With Christmas approaching, the daily tabloids have been full of exclusive revelations from any one of the endless wave of autobiographies being rushed out by managers and players.
Here we look at those potential stocking-fillers actually worth a read.
5) Thierry Henry: Lonely At The Top
Philippe Auclair’s biography is meticulously researched and delivered in beautifully flowing prose. As interesting and captivating as his portrait of Thierry’s complex personality are the insights into Arsene Wenger’s Monaco tenure, the position of Gerard Houllier in French football, and the success of France's famous Clairefontaine academy.
4) I Am Zlatan
The title says it all. One of football’s biggest and most entertaining egos divulges all. From his details on the tough characters in his childhood neighbourhood, to his musings on his admiration of Muhammad Ali and (the original) Ronaldo, to his unique opinions on Pep Guardiola and his Barcelona followers. Zlatan is unashamedly honest and unapologetically proclaims his view, for he is Zlatan.
3) Sir Alex Ferguson: My Autobiography
The book that everyone has been talking about. Much like Manchester United’s current manager, many will be eager to grasp the chance to understand the mindset that bred 27 years of unrivalled success at one club for the legendary Scot. For those that just want to read some damning opinions of famous figures in the game, it also serves up plenty of that.
2) Dennis Bergkamp: Stillness And Speed
The manuscript that documents the development of genius. One of football’s more cerebral players shares the philosophy and ideals that nurtured his artistry. Alongside the opinions of the Arsenal legend are those of the men who played their role in or, at least, bore witness to the development of the highest level of technical proficiency to ever grace the Premier League.
1) Mark Halsey: Added Time, Surviving Cancer, Death Threats and the Premier League
A welcome alternative to the managers shaming their former devoted troops with scandalous revelations or frustrated players complaining about their minute five figure a week salaries. Instead, Halsley gives an insight into the most difficult job in football; the men who go unnoticed when they perform well and are universally vilified and cursed for an individual mistake. More than the story of a ref, there is the added weight of his personal battle with cancer.
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