Early career[ edit ] Cantona began his football career with SO Caillolais, his local team and one that had produced such talent as Roger Jouve and had players such as Jean Tigana and Christophe Galtier within its ranks. In his time with SO Caillolais, Cantona played in more than matches. After his discharge he was loaned out to Martigues  in the French Second Division before rejoining Auxerre and signing a professional contract in His performances in the First Division were good enough to earn him his first full international cap when barely in his twenties. However, his disciplinary problems began in when he was fined for punching teammate Bruno Martini in the face.
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The combination of these two created a stunning book that I cannot recommend highly enough. The precociously talented youth was formed by several coaches, namely Guy LeRoux and blossomed at Auxerre. Controversy was never far from the Frenchman and Auclair mentions these incidents to set the stage for future events.
The failings of the French National Team before the emergence of Zidane and others are also discussed. Although Cantona never found success at international level, he did contribute to the rise of the team that eventually won the World Cup and European Championships.
Moving on from there Auclair contextualizes the early days of the Premiership and how Cantona rose to fame on foreign shores. Eventually shown the door at Leeds United, he arrived at Old Trafford, the perfect platform for the player, and ushered in a period of dominance harkening back to the days of Sir Matt Busby and the Holy Trinity.
These were the days when I first found the club and Auclair allowed me relive those moments of the first Premier League title and Domestic Double. Throughout the book, Auclair explores how Eric responded to both success and failure. His reactions varied from rich veins of form to tension filled conflict with his clubs to moments of madness. Another aspect of the book that I enjoyed was how Auclair fleshed out the player as artist. Eric had a unique personality and philosophy and these are what contributed to his actions, both good and bad, and his greatest moments on the field.
In the end, he chose to walk away, still with more to give with his body but not with his heart. The prose of the book moves the story along and the main character contributes to wonderful tale. Auclair presents a well- rounded philosophy of the player and his contribution to the history of Manchester United. And reach out to me with your suggestions as well. Share this:.
Cantona : the rebel who would be king
Cantona: The Rebel Who Would Be King: The Turbulent Life of Eric Cantona