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David Ginola : Le Magnifique - My Autobiography Hardcover – 11 Sep 2000


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  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Willow; 1st edition (11 Sep 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 000710099X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0007100996
  • Product Dimensions: 23.4 x 15.4 x 3.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 235,623 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"David Ginola is the murderer of the team ... he sent an Exocet missile through the heart of French football ... David Ginola committed a crime against the team, I repeat, a crime against the team."(Gerard Houllier)

Artistic, compelling, inspiring awe and derision in equal measure--and that's just the photo on the cover--Le Magnifique chronicles the life and times of David Ginola, who pirouetted into the Premiership in 1995, and has strutted around in the limelight ever since. As extravagantly vain as he is breathtakingly gifted--has any footballer's autobiography ever included quite so many magnificently smouldering photos?--Ginola is so shamelessly enamoured with himself that at times it's hard to take his version of events seriously, which will come as no surprise to the legions who dismiss him as a glory boy player more interested in split ends than tackling back. But the upside for readers of this wonderfully entertaining book, is that Ginola spills the beans, confronts his critics and has absolutely no qualms about sticking the boot into all the dullards, hypocrites and schemers who have frustrated him with their jealousy (of his talent and popularity), their stupidity (for not recognising his talent and popularity) and the petty, ugly way in which they conducted themselves (around someone so talented and popular). The hit-list runs to pretty much a who's who of European football, but fans of George Graham, Gerard Houllier, Alan Shearer and Kenny Dalglish should be warned that their favourites get a particularly good going over. Ginola's achievements have been significant, including cups and a championship in France, and a pile of "Player of the Year" awards, but there is no escaping the fact that his controversial exile from the French national team which went on to win World and European championships, has blighted his career. But for all the lingering sense of disappointment about a uniquely entertaining player being denied his place on the world stage, there is a flamboyance about Ginola that is irrepressible, and this book is as compelling as the man himself. A (hair)cut above the usual footballers' autobiographies. --Alex Hankin

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David Ginola is a man in demand. A footballer and celebrity in equal measure, someone who turns heads for his face as well as his feet, Tottenham's orchestrator – in – chief oozes charm, charisma and sex appeal. Never before has one footballer cast such a spell on the English game.

The wonderfully talented Frenchman has been honoured with both the English Football Writers and PFA Player of the Year accolades, reward for the breathtaking quality of goals and his crowd-pleasing skill on the ball. Yet his arrival in the English Premiership proved far from a smooth journey.

In his fascinating autobiography Ginola unveils his private thoughts on his early years in France: his National Service duties; his first steps in the game and his dismay when his coach at Nice told him he would never make it as a professional footballer; and how he went form being the most vilified player in his home country to Footballer of the Year in the same season.

His arrival at Newcastle in 1995 presaged a bitter-sweet affair with the Toon Army during the time of Kevin Keegan, then Kenny Dalglish and Alan Shearer of whom Ginola has some strong views. Just two years later a transfer to Tottenham preceded George Graham's arrival as manager and Ginola is forthright
Now 33, some sporting scars remain for the Frenchman. Why was he frozen out of France's national team and the '94 World Cup when at the peak of his career? Why did Gerard Houllier label him a 'criminal' for one misplaced back pass? Why was he never allowed to fulfil his dream of playing for Barcelona?

Outside of football, his presence on the catwalks, appearances in 'Hello!' and various TV advertisements have bracketed him with supermodels and led to pop star celebrity status, alongside his charity work and his role as ambassador for the Red Cross anti-landmines campaign. A devoted family man with strong views on the future of the English game, Ginola's story is one of drama, excitement and, above all, passion.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 28 Mar 2001
Format: Hardcover
Never before have I read such an honest opinion of a footballer.
From the outset Ginola tells it as it is in a light hearted way. The opening lines sum it up when Ginola says "I cannot play at Tottenham any more under George Graham". This was so obvious for all Spurs fans to see.
Find out fascinating facts about Ginola which at first sound arrogant but on second consideration actually are quite right. His view on Alan Shearer is 100% accurate (Mr Perfect who cannot do wrong!).
If you support Spurs or are just a fan of the great game then this is a must. I just hope that now that Graham has gone Mr Ginola will consider a return to Spurs.
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This book is a must read for all Ginola fans. I got this book on Wednesday and had finished by Thurday. The book was a fascinating insight into David Ginola's private life and all the high and low points in his professional career. His recollection on the people he worked closely with during his career is both frank and honest. The book also shows the very important work that David does off the field with his Red Cross Anti landmines campaign a cause that he feels very strongly and passionate about. I'm sure all Ginola fan's will enjoy this book as much as I have. Just a final say it was made more enjoyable by the fact that I had my copy of the book signed by David and found that he was both charming and professional,and I wish him all the best in his career at Villa although I'm a Tottenham supporter and his flair and magic is greatly missed at White Hart Lane.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 27 Nov 2000
Format: Hardcover
he was bood for years on end in france for a miss hit pass. But survied. A hero to England .
On his day the best player in the world...
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By A Customer on 21 Sep 2000
Format: Hardcover
This insight intot the Tottenham Hotspur legend's life is both interesting and exciting, with stories of both old and new. It describes his arrival in England following his contraversial French departure and how he and his family settled in. An excellent read and a must buy book!
PS: I love you Dav and will never ever forget you
PPS: I love Lesa more...just!
GINOLA, GINOLA, GINOLA, GINOLA, GINOLA, GINOLA ....
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