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Craig Bellamy - GoodFella

Craig Bellamy - GoodFella [Kindle Edition]

Craig Bellamy
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CRAIG BELLAMY is one of those footballers you can’t ignore. If he plays for your team, you love him. If he doesn’t . . .

Everyone thinks they know Bellamy. Pace and passion. A handful for defenders. Scoring goals and winding up opponents. Winning friends – and making enemies.

Blessed with a natural talent, he has enjoyed a colourful career at a host of top clubs. The proud Welshman is one of the top ten appearance makers for his country. But his rise to the top of the game wasn’t easy. It could have all been so different.

He came from a loving family but temptations lay in his way. Follow the crowd or follow a dream? Join your mates in a gang on the streets or try to make it as a pro? It was a choice between the two.

Bellamy chose football and became a rebel with a cause. He quickly climbed the ladder and shared dressing rooms with some of the biggest stars in football – from Ryan Giggs to Steven Gerrard. His burning desire to succeed made him a winner on the pitch, but that same passion also got him into trouble. There were famous bust-ups with John Arne Riise and Alan Shearer, not to mention rows with Graeme Souness, Rafa Benitez and Roberto Mancini.

Away from the spotlight, there is a different side to Bellamy. His earnings from this book will be going to the Craig Bellamy Foundation, a charity which offers children in Sierra Leone the chance to fulfill their sporting potential. He is a devoted Dad and was heartbroken at the tragic and shocking death of his close friend Gary Speed.

Craig Bellamy: GoodFella uncovers the real man behind the player and reveals the untold stories of a life inside football’s fast lane.

Like Bellamy himself, it doesn’t hold back.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 676 KB
  • Print Length: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Trinity Mirror Digital Media; 1 edition (3 Jun 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S. r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00D5FDNW4
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (113 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #10,114 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Interesting look into Bellamy 10 Jun 2013
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Brilliant book, it gives everyone a better idea of who Craig Bellamy is under all of the snarls and controversies. Recommend to all football fans especially Liverpool and Cardiff fans.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Good 12 Jun 2013
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This a good and honest biography with, thankfully no repetition to pad it out.
Written in a tight format. He's very kind to Souness but I still can't stand Chop Souey.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Surprising 19 Oct 2013
By Sam
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Never really liked Bellamy, he's a controversial figure and he doesn't hold back in this book. But it's an exceptional read. Never read a more honest and open autobiography. Best footballers book I've ever read. It's a man coming to terms with being a man and not a daft footballer living in a bubble.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
Sport will always have its heroes; and it will also always have its villains. Often the dividing-line between the two is only about public perception, about one individual who is idolised and another who is vilified. In the sport of football there have always been men the crowd loves to hate ... an Eric Cantona, a David Batty, a Joey Barton; men who are usually lauded by the supporters of the club they play for yet disparaged by everyone else's supporters. Possibly Craig Bellamy falls into the same category. But is it really fair to judge a man purely by what you have read or heard about him ? No, it is clearly not right to do that. Because the man has a right of reply. He has the right to give his own side of the story. He has the right to prove that the public's perception was wrong.

Craig Bellamy has had more clubs than most and that is not including the number eight iron he once used to attract John Arne Riise's attention! Of the eight different clubs in the English Premier League or Football League that he has played for, only at Norwich City, Newcastle United and West Ham United did his stay last two seasons or more. However, having helped his hometown club rise into the top division of the English league system for the first time in fifty-one years, it is unthinkable that he will not have one final swan song in the Premier League. Achieving promotion with Cardiff City was one of his proudest moments : "I always wanted to be a hero here more than anywhere else".

At Coventry City, Blackburn Rovers and Liverpool (twice) Bellamy moved on after just twelve months. If outsiders thought this was because he was a disruptive influence and had fallen out with a club's hierarchy, that is far from the truth. Each time he moved on ...
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars a great read 6 Sep 2013
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I really enjoyed this insight into the life of Craig. A very honest book describing a very troubled and tormented man. He talks with such passion about his career and the people he has crossed paths with and the impact the death of Gary Speed had on him and how it turned his own life around. As a Cardiff City supporter I enjoyed it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Book, Great read... Very open & honest. 16 July 2013
Great Book, Great read... Very open & honest. I read quite a lot of autobiographies and this one is up there with the top ones. It was also delivered very quickly by amazon.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Honest 7 Jun 2013
By Chris
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I wanted to read this book to get an understanding of what makes Craig Bellamy tick and I certainly got that. A great read and a MUST for any football fan, whether you love him or hate him
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Goodfella (Craig bellamy) good read 15 July 2013
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This year's Fathers day pressie (on top of the City mug, and Beatles T shirt XXL) was Craig Bellamy's book 'Goodfella' co written by Oliver Holt.
It's an excellent read, with an obvious big Olly influence.
Craig takes us through his early days growing up in Trowbridge near Cardiff, right through his career at all his clubs starting at Norwich and finishing up with Cardiff's successful return to the top tier last season. He recounts his inner feelings and doesn't pull any punches with regard to certain managers and players plus his relationship with Gary Speed is particularly poignant. He also advises on the commendable instigation of the trust he set up in Sierra Leone. The book just goes to show that us football fans don't know the half of what goes on inside football clubs.
Dave Wallace - editor of King Of The Kippax fanzine
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars He seems a Goodfella
Thought it was a very good read though I am not really a Bellamy fan took it on holiday
and could not put the book down
Comes across as a very truthful person
Published 8 days ago by Ann Martin
5.0 out of 5 stars Great read!
Great to understand the real Craig Bellamy, good stories a must read for any football fan. this book is a great insight into a footballers world.
Published 1 month ago by MR JAMES C LANCASTER-CARPENTER
5.0 out of 5 stars Good Read
An honest man telling his side of the story, warts and all and acknowledging his failings and poor decisions. Always liked him for his honesty, even when he was being an idiot. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Mr Brian Smith
5.0 out of 5 stars WHAT A GUY!
Really good read and a must buy for any football fan, even recommend it to non football fans as it really is an interesting book!
Published 1 month ago by Bailey metzinger
5.0 out of 5 stars awesome
This book is a true slice of life from a Cardiff lad it reflects how problems off the pitch can reflect onto the game itself the next time I see Craig out on the town I'll shake... Read more
Published 1 month ago by mark tingle
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant book
One of the most enjoyable football books I've read. Very interesting insight into how injuries and the fear of failure affected Bellamy and the severe impact it had on his personal... Read more
Published 2 months ago by M J Evans
5.0 out of 5 stars Great read
Bought this for my husband who is a big Liverpool fan. He loved it and thought it was a great read.
Published 2 months ago by Trish
5.0 out of 5 stars Craig Bellamy Book
This was bought as a gift and was enjoyed it made his Christmas to receive this book as a gift
Published 2 months ago by Country Girl
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant
First book I've read in ages. A great insight into Craig's life and the stresses of a career in football.
Published 2 months ago by Danny
5.0 out of 5 stars great read
Enjoyed from the moment i started reading,changed my opinion of this man, I love football but a good read for anyone.
Published 2 months ago by lesley
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