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LUCAS...From the streets of Soweto to soccer superstar [Kindle Edition]

Richard Coomber , Eddie Gray , Kaizer Motaung , David Burrill , Phil O'Brien , Charlie Knight , Simon Wilkinson , Andrew Varley
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Book Description

LUCAS
From the Streets of Soweto to Soccer Superstar
The authorised biography by
RICHARD COOMBER

“This is my hero”
Nelson Mandela

Leeds United's biggest crowd of the 2004-05 season was for a testimonial match.
But this was no ordinary testimonial. The 37,889 who packed into Elland Road were paying tribute to Lucas Radebe, one of the few players whose name is mentioned in the same breath as the club’s legends like Don Revie, Billy Bremner, John Charles, Eddie Gray, Peter Lorimer, Jack Charlton and Norman Hunter.
The South African international so captured the hearts of Leeds fans that they still chant his name years after he retired and the Kaiser Chiefs band took their name from his first club.
In his native land he is an iconic figure, who led his country to two World Cups as they emerged from the sporting wilderness and whose reputation as a player and a man helped convince the rest of the world that the World Cup finals should go to South Africa.
The kid who was rescued from the violence of the anti-apartheid struggle in Soweto when his parents sent him away from home for fear he would end up in gaol or even dead, received the ultimate accolade when Nelson Mandela declared: 'He is my hero.'
This is the story of how Lucas overcame a tough childhood, survived a shooting, and refused to be diverted from his destiny by injury, homesickness and adjusting to English conditions to become not only a football superstar but acknowledged as one of the nicest people in the game.
He was awarded the FIFA Fair Play Award as much for his unstinting work for charities and anti-racism organisations as his immaculate defending.
Lucas Radebe's story is much more than just another biography of a footballer. It is inspiring and heart-warming, tinged with tragedy yet marked throughout by his trademark smile that has lit up two continents and touched thousands of lives.

*****
Four Four Two

“A compelling insight into a Leeds legend.”
Henry Winter, Daily Telegraph

“Takes the reader through a dramatic period in the history of Leeds United but even more fascinating is the insight it provides into Radebe’s personal journey.”
Simon Hart,
The Independent on Sunday

“An absorbing and compelling account of his inspirational story.”
Anthony Clavane, Sunday Mirror

“A fitting tribute to a man who is every inch a Leeds United legend.”
Richard Sutcliffe, Yorkshire Post

“He's a very special person. He's always positive and a terrific role model for young people.”
Terry Venables

“Lucas was a joy to work with. He was up there with the best.”
George Graham


The Author
Richard Coomber is a freelance journalist and writer living in Yorkshire, who has 'ghosted' books for boxing referee Mickey Vann, world champion boxer Johnny Nelson, UK karting guru Martin Hines and Essex and England cricketer Ronnie Irani, as well as producing a special monograph on Leeds United legend John Charles.
He has covered the fortunes of Leeds United from the days of Howard Wilkinson to the present and for several years he co-wrote the matchday programme. It was during this period that he got to know Lucas Radebe well and realised that his was a special story.
As well as sports writing, Richard is interested in local and regional history and recently completed his BA honours degree after a 40-year gap-year!





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The South African international so captured the hearts of Leeds fans that they still chant his name years after he retired and the Kaiser Chiefs band took their name from his first club. In his native land he is an iconic figure, who led his country to two World Cups as they emerged from the sporting wilderness and whose reputation as a player and a man helped convince the rest of the world that the World Cup finals should go to South Africa.

The kid who was rescued from the violence of the anti-apartheid struggle in Soweto when his parents sent him away from home for fear he would end up in gaol or even dead, received the ultimate accolade when Nelson Mandela declared: He is my hero.

This is the story of how Lucas overcame a tough childhood, survived a shooting, and refused to be diverted from his destiny by injury, homesickness, freezing English winters and terrible English food to become not only a football superstar but acknowledged as one of the nicest people in the game. Lucas Radebe's story is much more than just another biography of a footballer. It is inspiring and heart-warming, tinged with tragedy yet marked throughout by his trademark smile that has lit up two continents and touched thousands of lives.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1625 KB
  • Publisher: Great Northern Books; 1 edition (20 Mar. 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004T5WWK8
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #295,784 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 inspirational 23 Sept. 2010
Format:Hardcover
Lucas Radabe's story is a true rags to riches tale. This book not only explains why he is a hero for all leeds united fans but also presents a fascinating insighe into south africa during the appartheid era. Leeds fans will love this book and so too will anyone who has an intrest in sport or south african history.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing. 15 Nov. 2010
By Romac
Format:Hardcover
Ok. Being a life long Leeds fan, I so wanted to read this. Lucas Radebe is probably the nicest guy to ever play pro football, and could well be the best centre back since the great Bobby Moore.

The quote on the cover is no joke. Nelson Mandela loves Lucas, and the UN made him an ambassador for sport all over the world.

Reading this book is a very humbling experience. Radebe came from nowhere and proved that talent can take you anywhere. His story could be a lesson to us all. Superb, majestic footballer, and a wonderful human being.

Whoever you support, read this book. It will make you think about all the overpaid prima donnas in the Prem who are not fit to lace this man's boots

Lucas - if you see this, you are a legend. Your name is still chanted at Elland Road. I wish you were still playing.

READ THIS BOOK.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book, Great Man 3 Dec. 2010
By GM59
Format:Hardcover
A great book about one of the recent Leeds United legends. The man is an inspiration. His story, from his humble childhood in Soweto, to captaining both his club through their most successful periods when they were again competing for european glory, and also his country in the World Cup, is an inspiration.

The book is well written and gives a good insight into the character of the man. Torn between loyalty to club and country, and also dealing with both success and tragedy, it makes for an interesting read.

I would recommend this to any Leeds fan, and also to anyone who wishes to learn about a truly inspirational sportsman.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars really good 13 Mar. 2011
By natalie
Format:Hardcover
bought for my husband who is a leeds united fan especially when they were a great team. he really enjoyed this and found it a wonderful insight into life and football
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5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome book 2 Jan. 2014
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Excellent book providing great insights into a true Leeds legend, I couldn't put the book down and thoroughly enjoyed reading it
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5.0 out of 5 stars top book about a top man 22 Nov. 2013
By rob c
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Will there ever be a player with so much integrity again. I hope we see him again at Leeds before long.
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