Marcel Desailly was at the heart of the France team which triumphed at the 1998 World Cup and Euro 2000, as well as lifting the Champions League with both AC Milan and Marseille.
An African-born defender who went on to conquer Europe, Desailly enjoyed a glittering 20-year career which also included a spell with Chelsea before ending his playing days in Qatar.
Desailly was live in the studio to talk Champions League and also to answer your questions this week as the CNN Football Club debated who is European football’s top defender. FULL POST
Ian Wright joined Arsenal in 1991 and went on to become a club legend, scoring 185 goals in 288 games and helping the London team to a Premier League and FA Cup double in 1998.
The former England striker was already at Highbury when Arsene Wenger arrived in 1996 and led the club through an era of domestic success and scintillating football.
Now, with Wenger's Arsenal in apparent crisis following the 3-1 defeat by Bayern Munich, CNN Football Club asked one of the club's greatest ever players your questions. FULL POST
Gaizka Mendieta led out Valencia in two European Champions League finals and played for Spain at both Euro 2000 and the 2002 FIFA World Cup in Japan and South Korea.
Now, CNN Football Club has put your questions to the former Barcelona, Lazio and Middlesbrough star.
After debuting with Michael Owen last week, CNN’s new half-hour weekly global debate show ran the rule over the Champions League second-round ties in the company of Mendieta, who reached the final of Europe's top club competition in 2000 and 2001. FULL POST
He scored one of the greatest goals in World Cup at France '98, aged just 18, before going on to be named European Footballer of the Year in 2001.
He has scored 40 goals for England and won seven major titles in 17-year career. Now, former Liverpool, Manchester United and Real Madrid striker Michael Owen has answered your questions.
Owen appears in this week's launch of “The CNN Football Club,” a forum for global debate around the UEFA Champions League which will be broadcast as a half-hour weekly debate show presented by Pedro Pinto and live 24/7 on CNN.com. FULL POST
When Lionel Messi collided with Benfica goalkeeper Artur on Wednesday, the football world held its breath.
Introduced as a late substitute in the European Champions League tie, the Barcelona star left the field on a stretcher. Fans across the globe wondered if fate had put paid to Messi’s attempt to score the most goals in a calendar year.
The Catalan club later announced Messi, who has netted 84 goals for club and country in 2012, had bruised his left knee and, while he may miss Sunday’s match with Real Betis, he should be back to full fitness shortly. FULL POST
When UEFA president Michel Platini declared any footballer who left the pitch as a result of racial abuse would be yellow carded, he set a dangerous precedent.
Platini, head of European football’s governing body and speaking ahead of June’s Euro 2012 tournament, was placing the emphasis on soccer’s referees to tackle an issue which has plagued the sport over the last 12 months.
The Frenchman declared match officials had the authority to halt a match and they would decide when discriminatory chants or behavior had reached unacceptable levels. FULL POST
Why Rafael Benitez? A question asked by many upon learning Liverpool’s former manager would replace the axed Roberto Di Matteo as interim Chelsea manager.
But when the Spaniard’s haul of titles across Europe is examined it begs the question, why not? And when a list of viable and available candidates is also surveyed, who else?
Chelsea’s Russian owner Roman Abramovich may dream of luring Josep Guardiola, the architect of Barcelona’s recent dominance of European football, to Stamford Bridge, but the Catalan is intent on completing his year-long soccer sabbatical. FULL POST
As a thrilling Formula One season hurtles towards the finishing line, Fernando Alonso sits in pole position for the world championship with only two more races to navigate.
The Spaniard can seal a third world championship at this Sunday’s Brazilian Grand Prix after his consistency and late-season form have propelled him to the top of the pile.
It is hardly surprising that a driver of Alonso’s standing is now within touching distance of Formula One’s grand prize, it is the minimum requirement when representing a team as rich in heritage as Ferrari.
But it is a credit to his ability as a driver that he has been able to overhaul the super-fast Red Bulls of Mark Webber and Sebastian Vettel, clinching a victory last weekend after the Australian and the German both failed to finish in Korea.
It raises an interesting question.
As the 2010 Formula One season bids a fond farewell to Europe, heading east for the culmination of a thrilling world championship dogfight, it begs the question of whether this continental shift might be something more permanent.
With the exception of a weekend of sun and samba in Brazil, Mark Webber, Lewis Hamilton, Fernando Alonso and co will fight for global supremacy in Asia, a trend which looks set to continue into the 2011 season.
South Korea will make its grand prix debut in October, pending approval from FIA inspectors, with India set to follow suit next year with a race in Delhi. When you add this to the six Asian stops already on Formula One’s world tour, almost half of next year’s circuits will be on the continent.