Vieira: My Autobiography Paperback – 15 Nov 2006
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Entertaining. Four stars (FOURFOURTWO, 1 Feb)
Gunners fans currently missing Vieira's combative qualities in central midfield can at least now enjoy them on the page. (THE OBSERVER, 8 Jan)
You've no doubt heard about Ruud Van Nistelrooy threatening legal action for some remarks in this book, but there are other subjects that get the hard-man treatment. Watch out referees, racists and football's big earners. (SHOOT)
The most controversial and eagerly anticipated footy memoir since Jaap Stam's. (IRISH NEWS, 17 Dec) --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
The long-awaited autobiography of the former Arsenal and France football star Patrick VieiraSee all Product Description
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Written back in 2005 when Vieira was still playing, the book immediately feels like one of those biogs that won’t be warts and all. Ever the professional, Vieira decides to keep on good terms with all the potential teammates he may still have. This is not always a huge issue, pleasant people can write great stories – see Jackie Chan. However, this is not a great story. Vieira plods through his football career describing specific seasons and games in a bland monotone. To make matters worse, in the updated version he also talks about his French career in more depth. You essentially get the slightly dull side of his story twice as he mentions playing for Arsenal when with France and vice versa.
Life is injected sporadically into the book when he mentions a player he was friends with or one that he disliked, but most of the time he keeps the reader at arm’s length. A follow up is needed now that he has retired. A slightly more candid look at his career would be far more interesting that this book that feels as safe as Arsenal defence during the season of The Invincibles.
It's only right that we get to hear about all the stuff he's won for France, and I did want to know about how he felt about Man Utd.
Proper football fans will love it - I'm sure of it.