Le Foot: The Legends of French Football

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This anthology charts French football's path to the glory of World Cup victory. Offering a behind-the-scenes view, it reveals how France went from being a second-rate team to a major footballing superpower in little more than 20 years. Footballers, coaches, writers, and journalists describe the way it was and the way it is now. The book reveals the scandals of greedy moneymen, the talented players who failed under pressure, the exemplary youth academy of Auxerre, as well as the winning of the 1984 European Championship and the magic of the 1998 World Cup success.

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Christov Ruhn is a French journalist based in London. He supports Marseilles and Arsenal (of course).

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'All I know for certain, about the morality and the obligations of men, is that I owe it to football.' - Albert Camus. 'This is no cheap cash in, rather it is the best value book to strut its way on to the football shelves for some time.' TOTAL FOOTBALL 'One of the more intriguing books amid the deluge of soccer literarture.' OBSERVER 'French football reached its zenith in the summer of 1998, winning the World Cup for the first time in a tournament played on its home soil. Le Foot brings together a series of articles and stories which take a look at the state of French football both currently, and over the last quarter of the century. All of the big names receive good coverage, from World Cup winners Zidane, Desailly and Barthez, to those who have lit up the English Premier League: Cantona, Ginola and the Arsenal pair of Petit and Vieira. Contributors range from Michel Platini to Salman Rushdie and all aspects of the game are covered, from the players and teams, to coaches, supporters, and even the financial and betting scandals which have afflicted the game in France. The result is a compelling mixture of analysis and insight tinged with the romantic flair evident in much of the best that French football has offered. World Cup winners aside, one is instantly reminded of the French side of the 1980s, one of the greatest sides not to lift the world crown:the incomparable Platini in midfield, one of the true great number 10s in the tradition of Pele, flanked by industrious Fernandez, graceful Tigana and artful Giresse. Zidane could only have dreamt of finding a place in that side. Excellent.' Trevor Crowe, AMAZON.CO.UK REVIEW

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Book Description Abacus. Paperback. Book Condition: New. UNUSED, VERY GOOD, NOT EX-LIBRARY, edgewear, 298 pages. This entertaining and informative anthology charts the path to glory of French football to World Cup victory. Le Foot is a success story. Offering a unique behind-the-scenes view, it will reveal how France went from being a second-rate to a major footballing superpower in little more than twenty years. Footballers, coaches, eminent writers and journalists describe the way it was to the way it is. Le Foot says it all: the scandals of greedy moneymen, the ever-talented players who failed under pressure, the exemplary youth academy of Auxerre, as well as the winning of the 1984 European Championship and the magic of the 1998 World Cup success. It tells the story of how Cantona became king of England and Zidane, a Franco-Algerian, the world's best player, of how Platini conquered the Calcio and why Ginola did not make it to the World Cup. Today millions of people love and respect French football: Le Foot will give them the inside stories that made the legend. The many eminent contributors include Salman Rushdie, Irvine Welsh and French legend Michel Platini. Bookseller Inventory # 14421

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