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on 15 March 2006
If you're looking to read about the private life of Patrick Vieira, you'll be disappointed by this. However, if all you're interested in is the football, look no further. This book provides details about all Vieira's top memories in football, including chapters on his first steps with Arsenal, the 49 game unbeaten run, some memorable matches against Manchester Utd and his experiences playing for France. One of the most striking things about this book is his honesty- particularly about his fellow team mates and opponents (particularly Ruud van Nistelrooy). It's almost as though he wasn't aware they might be reading it... or he just doesn't care.
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on 4 September 2015
Any reader of sports autobiographies will know that a great sportsperson will not always make an interesting writer. Their life may have been one of passionate ups and downs, but their writing powers evade them when putting this onto paper. It does not help either if a book has to be translated from a foreign language and potentially losing some of the nuances. This is what may have happened to Patrick Vieira with ‘Vieira: My Autobiography’, a book that systematically drains the life out of the reader and the pleasure out of football.

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.
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on 27 June 2013
One of the best football books I think. The way he talks about English fans and our culture will make you feel special.
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.
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on 21 February 2006
Focus is too much on his playing days and how much he respects everyone. (apart from Ruud van Nistlerooy) Not enough about his life and interests. Found it dull. Read Tony Adams, Ian Wright or Gazza's books for a much more interesting read.
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on 2 January 2016
After initially growing up trying to be like Ian Wright, i started idolising Patrick Vieira when Arsenal signed him. A midfield general who run the park. A great read. Recommended.
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on 2 September 2010
This book is quite enjoyable although being an Arsenal fan he tends to talk about his France career alot more than his Arsenal career.
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on 26 December 2015
An item on my partners Christmas list so well received.
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on 26 May 2014
A gripping read on one of my idols growing up, doesn't hold back with honesty and I wish we (Arsenal) did more to keep him.
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on 2 December 2015
great acting
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on 23 June 2015
So boring! No passion! Just a dry narrative!
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