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Lucas Radebe
The Chief: Leeds United's Lucas Radebe

Lucas Radebe: The original Kaiser Chief

South African defender Lucas Radebe signed to Leeds United from the Kaiser Chiefs in 1994 and is celebrating 10 years at the club with a testimonial season.


Lucas Radebe facts

Date of Birth: Saturday 12 April 1969

Birthplace: Johannesburg, South Africa

Height: 6' 1"

Position: Defender

Squad number: 5

The testimonial, Leeds United XI (past and present) v International World XI, is on Monday 2 May 2005 (kick-off 3pm). Such is the respect for Lucas Radebe that the game at Elland Road is fast approaching a sell-out.

Meanwhile, Radebe is still in touch with his former Johannesburg football club and is pleased at the success of the Leeds band named after them in his honour.

He says: "I do listen to their music. It's a great honour to be associated with things like
that."

A testimonial match is planned for Monday 2 May 2005 and has already caused controversy following the reaction of some fans to Alan Smith's possible return to Elland Road.

Lucas Radebe when he played for the Kaiser Chiefs
Lucas Radebe, Kaiser Chiefs, 1993

The Chief has always been a favourite with United's fans and the admiration is mutual: "I always try my best. I think the fans are part of the team and the club... without them there is no Leeds United."

Following injury, Lucas Radebe has only managed to play a couple of reserves games this year and intends to retire at end of this season.

He says: "I've got no regrets. It's been a great career and I've got a lot of memories to go away with."

Once Radebe has stopped playing he's not sure what the future will hold but he intends to carry on his charity work (he has worked with Leeds City Council in twin city Durban and is an ambassador for SOS Children's Villages in South Africa) and would like to become more involved with coaching and youth football.

How does Lucas Radebe hope to be remembered at Leeds United? He says: "I think people will always respect me and know how I've contributed to the club. Hopefully they will take it from there and with the attitude and everybody else's support get the club to where it belongs."

Listen to BBC Radio Leeds' Kevin Greening and Julie Langford talking to Lucas Radebe by clicking on the links in the top right-hand side of this page.

last updated: 29/04/05
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tcmoon UK
Lucas, your style and footballing presence will be greatly missed at Leeds. I wish loads of luck in your retirement mate, take it easy. Thanx to ya...tc

Zoleka (South Africa)
I once heard this quote saying -"if you are outstanding, history will find a place for you" - This is you! Yours has been a life filled with 'dreams come true'!! Good luck in whatever else you move on to do. YZC

Mark Tunnicliffe
Lucas - you've been an inspiration to everyone during your time at the club. One of the true greats. Good luck in your retirement, you will always be at home in Leeds! Mark.

Richard Harris
Thank you lucas, you are an insparation to the world of sport and an abassador for the beuatiful game. You will always be in the hearts of the fans of Leeds United. evrybody in yorkshire wishes you success in the future. Thank you

Londiwe Masondo
I just want to say that Lucas you are the man and we are so proud of you, you have been a role model for all the young stars of South Africa.

STEVEN MABUGANA
we love him and cant wait 2 c him back at home...ya CHIEFSA....

Drewise Sibhuku
Lucas what a gentleman, on and off the pitch. A true living legend whose impact on the game of football will stand the test of time. He has served Leeds with dedication and loyalty for ten years and undoubtedly deserves a testimonial match. We wish him well in his future endeavours -hats off for Leeds saluting the CHIEF!

Mashudu Mukhufhi
I think Rhuuu, as we call him in SA, is indeed a great player to ever grace our land, a true proffessional and a great South African. Good luck for the future.

Paul
Thanks you very very very much !

danny
you are a ledgend for leeds united and south africa i admire you

Tom Sandey
i went to the match and he scored twice after he swapped for the international 11. And as usual had a huge smile on his face its great to see all those players again, and the atmosphere was great with a great attendance. a brilliant tribute from everyone!

Darren Kemp
Lucas is an inspiration and a legend. While his testimonial was a fantastic day yesterday as I'm sure 38000 people can concur with, it was also tinged with sadness to think Leeds are losing such a great man. I hope you come back to visit us from time to time Lucas, you will be missed enormously.

Matthew Round
I love you!!!!!!!! Im not a gay, but I wanna snog you!!!! your sooo good its unbeleivable. I'll be in the front row at your testomonial so come and give 'Matty Watty' a big sloppy kiss!!!!!

Chief
What a legend.Possibly one of the greatest servants ever to football and a loyal and humble man who is Leeds through and through.A player with a big heart who gave always gave it 110% unlike many around him. Definitely would have been one of the greatest centre backs ever if he wasnt hit by injuries. Cheers Lucas for all your work within football and Leeds United and not to forget your service to the youth of Leeds. Hopefully you can play a few more this season and either continue playing next season, or help the young Leeds players and stay on as a coach. Good luck with whatever you do in the future, We will never forget you. Legend

Paul Lacey
Just a word of thanks to the 37,000 + that turned up to wish Lucas all the best. A fantastic crowd for a fantastic player and true gentleman, well done Lucas and all the best...

ricky pegg leeds
"you have been one of our best centre backs leeds united have every had and i won't want to see you go because i don't think we will ever find a better defender than you lucas - have a great testimonial on monday hope you win.

John Cockcroft
Lucas is the best ambassador this club has ever had. He puts others first time and time again. Im glad i have had the privilege to see him play for leeds united.

Robert Callery
Lucas deserves all the best for the future and we will all have him in our hearts , good luck lucas

paul stanislawski-doyle
lucas has been one of the best foreign player leeds united have ever brought to leeds, he is such a kind and unassuming man, he has the utmost respect from everyone because he gives the same. he is a man who will live long in the memory of leeds united.I met him when he first came to leeds. as his house was round the corner from mine and i have to say if all leeds players were as nice as Lucas then we might be in the premiership, instead of the money grabbing players who want to be with other clubs.long live loyalty

Jordan Newby
I think lucas was a fab player. i'm going to his testimonial match

Jamie, Knottingley
There will never be a player like Lucas. He's a pro on the field and an amazing guy off it. You'll be missed for years to come but be remembered forever. A true legend!

Craig, Bury
L Leeds U United C Champions A Again S Soon Lucas is Leeds United

Daniel Bavill, Scarborough
He has been a great credit to leeds and stayed with them troughout their bad times.

Paul Lacey
I met Lucas at Wembley when we had just been hammered by Villa in the Coca Cola Final. He was a true pro, was very obliging to my son who was 12 at the time when he asked how to pronounce his surname. I will always remember that day at I met two true legends that played for Leeds, John Charles and at the great Lucas Radebe, wishing you all the best for your future Lucas thanks for everything !!

luke dorr
nice one, cheers for all the help in the last 10 years you rule

Paul, Dover
Great player.... Great person

bob
i would just like to say good luck and thanks for being a fantastic player

Andy, Leeds
Thanks a million Chief, for everything you've done for Leeds. Not just the football club, but the whole city.

nick & dale
thanksfor all the memories, we love you, all the best for the future

Tseliso Khali
Sure mfowetu you are in deed a role model for our young people. Keep on keeping on, your country needs you now. Lucas for SA national coach 2010!!!!!!

christian lamb
lucas has been great 4 leeds he will be remembered as 1 of the legends just like billy bremner hes in that catagory have a good future lucas the(chief) thanks.

emily buckett
well done for such a great career and contribution to the club good luck for the future

Adam Yorke
One of the last true gentlemen of football,respected by all through the world of soccer,I salute you

Danny Pye
Marching On Together Were Gonna See Lucas NA NA NA NA We are so proud we shout it out loud we love you LUCAS LUCAS LUCAS

manders
I love the guy and the band well done to him. WELL DONE brilliant amazing

Steven McNamara Newcastle fan
1 word great!

Amy
Lucas is one of my fave. all time leeds players. he deserves this testimonial. hes such a great and caring guy. Good Luck, Lucas!

shaun
LEGEND!

Anders, from Sweden
Thank´s for everything, Chief. Best of luck in the future!

JOBE NZIMANDE
RHOO U'R THE REAL CHIEF NOT ONLY THE LEEDS FANS WILL MISS U ALSO THE CHARITIES WILL.U DESERVE THE REST CHIEF

andy,leeds
lucas will be Remembered as 1 off the all time greats at elland road

Jonathan Corr
Well Lucas what can i say you are a god to us leeds fan

Graham,Bolton
Your country must be blessed with having two world statesmen You and Nelson Mandela. I will always be grateful that you played for my team.

Neil Molyneux
Good Luck in the future Lucas, You've been outstanding for Leeds United and if it hadn't been for injuries, you would surely have been one of the worlds great defenders. Neil M.

Jason Ewart
congratulations on your testimonial,hope you enjoy it as much as you have played for leeds united in the time you have been with us,thanks for your support to the club good luck in the future

Matt
Yeah nice one Lucas, good work, not many people leave a club on such good terms.

Jonathan Lorrimer
Many thanks for your loyalty to the cause. It's great to know that not all footballers are mercaneries. Great defender too!

Foz
Cheers Lucas Radebe for ten years! I only wish you could play another ten!!!

Dave Moules
One word sums up Lucas - HERO.I don't think Lucas's LOYALTY to Leeds United can ever be questioned. You stayed with us when others left and you will always be remembered as a Leeds United LEGEND. Thank you sir.Good Luck in what ever you do next.

phil salmon
will always remember your goal in europe lucas. it has very happy memories for me and i guess thousands of other leeds fans. thank you chief, for your loyalty, and charity work,good luck chief love you .

'Bunmi Aina
When you talk about examples of what loyalty really means, Lucas is the first player among the many who have graced the hallowed Elland Road turf in the colors of Leeds United over the past 8 years or so who's been the living definition of it. While others have jumped ship while Leeds collapsed, he took a pay-cut to stay on and help stabilize Leeds United. In retirement, Lucas's defensive clinics will be sorely missed! But here's wishing him a wonderful and productive life after he finishes playing. I hope Leeds can find a place for a brilliant servant in the backroom.

Will
You are a legend! I remember you scoring a thumping header at the back post in a uefa cup game against locomotive moscow in front of the kop. It was on 83 mins and we won on away goal rule (2-1 in away match) WE WENT MENTAL. Hope you can do that in your testimonal - we will sing all game for you lucas. You will never be forgotton and hope you are still involved at Leeds somewere.

Kirk Baker
Lucas is a true professional and would be sorely missed should he decide to leave LUFC. I'm sure there's will always be a role there for him at Elland Rd. Maybe there should be a statue of him alongside the late, great Billy Bremner???

Damon enney
I hope you have a brilliant testimonial (hope You Score) It would be nice to see some of the best players in the world playing at Elland Road. Hope you've injoyed your football at Elland Road we'll miss you in the future. Good luck

Stu Hirst
At a time where football is soured with greed and complete lack of loyalty or moral fibre, Lucas has been the model professional. His charity work continues to be testament to his character and he will be remembered as a Leeds legend.

Andy Brookes
im 15 and your easily the best world player to come out of football i would love you to stay at leeds as a coach or go to africa and advise players to join mighty leeds

Daniel Twiddy
I think Lucas Radebe is a true legend, a very rare specimen in the modern game.

Christine Yates
LUCAS HAS BEEN A GREAT AMBASSADOR FOR LEEDS I WISH HIT MAN M ALL THE BEST IN WHAT HE DOES HES A GREAT MAN

ronald howard swindon wilts
lucas has been a good player for leeds utd for many seasons

Colin Harrison
A star in the true sense of a word that is so often used about those undeserving of it. During all the highs and lows of Leeds United over the past 10 years, he has never once complained, just got on with the job. I think the fact that he was prepared to take a pay cut following relegation says it all. We'll miss you, Lucas

Dave
Good luck to Lucas, he has been an inspiration to may people outside football. To us Leeds fans he will always remain an icon, he is everything we hope for from a Leeds player. I always feel that he wore the shirt with pride and if only we had been able to say that about a few more over the years! Lucas is a true professional in every sense and will be sadly missed at Leeds.

Singe Saunders
I met Lucas at a South West Whites dinner not long after he had arrived here and was impressed by how humble he was. Great guy , Great smile , Great player.

mick
i'd just like to thank lucas, he's been a great ambassador for leeds and football as a whole. after reading about the charities he is raising for im proud to say such a man graced the yellow and white of leeds. he will be sorely missed. thanks lucas

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