William Gallas

France 2017

William Gallas was one of the most complete defenders to have played in the Premier League. With power, aerial prowess, pace and strength to match anyone, every centre forward knew they were in for a tough game. He played for three of London’s big clubs; Chelsea, Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur, winning two Premier League titles back-to-back and a League Cup while at Stamford Bridge. Capable of playing anywhere along the back line, he made 84 appearances for France, and was a key member of the French team that reached the 2006 World Cup final. A graduate of the acclaimed French football academy Clairefontaine, his greatest achievement for France was the Confederations Cup victory in 2003.

Full name: William Éric Gallas
Born: 17/08/1977, Asnières-sur-Seine, France
Clubs: Caen (1995-1997), Marseille (1997-2001), Chelsea (2001-2006), Arsenal (2006-2010), Tottenham Hotspur (2010-2013), Perth Glory (2013-2014)
International: 84 apps, 5 goals (2002-2010)
Position: Defender


  • French Division 2 (1): 1995–96
  • Premier League (2): 2004–05, 2005–06
  • Football League Cup (1): 2004–05
  • FA Community Shield (1): 2005
  • FIFA Confederations Cup (1): 2003