Paolo Di Canio: The Autobiography

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9780007115983: Paolo Di Canio: The Autobiography

The autobiography of Italian striker, Paolo Di Canio, worshipped by West Ham fans and a footballer who has won the hearts of supporters wherever he has played - this despite his infamous tantrums and volatile behaviour on the pitch. Born into a working-class family in Rome, Di Canio 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 describes his Latin roots, the young Italians' pastime of chasing the girls, and the ups and downs of his early football career. He also provides his own version of the shove on referee Paul Alcock, his anger at his club, Sheffield Wednesday, and the feelings of betrayal and isolation following his four-month ban from the game.

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Paolo Di Canio was born in Rome in July 1968. Between 1985 and 1996 he played football in Italy for Ternana, Lazio, Juventus, Napoli and AC Milan before joining Celtic in a ?1 million deal. In 1997 he was transferred to Sheffield Wednesday, but was forced out of the club following his push on referee Paul Alcock and subsequent 11-match ban. Joined West Ham in 1999 and is under contract until 2002. Gabriele Marcotti is the London correspondent for Il Corrierre dello Sport, as well as a writer for the American magazine Sports Illustrated. The quality of his writing and research has been a major factor in the success of this book.

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'Marvellous stuff...puts most players autobiographies to shame' - Independent

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