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Scholes: My Story [Hardcover]

Paul Scholes
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29 Sep 2011
Paul Scholes is one of the most revered footballers of the modern era, both at home and internationally. A one-club player, he has served Manchester United for more than sixteen years, making over 600 appearances in that time -- the fourth highest number of appearances by any player for the club. He also represented the England national team for seven years, winning 66 caps including two World Cup and two European Cup campaigns. Throughout this time, Scholes has always played a decisive role in his teams' fortunes. As well as the technical brilliance that makes Paul Scholes such a breathtaking player to watch it is the determination and integrity which he demonstrates both on and off the pitch that means he is a fascination to fans of the sport. In an age of overpaid, workaday players, Scholes has become an icon of professionalism and club loyalty, admired by fans everywhere. Now in this book for the first time Paul Scholes shares his story: from his beginnings at United under the tutelage of Sir Alex Ferguson as part of the 'golden' youth team, to the treble-winning season and twice capturing European Cup glory, the importance of family and friends in keeping his feet on the ground, as well as his many triumphs and tribulations with England. This is without question the sports book of 2011, from a player as popular and as revered as any in the game today.

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  • Hardcover: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster UK (29 Sep 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0857206079
  • ISBN-13: 978-0857206077
  • Product Dimensions: 23.1 x 18.8 x 3.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (45 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 23,657 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'One of the better soccer books of the year, from one of the most likeable players. Paul Scholes, a Manchester lad himself, was lauded recently by Xavi as the finest midfielder of his generation. Forget the annual, this hardback illustrated autobiography is the perfect gift for Manchester United fans' --John Spain, Irish Independent

About the Author

Paul Scholes has represented Manchester United over more than sixteen years making more than 600 appearances in that time. He represented the England national team from 1997 until his retirement in 2004, winning 66 caps which included two World Cup and two European Cup campaigns. In 2008 he was inducted into the Football Hall of Fame.

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40 of 41 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Tales of the ginger ninja 29 Sep 2011
By Nick Brett TOP 500 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Format:Hardcover
Okay, not great at tackling but Paul Scholes is one of the best midfielders England has had for some considerable time, with radar like vision and pin point passing blending with the perfect timing of the run towards the box. The legendary players paying him compliments on the rear of this book show how highly the best players in world football rate the quiet midfielder who let his football do the talking.

Given his reputation for keeping out of the headlines I was eagerly awaiting to see more of his character and views in "My Story" and the book surprised me. It's not the standard biography where he starts talking about his parents and up-bringing and then playing in various school teams until he gets a trial etc etc. Firstly it is packed with photos that Scholes uses as a conversation point as he goes through each of his playing seasons and secondly he mainly sticks to the footballing part of his life - after an introduction we see a few pictures of him as a toddler with a football, but then we launch into his time in the legendary United youth team. Sadly he was the last of that golden generation and his retirement put a full stop on a significant chapter in United's history (Giggs is still playing but was older and not part of the team that featured Scholes, Butt, Neville, Beckham etc).

It works rather well despite being slightly short on narrative (like the man himself), his mischievous sense of humour is very well described with some very funny examples in Fergie's introduction and with quotes from his team-mates that litter the book. It does feel like you are being allowed a peak into deep friendship, camaraderie and banter and the comments give you a real sense of the man and perfectly balance his own cheery narrative.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Great player, Average book 3 Oct 2011
Format:Hardcover
This is not your typical sports autobiography with 5 chapters of early life followed by a detailed look at the subjects career, instead it takes the form of a semi-scrapbook, ignoring the early days and going straight into the football with every page adorned with photographs from Scholes' career accompanied by back-story and opinion from the player himself and others involved.

It's an interesting enough read but offers little of the behind the scenes opinion and insight that make autobiographies so interesting. As you might expect from Scholes, there's little controversy to be found here - with perhaps his only negative opinion being expressed towards Dennis Wise. Don't expect anything shocking then, but this book does offer a full insight into the high esteem in which Scholes was held by those who played with him and against him and is a fitting tribute to an outstanding career.
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5.0 out of 5 stars great book from Paul Scholes 3 Feb 2014
By schumann_bg TOP 100 REVIEWER
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
This book goes from photo to photo with Scholes' commentary, which is a very good way of getting his view of things. There are a few private photos too, but most come from his playing. There are a lot of highlights in a career than many regard as one of the best, and his modesty off the pitch makes this chance to hear his voice all the more welcome. The photos vary in size, but they all capture good moments, recalled with humour. Another plus is the way he admits things that were not so good, and, conversely, never blows his own trumpet, leaving others to make all the comments in that direction. It's a great purchase for anyone who admires this most modest of football legends.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Great Player...average read 22 Feb 2013
By DMc
Format:Hardcover
I am a Man Utd fan. For me this book consisted of including freely available photos and commenting on them. I hope that when Scholes retires he will revisit this book and and perhaps add some spice to it.
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4.0 out of 5 stars What you get is what you see 15 April 2012
By M. Harrison TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Hardcover
A Paul Scholes autobiography is of course a contradiction in terms. Here is a player who is famously a man of few words. He lets his actions speak for him.

So it is perhaps appropriate that this book is dominated by pictures of Scholes. If you would value a collection of great action shots of the man at work, this is an ideal momento. But if, improbably, you are hoping for an insight into the mind of a footballing genius, from the genius himself, you will inevitably be disappointed.

When it comes to real insights volunteered by by the man himself, they come down to around four. First, Scholes doesn't have a bad word for anyone except Dennis Wise, who he loathes. Second, Alex Ferguson is such a master of the press-conference-as-theatre, that he has been known to say to Scholes before stepping in front of the journalists: `watch this'. Third, the quick side to side assessment of play Scholes makes before receiving a pass is knows as the `windscreen wiper'. Fourth, his youngest child is autistic, and all the proceeds from his testimonial went to autism. That's pretty much it.

However, surprisingly, there is more value in the text than you might expect. For two reasons. The first is that, since this isn't the usual, often turgid, sporting autobiography, but rather a series of long captions to go with the pictures, Scholes does offer a personalised way of reliving some of the famous moments of United's recent history - good and bad. He is very honest - whether it is admitting a shot was actually a mishit, or that Barcelona were hopelessly superior to United in two Champions League finals - and shares his passion: goals against City, it transpires, matter more than others! The second reason is all the testimony offered by others.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
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Published 8 days ago by sharon worthington
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Brilliant thank you
Published 2 months ago by Mrs. C. Stepien
4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting career
A good autobiography which helps us see the man behind the career, remains intensely private even as he writes. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Mr. Alastair Gooderham
4.0 out of 5 stars Different Biog.
An interesting insight into a reserved footballer who does not seek the limelight. The book is a twist on the normal autobiography.
Published 3 months ago by Jango
4.0 out of 5 stars Ol' scholesy, the best attacking midfielder EVER
I really enjoyed the book, however I would've liked more insight to Paul's childhood and his family. A very private person....
Published 5 months ago by dublinebayer
5.0 out of 5 stars Scholes Book
I bought this as a present for a friend. I never read it myself but he ensured me he enjoyed it so I will give it five stars.
Incidentally, it arrived promptly.
Published 6 months ago by Rev
4.0 out of 5 stars Gift
This item was a gift so I can not comment on content. Person liked the gift and seemed to have no problems with it.
Published 7 months ago by Jalz
4.0 out of 5 stars good
great read, can be a bit of a page turned in parts but also gets lost a bit along the way , all in all a very good read
Published 8 months ago by harolds
5.0 out of 5 stars Coz it is Scholesy
Though it was a used copy, I have not much complaints about how it was preserved. Then you have giner prince walking you through streams of pictures with his witty sarcasms and I... Read more
Published 8 months ago by Sudarsan Srinivasan
5.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyed the Book
I really enjoyed reading the book. The deliver also was excellent. Its a brilliant book and you can see a different side of Schiles in this book.
Published 10 months ago by Matthew Sasvari
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