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Claude Makelele

Claude 'The Girth' Makélelé Sinda (born 18 February 1973) is a retired football player and coach who is currently assistant coach of Carlo Ancelotti in Paris Saint-Germain in Ligue 1. Prior to joining Paris Saint-Germain, Makélélé played for Nantes, Olympique de Marseille, Celta Vigo, Real Madrid and Chelsea.

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Makelele ready for a Chelsea reunion
Paul Clement wants to extend Claude Makelele’s stay at Swansea…
Thierry Henry, Zinedine Zidane & Claude Makélélé talk about facing Brazil at the 2006 World Cup (from documentary Rendez-vo…
boss Paul Clement says he wants coach Claude Makelele to become a more permanent fixture at the club…
DAILYSTAR Swansea boss Paul Clement: This player is miles better than N'Golo Kante . N'GOLO KANTE has been told he’…
Claude Makelele's room is covered in pictures of N'Golo Kante.
Top story: Swansea coach Claude Makelele speaks out ahead of Chelsea return | D… see more
Swansea City assistant coach Claude Makelele is ready for a Chelsea reunion via
Chelsea legend Claude Makelele speaks out ahead of Stamford Bridge return on Saturday
"Claude taught me so much". William Gallas hails Makelele influence at Chelsea ahead of Swans' Stamford Bridge trip: htt…
A great day to be born. HAPPY BIRTHDAY to Roberto Baggio (50), Gary Neville (42), Claude Makelele (44) and Jermaine Jenas (34).…
Instead of Pablo Garcia I'd pick Claude Makelele and i think Figo was still playing
Claude Makelele joining Swansea's backroom staff and Kevin Nolan managing Notts County, what is this, a Football Manager…
Claude Makelele scores, to the delight of the Stamford Bridge faithful, as Chelsea beat Charlton, May 7, 2005. https…
Simple enough solution, all we need is a new David DeGea, a new Ashley Cole, a new John Terry and a new Claude Makelele
Pato joining Claude Makelele in the ranks of Chelsea penalty takers.
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Claude Makelele turns 43 today - remember his memorable first goal for
Really good chat with Karl Henry. A lot of time for the guy. describing him as Claude Makelele the highlight 😂😂
If Arsenal were to keep playing counter-attacking football they must have a ball winning midfielder, a claude makelele
Liam Bridcutt...big tackle, sponsored by Claude Makelele
, the next claude makelele . next season he joint !! :D
Could N'golo Kanté be the next Claude Makelele? Or is this question pure blasphemy?
Morgan Schneiderlin has caps for France. Claude Makelele turning in his grave
Dier underrated... Let's everyone in front of express themselves by sitting in! Almost as good as super Claude
N'Golo Kante's performances for Leicester City reminiscent of Premier League great
Kante has proved one of the signings of the season at just £5.6m and been compared to former star Claude Makelele. …
id say I'm more of a Claude makelele my role on a night out is under appreciated
Claude Makelele or Xavi ahead of Guardiola for me but can't complain otherwise
Claudio Ranieri believes N’Golo Kante can perform the same destroyer role for Leicester that Claude Makelele perfected at …
N'Golo Kante can be as good as Claude Makelele, says boss Claudio Ranieri. .
Claudio Ranieri believes Leicester's N'Golo Kante can be new Claude Makelele
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N'Golo Kante "has been compared to Claude Makelele, in terms of stature he's quite similar," says ht…
N’Golo Kante is the Premier League’s best defensive midfielder since Claude Makelele
A decent five-a-side team born on this day:. Sir Bobby Robson. Gary Neville. Keith Gillespie. Jermaine Jenas. Claude Makelele. Roberto Baggio
Congratulations to Ex-Chelsea hero, Claude Makelele who today has joined Monaco as technical director.
bossed the midfield like Claude Makelele
Claude Makelele is an assistant manager, you don't even need any backroom staff
Claude Makélélé is one of the favorite players in the starting admin best XI.
When I grow up I want to play football like Claude Makelele.
sat watching videos on Claude Makelele. Best holding mid of his generation? Learn from the best right :)
If I open a door for you and you don't say thank you, expect to get Claude Makélélé'd
Dele Alli and Eric Dier reminds me of the Zinedine Zidane and Claude Makelele partnership
Please, i'll be Claude Makelele when i grow up. Many children. No wife.
Petr Cech thought he was playing the Claude Makélélé role there
Coming from the man that once said Claude makelele isn't a great passer of the ball. Nice bloke at best average commentator.
Arsenal fans bragging to us about their gold trophy is like me painting my *** gold and then doing the helicopter to Claude Makelele
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Claude Makelele said this all in his book & if you see how Jose was chased out of Madrid, you can now see why. We're rubbish now
Claude Makelele is one of the best footballers of my generation.
On another dramatic day at Stamford Bridge, Carlo Ancelotti and Claude Makelele emerged as a possible pairing if Jose Mourinho is sacked
what your opinion on Claude makelele
Have you ever seen Claude Makelele play football?
.want former player and boss to rescue club if Mourinho is sacked - report
Didier with Claude Makelele and Nicolas Anelka at 2009's event...
Carlo Ancelotti and Claude Makelele dream team could replace Jose Mourinho [Mail]
On this day: 2006 - Claude Makelele scored his last goal.
statistically no one is above Coquelin at the moment, he truly is reincarnation of Claude Makelele.
Tim Lovejoy just tried to say Robbie Savage was as good as Claude Makelele. No idea why he never really made it as a football pundit.
Tim Lovejoy comparing Robbie Savage to Claude Makelele on Sunday Brunch... There are no words.
. just said was just like Claude Makelele. FFS.
Tim Lovejoy telling Savage he was as good as Claude Makelele is the funniest thing he's ever said.
BIG tackle.sponsored by claude makelele
Can't sleep I'm that excited to pull the boots back on for the hoopys tomorrow 🍀🍀🍀 Claude Makelele role
He compared Darren Barr to Claude Makelele. Not for me, Clive.
Claudio Ranieri reckons N’Golo Kante can be the new Claude Makelele
I feel like a 2005 Claude Makelele right now...
Tonight we look at influential Chelsea midfielders, who more appropriate to begin with than Claude Makelele. The...
Minimal fuss this boy is the Indian Claude makelele.
will be our Claude Makelele...he is the player that will make our season brilliant and get us another Champions League
Big tackle...sponsored by Claude makelele 😂😂
Some of us have been playing FIFA since "02 Claude Makelele akiwa teenager so FIFA is loyal than Y'all mbishes
ROB DRAPER'S Champions League COLUMN: Zinedine Zidane and Luis Figo stoles the headlines during the Galactico era but it's Claude Makelele
If Putin were in football, who would he be (playing style not looks)? thinks Claude Makelele. I see shades of …
Real Madrid need a Makelele to win the Champions League
Daily Mail: The coaches know that the kind of player that saves them from the sack is, more often than not, a Claude Mak…
Marcelo said Real Madrid will defend for Cristiano Ronaldo but the La Liga giants need to find the right balance 
Forget Cristiano Ronaldo and Gareth Bale... Real Madrid need a Claude Makelele if they are to win the Champions League
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got downvoted on /r/soccer for saying Roy Keane, Claude Makelele and Gennaro Gattuso are the best defensive midfielders of the last 15 years
John Terry, Frank Lampard and Claude Makelele with a fan
from being the best holding midfielder since Claude Makelele himself.
"This Keith Long c*** could grow on me. He has Keith Buckley playing the Claude Makelele role."
Crespo: "That was a team with great champions like John Terry, Frank Lampard, Didier Drogba, Arjen Robben, Claude Makelele.…
Actually, I see John Terry called Nemanja Matic the new Claude Makelele a few months ago. Good to see one man looking beyond skin colour...
This is, after all, the club of Didier Drogba, of Michael Essien and Claude Makelele; of William Gallas and Ashley Cole; of Marcel Desailly
Ive had repeated dreams now where claude makelele is in midfield for city against chelsea at the weekend. And they have pierre webo up front
keep her fat ugly friend entertained and do anything and everything to ensure you score.Basically play the Claude Makelele role
Before this season I would have said Lampard but perhaps not now aha. Claude Makélélé? Marcel Desailly?
Once ordained as Patrick Vieira and Claude Makelele's successor, no one appears to want him in the EPL. Yann M'Vila should set-up his play.
behave , you seen me on that football pitch ... Big tacklleee sponsored by Claude makelele!
I think could turn out to be every bit as good as Claude Makélélé
Claude Makelele was a better finisher than Ramires.
Smashed my longest run since Sept'14 in preparation for my Claude Makelele role on Sunday
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Matic is getting like Claude Makelele. A very sung about 'unsung' hero
You know you're a baller when you have a position named after you.. 'The Claude Makelele role'
Claude Makelele was manager of the Romanian national team in a save of mine.
Stop insulting legends! "Incarnation of Claude Makélélé and Fernando Redondo. These lads are hard.
On this day: 2008 - Claude Makelele played his 200th game for
CLAUDE MAKELELE'S BIG TACKLE: Stewy snuffs out Raiders' Matt Stock with a last ditch slide. Raiders with a corner now.
John Terry hails Chelsea strength in depth and compares Nemanja Matic to Claude Makelele  -...
Honestly the greatest holding midfielder since Claude Makelele. Thank you. ❤
Former Real Madrid and Chelsea big boss midfielder Claude Makelele has been sacked as coach of French club Bastia. htt…
Jean Tigana, Marcel Desailly, Claude Makelele, Patrick Vieira, George Weah, Adedi Ayew Pele, Lilian Thuram you was his sub..
Loic Remy, the new French man who I support in Chelsea FC after Claude Makelele, Nicolas Anelka, and Florent Malouda.
my cousin sends a pretty mean direct message. oh the other dm. I will always love Claude Makelele.
Wow!Willy Sagnol and Claude Makélélé will be managing clubs next season.
Not a bad move for El-Hadji Ba. Departs to work with Claude Makélélé for a year at Bastia, former home of Michael Essien.
Two players' brilliance I'll never quite understand Claude Makelele and Paul Scholes
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his directors refused to renew Claude Makélélé's contract with a better salary, upsetting Makélélé who asked for a transfer, ... 27/88
Claude Makelele £16.8M. For possibly the best holding midfielder to have played in the Premier League
Come to think of it. How many black coaches have managed a side in any of Europe's top leagues aside Claude Makelele?
Claude Makelele will be that african uncle that tells his grandkids tales about how he redefined football, and none of them will believe lol
is a French top flight club managed by former Chelsea midfielder Claude Makelele.
Claude Makelele in the 'can't strike' team?
Glimpse of CFC's most recent loanee Joao Rodriguez who will spent next season with Claude Makelele at SC Bastia.
Claude Makélélé's presence at Bastia def'ly helped. Hopefully he sees plenty of playing time!
didn't realise Claude Makelele was a manager now. Allez
Joao Rodriguez is off to play in Ligue 1 under Claude Makelele. Interesting move.
Simon was our midfield dynamo, our water carrier, our engine. Claude Makelele at his peak.
Claude Makelele? Highly symbolic of mourinho counter-attacking style
Pierre-Marie Geronimi : Claude Makélélé wants Joao Rodriguez on loan. He will join us in a very short time.
how can you expect a striker to do that;) claude makelele prime example of the perfect DLM
. Wasn't it a Claude Makelele blast from 20yrds? Only scored 2 goals for the chavs, other was a pen. .
Koyoute at breaks down play incredibly in DM reminds me of Claude Makelele
I had no idea Claude Makelele was the new coach of Bastia.
If you didn't know, holding midfielder was named after Claude Makelele.
Selling Diego Lopez and Angel Di Maria will prove to be a costly mistake. Type of mistakes we did when we sold Claude Makelele.
Midfield is the most important part of the team. Everyone needs a Sergio Busquets or a Claude Makelele. Can't have 11 flair players.
Swear Claude makelele is in loughton today.
Les Ferdinand also said Claude Makelele was the worst thing to have happened to the Premier League.take a moment, let that sink in.
DEAL DONE: Former Chelsea boy Claude Makélélé is the new manager of SC Bastia. (Source: http:/…
The closest England have got to a great CDM was when Claude Makelele played against them. He was a brilliant player.
SC Bastia coach Claude Makelele has made his first signing with the capture of Ivorian striker Junior Tallo on a season-long loan from Roma.
A stray thought on size and soccer: Claude Makelele and Philipp Lahm are 5'7. Talk to me about how d-mids need to be big and brawny, again?
has had a sensational game for the french. He's played the Claude Makelele role perfectly.
The ref in the game looks a bit like Claude Makelele
Still waiting for the day I see a better CDM in that French midfielder than Claude Makelele.
Mikel will neva become that! Dude cant even match Claude Makelele's level
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convert him into Claude Makelele. I feel the same way about Anderson before Fergie tried to turn him into Roy Keane.
Few more hours in this garden and I expect to look like a cross between Titus Bramble and Claude Makelele
I've always liked the pitbulls of football, those who do the dirty work, started with Claude Makelele, then Gattuso, now Daniele de Rossi.
"Don't forget claude makelele" dawggg everyone was on that team.. let me google the rest of the back line
Claude Makelele huge tackle that one was
Stop everything. Just found out that Claude Makelélé is the new MANAGER of Bastia in Ligue 1. Expect big tackles in Corsica next season.
Coal Chamber or cry to roll. Boris bike design soundtrack is a Claude Makelele type of initial swearing then pop history is for hoarding.
Doubt Figueroa has a 'tackle' like Claude Makelele!
France star Yohan Cabaye has thanked Claude Makelele for helping him...
Cesc coup makes competition for places fierce As Ashley Cole heads for the exit door after eight fantastic years at Chelsea, another former Arsenal player is now preparing to make his mark at Stamford Bridge; it was confirmed that Cesc Fabregas has completed his move from Barcelona. While there is the obvious spot of schadenfreude to indulge in considering that the Blues will now be fielding one of their London rival's favourite sons, the move has been made with Chelsea rather than Arsenal in mind. Fabregas will wear the No. 4 shirt, one that passed into Chelsea folklore during Claude Makelele's time at the club, and if the 27-year-old comes anywhere close to emulating the impact and influence of that midfield titan, then it will prove to be a very successful signing. The Spaniard's role in the side, however, will be a markedly different one from that played by his illustrious predecessor. It is no secret that, in an ideal world, Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho would like his side to be more attacking. Inde ...
De Jong: Not everyone can play like Messi and Ronaldo I've always had the Amsterdam swagger. When I enter the pitch, I'm 1-0 up. I'm not the only one, though - Wesley Sneijder always had a big mouth and so does Robin van Persie with his Rotterdam style. It's not that I'm working on that, it's just who I am,But I always try to stay calm. When I see other players shouting to raise the team spirit, I think: just stop it! I'm not a big fan of that kind of behaviour. Calm before the storm is way better. Opponents need to see that they're going to have a tough night. "Look at players like Roy Keane, Claude Makelele, Patrick Vieira, Fernando Redondo, they also had this attitude. They just look ahead when they're in the tunnel. That's way more impressive.
Javi Martinez,Blaise Matuidi,Miguel Veloso just a hard tackling CDM like the legendary Claude Makelele,they must be tight from the midfield
I would like Claude Makelele breaking your attacks up for part of the match
Going to witness the white Claude makelele today!
A.K.A. Claude Makelele better be up for it today?!!
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SPORTS RELATED MENTORS - Who do you look up to? Who do you support? Come on football fans I'm sure there are a few of you out there!!?! I have been a Chelsea supporter since I was 14, I have no direct ties with the club other than my favourite (past) players are Zola, Desailly (excuse spelling) and Claude Makelele. My favourite player of all time is Frank Lampard. Frank Lampard is a family man that treats everyone around him with the upmost respect. The way he conducts himself both on and off the field are traits that I really look up to. He has only gotten better with age (although he doesn't get as much game time now) he knows his body, he knows his role and I see him as a mentor for any young sportsman be it football or other. Who is your sports related mentor?
yes lad,the Claude Makelele never fails
Wish I could go back in time to watch Claude Makelele
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claude makelele, whatever mistakes I made (not paying the rent etc) I could always rely on him to pick up the pieces for me.
Claude Makelele so I can feel inadequate around my girlfriend
It's like Roy Keane, Patrick Viera, Claude Makelele to name but a few never existed. . All hail king Gerrard.
same player, passes sidewards and backwards and loves a claude makélélé
If you remember there was a black coaching staff member at PSG. Not sure if you knew already but he was Claude Makelele!
Philippe Coutinho was like a young Claude Makelele in that first half. 5 successful tackles
Just been told I'm the Claude Makelele of house parties!
Wouldn't mind being 6 inches off Claude Makelele
Sanogo comes like Claude Makelele playing upfront
Was it just me or did someone else realise Claude makelele was at Chelsea v psg coz he's the assistant lewl
What's your opinion on Claude Makelele” One of the best midfielders I ever have seen, he was magic."
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Barmaids spoiling for a fight. Claude Makelele - Gen. Defao blasting out of my earphones. What a wonderful life.
Zidane - Is he the best in the world? He might not get the attention of (Lionel) Messi and Ronaldo but yes, I think he just might be. If you don't have a player like Steven Gerrard, who is the engine room, it can affect the whole team. When we were winning league titles and European Cups at Real, I always said Claude Makelele was our most important player. There is no way myself, (Luis) Figo or Raul would have been able to do what we did without Claude and the same goes for Liverpool and Gerrard. He has great passing ability, can tackle and scores goals, but most importantly he gives the players around him confidence and belief. You can't learn that -- players like him are just born with that presence.” (Zinidene Zidane on Steve Gerrard.)
Nemanja Matic - I Havnt felt love like this for a holding midfielder since Claude Makelele 🙏
PRE-MATCH BRIEFING: PARIS SAINT-GERMAIN V CHELSEA Chelsea's participation in these high-quality quarter-finals begins tonight in the French capital. Club historian Rick Glanvill and club statistician Paul Dutton commence their tale of two cities… TALKING POINTS Jose Mourinho's first European outing as manager of Chelsea was against Paris Saint-Germain at Parc des Princes in September 2004. This is the Parisiens' second appearance since then in Europe's elite competition, which Chelsea of course won in 2012. Only five other clubs from capital cities - Real Madrid, Red Star Belgrade, Steaua Bucharest, Benfica and Ajax - have lifted the European Cup and Laurent Blanc's Qatar-backed crew are widely tipped to join our select group. It is up to Chelsea to make them down and out in Paris and London over the next week. We meet up again with a couple of old boys: central defender Alex, and Claude Makelele who excelled in that stunning 3-0 victory for the Londoners a decade ago and is now PSG's assistant coach. F ...
CHAMPIONSLEAGUE psg v CHELSEA psg fans react to our Wednesday game. PSG vs. Chelsea. Good draw, both sides probably feel that. Shame for PSG to be home 1st leg, but will not matter too much. # PSG — Jonathan Johnson (at Parc des Princes will be particularly interesting. held an interest in the Belgian for a long time. — Robin Bairner (Saint-Germain v Chelsea. Yes — Mohammed Ali (vs. I think Les Parisiens could be in 1/2 finals. I believe in them. Allez! — Cristian Liberum ( I see that PSG is greatly underrated on my timeline. — Janusz Michallik (White says Edinson Cavani will want to impress against Chelsea because he wants to join them. NOT EVERYTHING IS ABOUT TRANSFERS JIM. — Tom Williams ( Claude Makelele just received 73 interview requests — Matt Spiro (
Name: John Mikel Nationality: Nigerian Date of Birth: 22/04/1987 Height: 188 cm Weight: 86.0 kg Previous Clubs: Lyn Oslo Position: Midfielder Chelsea career Following quickly on from the purchase of Salomon Kalou in the summer of 2006, the arrival of John Mikel Obi confirmed Chelsea's determination to add exciting young talent as well as established stars to a squad that had just won back-to-back league titles. Having smoothed out some rough edges both on and off the pitch, manager Jose Mourinho increasingly used Mikel's talent in the holding midfield role, especially when requiring a longer range of passing than other options including the feted Claude Makelele. As a junior Mikel had played more as an attacking midfielder. Named Chelsea Young Player of the Year, he survived an injury scare the week before the 2007 FA Cup Final to play the whole game. Chelsea beat Manchester United in the first final at the new Wembley. The 2007/08 campaign saw Mikel continue to grow in the 'Makelele' role, and by the end ...
John Obi Mikel (4 in 300 games) has scored twice as many goals for Chelsea as Claude Makelele (2 in 217 games)
Claude Makelele had played for many clubs in his career. Which of the following was NOT one of them? A. Marseille B. Celta Vigo C. Monaco D.Real Madrid.
Miclaude Carrielele, what a player! So much better than his cousin Claude Makelele. Obviously, Adrian Durham had never seen Makelele play.
OMFG Lucas Leiva, people rave on about him as if he's Claude Makelele
Slipped back into the old one-two-three as easy as a midfield diamond of Claude Makelele, Frankie, and Emmanuel Petit used to pass the ball
“Mesut Özil = an attacking version of Claude Makelele. Discuss.” / Analogy applicable to Di Maria too. Lol.
And Claude Makelele, that man taught me how to tackle
Claude Makelele has been spotted warming up
Claude Makelele has done well. Even if she is 6 inches taller than him
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United 0-0 Chelsea, HT. Uneventful stuff. Chelsea look organized, but not dangerous. Let's call up Claude Makelele and party like it's 2004.
Chelsea need Claude makelele to come out of retirement
The women that Claude Makelele has eaten will make you speak in tongues
Claude makelele the best ever Holding midfielder theres ever been he was so underated but done so much!
Etienne Capoue is as good as Claude Makelele for Cheatski in his prime.brilliant signing
Claude Makelele in his day was the best around
Claude One of the best to grace the pitch. He is Laurent Blanc's coach at
Football perfect weather for a Claude Makelele
...the hope was a potential Claude Makelele type DM.
You know you haven't been watching football for too long if you don't know who Claude Makélélé is
Claude Makelele had more attacking threat than our whole team now
Will Özil move to ? Would he play alongside Carrick, more advanced à la Scholes or deeper like a Claude Makelele?
That's like comparing Claude Makelele and Lionel Messi in football. Two very different roles in the team.
I don't care what anyone says Jeffrey out of 'the fresh prince of bel air' is defo Claude makelele
imagine Claude Makelele got sent in as a special guest
Which team wants claude makelele to join them
Claude Makelele - you couldn't give that man enough credit. He invented a position. How any player…
Good game of footie, today you can call me Claude Makelele
For me even as a Man United fan, the best was Claude Makelele!
I can see ramires playing the role claude makelele for chelsea this season.
Athletico chucking in some Claude Makelele style tackles tonight
Joe has ruined Claude Makelele for me
2005: Lilian was convinced along with Zinedine & Claude to return to after a ter…
not enough good holding midfielders like Claude Makelele in the PL no more.
Legs are in bits. Hard life being a white Claude makelele
I'm officially taking away your award of "Claude Makelele's Big Tackler of the Year" after that statement!
Our 00's player of the day is..Claude Makelele!
Mourinho:(1/2)"At Porto—Carlos Alberto,In Italy — Davide Santon.Here at Chelsea it was Claude Makelele on the bench and John Obi ..."
Chelsea: Mourinho's five worst signings Chelsea opinion: A look back at Jose Mourinho's worst buys from his first spell at Stamford Bridge The return of Jose Mourinho to Stamford Bridge has evoked memories of the great team he built during his first reign as he added the likes of Ricardo Carvalho, Petr Cech and Didier Drogba to a team already containing John Terry, Frank Lampard and Claude Makelele. However, these impressive signings have shrouded some of Mourinho's poorer dealings in the transfer market. Here is a list containing five of the the worst. 1. Andriy Shevchenko Former Ukraine captain and AC Milan legend Shevchenko was brought to the Bridge in 2006 for a hefty sum of around £30million. However, the striker failed to produce the form that led to him being awarded the Ballon d'Or in 2004, scoring a measly 22 goals in 77 appearances. Whether the signing was made by Mourinho is questionable - Shevchenko's friendship with chairman Roman Abramovich and Mourinho's initial reluctance to play him sugg ...
WHEN Roman Abramovich purchased Chelsea from Ken Bates on this day in 2003, no one could have predicted how the Russian’s arrival would shake up the Premier League. Having seen Manchester United dominate the English football landscape since the introduction of the revamped top flight, the Blues were soon to become a force powerful enough to lock horns with Alex Ferguson’s all-conquering squad. Of course, the critics will point to the fact that Abramovich turned his team into genuine challengers by throwing money around. And they would be right. In his first summer in charge, the billionaire bankrolled the arrival of £150million worth of talent, with stars such as Hernan Crespo, Claude Makelele and Juan Sebastian Veron arriving at Stamford Bridge. Read more:
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looking at Marco van Basten, Frank Rijkaard & Claude Makelele as replacement for Ancelotti before Wenger joins nest season.
Jose Mourinho has installed Sevilla’s £10m rated defensive midfielder Geoffrey Kondogbia as his latest summer transfer target, according to the Independent. Chelsea see that signing Kondogbia would strengthen an area of the team which already comprises Jon Obi Mikel, Michael Essien and Oriol Romeu, who have filled this position since Claude Makelele left in 2008. While Mikel has been a regular in the side, he grew increasingly out of favour towards the end of last season, and Essien and Romeu have both had injury problems. The newspaper adds that Kondogbia, who has made 31 league appearances for Sevilla, is also a target for Real Madrid amongst other leading European clubs. It appears that if Mourinho wants Kondogbia to become his second summer acquisition after Bayer Leverkusen’s Andre Schurrle, he will need to move quickly. -LEO-
Then we spent £150m that summer. It was like playing fantasy football.’ Chelsea signed Glen Johnson, Alexey Smertin, Geremi, Juan Sebastian Veron, Damien Duff, Wayne Bridge, Joe Cole, Adrian Mutu, Hernan Crespo, Claude Makelele and Scott Parker. Birch said: ‘It was the catalyst for change in English football. It forced other clubs to look for other sources of revenue and paved the way for further foreign ownership. Before that in England, we would sign foreign players at the tail end of their careers. Suddenly, we could sign players at the peak of their careers from Italy and Spain.
Introducing Chelsea’s Talented Young Defensive Midfielders Looking back to what happened last season, all of us surely agree what positions we need to upgrade. First, it’s our striking force. Second, it’s our defensive midfielder. For quite a long period we missed the presence of the real anchor Claude Makelele. Michael Essien has lost it and we’re afraid he’ll never make it anymore. As one of the better, John Obi Mikel provides us safety with his short simple passes in our own area but he’s fairly inconsistent last season. Oriol Romeu had injury season and his performance during Di Matteo spell was a bit off. That’s why we’re continually linked with some talented defensive midfielders recently, and the last names are the well-known Nemanja Matic and World Cup 2006 winner Daniele De Rossi. First of all I would like to tell you that we’re talking on defensive midfielder: a midfielder who focuses on defensive duties such as marking, intercepeting the ball, and tackling the oppositions, cov ...
Manchester United look to set to capture highly rated French under-21 midfielder Nampalys Mendy on a free transfer. Newspapers in France are reporting that the 20- year-old defensive midfielder has rejected a new contract offer from his present club Monaco as he looks for a new challenge with the Premier League champions. MORE: United will ‘move heaven and earth’ for Fabregas Mendy, who has been compared to former Chelsea star Claude Makelele, told boss Claudio Ranieri he wanted to leave the club at the end of the season as he feared his playing time at Monaco would be limited. Mendy wants to join David Moyes at United Ranieri, who fielded Mendy 31 times last season, insists he has been left stunned by the midfielder’s decision. The former Chelsea boss said: ‘I do not understand his [Mendy’s] attitude. As soon as I saw him play, I said here is our Makelele. I trusted him and I played him. ‘I think he will miss out on a great deal. But it’s his life, not mine. He has preferred to listen to hi ...
Pete Campbell like Wayne Rooney. Bert Cooper like Javier Zanetti. Harry Crane like Claude Makelele. Ken Cosgrove like Demba Ba.
Have Chelsea captain and manager kissed and made up after JT got Mourinho sacked? Chelsea, Claude Makelele, John Terry, Jose Mourinho Claude Makelele published an autobiography in 2009, ‘Tout Simplement’, which revealed that the reason behind Jose Mourinho’s dismissal in 2007 was John Terry. After being told that he was going to be dropped, a disgruntled Terry apparently went to complain about the manager to Peter Kenyon and Roman Abramovich. Then he gave the club an ultimatum, claiming he would hand in a transfer request if Mourinho wasn’t dealt with. Makelele wrote: I got the news from Didier Drogba. ‘He’ll be sacked tomorrow,’ he told me. I was so surprised. I thought Mourinho was practically untouchable … The next morning at Cobham, our new training centre, it was chaos. There were photographers everywhere, journalists trying to get in touch with me, even helicopters flying over our heads. Most of the players were together in the changing rooms. I met Rui [Faria], our physical trainer, ...
MANIFESTO Hi, for those of you who have no idea who I am, my name is Dan and I want to be Furness’s new male sports sec. I’m currently in my second year studying geography and I like to think I’ve made a positive contribution to the college over the last two years. In terms of sport I have been involved in the football and bar sports teams for the last couple of years and they have been two of the best experiences I’ve had since starting university. As part of the football team, I have gone from 4th choice centre back to midfield stalwart in 2 years, adding the goal scoring prowess of Frank Lampard to the holding midfield role defined by Claude Makelele. I have also been B team pool captain this year, inspiring the team to the lofty heights of mid-table. I want to be Furness sports sec for a number of reasons. Basically Furness has been a fantastic part of my university life, especially the sports, and I’m keen to give something back and help people have the same experience I’ve had! Events su ...
Nicolas Anelka and Florent Malouda... and Claude Makelele. There were three.
Jon Obi Mikel does the most underrated job for Chelsea. He may never match the ability of Claude Makelele but he's *** good at his job
don't think so. I'm gonna be my black alter ego, Claude Makelele minus the tripod ;)
France boasts some of the worlds best defensive midfielders yoh bo Patrick Vieira,Claude Makelele,Alou Diarra,Lass,Rio Mavuba,Blaise Matuidi
Carsley in the press conference; 'I told Edge to go on and play like Claude Makelele but he looked more like Carlton Palmer.' Brilliant.
Interesting. A fellow LFC fan on this page just asked why doesn't LFC has black players. I am no racist. We have sturridge, johnson, sterling who are pretty much ''black''. Although they may not be africans , but they are still black aren't they. What just surprises me is that Chelsea always seems to have black players. Victor moses.. Florent Malouda.. Didier Drogba.. salomon kalou.. John Obi Mikel.. etc etc. And of course, most famously was Claude Makelele
Happy Birthday to our legend Claude Makelele and future star Nathan Ake.
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Happy 40th birth day to our former star Claude Makelele ♥ & Happy 18th birth day to our future start Nathan Ake
And yes, b-day wishes also for Claude Makelele, , Ger Samuelson of Megadeth and Matt Dillon.
Claude Makelele is the only Chelsea player to have had a position named after him. Claude was one of the first signings by the club after the Roman Abramovich takeover and proved to be one of the most influential. Allowing Makelele to join Chelsea, the president of his previous club, Real Madrid, stated that, 'We will not miss him, his technique is average, he lacks speed and skill, his distribution goes backwards or sideways. New players will arrive to make us forget Makelele.' Over the next five years, Chelsea won two league titles, an FA Cup and two League Cups. Real Madrid won nothing.
BECKHAM TO PARIS ST GERMAIN "Je prends les coups francs?" I'm not sure how good Becks' French is (hopefully better than mine!), but will it matter? No, according to Matt Spiro in Paris. "David Beckham shouldn't have any communication trouble in the dressing room. PSG's English speakers include the manager Carlo Ancelotti, his two assistants Claude Makelele and Englishman Paul Clement, as well as Maxwell, Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Christophe Jallet, Gregory van der Wiel, Zoumana Camara (once of Leeds) and ex-Chelsea defender Alex. He could also practice his Spanish with the likes of Ezequiel Lavezzi and Javier Pastore."
In terms of the holding position, is Rafa Benitez John Obi Mikel to Roberto Di Matteo's Claude Makelele?
Roy Keane, Patrick Viera and Claude Makelele who was d best Defensive Mid-fielder
I've adapted my game to be more along the lines of Claude Makélélé.
yeah, but there was that thing on soccer am years ago.. "Claude Makelele... BIG Tackle" (in an awful french accent)
Big tackle sponsored by Claude Makelele goes to Bassong
Bassongs tackle was sponsored my Claude Makelele
Bassong just got the Claude Makelele big tackle award
The way this day has gone so far I wouldn't be surprised if I got anally raped after work by Claude Makelele in a dark alley
“Gonna learn how to play the ukulele Claude makelele?
Forgot how much I used to love Claude Makelele...
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Which is the funniest name you've ever heard? — Claude Makelele. His surname in Urdu translates to... Nevermind ...
Must have been a claude makelele BIG TACKLE
When I play the Claude makelele role I'm like gandalf on the bridge, nobody is passing me
they're so nice but I'm more of a Claude Makelele than a Jack Wightwick
Claude Makelele, pinged the ball about for fun!
I wish he had a mentor to teach him how to basically become like Claude Makélélé. Neat and tidy and protect the back four.
Always forget how much I love Claude Makelele
Bang up for footy tonight, see myself as the modern day Claude Makelele. Not in the trouser department though
Claude Makelele is a footballing hero, according to Barcelona star Javier Mascherano.
only cause you played the Claude Makelele role pal ;)
Barcelona midfielder Javier Mascherano says he has always looked up to Former Real Madrid and Chelsea star Claude Makelele.
need a proper midfield enforcer, like a Claude Makelele type of player
Barcelona star Javier Mascherano has revealed that his footballing hero was midfielder Claude Makelele!
Feels like I've been bummed by Claude makelele!!!
Barcelona star Mascherano has named midfielder Claude Makelele as his footballing hero
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Barcelona star Javier Mascherano has named Claude Makelele as his idol & hailed the impact of Benitez, Guardiola,...
Italian Goalkeeping legend Gianluig Buffon named Camerron's Thomas Nkono as his role model. Bayern Munich striker Mario Gomez said Nigerian J.J Okocha inspired him a lot Argentine midfielder Javier Mascherano says he was inspired by France midfielder Claude Makelele who is from Congo
you left out Fernando Hierro and Claude Makelele !
big tackle. Sponsered by Claude Makelele o la la
A welcome to the best, ever centre defensive midfielder to grace the Premier League, Claude Makelele -
that is an insult to Makelele. Mikel isn't half the player Claude was.
ja exactly. Even lefa pushes up so high he makes Alex Song look like Claude Makelele of defensive midfielders
MUST READ ON XABI ALONSO! Xabi Alonso is currently stalling on a new deal at Real Madrid, and given the tepid relationship the midfielder has with coach Jose Mourinho, the possibility of an exit from the Spanish Champions and a return to his former club [Liverpool] is not as remote a possibility as immediatley presumed. Club skipper Steven Gerrard lamented the exit of highly-rated Alonso and stated that if he could bring one player back to the club, the Spaniard would be it. The Liverpool fans in the tavern are heatedly discussing the departure of Alonso and it is clear to all that the club have never quite replaced the 30-year-old since he departed in 2009. Of course Liverpool fans mouths will be watering at the prospect of a return for the Spanish International, but officials at Real Madrid have learnt from the departure of Claude Makelele and are fully aware that they cannot afford to let such a vital player go.
Claude Makelele was the best midfielder of the generation
Watching videos of Claude Makelele, best player I've ever seen play
Gone are the days of Michael Ballack,Frank Lamps and Claude Makelele controlling and dominating games for now we have Ramirez and Mikel
Claude Makelele only managed 2 in 144 for Chelsea but Mikel doesn't even break up play
two best players for chelsea is on the bench mikel nd oscar. What r ur thoughts? VISHI
We've gone from Claude Makelele to Michael Essien to another five years of John Obi Mikel, and you ask me why I'm mad?!?!
Pitty Chelsea needs to get Claude Makelele back !!!
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its good but he is not a Claude Makelele. But then no one is
Claude Makelele & Patrick Vieira are probably the best DM / CM I've ever watched
Don't you wish your last name was as cool as Claude Makélélé's?
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the Claude makelele role is missed by bigger clubs, that bloke was class!
Seriously considering getting 'the Claude Makelele role' tattooed on me. It's shaped formations world wide.
Joey Barton is up there with the greats like Vinnie Jones, Graeme Souness, Claude Makelele when it comes to the tackles
4 - Claude Makelele's squad number when he was at So good he had a position named after him.
Jay Spearing; The Forgotten Man. Would you want him to return to Anfield? (H.M)
Veteran XI GK: Buffon RB: Cafu CB: Stam CB: Cannavaro LB: Roberto Carlos CM: CM: CM: (The players must of only retired recently e.g Roberto Carlos & Can still be playing must be 35 +) Who's our 3 CM going to be?? If Zidane & Pirlo & Scholes don't make this i will cry.. The comment with the most likes after 5 minutes will be selected! -Itch
Also Arjen Robben, Gianfranco Zola, Claude Makelele and to be honest, Carvalho at the back. He was solid with Terry.
Arjen Robben, Ricardo Carvalho, Marcel Desailly, Claude Makelele, Zola and the one and only Didier Drogba!
Question6: In which club Claude Makelele ended his carrer ?
Dr Dre, Claude Makelele, Anton Ferdinand, G Nev and Jermaine Jenas all share the same birthday as me
Tinker man: Claudio Ranieri was the first man to get his hands on Roman Abramovich's millions... but he lasted just one season Big players bought: Damien Duff (Blackburn, £17m), Hernan Crespo (Inter Milan, £16.8m), Claude Makelele (Real Madrid, £16.6m), Adrian Mutu (Parma, £15.8m), Juan Veron (Manchester United £15m), Scott Parker(Charlton, £10m), Wayne Bridge (Southampton, £7m), Geremi (Real Madrid, £7m), Joe Cole (West Ham £6.6m), Glen Johnson (West Ham, £6m),Alexei Smertin (Bordeaux, £3.5m). What went on: Ranieri was already under pressure before a ball had been kicked but armed with a blank cheque book, the Italian came so close to instant success. However, an agonising Champions League semi-final exit to Monaco and double defeats against Arsenal in the league ensured the Blues ended the season potless and Ranieri was soon dismissed. Premier League finish: Runners-up Trophies : None Special One: Jose Mourinho 2004/05 Who was in charge : Jose Mourinho Big players bought in : Didier Drogba ( ...
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My cousin plays for Auxerre in France and posted up pictures of him with Thiago Silva, Jeremy Menez and Claude Makelele
Moneybags Paris Saint Germain look to have stolen a march in the race to sign Ashley Cole. The England left-back looks set to leave Stamford Bridge in the summer on a Bosman free, and he could already start negotiating pre-contracts with any potential suitors in January. The 32-year-old former Arsenal defender has so far rejected all Chelsea’s contract offers, insisting he wants a longer deal than what has been proposed to him. PSG, who spent heavily during the off-season on the likes of Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Thiago Silva, have reportedly earmarked Cole as their next target and are willing to offer him around £150 000-a-week. Cole could be tempted to move to France given the presence of former Chelsea coach Carlo Ancelotti at the club, as well as former Blues employees Paul Clement, Claude Makelele and Nick Broad.
Has "attacking" midfielder Tom Cleverley been getting goal scoring tips from John Jensen and Claude Makelele?
Former Real Madrid and Chelsea midfielder Claude Makelele has been cleared of assaulting his ex-girlfriend by a French court.
Makelele cleared of assault of former girlfriend: Former Real Madrid and Chelsea star Claude Makelele was cleare...
With no JT today, Mohamed Diame is the most important player, Claude Makelele role for him.
Saw the Major League Soccer all-stars vs. Chelsea Wednesday night. In addition to being able to watch David Beckham and Thierry Henry play (and that fine specimen of human being, John Terry) we sat 10 rows in front of Jurgen Klinsmann, Carlo Ancelotti and Claude Makelele.
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If only Michael Ballack, Joe Cole and Claude Makelele became European Champions at Chelsea ...
I'd like to see Russel Latapy play alongside Edgar Davids, Clarence Seedorf and Claude Makelele in any midfield.
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