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Cantona: The Rebel Who Would Be King Hardcover – Oct 1 2009


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  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Pan Macmillan UK; Ill edition (Oct. 1 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0230706347
  • ISBN-13: 978-0230706347
  • Product Dimensions: 23.8 x 15.8 x 4.8 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 762 g
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #732,329 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)


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By Brian Maitland TOP 500 REVIEWER on May 5 2013
Format: Paperback
The man, the myth, the legend. It's all here in a very candid look at the entirety of Manchester United legend Eric Cantona's career. The best parts of his life story I found were his time in the French League prior to moving to the UK. We learn the hows and whys he was dropped from the French national team. I also loved the fact even after his transfer from Leeds United to Manchester United, he and his family continued to live in Leeds.

My copy has a sticker on it saying it was the "Best Football Book--British Sports Book Awards 2010."
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Fair and Balanced Portrait of the Second King of the Stretford End Jan. 30 2010
By N. Turner - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
'The Rebel Who Would Be King' chronicles the life of Eric Cantona from his days as a child in Marseilles, to his 'death' -- Cantona's retirement from football in 1997. Though he has taken an admitted liking to Cantona, Philippe Auclair's (an Arsenal fan himself) work stays away from the territory of shallow footballer biographies with their one sided celebration of achievements, instead opting to fully tell of the events (ranging from spectacular to spectacularly horrendous) that contributed to the making of Cantona as a footballer and more importantly, as a man.

Manchester United fans who were around during the Cantona years will enjoy revisiting that time, along with the preceding strokes of luck that brought Eric to Manchester in the first place. (I should note that Eric doesn't make it to Manchester until well into the book; there's a lot that took place before his arrival at Old Trafford, or Elland Road for that matter.) Younger fans will gain a greater appreciation for the man who was such a catalyst in the revitalization of Manchester United as a footballing force. Readers who enjoy (sport) biographies of interesting figures will likely be entertained by this detailed yet well paced telling of events public and personal along with the varied views of people along the way . . . Brian Clough's reaction to the kung-fu kick was, well, very Clough-esque.
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even seagulls will love this May 5 2013
By Brian Maitland - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
The man, the myth, the legend. It's all here in a very candid look at the entirety of Manchester United legend Eric Cantona's career. The best parts of his life story I found were his time in the French League prior to moving to the UK. We learn the hows and whys he was dropped from the French national team. I also loved the fact even after his transfer from Leeds United to Manchester United, he and his family continued to live in Leeds.

My copy has a sticker on it saying it was the "Best Football Book--British Sports Book Awards 2010."
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Cantona { black or white} April 9 2012
By Sean P. Hogan - Published on Amazon.com
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CANTONA,When you read this book you will discover what makes ERIC the star that he was, and the man that he was. Once you treated him with respect and showed that he was wanted Cantona would do anything for you.In Cantona world every thing was black or white, if you kicked him,he would kick you back.When ERIC got suspended by they French football authority he got 2 matches,he though this was on fair just because of who he was, as every one else who done the same thing had got only one match,so he went up to the 3 officals and shouted into their faces one by one, IDIOT,he then got 4 matches that was ERIC, Strange Man, Fantastic footballer.
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Cantona Nov. 11 2009
By B. Lyman - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
Title should be "Rebel who was King!!" An Iconoclast if there ever was one.
Great writing details the man.
Cantona June 19 2014
By GS4815 - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I was too young to witness the genius that was Eric Cantona - he retired in 1998 and my experience with his abilities were limited to Nike campaigns and youtube compilations. Philippe Auclair provides a fascinating and complicated portrait of a man whose behavior, temperament, and personality did not allow for simple description. From his beginnings as a supremely talented teenager hailing from Marseille through his trials and tribulations in his adopted homeland (Manchester, England), Cantona defied convention. Auclair goes to great lengths to describe Cantona - a man who was equally at home hunting alone with his dogs as he was punishing defenders at Old Trafford. Eric Cantona is many things - Phillipe Auclair has produced an excellent account of Cantona the man and Cantona the footballer.

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