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Encyclopedia > Eric Cantona
Éric Cantona
Personal information
Full name Éric Daniel Pierre Cantona
Date of birth May 24, 1966 (1966-05-24) (age 42)
Place of birth    Nimes, France
Height 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
Playing position Forward (Retired)
Senior clubs1
Years Club App (Gls)*
1983–1988
1985–1986
1988–1991
1989
1989–1990
1991
1992
1992–1997
Auxerre
Martigues (loan)
Marseille
Bordeaux (loan)
Montpellier (loan)
Nîmes
Leeds United
Manchester United
Total
081 0(23)
015 00(4)
040 0(13)
011 00(6)
033 0(10)
016 00(2)
028 00(9)
144 0(64)
368 (131)   
National team
1987–1995 France 045 0(20)

1 Senior club appearances and goals
counted for the domestic league only.
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Éric Daniel Pierre Cantona (born 24 May 1966 in Paris raised in Marseille) is a French former footballer of the late 1980s and 1990s. He ended his professional footballing career at Manchester United where he won four Premiership titles in five years (being suspended the season without title), including two League and FA Cup "doubles". Cantona is often regarded as having played a major talismanic role in the revival of Manchester United as a footballing powerhouse and he enjoys iconic status at the club. In 2001 he was voted their player of the century, and to this day United fans refer to him as "King Eric". is the 144th day of the year (145th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1966 (MCMLXVI) was a common year starting on Saturday (link will display full calendar) of the 1966 Gregorian calendar. ... This article is about the capital of France. ... City flag Coat of arms Motto: By her great deeds, the city of Massilia shines The Old Port of Marseille Location Time Zone CET (GMT +1) Coordinates Administration Country Region Provence-Alpes-Côte dAzur Department Bouches-du-Rhône (13) Subdivisions 16 arrondissements (in 8 secteurs) Intercommunality Urban... Soccer redirects here. ... MUFC redirects here. ... For the Scottish equivalent see Scottish Premier League The FA Premier League (often referred to as the Barclays Premiership in England and the Barclays English Premier League or just simply The EPL internationally) is a league competition for football clubs located at the top of the English football league system... This article is about the English FA Cup. ... For the novella by Fyodor Dostoevsky, see The Double: A Petersburg Poem. ...

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Career

France

Cantona's first football club was Auxerre, where he spent two years in the youth team before making his debut in 1983, he actually spent three years there, he was later thrown out of the squad Association de la Jeunesse Auxerroise, or AJ Auxerre, is a French football team, founded in 1905, playing in the town of Auxerre in Burgundy. ...


The whole of 1984 saw Cantona's footballing career put on hold as he carried out his national service. After his discharge he was loaned out to Martigues in the French Second Division. Rejoining Auxerre and signing a professional contract in 1986, his performances in the First Division were good enough to earn him his first full international cap. However, the first of his disciplinary problems had already begun when in 1987 he was heavily fined for punching team mate Bruno Martini in the face [1] National service is a common name for compulsory or voluntary military service programs. ... FC Martigues (Football Club de Martigues) play in the Championnat National, which is the third level of football in France. ... It has been suggested that this article or section be merged into Cap (sport). ... Bruno Martini (born in Nevers, January 25, 1962) was a former football (soccer) player in goalkeeper role. ...


The following year Cantona was again in trouble because of a dangerous tackle on Nantes player, Michel Der Zakarian, resulting in a three month suspension from the game [2] He was part of the French under-21 side that won the 1988 U21 European Championship and shortly after that success, he transferred to Marseille, the club he supported as a boy, for a French record fee. Cantona had quite often shown signs of being 'short tempered' in his career to date, and in January 1989 during a friendly game against Torpedo Moscow he kicked the ball at the crowd and ripped off and threw away his jersey after being substituted. His club responded by banning him for a month. Just a few months earlier, he had been banned from international matches for one year after insulting the national coach on TV.[3] Michel Der Zakarian (born February 18, 1963 in Yerevan, Armenia) is a former Franco-Armenian professional football (soccer) defender, currently managing FC Nantes. ... First International U23: France 0-0 Norway Alès, November 11, 1970 U21: France 1-1 Belgium Amiens, September 3, 1976 Biggest win France 7-0 Yugoslavia Reims, November 16, 1985 Biggest defeat England 6-1 France Sheffield, February 28, 1984 Records for competitive matches only. ... The UEFA U-21 Championship 1988, which spanned two years (1986-88), had 30 entrants. ... Olympique de Marseille (also known as lOM or Marseille) is a football team that plays in Ligue 1, the top level of the French Football League, based in Marseille. ... FC Torpedo Moscow (Russian: Футбольный клуб Торпедо Москва) is a Russian football club, based in Moscow. ...


Having struggled to settle at Marseille, Cantona moved to Bordeaux on a six-month loan and then to Montpellier on a year-long loan. At Montpellier, he was involved in a fight with team-mate Jean-Claude Lemoult and threw his boots in Lemoult's face. The incident led to six players demanding that Cantona be sacked. However, with the support of team-mates such as Laurent Blanc and Carlos Valderrama, the club retained his services though banned him for ten days [4]. Cantona was instrumental as the team went on to win the French Cup and his form persuaded Marseille to take him back. FC Girondins de Bordeaux is a French football team, playing in the city of Bordeaux. ... Montpellier Hérault Sport Club is a French football club, based in Montpellier. ... Jean-Claude Lemoult (born August 28, 1960 in Neufchâteau, Vosges) is a French former professional football (soccer) player. ... Laurent Blanc (born November 19, 1965 in Alès) is a retired French football defender, who scored the first golden goal in World Cup history. ... Carlos Alberto Valderrama Palacio (born September 2, 1961 in Santa Marta, Colombia) is a former Colombian soccer player. ...


Back at Marseille, Cantona initially played well under the new coach Franz Beckenbauer. However, the Marseille chairman Bernard Tapie was not satisfied with the results, and replaced Beckenbauer with Raymond Goethals with whom Cantona did not see eye-to-eye. Cantona was also continually at odds with Tapie and despite helping the team win the French Division 1 title, he was transferred to Nîmes the following season. Franz Anton Beckenbauer (born September 11, 1945) is a German football coach, manager, and former player, nicknamed der Kaiser (the emperor) because of his elegant style, his leadership qualities, his first name Franz (reminiscent of the Austrian emperors), and his dominance on the football pitch. ... Bernard Tapie (born January 26, 1943 in Paris) is a French businessman, politician and occasional actor, singer, and TV host. ... Raymond Goethals, (October 7, 1921-December 6, 2004), is considered the most stubborn Belgian national soccer trainers of all time. ... Ligue 1 (Première division or Division 1 until 2003, now called Ligue 1 Orange) is the top division of French and Monegasque football, one of two divisions making up the LFP, the other being Ligue 2. ... Nîmes Olympique are a football (soccer) team based in Nîmes, France, founded on 10 April 1937. ...


In December 1991, during a match for Nîmes he threw the ball at the referee, having been angered by one of his decisions. He was summoned to a disciplinary hearing by the French Football Federation and was banned for one month. Cantona responded by walking up to each member of the hearing committee in turn and calling him an "idiot". His ban was increased to 3 months. For Cantona this was the last straw and he announced his retirement from football in December 1991. The French Football Federation (FFF) (French: Fédération Française de Football) is the governing body of football in France. ...


The French national team coach Michel Platini was a keen fan of Cantona, and persuaded him to make a comeback. On the advice of Gérard Houllier, he moved to England to restart his career. Michel François Platini (born June 21, 1955) is a French former football manager and midfielder, and current president of the UEFA (Union of European Football Associations). ... Gérard Houllier, OBE, (IPA: , born 3 September 1947, in Thérouanne, Pas-de-Calais, France) is a football manager. ...


England

Leeds United

On 6th November 1991 after Liverpool's 3-0 victory over Auxerre in a UEFA Cup 2nd round 2nd leg tie at Anfield, Graeme Souness, the manager of Liverpool at the time was met by Frenchman Michel Platini at the end of the game, and told him he had a player that would like to play for Liverpool, he said his name was Eric Cantona. Souness told him thank you but he did not want any trouble and declined his offer. In January 1992 Cantona came to England for a trial with Sheffield Wednesday, managed by Trevor Francis. When offered an extension to the trial, he found this insulting and subsequently joined Leeds United A.F.C., where he was an important part of the team that won the final old First Division championship in 1991-92. He was also inspirational in the Charity Shield 4-3 win over Liverpool in 1992, scoring a hat-trick. Graeme James Souness (IPA: []) (born 6 May 1953 in Edinburgh) is a Scottish former professional football player and manager. ... Michel François Platini (born June 21, 1955) is a French former football manager and midfielder, and current president of the UEFA (Union of European Football Associations). ... England national football team playing at Wembley Stadium Football is the national sport of England, and as such has an important place within English national life. ... SWFC redirects here. ... Trevor John Francis (born April 19, 1954 in Boxhill, Plymouth, England), was a noted footballer and Englands first £1 million player. ... From 1889 until 1992, this was the highest division overall of organized football in England. ... The 1991-92 season was the 112th season of competitive football in England. ... For the rugby league competition, see Charity Shield (rugby league) The Football Association Community Shield (formerly the Charity Shield) is an English association football trophy contested in an annual match between the champions of the FA Premier League and the winners of the FA Cup. ... For other uses, see Liverpool (disambiguation). ...


He however left Leeds before the end of the 1992-93 season, which saw them finishing 17th out of 22 in the newly formed Premier League, moving to Manchester United in November 1992 for the relatively small fee of £1.2 million, much to the disgust of the Leeds fans, although Howard Wilkinson, the Leeds United manager, was eager for him to leave.[citation needed]


Manchester United

Cantona's first appearance for Manchester United was against Benfica in Lisbon, in a friendly match to mark the 50th birthday of Eusébio. He made his competitive debut as a second half substitute against Manchester City at Old Trafford, on December 6th, 1992. United won 2-1, though Cantona made little impact that day. Eusébio da Silva Ferreira, GCIH, GCM (pron. ...


United's season had been disappointing up to Cantona's signing. They had had problems scoring goals: Brian McClair and Mark Hughes were off form, and summer signing Dion Dublin had broken his leg early in the season. However, Cantona quickly settled into the team, not only scoring many goals but also creating chances for the other players. His first United goal came in a 1-1 draw against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge on December 19th 1992. It was against Tottenham Hotspur on January 9th 1993, that Cantona really showed his class, scoring one and having a hand in the other goals in a 4-1 victory. However, controversy was never far away and on his return to Elland Road to play Leeds he spat at a fan and was fined £1,000 by the FA [5]. Brian John McClair (born December 8, 1963) in Bellshill, Scotland) is a former Scottish international soccer player, notable for his near eleven-year spell at Manchester United F.C., as well as important tenures at Scottish clubs Celtic F.C. and Motherwell F.C.. During his period at Manchester United... This article is about the Welsh footballer. ... Dion Dublin (born 22 April 1969 in Leicester) is an English footballer currently with Norwich City. ...


For the next two years, United went on an amazing run, winning the inaugural Premiership in 1993. By winning that title, Cantona became the only player ever to win back-to-back titles with different clubs. They retained the Premiership and with Cantona's two penalties helping them to a 4-0 win over Chelsea in the FA Cup Final. Cantona was voted PFA Player Of The Year in 1994. However, his serious disciplinary problem had not dissipated, being sent off a record 4 times in the Premier league season. [1] For the Scottish equivalent see Scottish Premier League The FA Premier League (often referred to as the Barclays Premiership in England and the Barclays English Premier League or just simply The EPL internationally) is a league competition for football clubs located at the top of the English football league system... The 1992-1993 season was the 113th season of competitive football in England. ... This article describes the FA Premier League 1993-94 season. ... Bonaventure Kalou of the Ivory Coast takes a penalty against Dragoslav Jevrić of S&M during the 2006 World Cup. ... Chelsea Football Club (also known as The Blues or previously The Pensioners) are an English professional football club based in west London. ... This article is about the English FA Cup. ... The 1993-1994 season was the 114th season of competitive football in England. ...

Éric Cantona kicks Crystal Palace fan Simmons.
Éric Cantona kicks Crystal Palace fan Simmons.

In the following season Cantona became infamous for an incident that occurred on 25 January 1995. In an away match against Crystal Palace, after being sent off by the referee for a vengeful kick on Palace defender Richard Shaw (after Shaw had pulled his shirt), he launched a 'kung-fu' style kick against a Crystal Palace fan, Matthew Simmons followed by a series of punches [6]. Simmons was later tried for threatening language and behaviour, and attacked the prosecution counsel after being found guilty, leaping over a bench and executing a flying kick of his own. He was sentenced to seven days in jail, but only served 24 hours of his sentence.[7] At a press conference called later, Cantona gave what is perhaps his most famous quotation. Referring to how journalists would constantly monitor his behaviour, Cantona said, in a slow and deliberate manner: Image File history File links Download high resolution version (858x602, 53 KB) This work is copyrighted. ... Image File history File links Download high resolution version (858x602, 53 KB) This work is copyrighted. ... is the 25th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1995 (MCMXCV) was a common year starting on Sunday. ... Crystal Palace Football Club is an English professional football team based in the London Borough of Croydon. ... Misconduct in football (soccer) is any conduct by a player which is deemed by the referee to warrant a disciplinary sanction (caution or dismissal) in accordance with Law 12 the Laws of the Game. ... A referee presides over a game of association football (soccer). ... Richard Shaw (born 11 September 1968 in Brentford) is an English professional football player, he currently plays for Millwall. ... A member of Liberal Democratic Party Taizo Sugimura in an apology news conference in Japan A news conference or press conference is a media event in which newsmakers invite journalists to hear them speak and, most often, ask questions. ... This article is about journalistic reporters. ...

"When the seagulls follow the trawler, it's because they think sardines will be thrown in to the sea"

He then got up from his seat and left, leaving many of the assembled crowd bemused. He was sentenced to 120 hours of community service after an appeal court overturned a 2 week prison sentence for assault. He was suspended by The Football Association from world football until the following October and fined £10,000. The FA Chief Executive Graham Kelly described his attack as "a stain on our game" that brought shame on football [8]. Manchester United also fined Cantona two weeks wages [9] and he was stripped of the French captaincy; his club eventually lost the Premiership title to Blackburn. Community service refers to service that a person performs for the benefit of his or her local community. ... Her Majestys Court of Appeal is the second most senior court in the English legal system, with only the Judicial Committee of the House of Lords above it. ... The Football Association (The FA) is the governing body of football in England and the Crown dependencies of Jersey, Guernsey and the Isle of Man. ... Blackburn Rovers Football Club is an English Premier League football club based in the town of Blackburn, Lancashire. ...


There had been much speculation that Cantona would leave English football when his ban finished, but Alex Ferguson persuaded him to stay in Manchester and Cantona was once again inspirational. United had sold several key players at the start of the season and replaced them with players from the club's youth team and their prospects of winning the league were not looking good. Much hype surrounded Cantona's return game, against Liverpool on 1 October 1995. In the match, Cantona set up a goal for Nicky Butt inside 2 minutes, and then scored a penalty after Ryan Giggs had been upended. Eight months without competitive football had inevitably taken its toll and Cantona struggled for form prior to Christmas. Things then changed, however, with his goals helping United to recapture the league having been twelve points behind Newcastle United in January 1996. There was a spate of important 1-0 wins for United, with Cantona the goal scorer, but a 0-3 victory against Middlesbrough at the Riverside Stadium decided the title. Fittingly, it was the same 1-0 scoreline, and the same scorer, in that year's FA Cup Final against Liverpool, with Cantona becoming the first foreign player to lift the FA Cup as captain. The strike of that match happened with 5 minutes remaining and was perhaps Eric Cantona's most famous goal of his career. A corner from the left side troubled Liverpool keeper David James who attempted to fist the ball out of the box. Instead, the ball was deflected down the middle to the top of the box. Cantona, who had backed away when the corner was sent, lined up and took an extremely athletic twisting volley with his right foot firing the ball through a sea of defenders into the net. The game was won. His redemption was complete after the scandals and lows of a year earlier. Cantona gave a post-match interview saying: "You know that's life. Up and down." Manchester United became the first team to win "the double" twice. For other persons named Alex Ferguson, see Alex Ferguson (disambiguation). ... Liverpool Football Club are an English professional football club based in Liverpool, Merseyside, who play in the Premier League; they are historically the most successful club in the history of English football, having won more trophies than any other English club. ... is the 274th day of the year (275th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1995 (MCMXCV) was a common year starting on Sunday. ... Nicholas Nicky Butt (born 21 January 1975 in Gorton, Manchester, England) is an English footballer who currently plays for Newcastle United. ... Ryan Joseph Giggs OBE[1] (born Ryan Joseph Wilson on 29 November 1973 in Ely, Cardiff) is a Welsh footballer who has played for Manchester United in the English Premiership for the entirety of his club career to-date. ... For the Australian soccer club see Newcastle United (Australia). ... Middlesbrough F.C. are an English football team, commonly known as Boro. ... The Riverside Stadium is a football stadium in Middlesbrough, England, which has been the home of Middlesbrough F.C. since it opened in 1995. ... Liverpool Football Club are an English professional football club based in Liverpool, Merseyside, who play in the Premier League; they are historically the most successful club in the history of English football, having won more trophies than any other English club. ...


Cantona galvanised the United team to greater success with the likes of Ryan Giggs and youngsters David Beckham, Paul Scholes and Gary Neville emerging under his influence. As United retained the league in the 1996-97 season, Cantona had won four league titles in five years with United (six in seven years including those won with Marseille and Leeds United), the exception being the 1995 season which he had largely missed through suspension. At the end of an admittedly lacklustre season by his standards, which was fuelled by United's elimination at the hands of Borussia Dortmund in the semi-finals of the UEFA Champions League, he announced that he was retiring from football at the age of 30 which came as a surprise, and was met with great dismay by United fans. His final competitive game came against West Ham on 11th May 1997, and his final appearance before retiring was five days later on Friday 16th May in a testimonial for David Busst against Coventry City at Highfield Road, in which Eric scored twice in a 2-2 draw. Cantona scored a total of 64 league goals for Manchester United, 11 in domestic cup competitions, and 5 in The Champions League. Ryan Joseph Giggs OBE[1] (born Ryan Joseph Wilson on 29 November 1973 in Ely, Cardiff) is a Welsh footballer who has played for Manchester United in the English Premiership for the entirety of his club career to-date. ... David Beckham David Robert Joseph Beckham OBE (born May 2, 1975) is an English footballer born in Leytonstone, London. ... Paul Aaron Scholes (born 16 November 1974) is an English football player who has spent his whole career at Manchester United. ... Gary Neville (born February 18, 1975 in Bury, Greater Manchester) is an English football player. ... The 1996-1997 season was the 117th season of competitive football in England. ... BV Borussia Dortmund is a German football club based in Dortmund, North Rhine-Westphalia and one of the most successful clubs in German football. ... UEFA Champions League, which replaced the European Champions Cup, is a seasonal club football competition organised by UEFA since 1992 for the most successful football clubs in Europe. ... David Busst (pronounced Boost) (born 30 June 1967 in Birmingham) is a former English footballer and current football community officer and coach. ... Coventry City Football Club, otherwise known as the Sky Blues due to the traditional colour of their strip (which itself is sky blue in honour of the sky blue cloth traditionally made in the city), are a football team based in Coventry, England. ...


In 2004 Cantona was quoted as saying, "I'm so proud the fans still sing my name, but I fear tomorrow they will stop. I fear it because I love it. And everything you love, you fear you will lose."


In 2006 The Sun newspaper reported Cantona as saying that Manchester United had lost their soul and that the current players were a bunch of sheep. The Old Trafford idol reckoned the days of maverick entertainers like himself and George Best were gone and feared the Red Devils were betraying their past by putting out boring, functional teams. However on the Contrary he was interviewed in the Number 7's issue of 'United Magazine' in August 2006 stating he will only come back to Manchester United as 'Number 1' (meaning not return as assistant manager or coach) and would create a team like no other and play the way he thinks football should be played. This article is about a British tabloid. ... George Best (22 May 1946 – 25 November 2005) was a Northern Irish football player best known for his years with Manchester United. ...


Cantona opposed the Malcolm Glazer takeover of Manchester United, and has stated that he will not return to the club, even as a manager, while the Glazer family is in charge. This came as a disappointment to the many United fans who voted him as their choice for United's next manager in survey over the summer of 2000.[10] After Manchester United F.C. was floated on the stock market in 1990, the high value of the club made it seem unlikely that a hostile takeover would be possible. ... Year 2000 (MM) was a leap year starting on Saturday. ...


French National Team

Eric Cantona was given his full international début against West Germany in August 1987 by the then national team manager Henri Michel. In September 1988, angered after being dropped from the national team, Cantona insulted Michel in a post-match TV interview and was indefinitely banned from all international matches. However, Michel was sacked shortly after that having failed to qualify for the 1990 World Cup. The following are the football (soccer) events of the year 1987 throughout the world. ... Henri Michel (born October 29, 1947) is a former French soccer player who played as a midfielder and later went on to coach various national teams. ... The 1990 FIFA World Cup, the 14th staging of the World Cup, was held in Italy from June 8 to July 8. ...


The new coach was Michel Platini and one of his first acts was to recall Cantona who was a favourite of his. He claimed that Cantona would be selected as long as he was playing competitive top-class football; Platini had initiated Cantona's move to England to restart his career. France qualified for the 1992 European Football Championship held in Sweden, but failed to win a single game despite the striking partnership of Cantona and Jean-Pierre Papin. Platini resigned after the finals to be replaced by Gérard Houllier. Michel François Platini (born June 21, 1955) is a French former football manager and midfielder, and current president of the UEFA (Union of European Football Associations). ... The 1992 European Football Championship (Euro 92) final tournament was hosted by Sweden. ... Jean-Pierre Papin (born November 5, 1963 in Boulogne-sur-Mer, France) was a French football player. ... Gérard Houllier, OBE, (IPA: , born 3 September 1947, in Thérouanne, Pas-de-Calais, France) is a football manager. ...


Under Houllier, France then failed to qualify for the 1994 World Cup in the U.S. after losing the final game 2:1 at home to Bulgaria when a draw would have sufficed. David Ginola gave away possession in the game which led to Bulgaria's winning goal by Emil Kostadinov. Cantona was reportedly angry with Ginola after the game. Houllier resigned and Aimé Jacquet took over. Qualifying countries The 1994 FIFA World Cup, the 15th staging of the FIFA World Cup, was held in the United States from June 17 to July 17, 1994. ... David Ginola (born January 25, 1967) is a former French international football player and also a model. ... Emil Kostadinov (born August 12, 1967 in Sofia) is a Bulgarian football striker. ... Aimé Jacquet (born November 27, 1941) is a French football (soccer) coach and former player, and manager of the France national football team when they won the 1998 FIFA World Cup. ...


Jacquet began to rebuild the national team in preparation for Euro 96 (the 1996 European Championship) and appointed Cantona as the captain. Cantona remained the captain until the Selhurst Park incident in January 1995. The suspension which resulted from this incident also prevented him from playing in international matches. The 1996 European Football Championship (or simply Euro 96) was hosted by England. ... To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article or section may require cleanup. ...


By the time Cantona's suspension had been completed, he had lost his role as the team's playmaker to another star, Zinedine Zidane, as Jacquet had revamped the squad with some new blood and built it around Zidane. Cantona, Papin and Ginola were never again selected for the French team and missed Euro 96. Though there was criticism about Cantona's omission, as he was playing his best football in the FA Premier League, Jacquet himself stated that the team had done well without Cantona, and that he wanted to keep faith with the players who had taken them so far.[11] The decision was vindicated as Les Bleus subsequently won the World Cup in 1998. Zidane redirects here. ... For the Scottish equivalent see Scottish Premier League The FA Premier League (often referred to as the Barclays Premiership in England and the Barclays English Premier League or just simply The EPL internationally) is a league competition for football clubs located at the top of the English football league system... First international Belgium 3 - 3 France (Brussels, Belgium; 1 May 1904) Biggest win France 10 - 0 Azerbaijan (Auxerre, France; 6 September 1995) Biggest defeat Denmark 17 - 1 France (London, England; 22 October 1908) World Cup Appearances 12 (First in 1930) Best result Winners, 1998 European Championship Appearances 6 (First in... The 1998 Football World Cup was held in France by the FIFA decision in July 1992. ...


To this day, Cantona still harbours resentment for the people at the head of his national team but also admiration for his adopted football country; at Euro 2004 and the 2006 FIFA World Cup, he supported England and not France.[2]. Euro 2004 Logo The 2004 UEFA European Football Championship, commonly called EURO 2004, was held in Portugal between 12 June and 4 July 2004. ... 2006 World Cup redirects here. ...


Career in "retirement"

Cantona's subsequent career has mostly been in the French cinema, primarily as an actor although he has also directed a short film Apporte-moi ton amour in 2002; outside of France, he had a role as the French ambassador in the movie Elizabeth, starring Cate Blanchett in 1998. See filmography below. Actors in period costume sharing a joke whilst waiting between takes during location filming. ... This article is about motion pictures. ... Elizabeth is a 1998 movie about the early reign of Queen Elizabeth I of England. ... Catherine Élise Cate Blanchett (born May 14, 1969) is an Australian actress and stage director. ...


Since retiring from professional football Cantona has appeared in numerous European television advertisements, especially for Nike. Cantona made cameos in two memorable commercials, one starring the Brazilian national team playing football in an airport, and another involving the national teams of both Brazil and Portugal. In a worldwide advertising campaign during the run-up to the 2002 FIFA World Cup, he starred as the organiser of "underground" games (branded by Nike as "Scorpion KO") between football players like Thierry Henry, Hidetoshi Nakata, Ronaldo, Roberto Carlos and Luís Figo. In an earlier UK Nike commercial, he appeared playing "amateur" football on Hackney Marshes with other stars including Ian Wright, Steve McManaman and Robbie Fowler. In a Nike campaign in the advance of the 2006 FIFA World Cup, nearly ten years after his retirement, Cantona appears as the lead spokesman for the "Joga Bonito" organization, an association attempting to eliminate acting and fake play from football. He also starred in an Irish EuroMillions advertisement. He has gained a considerable amount of weight since retiring from professional football, rendering him almost unrecognizable from his playing days. Nike, Inc. ... 2002 World Cup redirects here. ... Thierry Daniel Henry (pronounced , born 17 August 1977) is a French football player. ... Hidetoshi Nakata (中田 英寿 Nakata Hidetoshi; born January 22, 1977 in Yamanashi Prefecture), is a Japanese former football player. ... Ronaldo Luis Nazário de Lima (born September 22, 1976), is a Brazilian professional footballer who plays as a striker for Brazil and the Italian Serie A club AC Milan. ... For the singer, see Roberto Carlos (singer) . Roberto Carlos, full name Roberto Carlos da Silva Rocha [2] (born April 10, 1973, Garça, São Paulo), is a Brazilian football wingback who currently plays for Turkish side Fenerbahçe. ... Luís Filipe Madeira Caeiro Figo, (born 4 November 1972 in Almada, Portugal) is a professional Portuguese footballer. ... , Hackney Marshes is an area of grassland on the western (Middlesex) bank of the River Lee in the London Borough of Hackney. ... For other persons named Ian Wright, see Ian Wright (disambiguation). ... Steven Steve McManaman (born 11 February 1972, in Liverpool, England) is an English former footballer of the 1990s and early 2000s, who played as a winger in a career spanning two of European Footballs biggest club football sides in Liverpool F.C. and Real Madrid. ... Robert Bernard Robbie Fowler, born 9 April 1975 is an English footballer who currently plays for Championship side Cardiff City. ... 2006 World Cup redirects here. ... Joga Bonito (which means play beautiful in Portuguese) is a football-oriented social network service created by Nike and Google, based upon Googles orkut. ... A map of the countries that participate in EuroMillions. ...


Shortly after his departure from Manchester United, Cantona became captain of the French National Beach Football team. Cantona has continued his interest in beach soccer games in southern Asia and at the Inaugural Kronenbourg beach soccer in 2002, in the city of Brighton. He managed the French Team which won the inaugural FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup in 2005 in Rio de Janeiro. He also coached the 2006 FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup French National Team, which finished in third place. In team sports, a captain is an honorary title given to the member of the team primarily responsible for strategy and teamwork while the game is in progress on the field. ... Beach Soccer game Beach Soccer (Beasal) or Beach football is a variant of the sport of association football. ... Beach Soccer game Beach Soccer (Beasal) or Beach football is a variant of the sport of association football. ... The trophy The Beach Soccer World Cup is a association football competition in beach soccer organised by the world football governing body FIFA for national teams. ...


In 1998, the Football League, as part of its centenary season celebrations, included Cantona on its list of 100 League Legends. The following are the football (soccer) events of the year 1998 throughout the world. ... The Football League is an organisation representing 72 professional football clubs in England and Wales, and runs the oldest professional football league competition in the world. ... The Football League 100 Legends is a list of 100 legendary football players produced by The Football League in 1998, to celebrate the 100th season of League football. ...


Cantona's achievements in the English League were further marked in 2002 when he was made an Inaugural Inductee of the English Football Hall of Fame. The following are the football (soccer) events of the year 2002 throughout the world. ... The Hall of Fame is housed at The National Football Museum in Preston, England. ...


Career statistics

Club Performance League Cup Continental Total
Season Club League Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
France League Coupe de France Europe Total
1983-84 Auxerre Division 1 2 0 - - 2 0
1984-85 5 2 - - 5 2
1985-86 7 0 - 1 0 8 0
1985-86 Martigues Division 2 15 4 - - 15 4
1986-87 Auxerre Division 1 36 13 - - 36 13
1987-88 32 8 5 1 2 1 39 10
1988-89 Olympique Marseille Division 1 22 5 - - 22 5
1988-89 Girondins Bordeaux Division 1 11 6 - - 11 6
1989-90 Montpellier Division 1 33 10 8 8 - 41 18
1990-91 Olympique Marseille Division 1 18 8 5 1 3 1 26 10
1991-92 Nîmes Olympique Division 1 17 2 2 2 - 19 4
England League FA Cup Europe Total
1991-92 Leeds United First Division 15 3 7 0 - 22 3
1992-93 Premier League 13 6 2 2 5 1 20 10
1992-93 Manchester United Premier League 22 9 3 2 - 25 11
1993-94 34 18 8 2 4 2 46 22
1994-95 21 12 6 0 2 0 29 12
1995-96 30 14 - - 30 14
1996-97 36 11 - 10 3 46 14
Total France 198 58 20 12 6 2 224 72
England 171 73 26 6 21 6 218 85
Career Total 369 131 46 18 27 8 442 157

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Family

Cantona was married to Isabelle Ferrer, they have two children. He is now married to actress Rachida Brakni. He has two other close relations that play professional football: his brother Joël Cantona played for Olympique de Marseille, Újpesti TE and Stockport County (and is also now an actor), whilst his nephew Sacha Opinel currently plays for Ebbsfleet United F.C. Rachida Brakni (born February 15, 1977, Paris) is a French actress of Algerian origin. ... Olympique de Marseille (also known as lOM or Marseille) is a football team that plays in Ligue 1, the top level of the French Football League, based in Marseille. ... Újpest FC (usually known simply as Újpest), earlier known as Újpesti TE (UTE) and Újpesti Dózsa, is a Hungarian football club, based in Budapest. ... Stockport County Football Club are an English football club playing in the Football League One. ... Sacha Opinel (born 9 April 1977 in Bourg-Saint-Maurice) is a French football midfielder who currently plays for Ebbsfleet United. ... Ebbsfleet United F.C. is an English football team currently playing in the Football Conference. ...


Partial filmography

  • Le bonheur est dans le pré - 1995 - Lionel
  • Eleven Men Against Eleven - 1995 - Player (uncredited)
  • Elizabeth - 1998 - Monsieur de Foix
  • Mookie - 1998 - Antoine Capella
  • Les enfants du marais - 1999 - Jo Sardi
  • La grande vie! (English title: The High Life) - 2001 - Joueur de pétanque 2
  • L'Outremangeur (English title: The Over-Eater) - 2003 - Séléna
  • Les Clefs de bagnole (English title: The Car Keys) - 2003
  • La vie est à nous - 2005
  • Une belle histoire - 2005
  • Lisa et le pilote d'avion - 2007
  • Le Deuxième souffle (English title: Second Wind) - 2007
  • JACK SAYS - 2007

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Quotations

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By him

  • "When the seagulls follow the trawler, it is because they think sardines will be thrown into the sea.[3]"
  • "My best moment? I have a lot of good moments but the one I prefer is when I kicked the hooligan."
  • "I didn't study; I live. You can't study these things - life teaches them to you. You don't find them in a book... I've read a lot of Socrates on Page 3 of the Sun."
  • "Sometimes in life one experiences an emotion which is so strong that it is difficult to think, or to reason. Sometimes you get submerged by emotion. I think it's very important to express it - which doesn't necessarily mean hitting someone. I am very mistrustful of people who are constantly over-intellectualising things. It kills passion. You have to allow yourself to lose control from time to time."
  • "I feel close to the rebelliousness and vigour of the youth here. Perhaps time will separate us, but nobody can deny that here, behind the windows of Manchester, there is an insane love of football, of celebration and of music."
  • "When you are a rich man you are proud to own a Rolls Royce and when you are a poor man you are proud to own a Renault."
  • "France does not deserve Auxerre... England maybe, but France does not." about his youth club AJ Auxerre.
  • "The Irish public should bow to the feet of Roy Keane, not slate him as he is the best player they will ever have to boast."
  • "After his first training session in heaven, George Best, from his favourite right wing, turned the head of God who was filling in at left-back. He nutmegged him and scored a wonderful goal from 30 yards out. I would love him to save me a place in his team - George Best that is, not God."
  • "I am God."
  • "Football is like making love, if you can't last 90 minutes like me, you wont win"
  • "I might have said that, but on the whole I talk a lot of rubbish."
  • "I don't play against a particular team. I play against the idea of losing." The latter part of the quote was scrawled on Cantona's body for his official photograph for FIFA 100, Pelé's list of the 125 greatest living footballers.
  • Described national teammate Didier Deschamps derisively as "the water-carrier". Cantona meant that Deschamps only existed to pass the ball to more talented players.
  • "I had heart, and I know without heart you cannot play."
  • "Joga Bonito! Play Beautiful!"
  • "No, it is me." (After being asked whether Zinédine Zidane or Michel Platini was the greatest-ever French footballer [4])
  • "Goals are like babies... They are all beautiful."

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About him

  • "How to create space, and then weave past a couple of defenders, McClair, here's Cantona! He's done it! That is magnificent by Cantona. And after all his problems, and his lack of form, and the criticism that's come his way, there is the perfect riposte." (Famous Words of commentator Jon Champion in the game between Manchester United F.C. vs. Sunderland A.F.C. match at Old Trafford, 21st of December, 1996.)
  • "I'd give all the champagne I've ever drunk to be playing alongside him in a big European match at Old Trafford." (George Best, 1960s Manchester United legend, pays a fine compliment to Éric)
  • "Collar turned up, back straight, chest stuck out, he glided into the arena as if he owned the fucking place. Any arena, but nowhere more effectively than Old Trafford. This was his stage. He loved it, the crowd loved him" (Roy Keane, Cantona's successor as Manchester United captain.)
  • "Who needs Pelé when you've got Éric Cantona?!" Martin Tyler commentating on Manchester United FC vs. Chelsea FC in the 1993-94 season. Cantona had just rattled the bar from the halfway line.
  • Paul Ince about Cantona before he entered court: 'We stayed at the Croydon Park hotel. So we got up in the morning and I've got me suit on - the nuts, know what I mean? I knock on Éric's door and he's standing in jacket, white shirt, long collars like that [he gestures to describe long, pointed collars], unbuttoned so you can see his chest. "Eric, you can't go to court like that", I told him and he says, "I am Cantona, I can go as I want"'.
  • "If a Frenchman goes on about seagulls, trawlers and sardines, he’s called a philosopher. I’d just be called a short Scottish bum talking crap." Gordon Strachan in response to Cantona's famous quote following the 1995 Crystal Palace-Simmons incident.
  • "Cantona making an early run...here he is. Lovely goal. Lovely goal." This commentary was used in a song "Ooh Aah Cantona" and Man United fans still recite the commentary to one another.

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Bibliography

  • Wightman, Rob (2002). FourFourTwo Great Footballers: Eric Cantona. Virgin Books. ISBN 978-0-7535-0662-2. 
  • Cantona, Eric (1996). Cantona on Cantona: Reflections of a sporting legend. Andre Deutsch. ISBN 978-0-233-99045-3. 
  • Robinson, Michael (1995). La Philosophie De Cantona. Prentice Hall. ISBN 978-1-898051-39-8. 
  • Blacker, Terence; William Donaldson (1997). The Meaning of Cantona: Meditations on Life, Art and Perfectly Weighted Balls. Mainstream Publishing. ISBN 978-1-85158-950-0. 

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References

  • Biography on the official Manchester United website

Notes

  1. ^ - The Independent - London - HighBeam Research
  2. ^ THE LIFE AND TIMES OF ERIC CANTONA - The Independent - London - HighBeam Research
  3. ^ Cantona returns to Old Trafford - Cricket News - Telegraph
  4. ^ Cantona returns to Old Trafford - Cricket News - Telegraph
  5. ^ Cantona returns to Old Trafford - Cricket News - Telegraph
  6. ^ Cantona hits fan, faces lengthy ban | Football | guardian.co.uk
  7. ^ The target | News | guardian.co.uk Football
  8. ^ French Star's 'Stain' on English Soccer - International Herald Tribune
  9. ^ idrottsforum.org | Artikel | The Role of Law within Sport
  10. ^ BBC SPORT | Football | My Club | Man Utd | Cantona hits out at Glazer family
  11. ^ FourFourTwo Great Footballers: Eric Cantona p. 198

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Eric Cantona is one of the most gifted players ever to play the game, and although his temperament often seemed to outshine his brilliance on the field, he still ranks among our list of all-time greats.
Cantona was persuaded to come out of his 'retirement' and move to England by Trevor Francis, who was the manager of Sheffield Wednesday at the time, but after appearing for the owls in an indoor tournament, he snubbed Francis' offer to stay an extra week for trials, and decided to join Howard Wilkinson's Leeds United.
Eric Cantona's United career was a glittering one, he helped lead the Old Trafford side to triumph after triumph, and was voted PFA Player of the Year in 1994.
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Nawet teraz, gdy Cantona nie jest już zawodnikiem Czerwonych Diabłów fani nadal śpiewają pieśni na cześć swojego króla - żaden inny zawodnik nie miał takiego wsparcia wśród kibiców.
Eric nie chciał być zapamiętany jako starzejący się zawodnik, który najlepsze lata ma już za sobą, pragnął pozostać w pamięci jako wspaniały gracz, zwycięzca.
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