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Paolo Di Canio: The Autobiography Paperback – 20 Aug 2001


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  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Willow; New edition edition (20 Aug 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0007115989
  • ISBN-13: 978-0007115983
  • Product Dimensions: 11.1 x 2.5 x 17.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 74,327 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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And then he fell over. I've watched the video a million times and to this day I still don't understand how he managed to fall over like that...My first reaction was that somebody must have been crouching behind him, like in one of those old slapstick comedies.
After a turbulent and semi-successful career in Italy--culminating with a key role in the title-winning AC Milan side of the mid 1990s--mild-mannered maestro Paolo Di Canio touched down briefly at Celtic, before unresolved contract wrangling saw him move on to Sheffield Wednesday, where his unique brand of "talent 'n' tantrums" quickly made him a firm "favourite" with fans, referees and fellow players alike.

The infamous Paul Alcock incident--which brought his career to a grinding halt--is covered in detail, as you would expect, and Di Canio candidly measures the private psychological and emotional impact of his very public disgrace and vilification.

Di Canio finally found a home with Harry Redknapp's West Ham--and in the years since has become arguably the finest individual talent currently playing in English football.

Not afraid of speaking his mind--Middlesborough "the ugliest place in the world"; David James "this cretin", Danny Wilson "a frustrated nobody", Mussolini "deeply misunderstood", etc.--or of detailing those "delicate" moments, like his punch-up with then-manager Big Ron Atkinson, which have made him a regular target of the tabloids, Paolo Di Canio--The Autobiography is as controversial and compelling as the man himself. Whatever this book says about professional football and the life and loves of one of its most dazzling practitioners, the results are never boring. --Alex Hankin --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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‘Marvellous stuff…puts most players autobiographies to shame’ – Independent


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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 19 Oct 2000
Format: Hardcover
I've just finished reading Paolo Di Canio's spell-binding autobiography. It's 4am. The wife's snoring, the baby's in cloud cuckooland, and my last mug of hot chocolate ran out hours ago. I'm exhausted yet elated at the same time.
If you read only one sports autobiography this year, then I urge you to make this the one. I'm not a West Ham fan, in fact I'm only an occasional follower of football, but Di Canio's life story resembles a motion picture that sweeps you along on a tortuous ride of mountainous highs and despairing lows.
Close your eyes and you can just imagine yourself side-by-side with Palloca, or 'fatty' as Di Canio was somewhat unkindly nicknamed as a youngster. Even in his teens, it seems his desire to make something of himself would translate into an existence of extremes: from knife-wielding battles with his brother and indulging in mob culture with the Lazio supporters' club, to violent arguments with an assortment of coaches and incandescent rage at being left on the bench. The world of Michael Owen and Joe Cole must seem like an episode of Teletubbies by comparison. But this guy is no one-dimensional footballer, no stereotype, no blank canvas. He articulates his views on the Protestant-Catholic divide during his time at Celtic with as much heartfelt passion and level-headed logic as the most experienced political activist; his near nervous breakdown while on Sheffield Wednesday's books is so gut-wrenchingly close to the bone; and as far as family life is concerned, he leaves this reader in no doubt as to why a footballing environment need not spell doom and gloom to bringing up responsible and educated children.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 5 Feb 2001
Format: Hardcover
I bought this book having recently been converted to a West Ham fan by my fiance. Once I had started reading it everything else I was supposed to be doing was left unattended until I had finished it. Di Canio is revealed as literate and intelligent, a refreshing change to the usual portrayal of him. It is at times hilarious and yet very touching in places. West Ham fans will also be pleased at the depth of affection he feels for the club. It may not necessarily change your opinion of Di Canio but it certainly shows a different side to his character. The chapter on his injuries is not one for the faint-hearted though. All in all this is a good read for anyone who loves football.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By stoveboy78 on 21 Nov 2012
Format: Paperback
I initially liked this book, refreshing and honest also for a footballer he comes over as quite sharp, probabaly why he is managing now. However by chapter 3 you get the drift, Paolo has never been wrong ever, end of. Also he has always been involved in some kind of fantasy about how much he contributed to the clubs he played for.When you have fallen out with every chairman and manager of every club youve been a part of surely you or your wife would at least say hey maybe its you me old china. I admired him for saying I never played for Italy because I wasnt good enough and covers this in about two sentences with no excuces you have to admire that, Take note all English and Scottish internationals.
Because of this alone this book is actually boring and I really wanted to like the book and Paolo but unfortunatly he ends up turning you off. As a Celtic fan I learnt that everything the club said about him was indeed true, only not in his eyes.
Save your money nad your time.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 5 Jun 2001
Format: Hardcover
I Could not put the book down. It was amazing. You really feel that you are getting to know the real Paulo Di Canio
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Mr. J. P. J. Stobbart on 28 July 2001
Format: Hardcover
As a football autobiography this book is superb, an enlightening read as you get a feel of the real man not just the professional footballer. Di Canio is such an intense character you cannot help but be inspired and charmed by his persona. A truly magnificent book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 6 Dec 2000
Format: Hardcover
Di Canio talks candidly about his times in Italy with Vialli, and his move to the UK .
He tells all, including his time at Celtic, his temper and bust ups with referee Paul Alcock and Ron Atkinson, plus opinions on 'Arry, Rio, Psycho, the boy Cole and all that's West Ham. No wonder he's in so much trouble!
Di Canio fans will love it. and the partnership with co-writer Gabriele Marcotti seems to have created an excellent read.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 10 Feb 2001
Format: Hardcover
I am 15 years old from southampton and i support the 'saints,' Di Canio was my favourite player before i read the book, but know he has inspired me to never give up what ever u do in life or on the pitch. The book is very emusing? in places then his different crisis in life on and off the pitch.rich slade p.s a 1 to buy.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Jonas Schwartz on 9 May 2001
Format: Hardcover
To start with: I think Paolo Di Canio is one of the most gifted players in europe. Furthermore I think most af todays footballplayers are as entertaining as a lecture in islandic sagas, so everyone who's craving for some awkward personalities - here's the book you've been waiting for.
Paolo Di Canio's book is a very entertaining read, where a Di Canio-fan like me get to know a a lot about this twisted man. When you read this book it is like you get so close to Di Canio because he doesn't have anything to hide, and he basically just tells you very openly how he feels about a lot off things. And I think that is rare today, where everybody are so careful about what they say or do. He's doesn't give a damn, - he is just way as he is one the pitch.
You get an inside look on his poor upbringing in Rome, his struggle in his youth and his turbulent time in Scotland and England. He delivers an open book, where he takes you on a trip in his head, how it feels to be Paolo Di Canio and that is why you should read this book - because this man is an interesting fellow and he's got something to say.
Forza Di Canio.
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