League3rd Apr 1999Charlton Athletic01Chelsea20,046 match won
Europe8th Apr 1999Chelsea11Mallorca35,524 match drawn booked
League14th Apr 1999Middlesbrough00Chelsea34,406 match drawn booked
League18th Apr 1999Chelsea22Leicester City34,535 match drawn
Europe22nd Apr 1999Mallorca10Chelsea18,800 match lost booked
League25th Apr 1999Sheffield Wednesday00Chelsea21,652 match drawn
League1st May 1999Chelsea31Everton34,909 match won
League5th May 1999Chelsea10Leeds United34,762 match won
League10th May 1999Tottenham Hotspur22Chelsea35,878 match drawn booked
League7th Aug 1999Chelsea40Sunderland34,831 match won
Europe11th Aug 1999Chelsea30Skonto Riga22,043 match won
League21st Aug 1999Chelsea10Aston Villa35,071 match won
Europe25th Aug 1999Skonto Riga00Chelsea5,023 match drawn
League28th Aug 1999Wimbledon01Chelsea22,167 match won
League11th Sep 1999Chelsea10Newcastle United35,092 match won
Europe15th Sep 1999Chelsea00A.C. Milan33,873 match drawn
League18th Sep 1999Watford10Chelsea21,244 match lost
Europe21st Sep 1999Hertha Berlin21Chelsea55,541 match lost booked
League25th Sep 1999Middlesbrough01Chelsea34,183 match won booked
Europe28th Sep 1999Chelsea10Galatasaray33,462 match won Sub on 62 mins
League16th Oct 1999Liverpool10Chelsea44,826 match lost booked sent off
Europe20th Oct 1999Galatasaray05Chelsea25,500 match won
League23rd Oct 1999Chelsea23Arsenal34,958 match lost
Europe26th Oct 1999A.C. Milan11Chelsea74,855 match drawn
Europe3rd Nov 1999Chelsea20Hertha Berlin33,600 match won Sub on 85 mins
League7th Nov 1999Chelsea00West Ham United34,935 match drawn
League20th Nov 1999Everton11Chelsea38,000 match drawn
Europe24th Nov 1999Chelsea31Feyenoord29,704 match won
League28th Nov 1999Chelsea10Bradford City31,591 match won
League4th Dec 1999Sunderland41Chelsea41,377 match lost Sub on 46 mins
Europe7th Dec 1999Lazio00Chelsea64,500 match drawn
League19th Dec 1999Chelsea02Leeds United35,106 match lost Sub on 46 mins
League4th Jan 2000Coventry City22Chelsea20,164 match drawn
F.A. Cup30th Jan 2000Chelsea21Leicester City30,141 match won
League5th Feb 2000Tottenham Hotspur01Chelsea36,041 match won
F.A. Cup20th Feb 2000Chelsea50Gillingham34,205 match won
League26th Feb 2000Chelsea21Watford34,928 match won scored 1 goal
Europe29th Feb 2000Marseille10Chelsea30,000 match lost
Europe8th Mar 2000Chelsea10Marseille33,206 match won
Europe14th Mar 2000Feyenoord13Chelsea45,000 match won
League18th Mar 2000West Ham United00Chelsea26,041 match drawn
Europe22nd Mar 2000Chelsea12Lazio34,260 match lost
League25th Mar 2000Chelsea11Southampton34,956 match drawn
Europe5th Apr 2000Chelsea31Barcelona33,500 match won
F.A. Cup9th Apr 2000Newcastle United12Chelsea73,876 match won
League15th Apr 2000Sheffield Wednesday10Chelsea21,743 match lost booked
Europe18th Apr 2000Barcelona51Chelsea97,000 match lost
League22nd Apr 2000Chelsea11Middlesbrough34,800 match drawn
League29th Apr 2000Chelsea20Liverpool34,957 match won
League6th May 2000Arsenal21Chelsea38,119 match lost
League14th May 2000Chelsea40Derby County35,084 match won Sub on 57 mins
F.A. Cup20th May 2000Aston Villa01Chelsea78,217 match won
F.A. Charity Shield13th Aug 2000Manchester United02Chelsea65,148 match won
League19th Aug 2000Chelsea42West Ham United34,900 match won
League22nd Aug 2000Bradford City20Chelsea17,872 match lost
League27th Aug 2000Aston Villa11Chelsea27,057 match drawn scored 1 goal
League6th Sep 2000Chelsea22Arsenal34,923 match drawn
League9th Sep 2000Newcastle United00Chelsea51,687 match drawn
Europe14th Sep 2000Chelsea10St. Gallen18,196 match won booked
League17th Sep 2000Chelsea02Leicester City33,697 match lost
League23rd Sep 2000Manchester United33Chelsea67,568 match drawn
League1st Oct 2000Chelsea30Liverpool34,966 match won
League14th Oct 2000Sunderland10Chelsea45,078 match lost
League21st Oct 2000Chelsea61Coventry City34,646 match won
League28th Oct 2000Chelsea30Tottenham Hotspur34,966 match won
League Cup1st Nov 2000Liverpool21Chelsea29,370 match lost
League12th Nov 2000Chelsea11Leeds United35,121 match drawn booked
League18th Nov 2000Charlton Athletic20Chelsea20,043 match lost booked
League25th Nov 2000Everton21Chelsea33,515 match lost booked
League3rd Dec 2000Chelsea21Manchester City34,900 match won Captain
League9th Dec 2000Chelsea41Derby County34,317 match won Sub on 75 mins
League16th Dec 2000Middlesbrough10Chelsea29,422 match lost booked
League23rd Dec 2000Chelsea30Bradford City33,377 match won
League26th Dec 2000Ipswich Town22Chelsea22,237 match drawn booked
F.A. Cup6th Jan 2001Chelsea50Peterborough United31,192 match won Sub on 46 mins
League13th Jan 2001Arsenal11Chelsea38,071 match drawn booked
League20th Jan 2001Chelsea41Ipswich Town34,948 match won
League10th Feb 2001Chelsea11Manchester United34,960 match drawn
F.A. Cup18th Feb 2001Arsenal31Chelsea38,096 match lost
League3rd Mar 2001Coventry City00Chelsea21,609 match drawn Sub on 46 mins
League7th Mar 2001West Ham United02Chelsea26,016 match won
League17th Mar 2001Chelsea24Sunderland34,981 match lost scored 1 goal
League31st Mar 2001Chelsea21Middlesbrough34,933 match won
League7th Apr 2001Derby County04Chelsea29,320 match won
League14th Apr 2001Chelsea10Southampton35,136 match won
League17th Apr 2001Tottenham Hotspur03Chelsea36,074 match won booked
League21st Apr 2001Chelsea01Charlton Athletic34,983 match lost
League28th Apr 2001Leeds United20Chelsea39,253 match lost booked
League5th May 2001Chelsea21Everton35,196 match won
League8th May 2001Liverpool22Chelsea43,588 match drawn booked
League19th May 2001Manchester City12Chelsea35,400 match won
League19th Aug 2001Chelsea11Newcastle United40,124 match drawn Captain booked
League25th Aug 2001Southampton02Chelsea31,107 match won Captain
League8th Sep 2001Chelsea11Arsenal40,885 match drawn Captain
League16th Sep 2001Tottenham Hotspur23Chelsea36,037 match won Captainscored 1 goal booked
League23rd Sep 2001Chelsea22Middlesbrough36,767 match drawn Captain booked
Europe27th Sep 2001Levski Sofia02Chelsea10,000 match won Captain
League30th Sep 2001Fulham11Chelsea20,197 match drawn Captain booked
League Cup9th Oct 2001Coventry City02Chelsea12,582 match won Captain
League13th Oct 2001Chelsea20Leicester City40,370 match won Captain
League28th Oct 2001Derby County11Chelsea28,910 match drawn Captain booked
Europe1st Nov 2001Chelsea11Hapoel Tel Aviv28,433 match drawn Captain
League4th Nov 2001Chelsea21Ipswich Town40,497 match won Captain
F.A. Cup5th Jan 2002Norwich City00Chelsea21,017 match drawn Captain Sub on 46 mins
League Cup9th Jan 2002Chelsea21Tottenham Hotspur37,264 match won Captain
League12th Jan 2002Bolton Wanderers22Chelsea23,891 match drawn Captain
F.A. Cup16th Jan 2002Chelsea40Norwich City24,231 match won Captain
League20th Jan 2002Chelsea51West Ham United40,035 match won Captain
League Cup23rd Jan 2002Tottenham Hotspur51Chelsea36,100 match lost Captain
F.A. Cup26th Jan 2002Chelsea11West Ham United33,443 match drawn Captain
League30th Jan 2002Chelsea20Leeds United40,614 match won Captain
League2nd Feb 2002Leicester City23Chelsea19,950 match won Captain
F.A. Cup6th Feb 2002West Ham United23Chelsea27,272 match won Captain
League9th Feb 2002Aston Villa11Chelsea41,137 match drawn Captain
F.A. Cup17th Feb 2002Chelsea31Preston North End28,133 match won Captain Sub on 69 mins
League6th Mar 2002Chelsea32Fulham39,744 match won Captain
F.A. Cup10th Mar 2002Tottenham Hotspur04Chelsea32,896 match won Captain booked
League13th Mar 2002Chelsea40Tottenham Hotspur39,652 match won Captain
League16th Mar 2002Chelsea40Sunderland40,218 match won Captain
League24th Mar 2002Liverpool10Chelsea44,203 match lost Captain
League30th Mar 2002Chelsea21Derby County37,849 match won Captain
League1st Apr 2002Ipswich Town00Chelsea28,053 match drawn Captain
League6th Apr 2002Chelsea30Everton40,545 match won Captain
League10th Apr 2002Blackburn Rovers00Chelsea25,441 match drawn Captain
F.A. Cup14th Apr 2002Fulham01Chelsea36,147 match won Captain
League20th Apr 2002Chelsea03Manchester United41,725 match lost Captain
League27th Apr 2002Middlesbrough02Chelsea28,686 match won Captain
F.A. Cup4th May 2002Arsenal20Chelsea73,963 match lost Captain
League17th Aug 2002Charlton Athletic23Chelsea25,640 match won Captain booked
League23rd Aug 2002Chelsea22Manchester United41,541 match drawn Captain booked
League28th Aug 2002Southampton11Chelsea31,208 match drawn Captain
League1st Sep 2002Chelsea11Arsenal40,037 match drawn Captain
League11th Sep 2002Blackburn Rovers23Chelsea22,999 match won Captain
League14th Sep 2002Chelsea30Newcastle United39,746 match won Captain
Europe19th Sep 2002Chelsea21Viking Stavanger15,772 match won Captain
League6th Oct 2002Liverpool10Chelsea43,856 match lost Captain
League19th Oct 2002Manchester City03Chelsea34,953 match won Captain
League26th Oct 2002Chelsea20West Bromwich Albion40,893 match won Captain
League3rd Nov 2002Tottenham Hotspur00Chelsea36,049 match drawn Captain
League9th Nov 2002Chelsea30Birmingham City35,237 match won Captain Sub on 76 mins booked
League16th Nov 2002Chelsea10Middlesbrough39,064 match won Captain
League23rd Nov 2002Bolton Wanderers11Chelsea25,476 match drawn Captain booked
League30th Nov 2002Chelsea30Sunderland38,946 match won Captainscored 1 goal
League7th Dec 2002Everton13Chelsea39,396 match won Captain
League26th Dec 2002Chelsea00Southampton39,428 match drawn Captain
League28th Dec 2002Leeds United20Chelsea40,143 match lost Captain
League1st Jan 2003Arsenal32Chelsea38,096 match lost Captain
F.A. Cup4th Jan 2003Chelsea10Middlesbrough29,796 match won Captain
League11th Jan 2003Chelsea41Charlton Athletic37,284 match won Captain booked
League18th Jan 2003Manchester United21Chelsea67,606 match lost Captain
League28th Jan 2003Chelsea32Leeds United39,738 match won Captain
League1st Feb 2003Chelsea11Tottenham Hotspur41,384 match drawn Captain
League8th Feb 2003Birmingham City13Chelsea29,475 match won Captain booked
League16th Mar 2003West Bromwich Albion02Chelsea27,024 match won Sub on 82 mins
League5th Apr 2003Sunderland12Chelsea40,011 match won Captain
League12th Apr 2003Chelsea10Bolton Wanderers39,852 match won Captain
League19th Apr 2003Aston Villa21Chelsea39,358 match lost Captain
League21st Apr 2003Chelsea41Everton40,875 match won Captain
League26th Apr 2003Chelsea11Fulham40,792 match drawn Captain
League3rd May 2003West Ham United10Chelsea35,042 match lost Captain
League11th May 2003Chelsea21Liverpool41,911 match won Captainscored 1 goal
Europe13th Aug 2003MSK Zilina02Chelsea6,160 match won Captain
League17th Aug 2003Liverpool12Chelsea44,082 match won Captain
League23rd Aug 2003Chelsea21Leicester City41,073 match won Captain
Europe26th Aug 2003Chelsea30MSK Zilina23,408 match won Captain Sub on 64 mins
League30th Aug 2003Chelsea22Blackburn Rovers41,066 match drawn Captain
League13th Sep 2003Chelsea42Tottenham Hotspur41,165 match won Captain
Europe16th Sep 2003Sparta Prague01Chelsea18,997 match won Captain
League27th Sep 2003Chelsea10Aston Villa41,182 match won Captain
Europe1st Oct 2003Chelsea02Besiktas32,957 match lost Captain
League Cup3rd Dec 2003Reading01Chelsea24,107 match won Captain
Europe9th Dec 2003Besiktas02Chelsea55,350 match won Captain
League13th Dec 2003Chelsea12Bolton Wanderers40,491 match lost Captain
League20th Dec 2003Fulham01Chelsea18,244 match won Captain
League26th Dec 2003Charlton Athletic42Chelsea26,768 match lost Captain
F.A. Cup3rd Jan 2004Watford22Chelsea21,121 match drawn Captain
League11th Jan 2004Leicester City04Chelsea31,547 match won Captain
League18th Jan 2004Chelsea00Birmingham City41,073 match drawn Captain
Europe9th Mar 2004Chelsea00VFB Stuttgart36,657 match drawn Sub on 29 mins
League13th Mar 2004Bolton Wanderers02Chelsea26,717 match won Captain
League20th Mar 2004Chelsea21Fulham41,169 match won Captain
Europe24th Mar 2004Chelsea11Arsenal40,778 match drawn Captain booked sent off
League10th Apr 2004Chelsea00Middlesbrough40,873 match drawn Captain
League17th Apr 2004Chelsea00Everton41,169 match drawn Captain
Europe20th Apr 2004Monaco31Chelsea15,000 match lost Captain
League25th Apr 2004Newcastle United21Chelsea52,016 match lost Captain Sub on 71 mins

Non-Competitive First-Team Appearances

Season Appearances

Non-Competitive First-Team Goals


Figures in ( ) are substitute appearances and are also included in the totals.
i.e. Marcel Desailly made 0 appearances for Chelsea, of which 0 were as a substitute.

Non-Competitive First-Team Matches Played

CompDateHome  AwayAtt

Non-First-Team Appearances

Season Appearances

Non-First-Team Goals


Figures in ( ) are substitute appearances and are also included in the totals.
i.e. Marcel Desailly made 0 appearances for Chelsea, of which 0 were as a substitute.

Non-First-Team Matches Played

CompDateHome  AwayAtt

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Chelsea FC Player Marcel Desailly

Games Won: 115
Win Percentage: 51.8%
Starts as Captain: 94
Total Bookings: 36
Times Sent Off: 2


During his Chelsea first-team career of 222 appearances, Marcel Desailly played alongside the following 68 players (number of appearances together in the same match-day squad in brackets)

Rati Aleksidze (2)
Gabriele Ambrosetti (16)
Marco Ambrosio (7)
Celestine Babayaro (131)
Winston Bogarde (10)
Mark Bosnich (3)
Wayne Bridge (19)
Pierluigi Casiraghi (15)
Neil Clement (1)
Carlton Cole (13)
Joe Cole (19)
Hernan Crespo (12)
Carlo Cudicini (100)
Sam Dalla Bona (51)
Ed de Goey (110)
Enrique de Lucas (23)
Didier Deschamps (36)
Roberto Di Matteo (67)
Michael Duberry (23)
Damien Duff (16)
Albert Ferrer (91)
Tore André Flo (91)
Mikael Forssell (39)
William Gallas (74)
Geremi (20)
Bjarne Goldbæk (31)
Jesper Grønkjær (73)
Eiður Guðjohnsen (105)
Jon Harley (24)
Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink (118)
Kevin Hitchcock (3)
Robert Huth (7)
Jes Høgh (11)
Glen Johnson (14)
Slaviša Jokanović (38)
Joe Keenan (3)
Dmitri Kharine (1)
Leon Knight (1)
Bernard Lambourde (28)
Frank Lampard (93)
Brian Laudrup (11)
Graeme Le Saux (122)
Frank Leboeuf (93)
Claude Makélélé (17)
Mario Melchiot (103)
Jody Morris (103)
Adrian Mutu (16)
Andy Myers (3)
Eddie Newton (6)
Mark Nicholls (11)
Filipe Oliveira (5)
Christian Panucci (8)
Scott Parker (6)
Emmanuel Petit (58)
Dan Petrescu (69)
Gus Poyet (97)
Mario Stanić (50)
Neil Sullivan (2)
Chris Sutton (27)
John Terry (96)
Emerson Thome (10)
Juan Sebastian Veron (9)
Gianluca Vialli (13)
George Weah (9)
Dennis Wise (102)
Robert Wolleaston (1)
Boudewijn Zenden (35)
Gianfranco Zola (185)