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Cantona - The Rebel Who Would Be King by Philippe Auclair
  

Cantona - The Rebel Who Would Be King

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One of the worlds most famous and enigmatic footballers retired from football at the age of thirty when many thought he was at the peak of his game. Eric Cantona has never returned to football but instead become a successful actor working most recently with Ken Loach on the film ‘Looking for Eric’. Here Philippe Auclair writes with authority on Cantona, having spoken to those closest to the man. It is a fascinating insight not only in to the great footballer but also the inner thoughts of a complex and thoughtful character. This will be the book to read on Eric Cantona.

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Cantona - The Rebel Who Would Be King by Philippe Auclair

'An artist, in my eyes, is someone who can lighten up a dark room. I have never and will never find difference between the pass from Pele to Carlos Alberto in the final of the World Cup in 1970, and the poetry of the young Rimbaud' Eric Cantona

Football, and art. Eric Cantona - legend, maverick, troubled artist or just plain trouble - never saw a need to make a distinction between the two. For all the heat and noise surrounding his infamous Crystal Palace 'kung-fu kick', it is for the sheer exuberant beauty of his play that Eric Cantona is chiefly remembered by English football fans. At Leeds United he transformed the team into title contenders, but became a true talisman at Manchester United, where to this day fans sing of 'King Eric'. And yet the effortless style of Cantona's play could not hide a darker side to his temperament. In his own words, 'I play with passion and fire. I have to accept that sometimes, this fire does harm.'

Leading French football journlist Philippe Auclair has interviewed over 200 key protagonists in Cantona's career, searching for the man behind the myth. Marrying a deep knowledge of Cantona's impact on the pitch with soulful, pin-sharp insight into the heart and inner thoughts of this most complex of characters, this is nothing less than the definitive biography of a one-time rebel of the French game, who rose to be the King of Old Trafford.

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Book Info

Publication date

21st August 2009

Author

Philippe Auclair

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Publisher

Pan Macmillan

Format

Hardback

Categories

Sport from the Armchair


ISBN

9780230706347

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