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Lilian Thuram’s Autobiography

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Published in 2004 in France and not yet translated into English Lilian Thuram's autobiography 9 Juillet 1998 is a fascinating portrait of contemporary France and of the world of football. In it, he describes his childhood in Guadeloupe and his family migration to the suburbs of Paris, where he grew up in a project outside Fontainebleau.

What Would Thuram Do?

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In 1996, after France narrowly defeating Bulgaria to move on from the group stages of the European Cup competition, the French defender Marcel Desailly made a striking accusation during a press conference. Hristo Stoichkov, the star Bulgarian striker, had racially abused him during the game. "Hey Desailly, do you know that little kids are dying of hunger in your country," Desailly claimed Stoichkov had said to him on the pitch during one of a number of heated entanglements.

Champions League

Manchester United and Sir Alex Ferguson's Autobiography - Old News is Big News

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In any normal week, the focus of footballing affairs in Manchester would have been on the Champions League, and the headlines all about Manchester United's improved display against Real Sociedad, or Manchester City's crucial win in Moscow, where they overcome a dodgy pitch and a bunch of racist morons.

I am Zlatan: the House on Amiralsgatan Street

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I am Zlatan. You are Zlatan. Aren't we all a little Zlatan? Zlatan Ibrahimovic's autobiography has been short-listed for a Swedish literary award. No, not an award for most interactive iPad app. A literary award. L-I-T-E-R-A-R-Y. You remain skeptical.What exactly rose to critical acclaim, you ask?

Super Cup : Fernando Torres Faces Atletico Madrid Duel With Boyhood Nostalgia – Plus Falcao & Eden Hazard

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Chelsea take on Atletico Madrid in the UEFA Super Cup tonight in a soap opera centred on the DRAMATIC theme of Fernando Torres' bittersweet return to his boyhood club. The last time these two teams met was in the group stages of the Champions League in 2009, when Fernando's English was relatively terrible ("scisson"/season) as he wrote his autobiography at Liverpool.

The Epic Guardiola-Ibrahimovic Reunion, David Luiz’s Benfica Prank & Kaka’s High School Musical

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Only one name sprang to mind following Milan's Champions League draw with Barcelona last night : IBRAHIMOVIC! Hold your horses because the only thing Barcelona's bookstores should be releasing in two weeks is an extended Catalan edition of Ibra's epic autobiography.

Manchester United

What is the Liverpool boss getting himself worked up about?

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The headlines yesterday were filled with Brendan Rodgers' response to things that were written in Sir Alex Ferguson's autobiography about Jordan Henderson.

"I'm not here to give coverage to his book. The one thing I was bitterly disappointed about were the comments about Jordan Henderson," said Rodgers.

Manchester United Legend Criticizes Ferguson After Book Release

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Roy Keane was on ITV Sport's group of analysts last night breaking down the Arsenal v Borussia Dortmund match, but conversation shifted from the night's match to Sir Alex Ferguson's book at one point of the broadcast.

Ferguson released his highly-anticipated autobiography yesterday, which sent both mainstream media as well as social media into a frenzy.

RoM Reads

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Scott writes for The Metro about how we learnt nothing new of Beckham in Fergie's autobiography.

The Telegraph has a great summary of the autobiography.

The Guardian looks at David Moyes' start.

Beautifully Red has the best moments in GIF form from the Southampton game.

The Telegraph looks at the Keane-Ferguson fall out in greater detail.

Sir Alex Ferguson Launches His New Autobiography; UK Press Salivates Over Every Word: Daily Soccer Report

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The UK media have been practically drooling today over the release of Sir Alex Ferguson's second autobiography. But based on the "revelations" that have been announced so far this morning, it all sounds rather boring.

We learned that Roy Keane was intimidating, that Ferguson thought Beckham's problem was when he fell in love with Victoria, Sir Alex Ferguson was approached twice to become England manager, Fergie tried to sign Steven Gerrard and Fernando Torres but he didn't rate Gerrard as a top top player, and that Fergie didn't think much of Rafa Benitez.

Wayne Rooney asks to leave Manchester United, request turned down

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Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney has asked to leave Old Trafford but his request was refused by the club. The England star made a verbal transfer request to Sir Alex Ferguson two weeks ago. This was dismissed by United. A United spokesman said: "Wayne Rooney is not for sale." Rooney, who is being linked [.

Rooney: Fergie Told Me I Didn’t Deserve New Deal

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Wayne Rooney has revealed in his autobiography that the worst telling off he has seen a player get from Sir Alex Ferguson was after United's 1-0 defeat to Celtic in the Champions League. Louis Saha missed an easy chance, with him appearing to believe he was offside, before seeing his last minute penalty saved by [.

Manchester United star Wayne Rooney admits he ‘puts on weight easily’

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Wayne Rooney has revealed how he battles against his weight to keep himself in shape for football. The England and Manchester United striker says he always puts on weight when he's not staying. Several pundits had suggested that Rooney didn't look fit in the opening matches of this season and was carrying a few extra [.

Top six controversial footballer autobiography quotes

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The modern day footballer is not an athlete alone. Oh no, he is expected to be all things to all men, including becoming a sportsbook author. OTP salutes some of the (relatively) shocking prose created when our top footballing stars put pen to paper. Here are six examples of when the normally mundane footballer autobiography [.

Environmental group wants frog juice drinker Park Ji-sung to help protect the frogs

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Though they won't come right out and say it, South Korean environmental group "Frogs' Friends" seem to blame Manchester United's Park Ji-sung for the increasing threat to frogs in his native South Korea. In 2006, Park wrote in his autobiography that his farther would give him frog juice to boost his stamina on the pitch.

Louis Saha: ‘Footballers prefer prostitutes’

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Tottenham star Louis Saha has claimed that many young footballers use hookers in a bid to stay out of the newspapers. The former Manchester United star is currently doing the media rounds to promote his autobiography. But he claims that many players are so concerned about negative publicity from kiss-and-tell stories that they call upon [.

Louis Saha joins the long list of Fergie Hairdryer Victim Support members

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There are some seminal moments that all Manchester United players experience in their time at the club. Their first appearance at the wondrous Theatre of Dreams, their first hot yoga session with the ageless Ryan Giggs and, most memorably, a disintegrated eardrum at the hands of a knight of the realm.

Arsenal

Win A Copy Of Dennis Bergkamp’s New Autobiography

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I am very excited to be able to offer readers a chance to win Dennis Bergkamp's official autobiography, Stillness and Speed.

The books publishers, Simon and Schuster, have been very generous in offering readers a chance to win one of three copies of the book.

Bergkamp is one of the the all-time great Arsenal players.

Zlatan ‘would die’ for Chelsea boss Mourinho, Wenger made him feel like a boy at Arsenal

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Zlatan Ibrahimovic has said he would be prepared to die for Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho, who managed him at Inter Milan. But he says he rejected the chance to join Arsenal as a 20-year-old because Arsene Wenger made him feel like a boy. Writing in his autobiography, the PSG striker said: "Jose Mourinho is a [.

Ashley Cole’s Chelsea contract negotiation maintains his popularity with Arsenal fans

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When rumours surfaced that Ashley Cole had stalled over negotiations for a new contract at Chelsea, many were quick to claim that the defender's demands for a huge pay increase were to blame. Arsenal fans in particular will have shook their heads knowingly, after Cole stated in his autobiography that he almost crashed his car [.

A bird table on the terracing. No one ever said football had to make sense.

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Publication on July 20th: Woolwich Arsenal, the club that changed football. The book that re-writes the Arsenal story.

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By Tony Attwood

I've just finished reading the autobiography of Wally Barnes Arsenal's post war hero, and captain of Wales.

Tottenham Hotspur

Interview With Tottenham Legend Ledley King (Voices Of Soccer)

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We're proud to bring you our exclusive interview with Tottenham legend and former captain Ledley King.

The autobiography, entitled King: My Autobiography, was published this month. King discusses why he decided to publish his autobiography, how he dealt with injury problems, how he overcome psychological hurdles in his career, as well as what he attributes his positioning skills to.

Andre Villas-Boas was turned down by Burnley as they didn’t understand his job application

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Before he touchline-crouched his way to domestic and European success with Porto — and even longer before he flexed his knees on the side of the pitch at Stamford Bridge — Andre Villas-Boas was lined up to make his Premiership managerial debut in Lancashire.

In his upcoming autobiography, Burnley chief executive Paul Fletcher reveals that the current Tottenham manager was interviewed for the vacant position at Turf Moor when Owen Coyle departed in 2010.

Rio Ferdinand

Rio reveals Fergie’s speech to young players at Stadium of Light

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Speaking at his book launch for his autobiography, "My Decade As A Red", Rio Ferdinand talked about how Sir Alex Ferguson inspired the players to reclaim the league title last season.

"It was weird," said Rio. "All of last season, because all of the credits were all Man City winning and that goal, you're watching TV thinking to yourself 'they've got to move on now, surely'.

Rio: First title and Moscow were the best moments of my career

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Speaking at his book launch for his autobiography, "My Decade As A Red", Rio Ferdinand talked about how great it felt to win the title for the first time with United in 2003.

"It was a dream come true," said Rio. "You think it's never going to happen. I'd been playing professional football for seven years and never even got close to winning the league.

Wayne Rooney

Rooney: I Tell Fergie He’s Wrong

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In Wayne Rooney's autobiography, he has revealed that sometimes he will shout back at Sir Alex Ferguson if he believes he is being shouted at for no reason. There's nothing worse than getting the 'hairdryer' from Sir Alex. When it happens, the manager stands in the middle of the room and loses it at me.

Rooney: I Didn’t Blame Ronaldo – I Tried To Get Him Booked Too

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In the latest instalment of Wayne Rooney's autobiography, which is currently being printed in The Mirror, our striker reflects on his red card at the World Cup in 2006. Ronaldo was one of five Portuguese players who was complaining to the ref but the press in this country blamed him not only for Rooney's red card, but for England's exit from the tournament, despite the game finishing in a draw and Gerrard, Lampard and Carragher all missing their penalties.

Rooney: I Didn’t Blame Ronaldo – I Tried To Get Him Booked Too

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In the latest instalment of Wayne Rooney's autobiography, which is currently being printed in The Mirror, our striker reflects on his red card at the World Cup in 2006. Ronaldo was one of five Portuguese players who was complaining to the ref but the press in this country blamed him not only for Rooney's red [.

Louis Saha explains why footballers prefer prostitutes

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With his recent move to Tottenham and a recall to the French national team, things are going well for Louis Saha in the tail-end of his career. So, what else would he have to talk about besides the hooker habits of young footballers?

Saha told a French newspaper while promoting his new autobiography (via the Daily Mail):

"Let's be honest: women are the greatest temptation.

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Olympics 2012 Soccer – Excerpt from Hope Solo’s autobiography ‘Solo: A Memoir of Hope’ – Part 5

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Olympics 2012 Football – Excerpt from Hope Solo’s autobiography ‘Solo: A Memoir of Hope’ – Part 4

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Olympics 2012 Soccer – Excerpt from Hope Solo’s autobiography ‘Solo: A Memoir of Hope’ – Part 2

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Olympics 2012 Soccer – Excerpt from Hope Solo’s autobiography ‘Solo: A Memoir of Hope’ – Part 3

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Olympics 2012 Football – Excerpt from Hope Solo’s autobiography ‘Solo: A Memoir of Hope’ – Part 1

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Spoof: The Premier League table releases it’s very own autobiography

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Another season, another football autobiography except this one is a little different. After 20 years in the job, the Premier League table has finally spilled the beans on his time as the true barometer of football's top tier. "Laying My Cards On My Table" will be available to buy next week and OTP has [.

Spoof: The Premier League table releases it’s very own autobiography

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Another season, another football autobiography except this one is a little different. After 20 years in the job, the Premier League table has finally spilled the beans on his time as the true barometer of football's top tier. "Laying My Cards On My Table" will be available to buy next week and OTP has [.

The Rest

Mario Balotelli Does Some Fancy Ironing (Video)

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By Chris Wright

17th century portraiture? Check.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic's autobiography in hand? Check.

Biggie Smalls on the stereo? Check.

Puma product placement strategically placed around the room? Check.

Shirt off? Check.

Okay, let's do someironing.

Dinamo Zagreb Player Transfer Listed For Having Sex On Stadium’s Centre Spot

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By Chris Wright

Dirty, dirty beggars

Thanks to revelations in his wife's autobiography, Croatian footballerDino Drpic has found himself transfer listed by his club for the heinous crime of making sweet, sweet, public whoopie to his woman on the centre spot of his team's Maksimir Stadium.

Book Review: Budgie

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A Twitter correspondent was reminding me yesterday of the time I saved two penalties in one game.

As my personal sporting achievements go that remains right up there with winning the Longniddry Gala Primary 4 Short Tennis Open (Doubles) and clinching the runners-up spot in the Hawkhill Hibs Supporters' Club Bowls Day Oot.

T&T federation assets seized

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The long, long, long dispute between a group of players from Trinidad & Tobago's 2006 World Cup squad and their national football federation reached a new but not yet final phase today when many of the physical assets of the federation were seized by order of the Trinidadian High Court. (The original article is located here.