Qatar 2022, France-Tunisia: Marcus Thuram ‘the Italian’ of the blues

Lilian Thuram’s son was born in Parma. Questions about the father? “I’m proud”

There is also a little bit of Italy in the match between France and Tunisia which is being played today at the World Cup in Qatar. After entering the field against Australia (4-1) and against Denmark (2-1), Marcus Thuram, the son of Lilian, will have the opportunity to show off. The Borussia Mönchengladbach striker, born in ’97, was born in Parma while his father was playing in Italy. Called up at the last minute by Didier Deschamps, the ‘Italian’ of the Les Bleus, who is currently the second best scorer in the Bundesliga with 10 goals in 15 games, he will try to repeat the exploit of his father who won the 1998 World Cup. In the national team he made his debut against Finland in a match that France lost in November 2020 by 2-0.

Thuram jr was named by parents Lilian and Sandra in honor of Jamaican activist Marcus Garvey. A versatile striker, who can be deployed as a first striker or as a second striker, he is a giant of 1m92 who is fast and able to leap over the man. He is a complete offensive player, who started his career as a winger in midfield. After spells in the youth teams of Olympique de Neuilly and Boulogne Billancourt, Marcus Thuram grew up in the youth academy of Sochaux where he made his first-team debut in 2015 (37 appearances and 1 goal). He then moved to Guingamp and became a centre-forward, collecting 64 appearances and 12 goals in two years. In 2019 the arrival in Germany at Borussia Mönchengladbach where he still plays (95 appearances and 31 goals).

To reach his father, who is the player with the most caps for the national team (142), he will still have to work hard. Lilian Thuram, in fact, in addition to the World Cup in 1998 as a protagonist (his brace against Croatia is historic), he won, among other trophies, the UEFA Cup with Parma in 1999, an Italian cup again with Parma and two league titles with Juventus. To journalists who asked him in recent days if he was tired of being joined by his father, Marcus Thuram replied: “Have I had enough of the questions about my father? Do you want the truth? Not at all. He’s my father. I love him. I know him since I was little, for a long time. I have no problem talking about him, I’m proud.”