Born on September 7 to Ghanaian parents, Marcel David Desaily, then known as Odenke Abbey moved from Ghana to France at the tender age of four after his mother got married to the French Consulate in Accra who adopted him and all his other siblings.
Desaily started his budding career in football at FC Nantes’ academy programe where he played alongside France’s current National Team coach and closest pal,Didier Deschamps. Desailly turned professional in 1986. In 1992, he moved to Olympique de Marseille where he reunited with Deschamps, and won the UEFA Champions League the following year.
After winning the Champions League with Olympique de Marseille, he moved on to AC Millan in 1994 where he won the same trophy making him the first player to have won the Champions League with two clubs back-to-back. He then moved on to England to join Chelsea in 1998 where he was captain until 2003/04 season.
Desailly moved on to Qatari outfit Al-Gharafa in 2004. He was appointed as the club captain and under the French coach Bruno Metsu they won the Qatar League in 2005. He then joined Qatar S.C., leading them to second place in the league before retiring from professional football.
Marcel played for the France National team and was part of the 1998 and 2000 squad that won the World Cup and the Euros respectively. Marcel was named captain of the French National team in 1995. The football icon captained France national football team to victory at both the 2001 and 2003 editions of the FIFA Confederations Cup. He was mentioned as a possible candidate for the coaching position of Ghana’s national team but later pulled out.
Desaily after retirement took up media jobs with BBC sports in the united Kingdom. Desailly is a supporter of the 1GOAL Education for All campaign. He is also the UNICEF national Goodwill Ambassador for Ghana. He is the Lifetime Goodwill Ambassador for his personal Charity OrphanAid Africa, that helps abandoned children in Ghana. He is a member of the Laureus Sports for Good Foundation.
In June 2011 he opened a sports facility in Ghana called Lizzy Sports Complex, in memory of his late mother, to provide young players and children a facility to train themselves in their chosen field in sports.
We at kuulpeeps wish him a happy birthday.