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Eric Cantona

Cantona redirects here. For other uses, see Cantona 1 Early life
(disambiguation).
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unknown parameter fullname (this message is shown Paris,[7] Cantona was actually born in Marseille, to Albert
only in preview).
Cantona, a nurse and a painter, and lonore Raurich, a
dressmaker.[8][9][10] The family home was a cave in one of
ric Daniel Pierre Cantona (French pronunciation: [e'ik the hills in the Les Caillols area of Marseille, between the
k to'na]; born 24 May 1966) is a French actor and for- citys 11th and 12th arrondissements, and it was rumoured
mer international footballer for the French national team. to have been used as a look-out post for the German
He played for Auxerre, Martigues, Marseille, Bordeaux, Army, towards the end of the Second World War. The
Montpellier, Nmes and Leeds United before ending his site was chosen in the mid-1950s by Cantonas paternal
career at Manchester United where he won four Premier grandmother, Lucienne, whose husband, Joseph, was a
League titles in ve years and two League and FA Cup stonemason. By the time Cantona was born in 1966, the
hillside cave had become little more than a room in the
Doubles.
familys house, which was now up to a liveable standard.
A large, physically strong, hard-working, and tenacious
Cantona has two brothers, Jean-Marie, who is four years
forward, who combined technical skill and creativity with
older; and Jol, who is 17 months younger.
power and goalscoring ability, Cantona is often regarded
as having played a key role in the revival of Manch- Cantona came from a family of immigrants: his paternal
ester United as a footballing force in the 1990s and he grandfather, Joseph, had immigrated to Marseille from
enjoys iconic status at the club.[1] He wore the number Sardinia,[11] while his mothers parents had been Catalan
7 shirt at Manchester United with his trademark up- separatists.[12] Pere Raurich, Cantonas maternal grandturned collar.[2] Cantona is aectionately nicknamed by father, was ghting the armies of General Franco in the
Manchester United fans as King Eric, and was voted as Spanish Civil War in 1938 when he suered a serious
Manchester Uniteds greatest ever player by Inside United injury to his liver, and he had to retreat to France for
magazine.[3] Set against his achievements in football was medical treatment with his wife Paquita.[13] The Raua poor disciplinary record for much of his career, includ- richs stayed in Saint-Priest, Ardche, before settling in
ing a 1995 conviction for a 'kung-fu' assault on a fan, Marseille.[13]
and at a press conference following his initial conviction
Cantona gave his famous seagulls statement.[4] His disciplinary record, however, was much improved after he 2 Career
returned from the eight-month suspension right up to his
retirement as a player two years later.

2.1 Early career

Following his retirement from football in 1997, he took


up a career in cinema and had a role in the 1998 lm
Elizabeth, starring Cate Blanchett, the 2008 lm French
Film, and the 2009 lm Looking for Eric. In 2010, he
dbuted as a stage actor in Face au Paradis, a French play
directed by his wife, Rachida Brakni.[5]

Cantona began his football career with SO Caillolais,


his local team and one that had produced such talent as
Roger Jouve and had players such as Jean Tigana and
Christophe Galtier within its ranks. Originally, Cantona
began to follow in his fathers footsteps and often played
An inaugural inductee into the English Football Hall as a goalkeeper, but his creative instincts began to take
of Fame in 2002, the museum states: The enigmatic over and he would play up front more and more often. In
Frenchman was one of the Premier Leagues most con- his time with SO Caillolais, Cantona played in more than
troversial players ever.[2] On 19 January 2011, Can- 200 matches.
tona joined the revived New York Cosmos as Director
of Soccer.[6]

2.2 France

Cantonas rst professional club was Auxerre, where he


spent two years in the youth team before making his
dbut on 5 November 1983, in a 40 league victory over
1

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Nancy.[14]

CAREER

The French national team coach Michel Platini was a fan


of Cantona, and persuaded him to make a comeback. On
the advice of Grard Houllier as well as his psychoanalyst,
he moved to England to restart his career, He [my psychoanalyst] advised me not to sign for Marseille and recommended that I should go to England.[19]

In 1984 his footballing career was put on hold as he carried out his national service. After his discharge he was
loaned out to Martigues[14] in the French Second Division
before rejoining Auxerre and signing a professional contract in 1986. His performances in the First Division were
good enough to earn him his rst full international cap
when barely in his twenties. However, his disciplinary
problems began in 1987 when he was ned for punching 2.3 England
team mate Bruno Martini in the face.[14]
Before going to Leeds United, Cantona was brought to
The following year, Cantona was again in trouble because England and was given a trial at Sheeld Wednesday, but
of a dangerous tackle on Nantes player Michel Der Za- the Wednesday manager Trevor Francis decided not to
karian, resulting in a three-month suspension,[14] this was sign Cantona.
later reduced to a two-month suspension as his club Auxerre threatened to make the player unavailable for selection in the national team. He was part of the French 2.3.1 Leeds United
under-21 side that won the 1988 U21 European Championship, scoring a hat-trick in a quarter-nal against the
On 6 November 1991, after Liverpools 30 victory over
England under-21 side in the process,[15] and shortly afAuxerre in a UEFA Cup Second Round second leg tie at
ter he transferred to Marseille for a French record fee
Aneld, Liverpool manager Graeme Souness was met by
(FF22m). Cantona had grown up as a Marseille fan.
Frenchman Michel Platini at the end of the game, who
In January 1989 during a friendly game against Torpedo told him that Cantona was available for sale to LiverMoscow he kicked the ball at the crowd, then ripped pool. Souness thanked Platini, but declined the oer,
o and threw away his shirt after being substituted. His citing dressing room harmony as his reason. He also
club responded by banning him for a month. Just a few had a strong selection of forwards available to him at the
months earlier, he had been banned from international time, including Ian Rush, John Barnes, Dean Saunders
matches for one year after insulting the national coach and Ronny Rosenthal, and would be joined by Paul StewHenri Michel on TV.[16]
art and Nigel Clough in the following years.
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
ght with team-mate Jean-Claude Lemoult and threw his
boots in Lemoults 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, although they
banned him from the ground for ten days.[17] Cantona was
instrumental as the team went on to win the French Cup
and his form persuaded Marseille to take him back.

He joined Yorkshire rivals Leeds United, where he was


part of the team that won the nal Football League First
Division championship before it was replaced by the
Premier League as the top division in English football.
His transfer from Nmes cost Leeds 900,000 (equivalent to 1,742,000 in 2015).[20]
Cantona made 15 appearances for Leeds in their
championship-winning season and despite only scoring
three goals he was instrumental in their title success, primarily with assists for leading goalscorer Lee Chapman.
He scored a hat-trick in the Charity Shield 43 win over
Liverpool in August 1992, and followed that with another
in a 50 league win over Tottenham Hotspur the rst
ever in the newly branded Premier League.[21] His hattrick in the Charity Shield places him among the small
elite group of players to have scored three or more goals
in games at Wembley Stadium.

Back at Marseille, Cantona initially played well under


coach Gerard Gili and his successor Franz Beckenbauer.
However, the Marseille chairman Bernard Tapie was not
satised with the results, and replaced Beckenbauer with
Raymond Goethals; Cantona was continually at odds with
Goethals and Tapie and, despite helping the team win the
French Division 1 title, he was transferred to Nmes the
Cantona left Leeds for Manchester United for 1.2 milfollowing season.
lion (equivalent to 2.24 million in 2016) on 26 NovemIn December 1991, during a match for Nmes he threw ber 1992. Leeds chairman Bill Fotherby had telephoned
the ball at the referee, having been angered by one of his Manchester United chairman Martin Edwards to enquire
decisions. He was summoned to a disciplinary hearing by about the availability of Denis Irwin. Edwards was in a
the French Football Federation and was banned for one meeting with United manager Alex Ferguson at the time,
month. Cantona responded by walking up to each mem- and both men agreed that Irwin was not for sale. Ferguson
ber of the hearing committee in turn and calling him an had identied that his team was in need of a striker, havidiot. His ban was increased to two months, and Cantona ing recently made unsuccessful bids for David Hirst, Matt
subsequently announced his retirement from football on Le Tissier and Brian Deane, and instructed his chairman
16 December 1991.[18]
to ask Wilkinson whether Cantona was for sale. Fotherby

2.3

England

had to consult with the manager Howard Wilkinson, but became the rst player to win back-to-back English top
within a few days the deal was complete.[22]
division titles with dierent clubs. He had actually won
a domestic league title with dierent clubs for three successive seasons, having helped Marseille win the French
2.3.2 Manchester United
league title in 1991.
199293 season He [Cantona] illuminated Old Trafford. The place was a frenzy every time he touched the 199394 season "Collar turned up, back straight, chest
stuck out, Eric glided into the arena as if he owned the
ball.
[2] place.
Former Manchester United manager Alex Ferguson.
Former Manchester United teammate Roy Keane.[2]
Cantona made his rst appearance for Manchester United
in a friendly match against Benca in Lisbon to mark Manchester United retained the Premier League, and
Eusbio's 50th birthday, wearing the number 10 shirt. Cantonas two penalties helped them to a 40 win over
He made his competitive dbut as a second-half substi- Chelsea in the FA Cup Final. He also collected a runnerstute against Manchester City at Old Traord on 6 De- up medal in the Football League Cup, which United lost
cember 1992, wearing the number 12 shirt. United won 31 to Aston Villa. He was also voted PFA Player of the
21, though Cantona made little impact that day. He Year for that season, and nished as Uniteds top scorer
had arrived too late to register to play in Uniteds 10 with 25 goals in all competitions. However, the season
win at Arsenal on 28 November, but was in the crowd at was not without its moments of controversy; Cantona
was sent o as Manchester United exited the Champions
Highbury as his new team secured a vital win.
League against Galatasaray, and he was also dismissed
Uniteds season had been disappointing up to Cantonas
in successive Premier League games in March 1994,
signing. They were falling behind the likes of big
rstly against Swindon Town and then against Arsenal.
spending Aston Villa and Blackburn Rovers in the race
The two successive red cards saw Cantona banned for
for the rst Premier League title, as well as surprise
ve matches, including a FA Cup semi-nal clash with
challengers including Norwich City and Queens Park
Oldham Athletic, which United drew 11. Cantona was
Rangers. Goalscoring had been a problem since the
available for the replay and helped them win 41.[14]
halfway point of the previous season when it had cost
them the league title as they suered defeats or were held 199394 was the rst season of squad numbers in the
to draws at the hands of teams they had been expected to Premier League. Cantona was issued with the number 7
shirt, a squad number he kept for the rest of his career at
beat.
United, and which already had iconic status, having preAlex Ferguson had rst tried to sign Alan Shearer from
viously been worn by club legends including George Best
Southampton during the 1992 close season, but lost out
and Bryan Robson.[24] However, squad numbers were not
to Blackburn Rovers. He then spent 1 million on Dion
set for the UEFA Champions League matches and CanDublin, who suered a broken leg a few games into the
tona wore the number 9 shirt in the four xtures home
season and was out of action for six months. A 3 miland away against Kispest Honvd and Galatasaray.
lion bid for Sheeld Wednesday striker David Hirst was
turned down, and by 7 November, United were 10th in On 19 December 1993, he put in one of his nest performances for United, scoring two against Aston Villa (the
the Premier League.
previous seasons runners-up) in a 31 victory that put
However, Cantona quickly settled into the team, slotUnited 13 points clear at the top of the league.[25]
ting in alongside Mark Hughes, while Brian McClair was
switched to the centre of mideld. Cantona contributed
greatly to a quick upturn in Uniteds fortunes, not only 199495 season, 'kung-fu' incident, ban from footscoring goals but also creating chances for the other play- ball In the 199495 season, United looked to win a
ers. His rst United goal came in a 11 draw against third successive league title, and for the rst half of
Chelsea at Stamford Bridge on 19 December 1992, and the season things went smoothly enough for player and
his second came on Boxing Day in a 33 draw against club. The season began with a 20 Wembley win over
Sheeld Wednesday at Hillsborough where they claimed Blackburn Rovers in the Charity Shield, in which Cana point after being 30 down at half time. However, con- tona scored a penalty.[26] Cantona frequently scored for
troversy was never far away, and on his return to Elland United, who put intense pressure on a Blackburn Rovers
Road to play Leeds a few weeks later, he spat at a fan and side that led the table for much of the season, particuwas ned 1,000 by the FA. United only lost twice in the larly with a 42 win at Ewood Park in late October, in
league after Cantonas arrival, and nished the season as which Cantona was on the scoresheet. He was also on
champions for the rst time in 26 years.[16][23]
the scoresheet the following month in a memorable 50
In Cantonas rst season at Old Traord, United won the derby win over Manchester City, and on 22 January he
inaugural Premier League by 10 points winning the top scored the winning goal in a 10 home win over Blackdivision title for the rst time since 1967. In doing so, he burn that made the title race even tighter and brought

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Cantonas tally of league goals for that season to 12. He
had also scored a further goal in an FA Cup third round
win at Sheeld United, and a second double seemed
like a real possibility. The arrival of striker Andy Cole
from Newcastle United on 10 January further boosted
these hopes, even though Cole was cup-tied for FA Cup
xtures.[27]

CAREER

suaded him to stay in Manchester, despite interest from


Italian club Internazionale[39] (who had managed to lure
his team mate Paul Ince to Italy that year).
Even after signing his new contract, Cantona was frustrated by the terms of his ban (which did not even allow
him to play in friendly matches behind closed doors), and
on 8 August, he handed in a request for his contract to
be terminated, as he no longer wanted to play football in
England. This came after United had been censured by
the FA for elding Cantona in a match against another
club at the clubs training ground, which was dened as
a friendly match despite the club organising the match as
being within the context of training as his suspension allowed him to play in this type of match only. The request
was turned down and two days later, following a meeting
in Paris with Alex Ferguson, he declared that he would
remain at the club.

However, on 25 January 1995 he was involved in an incident that attracted headlines and controversy worldwide.
In an away match against Crystal Palace, Cantona was
sent o by the referee for a kick on Palace defender
Richard Shaw after Shaw had pulled his shirt. As he was
walking towards the tunnel, Cantona launched a 'kungfu' style kick into the crowd, directed at Crystal Palace
fan Matthew Simmons, a fan who had run down 11 rows
of stairs to confront and shout abuse at Cantona. Simmons was alleged to have used the words Fuck o back
to France, you French motherfucker. Cantona followed In 2011, Cantona admitted that the infamous attack on
the infamous kick with a series of punches.[28][29][30]
the Crystal Palace supporter was a great feeling and a
As well as the inevitable disciplinary action from his club memory he is happy for fans to treasure, but "... it was a
and the Football Association, Cantona was also faced mistake.[40]
with a criminal charge of assault, which he admitted to
on 23 March, resulting in a two-week prison sentence, although he was freed on bail pending an appeal.[31] This
was overturned in the appeal court a week later and instead he was sentenced to 120 hours of community service, which was spent coaching children at Uniteds train- 199596 season In his comeback game against
ing ground.[32] At a press conference called later, Cantona Liverpool on 1 October 1995, Cantona set up a goal
gave what is perhaps his most famous quotation. Cantona for Nicky Butt two minutes into the game, and then
scored a penalty after Ryan Giggs was fouled to secure
said, in a slow and deliberate manner:
a point for United in a 22 home draw against their
Cantona then got up from his seat and abruptly left, leavgreat rivals. However, eight months without competitive
ing behind him a packed media room stunned and bewilfootball had taken its toll and Cantona struggled for form
dered.
prior to Christmas by 24 December, the gap between
In accordance with The Football Association's wishes, Manchester United and league leaders Newcastle United
Manchester United ned Cantona 20,000 and conrmed had increased to 10 points.
that he would not play for the rst team for the rest of the
On 3 February 1996, Cantona returned to Selhurst Park
season,[34][35] which ruled him out of rst-team action as
for the rst time since the ying kick.[41] He scored two
United were still in the hunt for a second double.
as his United side beat Wimbledon 42.[42] A goal by
The Football Association then increased the ban to eight Cantona in Uniteds league clash with West Ham United
months (up to and including 30 September 1995) and at Upton Park triggered a 10-match winning run in the
ned him a further 10,000.[36] The FA Chief Execu- league. Over the second half of the season, several more
tive Graham Kelly described his attack as a stain on our United games ended in 10 wins with Cantona scoring the
game that brought shame on football. FIFA then con- only goal, though it was actually a draw (in which Canrmed the suspension as worldwide, meaning that Can- tona equalised) with Queens Park Rangers on 9 March
tona could not escape the ban by being transferred to which saw United overtake Newcastle on goal dierence
a foreign club.[37] Manchester United had already ned for the rst time. They stayed there for the rest of the
Cantona two weeks wages and he was stripped of the season, and on the nal day of the season United beat
French captaincy, which he had only recently received. Middlesbrough 30 at the Riverside Stadium to win their
He would never be selected for France again.[38] His third title in four seasons.
club eventually lost the Premier League title to Blackburn
Manchester United also reached the 1996 FA Cup FiRovers.
nal against Liverpool, and with regular captain Steve
There had been media speculation that Cantona would Bruce missing through injury, Cantona was named as
leave Manchester United to play for a foreign club when captain. He then scored the only goal of the game in the
his suspension nished, and many observers felt that Can- 86th minute and became the rst player from outside the
tona would not be able to cope with the inevitable goading British Isles to lift the FA Cup as captain; Manchester
from rival players and supporters, but Alex Ferguson per- United became the rst team to win the double twice.

2.4

French national team

199697 season Cantona was conrmed as Uniteds ester Uniteds ocial magazine, United, in August 2006,
captain for the 199697 season following the departure stating he will only come back to Manchester United as
of Steve Bruce to Birmingham City.
'Number 1' (meaning not return as assistant manager or
United retained the league in the 199697 season; Can- coach) and would create a team like no other and play the
tona had won four league titles in ve years with United way he thinks football should be played.
(six in seven years including those won with Marseille and
Leeds United), the exception being the 199495 season
which he had missed the second half of through suspension.

Cantona opposed the 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 Uniteds next manager
in a survey in the middle of 2000. At this stage, it had
been expected that manager Sir Alex Ferguson would
retire in 2002, but the manager later had a change of
heart and would go on to manage until his retirement in
2013.[47]

At the end of the season he announced that he was retiring from football at the age of 30.[43] His nal competitive game came against West Ham on 11 May 1997,
and his nal appearance before retiring was ve days
later on 16 May in a testimonial for David Busst (the
player whose career had been ended by an injury suered
against United the previous year) against Coventry City at In July 2008, it was reported by the Sunday Express that
Higheld Road.
Cantona had been having second thoughts, with a close
Cantona scored a total of 64 league goals for Manchester friend of Cantonas allegedly revealing: Eric does fancy
United, 11 in domestic cup competitions, and 5 in the the idea of helping out with the coaching at a club like
Champions League, bringing his tally to 80 goals in less Manchester United... He has been enjoying himself appearing in and directing lms and being involved in beach
than ve years.
soccer but has always wanted to help produce a team in
his style and knows that Sir Alex Ferguson would encourAfter leaving In 1998, the Football League, as part of age him.[48]
its centenary season celebrations, included Cantona on its In March 2014, Cantona was arrested and cautioned for
list of 100 League Legends. Cantonas achievements in an act of common assault on Regents Park Road in Camthe English League were further marked in 2002 when he den, North London. The victim did not require medical
was made an inaugural inductee of the English Football attention.[49]
Hall of Fame. Later in 1998, Cantona organised a match
of United players against other players from around the
world in what was originally designed to be a memorial 2.4 French national team
for the victims of the Munich Air Disaster in 1958 and
their families, but which was merged with a testimonial Cantona was given his full international dbut against
for Cantona himself.[44]
West Germany in August 1987 by national team manIn his 1999 autobiography Managing My Life, Alex Ferguson claimed that Cantona had informed him of his decision to retire from playing within 24 hours of Uniteds
Champions League semi-nal defeat to Borussia Dortmund, though the decision was not made public for almost a month afterwards. During that time, there had
been speculation about his future at United, including talk
of a move to Real Zaragoza of Spain.

ager Henri Michel. In September 1988, angered after


being dropped from the national team, Cantona referred
to Michel as a bag of shit in a post-match TV interview and was indenitely banned from all international
matches.[50] However, Michel was sacked shortly after
that having failed to qualify for the 1990 World Cup.
The new coach was Michel Platini and one of his rst
acts was to recall Cantona. Platini stated that whilst he
was coach, Cantona would be selected for France as long
as he was playing competitive top-class football; it was
Platini who had initiated Cantonas move to England to
restart his career. France qualied for Euro 1992 held
in Sweden, but failed to win a single game despite the
striking partnership of Cantona and Jean-Pierre Papin.
Platini resigned after the nals to be replaced by Grard
Houllier.

Returning to Britain in 2003 to pick up the Overseas


Player of the Decade Award at the Premier League 10
Seasons Awards, Cantona said of his premature retirement, When you quit football it is not easy, your life becomes dicult. I should know because sometimes I feel
I quit too young. I loved the game but I no longer had the
passion to go to bed early, not to go out with my friends,
not to drink, and not to do a lot of other things, the things
I like in life.[45]
Under Houllier, France failed to qualify for the 1994
In 2004, Cantona was quoted as saying, I'm so proud the World Cup in the U.S. after losing the nal game 21
fans still sing my name, but I fear tomorrow they will stop. at home to Bulgaria when a draw would have suced.
I fear it because I love it. And everything you love, you Houllier resigned and Aim Jacquet took over.
fear you will lose.[46]
Jacquet began to rebuild the national team in preparation

He was interviewed in the Number 7s issue of Manch- for Euro 96 and appointed Cantona as captain. Cantona

3 POLITICAL VIEWS

remained captain until the Selhurst Park incident in January 1995. The suspension which resulted from this incident also prevented him from playing in international
matches.
By the time Cantonas suspension had been completed,
he had lost his role as the teams playmaker to Zindine
Zidane, as Jacquet had revamped the squad with some
new players. Cantona, Papin and David Ginola lost their
places in the squad and were never selected for the French
team again, thus missing Euro 96. Though there was media criticism about Cantonas omission, as he was playing
his best football in the Premier League, Jacquet 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.[51] In a 2015 interview with French radio network
France Info, Cantona stated that had he still been involved
with national side, he would have extended his career to
feature in the 1998 FIFA World Cup, held in Cantonas
home nation.[52]

sional football in 1997, Cantona has continued to appear


in Nike commercials.
In a global Nike advertising campaign in the run-up to
the 2002 World Cup, Cantona starred as the organiser
of underground games (branded by Nike as "Scorpion
KO") in a commercial directed by Terry Gilliam, which
takes place between football players such as Thierry
Henry, Ronaldinho, Francesco Totti, Roberto Carlos and
Japanese star Hidetoshi Nakata.[57][58] In an earlier UK
Nike commercial, he appeared playing amateur football on Hackney Marshes with other stars including Ian
Wright, David Seaman, Steve McManaman and Robbie
Fowler.[59] In a Nike campaign in the advance of the 2006
World Cup, Cantona appears as the lead spokesman for
the Joga Bonito organization, an association attempting
to eliminate acting and fake play from football.[60] He
also starred in a Eurostar commercial in 1996,[61] and an
Irish EuroMillions advertisement in 2004.[62] In 2009, he
featured in a British television advertisement for a new
model of the Renault Laguna.[63]

To this day, Cantona still harbours resentment for the


people at the head of his national team but also admi- In 2007, he performed a spoken-word role on the album
ration for his adopted football country; at Euro 2004 and La mcanique du cur, by French rock band Dionysos.
the 2006 FIFA World Cup, he supported England and not
France.[53]

2.6 Beach football


2.5

Mass media

In 1992, Cantona endorsed two video games, Eric Cantona Football Challenge and Eric Cantona Football Challenge: Goal! 2.

Shortly after his departure from Manchester United,


Cantona became captain of the French national beach
football team. Cantona has continued his interest in
beach football 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 nished in
third place. In the 2007 World Cup Cantona was again
successful, taking France to fourth place. The Cup was
held in France for the rst time in the 2008 World Cup;
however, Cantona was unable to make the top four after
losing to Italy in the quarter nals.

He focused his later career mostly as an actor in French


cinema, having had his rst role as a rugby player in Le
bonheur est dans le pr, shot during his 1995 suspension
from football. In the late 1990s, he accepted a role as a
French ambassador in the English lm Elizabeth (1998).
In 2002 he directed a short lm, Apporte-moi ton amour.
He guest-starred as a mysterious barroom philosopher in
independent British lm Jack Says, released to DVD in
September 2008. He co-starred as director Thierry Grimandi in French Film (2009), and is co-producer and
a lead actor in Ken Loach's Palme D'or nominated lm
Looking for Eric (2009). He also stars as The Corsican 2.7 Return to football in 2011
in the Danish western The Salvation, which premiered at
The New York Cosmos announced the Frenchmans rethe 2014 Cannes Film Festival on 17 May 2014.[54]
turn to football as their Director of Soccer on 18 January
Cantona has frequently appeared in commercials for the 2011. On arrival, Cantona described his role to the press
American sportswear company Nike.[55][56] In 1996 he as to help Cosmos regain the number one position in the
was the central gure in a Nike commercial titled Good United States and then... to become one of the best clubs
vs Evil in a gladiatorial game set in a Roman amphithe- in the world over the coming years.[64]
atre. Appearing alongside football players from around
the world, including Ronaldo, Paolo Maldini, Lus Figo,
Patrick Kluivert and Jorge Campos, they defend "the
beautiful game" against a team of demonic warriors, 3 Political views
which ends with Cantona receiving the ball from Ronaldo,
pulling up his shirt collar as was his trademark, and deliv- Cantona called for a social revolution against the banks
ering the nal line, Au Revoir, before striking the ball and encouraged customers of the major retail banks to
and destroying evil.[55] Since his retirement from profes- withdraw their money on 7 December 2010 in protest at

5.4

Beach football goals

5.4 Beach football goals

6 Honours
7 Selected lmography
7.1 Features, shorts and commercials
Le bonheur est dans le pr 1995 Lionel
Eleven Men Against Eleven 1995 Player (uncredited)
Cantona at Old Traord with the Cosmos, 5 August 2011

the global nancial crisis. This proposal then became the


base for an online campaign calling for a bank run.[65]
In January 2012, Cantona began trying to gather the 500
signatures from elected ocials necessary for a bid for the
French presidential election, in order to draw support for
the homeless charity and campaign group Emmaus.[66]
In June 2012, he signed a petition for the release of Palestinian footballer Mahmoud Sarsak imprisoned without
conviction by Israel since July 2009.[67]

Family

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 ptanque 2
L'Outremangeur (English title: The Overeater)
2003 Slna
Les Clefs de bagnole (English title: The Car Keys)
2003
La vie est nous ! 2005

Une belle histoire 2005


Cantona was married to Isabelle Ferrer from 1987 to
2003, they have two children; Raphael (born 1988) and
Josephine (born 1995). He married actress Rachida 7.2 Documentaries
Brakni in 2007, they also have two children; mir (born
2009) and Selma (born 2013).[68]
Les rebelles du foot (2012)
Cantonas brother, Jol, was also a professional footballer who played for Marseille, jpesti TE and Stockport
County. Like Eric, Jol retired from football at a young
age and is now an actor. His cousin, Sacha Opinel, is also
a footballer.

Looking for Istanbul (2012)


Foot et immigration, 100 ans d'histoire commune
(2014)
Looking for Rio (2014)

5
5.1

Career statistics
Club

Looking for Athnes (2013)


The Stone Roses: Made of Stone (2013)
The Class of 92 (2013)

[69][70][71][72]

Manchester United: The Ocial History 1878-2002


(2002)

5.2

International

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8 Bibliography
International goals
Scores and results list Frances goal tally rst.

Auclair, Philippe (2009). Cantona: The Rebel Who


Would Be King. Macmillan. ISBN 978-0-23074430-1.

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Meaning of Cantona: Meditations on Life, Art and
Perfectly Weighted Balls. Mainstream Publishing.
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Wightman, Rob (2002). FourFourTwo Great Footballers: Eric Cantona. Virgin Books. ISBN 978-07535-0662-2.
Worrall, Frank (2008). Chapter 7: From Caveman to Cavemen. The Magnicent Sevens. London: John Blake Publishing. p. 103. ISBN 978-184454-609-1.

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External links

Eric Cantona FIFA competition record


Eric Cantona career statistics at Soccerbase
Eric Cantona at the Internet Movie Database
Prole at ManUtd.com
Prole at premierleague.com

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