French former professional footballer, Lilian Thuram has played at the top level of the sport for teams across three different countries. A formidable defender in his day, Lilian Thuram has continued to remain in the limelight and provides after dinner speeches for club events, private occasions and corporate dinners. Able to give a behind the scenes account of his high profile career and share how he utilised drive, determination and commitment to become a national star, Lilian Thuram makes the ideal speaker for any event.
As the most capped player in the history of the French national team, Lilian Thuram played an impressive one hundred and forty two matches for his country. Throughout his time as France’s top defender, Thuram enjoyed the greatest of success with the 1998 World CupBronze Ball for the third most valued player in the whole of the World Cup event. Lilian Thuram also played a pivotal role in France winning the UEFA European Championship in 2000 and the FIFA Confederations Cup in 2003, proving his dominance on the field.
Equally prominent in his club career, Lilian Thuram made his professional debut with Monaco Football Club in 1991, where he won the Coup de France, before transferring to Parma. Whilst representing Parma Calcio, Lilian Thuram saw some of the most impressive years of his career in Serie A winning the Coppa Italia 1998, UEFA Cup 1998 and the Suppercoppa Italiana 2002 and 2003. After undertaking 163 appearances for the team and creating a formidable reputation as a dominant player, Lilian Thuram moved to Juventus and later Barcelona for the remainder of his elite career.
As a topflight footballer, Lilian Thuram continually proved himself to be an asset to any team he joined, and ensured their group victory at every opportunity. Being an exemplary team player and exceptionally talented, saw Lilian Thuram recognised with a plethora of awards throughout his playing days. He has been named French Player of the Year 1997, Top 100 Greatest Living Footballers and in the ESM Team of the Year for two seasons.
A world class player with a high profile career, Lilian Thuram now dedicates his time as an after dinner speaker, entertaining audiences with his journey to the top. Sportsmanship, teamwork and leadership are the key qualities that Lilian Thuram discusses at events as they were the driving force in his success.