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The fully updated, explosive autobiography of West Ham’s hot-tempered but outrageously gifted Italian striker.
Paolo Di Canio is a player who doesn’t recognise the footballer’s code of conduct: he says what he thinks and heaven help the person who has crossed him. That’s the root of his troubles as well, of course.
Born into a working-class family in Rome, he displays the archetypal Latin temperament, which has seen him get into more trouble with referees than can be good for his health. But is there more to him than a one-man inner-city riot?
In his autobiography, Di Canio relives his colourful career with a host of clubs, from the likes of Milan, Napoli and Juventus in Italy to Celtic, Sheffield Wednesday and, most recently, West Ham.
He also provides his own version of the shove on referee Paul Alcock, his anger at his former club, Sheffield Wednesday, and the feelings of betrayal and isolation following his four-month ban from the game. He reveals the real reasons behind his retreat into exile in Italy before his career was rescued from oblivion by Harry Redknapp and West Ham.
With a new chapter focussing on the 2000/01 season, which ended with Harry Redknapp’s surprise departure, this updated edition is another entertaining instalment of Di Canio’s career in the English Premiership.
The infamous Paul Alcock incident--which brought his career to a grinding halt--is covered in detail, as you would expect, and Di Canio candidly measures the private psychological and emotional impact of his very public disgrace and vilification.
Di Canio finally found a home with Harry Redknapp's West Ham--and in the years since has become arguably the finest individual talent currently playing in English football.
Not afraid of speaking his mind--Middlesborough "the ugliest place in the world"; David James "this cretin", Danny Wilson "a frustrated nobody", Mussolini "deeply misunderstood", etc.--or of detailing those "delicate" moments, like his punch-up with then-manager Big Ron Atkinson, which have made him a regular target of the tabloids, Paolo Di Canio--The Autobiography is as controversial and compelling as the man himself. Whatever this book says about professional football and the life and loves of one of its most dazzling practitioners, the results are never boring. --Alex Hankin
‘Marvellous stuff…puts most players autobiographies to shame’ – Independent
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