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Top facts about William Gallas, Mr. Bean

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William Gallas was a great player who let his defending do the talking. Read on to find out more facts about William Gallas, the former Chelsea and Arsenal star.

The former Arsenal captain was born on August 17, 1977 in Asnières-sur-Seine in France, meaning that

William Gallas age

is 44. He has had a great career, earning Premier League championships in 2005 and 2006. He has also been the subject of controversy owing to on-field behavior and disagreements with teammates.

William Gallas

was chosen as

Arsenal

captain in 2007, however, he was relieved of his duties during the 2008–09 season after criticizing teammates in a public appearance.

When his contract with Arsenal ended at the conclusion of the 2009–10 season, he moved to Tottenham Hotspurs. When his contract ended at the conclusion of the 2012–13 season, he was released. On October 16, 2014, he announced his retirement from professional football.

Gallas joined Caen in 1995. This transfer was the beginning of a period of brilliance and his introduction to the first level of world football.

He was a member of the Caen team for two seasons and played in 34 games and had a dazzling brilliance. He did not score any goals in these two seasons. He could win Ligue 2 in France and qualify to Ligue 1. Gallas' brilliance at Caen prompted Marseille executives to decide to buy him.

Gallas also shone brilliantly in Marseille. He made his debut in the UEFA Champions League for Marseille, scoring his first goal in European competition in a 1–0 defeat of then European champions Manchester United at the Stade Vélodrome in October 1999. Then he left the team after four seasons and 84 appearances for the team, scoring two goals.

Top facts about William Gallas:

The first and foremost fact about William Gallas is that he was a member of the victorious France U-18 European Championship team. Along with Thierry Henry, David Trezeguet, Nicolas Anelka, Mikael Silvestre, and Willy Sagnol.

Gallas represented France in the FIFA World Youth Championship in 1997. Gallas made his senior team debut against Slovenia in a UEFA Euro 2004 qualifier in October 2002.

William Gallas early life

Gallas was born in the French town of Asnières-sur-Seine. Speaking about

William Gallas parents

, it should be mentioned that he is the cousin of Ludovic Quistin, a dead professional footballer, and Mathieu Bastareaud, a French rugby union center who plays for Lyon.

His parents are from the French overseas island of Guadeloupe. When his parents returned to Guadeloupe, Gallas was allowed to stay with his uncle in France - but only under the premise that he is a professional footballer. This burly defender has played in the first level of European football for many years. No more information is available regrading

William Gallas childhood

.

William Gallas personal life

In June 2009 in Chantilly, William Gallas was married to his partner Nadège Gallas. Despite being married to one of the former Premiership’s most famous players, William Gallas, Nadge is certainly not a typical WAG.

He has four children, three named Lee-Yan, Isaiah, and Bernard. His other child is named Leah, who was from his previous relationship.

He ranked in the elite list of famous celebrity born in France.

William Gallas professional career

William Gallas started playing professional football in 1987 on Team AVG FOOTBALL. He was a member of this team for five years until 1992. After leaving the team, he joined club RCF Paris for one year and then played for team INF Clairefontaine for two years.

In 2914, Gallas retired from football at the age of 37. The Frenchman, who played for Arsenal, Chelsea and Tottenham, during his time in England, called it a day after a year with Perth Glory in the Australian A-League.

William Gallas club career

Another

fact about William Gallas

is that he began his professional career at second division Caen, where he helped them earn promotion as champions in 1996. He graduated from the French football school at Clairefontaine. After that, he moved to

Marseille

in 1997, where he spent four seasons.

In October 1999, he made his UEFA Champions League debut with Marseille, scoring his first goal in Europe in a 1–0 victory against then-European champions Manchester United at the Stade Vélodrome.

Chelsea

Gallas was purchased from Marseille for £6.2 million by Chelsea manager

Claudio Ranieri

in 2001. He picked the number 13 shirt since it was his old postcode in Marseille. Gallas formed center-back pairings with Marcel Desailly and then with John Terry under Ranieri.

He and Terry had a 16-game streak without surrendering a goal together. At times, he also played as a left-back. Gallas earned his first international debut for France while playing for Chelsea and under Ranieri. Gallas made his debut in August 2001 as a replacement for John Terry against Newcastle United.

His first goal came against Tottenham Hotspur in the FA Cup. Chelsea advanced to the 2002 FA Cup Final, where Gallas was a starter, however they were beaten by Arsenal.

Gallas was a member of the Chelsea team that won back-to-back Premier League championships and the League Cup under José Mourinho, Ranieri's successor.

The Blues also advanced to the UEFA Champions League semi-finals that season, but were defeated 1–0 by Liverpool in contentious circumstances—Gallas cleared the ball after it had been declared to have crossed the line.

Gallas was forced to play out of position due to a serious injury to left-back Wayne Bridge in 2004–05, and despite the purchase of Asier del Horno from

Athletic Bilbao

for £8 million in the 2005 close season, Gallas found himself frequently playing on the left, a situation he grew increasingly frustrated with, though it did showcase his versatility, as he could play anywhere in the backline.

Gallas helped Chelsea maintain their Premier League championship in 2005–06 by scoring crucial goals against Liverpool, Tottenham Hotspur, and Manchester United.

Gallas' Chelsea contract was set to end in May 2007. He declined to sign a new deal with Chelsea on better terms, claiming that the club had not offered him enough money, and showed a desire in playing in the Italian Serie A, with Juventus and Milan also showing interest.

Chelsea, on the other hand, refused to accept Gallas' transfer request in May 2006, claiming that he was a vital first-team player. Gallas declined to join Chelsea's packed ranks of defenders after the 2006 FIFA World Cup, thus the club recruited Dutch international center back Khalid Boulahrouz, who would play almost entirely as a fullback in his one season at Stamford Bridge.

Gallas joined Arsenal on September 1, 2006, as part of a transaction that also included the sale of

Ashley Cole

to Chelsea and a £5 million payment to Arsenal. Gallas threatened to score own goals if he was not allowed to leave Chelsea, according to a statement released by Chelsea after the deal.

Chelsea's allegation was dismissed by Gallas, who accused the West Londoners of "lack[ing] class" and "hiding behind false charges."

Former

Chelsea

manager Claudio Ranieri, who recruited Gallas from Marseille, said of the claims, "I can't believe what I'm hearing. It's just amazing. William was a player I signed, and he was always a professional on the field. Of course, I have no idea what has occurred in the previous two years."

The whole affair has left a "bad taste in the mouth," according to PFA Chief Executive Gordon Taylor, who added that Chelsea's statement should be regarded "with a heavy dose of salt."

Arsenal

Gallas signed a four-year deal with Arsenal, taking up the number 10 jersey left vacant by Dennis Bergkamp's retirement.

Arsenal manager Arsène Wenger justified his choice to give him the squad number 10 (traditionally a striker or a midfielder's number) in an interview with the official team magazine in October 2006, "He didn't like number three, and I'd already given him the rest of the numbers.

Finally, I decided that giving the number ten to a defense would be a smart idea, since a striker would suffer greatly by the comparison to Dennis. I was hesitant to give Dennis's number out at first, particularly to a defender, but I believe it is better in the long run."

Gallas made his full Arsenal debut at left-back against Middlesbrough in a 1–1 home draw on September 9, 2006, and scored his first goal against

Sheffield United

on September 23, 2006.

On August 9, 2007, Gallas was named Arsenal captain, with Kolo Touré as vice-captain. However, Gilberto Silva was anticipated to win the captain's armband, which sparked considerable debate. On August 12, 2007, he made his competitive debut as Arsenal captain against Fulham, which Arsenal won 2–1.

Gallas was injured in a game against Blackburn Rovers on 19 August, although he returned to play for Arsenal in a 2–0 win against Bolton Wanderers on 20 October.

An important

fact about William Gallas

is that he scored an own goal to give United the lead in the customary Arsenal–Manchester United derby at the Emirates Stadium on 3 November, but also a last-minute goal to give the Gunners a draw.

Gallas scored against Wigan Athletic on November 24, 2007, when Bacary Sagna crossed in and Gallas headed past goalkeeper Mike Pollitt.

Gallas scored the game's sole goal against his former club Chelsea on December 16, 2007, securing three points for Arsenal.

Later, he pondered on his goal against Chelsea, noting that, "I saw Petr ech come off his line when

Cesc Fàbregas

delivered the corner in for my goal, and I was certain he would grab it. So I was astonished when he didn't take it, and I simply headed it into the goal as a reflex response. I was merely at the right place at the right moment."

Gallas was chastised for his conduct in a 2–2 draw against

Birmingham City

on February 23, 2008, in which his teammate Eduardo's leg was fractured as a consequence of a challenge by Martin Taylor.

Gallas stepped into the Birmingham half after Arsenal's Gal Clichy surrendered a penalty in injury time late in the second half, ostensibly in protest. As Birmingham striker James McFadden converted the penalty, he stood there. He had to be held as he seemed to lash out at the audience.

Gallas slumped down on the pitch after the final whistle as the rest of the players departed before being consoled by manager Arsène Wenger.

Gallas scored for Arsenal in a 2–3 triumph against Bolton at Reebok Stadium on March 29, 2008, kicking off a comeback that ten-man Arsenal would eventually complete.

Wenger said he would consider replacing Gallas as club captain at the conclusion of the season, after rumors that he might be dismissed after his behavior during the Birmingham game.

Gallas was named captain of the club for the 2008–09 season in August 2008. Gallas was a force in the Champions League during the 2008–09 season.

In Arsenal's season, he scored six goals, including two against Twente in the Netherlands and an equalizer against Dynamo Kyiv, as well as a header against Spurs. He scored his first league goal of the season against Tottenham Hotspur at the Emirates on October 29, 2008, scoring Arsenal's second goal in a 4–4 tie.

He drew accolades for his performance in a 2–1 win against Manchester United on November 8, 2008, while playing alongside former United defender Mikael Silvestre. He reportedly outshone

Manchester United

defenders

Rio Ferdinand

and Nemanja Vidic.

Gallas disclosed issues inside the group that were disrupting team spirit in an interview with the Associated Press in November, and said that Arsenal's younger players needed to show more guts if the team was to be successful.

He was reportedly fined two weeks' pay and pulled from the team for the following match, against Manchester City. Arsenal declared on November 24 that he had been permanently deprived of his leadership, with Cesc Fàbregas taking his place.

Despite media conjecture, Wenger affirmed that Gallas had a future with the club, and Gallas participated in the Champions League encounter the next day.

Gallas scored the game-winning goal in the FA Cup quarter-finals against Hull City on March 17, 2009. Gallas injured the medial ligament in his right knee during the 2008–09 UEFA Champions League quarter-final first leg encounter against Villarreal, and it was announced on 10 April 2009 that he would miss the rest of the season. Gallas barely lasted 43 minutes of the first half, and the game ended 1–1.

Gallas had a strong start to the 2009–10 season, scoring three goals in his first three appearances. He developed a relationship with Arsenal's lone significant summer addition, Belgian centre defender Thomas Vermaelen, and the two combined for seven goals in their first eight league appearances.

He scored an odd goal against Portsmouth on August 22nd, in the opening home game of the season; Vermaelen tried a slide-in from a corner kick, but Gallas accidently flicked the ball against his face, and it rebounded into the net.

Gallas started his 100th league game for Arsenal in a 2–0 loss to Chelsea at Stamford Bridge on February 17th. He had an injury-plagued second half of the season, missing more than two months of action; he was unexpectedly named to the starting lineup against Barcelona, only to be stretchered off before halftime due to a recurrence of the ailment.

After failing to reach an agreement on a new contract, Gallas departed Arsenal as a free agent in the summer, having made 142 appearances and scored 17 goals for the club.

Arsène Wenger declared on April 28 that discussions over Gallas' future would only last until the end of May, and that if no agreement is reached by then, he will most likely leave Arsenal.

Arsenal Chairman Peter Hill-Wood made public remarks indicating that the club believed Gallas' contractual demands were unrealistic. According to reports, one of the requests was for an £80,000-per-week paycheque over a two-year period.

Tottenham Hotspur

Gallas was scheduled to join Tottenham Hotspur on August 20, 2010, with manager

Harry Redknapp

describing the transfer as a "no-brainer."

Gallas signed a one-year deal at White Hart Lane, which was revealed on August 22. Gallas would become the first player to play for Chelsea, Arsenal, and Tottenham, according to Tottenham's club historian; Clive Allen played for Tottenham, Chelsea, and had a brief stay with Arsenal early in his career, but did not appear for them.

Gallas revealed after his first training session with his new squad that he believes Spurs have the ability to win the Premier League.

Gallas made his first-team debut against West Bromwich Albion on September 11th, drawing 1–1. Gallas led Tottenham for the first time against his previous side Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium on November 20th, as a consequence of injuries to usual leaders Ledley King and Michael Dawson.

The outcome was a historic 2–3 Tottenham triumph, Spurs' first league victory at Arsenal since 1993. Gallas paired Sébastien Bassong at the defense against Blackburn at Ewood Park on February 2, 2011, in their 1–0 midweek triumph.

Gallas was a standout performer for Tottenham in 2011. He turned up two dominant performances in the Champions League knockout rounds against Milan to set up a quarter-final clash against

Real Madrid

in the club's debut appearance in the tournament.

Despite a season marked by frequent defensive changes for Tottenham due to a slew of injuries to his teammates, Gallas put in a solid showing in his first season at the club, earning a two-year contract extension in March 2011 that kept him at the club until the conclusion of the 2012–13 season. He made 36 appearances in all competitions in his first season with Spurs.

Gallas sustained many injuries during the 2011–12 Premier League season, limiting his playing time to only 19 appearances for Tottenham, especially given the rivalry for the center-back position between Michael Dawson and Ledley King.

Gallas made 17 Premier League appearances the following season, netting his first goal for the club—and his first goal in almost two years—against previous club Chelsea in a 4–2 loss. He was released by Tottenham on June 7, 2013, according to the Premier League.

Perth Pride

Another notable fact about William Gallas is that he signed a one-year contract with Perth Glory on October 23, 2013, making him the first Frenchman to play in the Australian A-League. Gallas entered the league after the arrival of Alessandro Del Piero, Emile Heskey, and Shinji Ono, all of whom are international players. Gallas made his Perth debut as a substitute against Adelaide United in round six.

In a 1–1 draw against Wellington Phoenix on September 3, 2014, he scored his first goal. After 14 appearances and one goal in the 2013–14 A-League, he retired at the conclusion of the season.

William Gallas Club achievements

In the 1995-96 season, Gallas won Ligue 2 with Tim Caen. Gallas's accomplishments peaked in 2005. Together with Chelsea under Jose Mourinho, he won the 2004-2005 Premier League, the 2004-2005 EFL Cup and the 2005-2006 FA Cup.

William Gallas international career

William Gallas's time in the French national team was also full of various achievements and successes. His time in the French national team began with the French U-20 team. During this period, he managed to play three national games for France.

After this period, he was also invited to the French U-21 national team. During this period, he was able to record more national games in his name.

But in neither of these two periods did he manage to score a single goal. But the culmination of Gallas's national football came with an invitation to the senior national team.

He was first called up to the French national team in 2002 at the age of 25. His time in the French senior national team coincided with the presence of stars such as

Zinedine Zidane

, Thierry Henry, Fabian Barthez, David Trezeguet, Florent Malouda,

Marcel Desailly

and Ashley Cole.

Gallas played for the French national team until 2010 and finally said goodbye to the French national team after the scandalous elimination of France in the 2010 World Cup in South Africa. During this 8-year period, he played 84 national games for the French national team and managed to score 5 national goals.

William Gallas national achievements

Gallas won the Confederations Cup with the French national team in 2003. In addition, in 2006 William Gallas played with the French national team in the World Cup in Germany. The French national team lost to the Italian national team in the final game on penalties and became the runner-up in this competition.

William Gallas individual achievements

He was a member of the Professional Footballers' Association of the Year team in the 2002-2003 and 2006-2005 seasons.

In September 2006, he won his 50th cap for France in a 3–1 win against Italy at the Stade de France in a UEFA Euro 2008 qualifier.

At UEFA Euro 2008, Gallas was a regular starter as France were knocked out at the group stage.

Some quick facts about William Gallas:

A fun

fact about William Gallas

is that he was nicknamed Pierre Richard – the French equivalent of Mr Bean – while a trainee at Caen.

In 2001, he joined Chelsea to experience Premier League. He played for Chelsea from 2001 to 2006 and won many honors with the team. The 13-year-old Chelsea defender played in 159 games for Chelsea, scoring 13 goals. He played at Chelsea alongside superstars such as

John Terry

and Ricardo Carvalho.

In 2006, after five seasons, Chelsea sold William Gallas to the team as part of the cost of buying Ashley Cole from Arsenal.

Arsenal welcomed the transfer and dedicated their No. 10 shirt to the experienced player. It may seem a little strange, but Gallas is the only defender to wear the number 10 shirt for four seasons, and after making 101 appearances for Arsenal and scoring 11 goals for the team, he joined another London team, Tottenham.

His time at Tottenham was also relatively successful. In this team, he wore the number 13, which was his favorite number. During his three seasons at Tottenham, he played 61 games and managed to score only one goal. After this three-year period, he was gradually thinking about retirement and did not take the offers very seriously.

After leaving Tottenham, he joined his only offer, Perth Glory of Australia. His time in this team lasted only one season and in this one season, he managed to score a goal. At the end of his first and only season in Australia, William Eric Gallas announced his retirement.

In the 2003 FIFA Confederations Cup, he was named to France's team and played the whole 90 minutes as Les Bleus defeated Cameroon 1–0 in the final. He went on to play in three of France's four matches at UEFA Euro 2004, as they were knocked out by eventual winners Greece. Gallas scored his first goal for the national team against the Ivory Coast in a friendly match in August 2005.

Gallas was a constant presence as France finished second in the 2006 FIFA World Cup, losing to Italy on penalties in the Berlin Olympiastadion.

He earned his 50th cap for France in a 3–1 victory against Italy in a UEFA Euro 2008 qualifier at the Stade de France in September 2006. Gallas was a frequent starter at UEFA Euro 2008, where France was knocked out in the group stage.

Gallas scored the goal that qualified France for the 2010 FIFA World Cup in November 2009. The goal occurred in extra time in a World Cup playoff against the Republic of Ireland, making the score 1–1 and 2–1 on aggregate for France. The goal was contentious since it came after his teammate, Thierry Henry, had twice touched the ball.

Gallas was named to France's World Cup team in 2010. The tournament was a fiasco for France, as Coach Raymond Domenech fired Nicolas Anelka and the players went on strike. Gallas was identified as one of the disruptive elements in an unruly camp as a senior member of the team. Gallas chastised Domenech after the competition, blaming the former coach for France's first-round exit.

He announced his retirement from international football with immediate effect on June 6, 2011, at the age of 33, with 84 caps and 5 goals to his record. He had not been picked in the year after the World Cup.

Gallas was also eligible to represent Guadeloupe at the international level, despite the fact that they are not a FIFA member. Guadeloupe was represented by his cousin Ludovic Quistin.

William Gallas married his partner Nadège in Chantilly in June 2009. According to Le Parisien.fr, Eric Woerth, the Minister of the Budget, married them in a very calm situation in his town hall in Chantilly. The groom and the mayor, in fact, did not wear ties!

The bride was dressed in white, wore a gorgeous strapless gown, and flaunted a nice rounded tummy. After Lee-Yan and Isaiah, this will be the couple's third kid, and William's fourth, since he already has a daughter named Lea from a prior relationship.

The couple had only invited a few friends and family members to this special occasion. The celebrations continued in the Potager des Princes and afterwards at Apremont's La Grange aux Loups restaurant.

In 2005, in a controversial Champions League semi-final match against Liverpool, he cleared the ball from the goal line, which the referee called a goal, and Chelsea were eliminated from the competition.

This goal is known as the goal of the soul because it has not been determined whether this ball will be scored or not after many years, but Gallas believes that this ball has never crossed the goal line.

He has stated that he has never thought about coaching football. He considers John Terry the strongest defender he has ever seen.

His first game for Arsenal was in 2006 against

Middlesbrough F.C

. He has done a lot of philanthropic and humanitarian activities in support of the needy and sick people and devotes a large part of his rewards and income to this issue.

On 24 November 2007, Gallas scored against Wigan Athletic when Bacary Sagna crossed in and Gallas headed past goalkeeper Mike Pollitt.

On 16 December 2007, Gallas scored against his old club Chelsea, which was to be the only goal in the match to secure three points for Arsenal.

He later reflected on his goal against former club Chelsea, claiming that, “When Cesc Fabregas sent the corner in for my goal, I saw Petr Čech come off his line and to be honest I was sure he would catch it. So I was surprised when he didn’t take it, and it was just a reflex reaction to head it into the goal.

He played a total of 321 games in the Premier League, resulting in 25 goals, 3 assists and 122 clean sheets.

He has 224 successful tackles in the Premier League. He has sent 6043 passes to his teammates during his time in the Premier League.

He also has 2 own goals in his record. He has won 214 aerial battles and lost 175 aerial battles. He received 39 yellow cards and one red card during his time in the Premier League.

He has left 70% of successful tackles in the Premier League. He has 184 wins and 57 losses in the English Premier League. He has won 530 duels and lost 382 duels.

Of the 25 goals scored by the media in the Island League, 9 have been scored by headers. He has sent 30 crosses to his teammates at Chelsea, Arsenal, and

Tottenham

. Of his 30 crosses, an accuracy of 17% has been reported.

He averaged 18.83 assists per game. He has five errors leading to a goal in the Premier League. He suffered only one loss with Chelsea in the 2004-2005 seasons.

In 2004-2005 seasons, he could score five goals for Chelsea which is the most scored goals by him. He could score 3 goals with right foot and just 1 goal with left foot. He could block 12 shots in Premier Leauge.

William Gallas social media

Regarding

William Gallas social media

, it should be mentioned that he has an Instagram page (

@wgallas13

) with more than 70k followers. On the page, we can see various pictures of him along with his fans and family.

He also has a Twitter account (

@wgallas13

) with more than 7k followers. He rarely posts new stuff on his Twitter page.

William Gallas body measurements

Speaking about

William Gallas body measurements

, it should be mentioned that the former star is 183 cm and 83 kg.

William Gallas net worth and salary

As a prominent soccer player,

William Gallas net worth

is estimated to be around $30 million, according to Wikipedia, Forbes, IMDb, and other online sites. He is 41 years old and as a professional soccer player, he has amassed this fortune.

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