Many have tried to persuade Eric Cantona to write his autobiography. He never will. Philippe Auclair has interviewed every key player in Cantona’s life to. Buy Cantona Main Market by Philippe Auclair (ISBN: ) from Start reading Cantona: The Rebel Who Would Be King on your Kindle in under a . Most people would agree that a great biography of Eric Cantona could never be written by a British writer. The task required a sophisticated.

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Even at a high level, football is not fiendishly complicated. So you get an honest appraisal of Cantona’s football career and some of his motivations, but ultimately Auclair is unable to get through the protective wall that cantona set around him.

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Still, that’s only a small problem as the br of all the other seasons are excellent. See more book details 19 February That partnership might have been magical but the Frenchman had given his word he would sign for his hometown club. I found the first part of fhe book, when he was playing in France, to be a bit less interesting but that was probably due to fantona really knowing that much about foreign football – I’m sure that fans who had more knowledge of the scene on the continent would really enjoy it.

Published October 21st by Macmillan first published August 6th Nov 30, Thiago S. Return to Book Page. No grandiose claims of being in the circle or unobstructed link to the man himself.

For me, Auclair’s credibility which he maintains throughout comes from his detachment from Eric himself. Cantona was and still is an interesting bloke and even greater footballer. Ragnar Liaskar rated it it was amazing Dec 13, Jammy Cantlna smuggles 3 points out of Liege.

Cantona by Philippe Auclair

May 08, Rohit Pahari rated it it was camtona. View all 18 comments. If you are a Manchester United fan born inthen Eric Cantona is, and always will be, ‘the King’.


There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Cantona – the book – was gripping, engaging and poignant at times with Auclair’s masterful display of musings from former coaches, teammates, rebep which incidentally made me scurry through the video archives of YouTube just to re-live the moments narrated in the book. In his own words, ‘I play with passion and fire. Sultan rated it liked it Jun 09, The author comprehensively and tne rubbishes the ghosted earlier autobiography — in which Cantona himself seems to have had little interest — and establishes this book as the likeliest text on which future historians of the game may base their judgment of this extraordinary man.

Whether or not you approve of Cantona’s on-field antics, or admire his post-football artistic activities, he remains a fascinating character, and one well-served by this hefty but consistently interesting portrait.

Instead of using simple guesswork, it analyses his state of mind and asks ‘why’ rather than judging. A terrific account of the career of a footballing genius and an unmissable read for any fan of Cantona or Man.

Apr 03, Priyank Acharya ming it really liked it. This is not a platform to defend his tge, nor pour scorn on them, but a chance to present his career in facts rather than tabloid hyperbole. Highly recommended for every football fan. Retrieved from ” http: You can read more book reviews or buy Cantona: Ed Gutteridge rated it it was amazing Oct 22, Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.

Fantastic insight into a grossly jing footballer. After interviewing people over three years, Philippe Auclair is able to give us a broad picture and well as a detailed narrative. Eric Cantona — legend, maverick, troubled artist or just plain trouble — never saw a need to make a distinction between the two.

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Well, definitive doesn’t even begin to describe this book. Books by Philippe Auclair. I have to accept that sometimes, this fire does harm. The accounts of cantoa first seasons of his time in England are brilliant – mostly done game by game, referring to things like Kevin Keegan’s famous “I would love it if we beat them” rant and other classic 90’s moments.


Refresh and try again. And of course, Auclair has been more czntona and done more actual research than most previous biographers – again, the English tendency had been to cobble together tabloid stories with a view to sales rather than accuracy.

But that passage serves as a useful marker for the book as a whole – it’s a short passage which doesn’t do more than raise an extremely interesting critical question, Auclair is unable to get any answers. Cantona was unique, and still occupies a special place in the heart of football fans everywhere even in Leeds, whom he left for United as one of the greatest bargains in football history.

Curiously a much br book than Auclair’s autobiography of Thierry Henry, possibly because Woyld is a much more interesting man than Henry and I speak as an Arsenal fan who loathes Manchester United with every fibre of my being! I have never and will never find difference between the pass from Pele to Carlos Alberto in the final of eb World Cup inand the poetry of the young Rimbaud’ – Eric Cantona.

There’s one whole chapter dedicated to that infamous ‘kung-fu kick’ with Auclair steadily pacing the moment of madness from previous chapters with an honest look at Eric’s psyche. Good biography of an unusual character.