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No.21: Lilian Thuram

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Lilian Thuram,born Ruddy Lilian Thuram-Ulien, January 1, 1972 in Pointe-à-Pitre, is a French defender.

Thuram’s football career began with AS Monaco of the French Ligue 1 in 1991. Later transfers included Parma (1996–2001) and Juventus (2001–2006). He won the the Scudetto twice with Juventus (it was originally four times, but the club was stripped of the 2004/05 and 2005/06 titles due to the match-fixing scandal) and a UEFA Cup with Parma in 1998/99.On July 24, 2006, Thuram signed with FC Barcelona.

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For France, Thuram has appeared in 136 international matches and holds the record for the most capped player for France since June 2006, when he broke Marcel Desailly’s mark of 116. After becoming world champion in 1998, he then was also an integral part of France’s triumph at Euro 2000, which led to the team being ranked by FIFA as number one from 2001-2002. He also played in the 2002 FIFA World Cup, 2006 FIFA World Cup, Euro 96, and Euro 2004.

Thuram2Thuram has only scored two international goals, both of which came in one game – the 1998 World Cup semi-final against Croatia, in which France came back to win 2–1 and advance to the final.

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