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Eric Cantona
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Personal information
Full name Éric Daniel Pierre Cantona
Date of birth 24 May 1966 (1966-05-24) (age 53)
Place of birth    Marseille, Flag of France France
Height 1.88 m (6 ft 2 in)
Playing position Forward
Youth clubs
1980–1981
1981-1983
Flag of France SO Les Caillols
Flag of France Auxerre
Senior clubs
Years Club App (Gls)
1983–1988
1985–1986
1988–1991
1989
1989–1990
1991
1992
1992–1997
Total
Flag of France Auxerre
Flag of France → Martigues (loan)
Flag of France Marseille
Flag of France → Bordeaux (loan)
Flag of France → Montpellier (loan)
Flag of France Nîmes
England Leeds United
England Manchester United
082 0(23)
015 00(4)
040 0(13)
011 00(6)
033 0(10)
016 00(2)
028 00(9)
144 0(64)
369 (131)   
National team
1987–1995
1997–2006
Flag of France France
Flag of France France (beach)
045 0(20)
Teams managed
1997–2011 Flag of France France (beach)
Eric Daniel Pierre Cantona (born 24 May 1966) is a French actor and former professional footballer. He played for Auxerre, Martigues, Marseille, Bordeaux, Montpellier, Nîmes and Leeds United before ending his career at Manchester United where he won four Premier League titles in five years and two League and FA Cup Doubles. He won the league championship in seven of his last eight full seasons as a professional. At international level, he played for the France national team.

A large, physically strong, hard-working, and tenacious forward, who combined technical skill and creativity with power and goalscoring ability, Cantona is often regarded as having played a key role in the revival of Manchester United as a footballing force in the 1990s and having an iconic status at the club. He wore the number 7 shirt at Manchester United with his distinctive upturned collar. Cantona is affectionately nicknamed by Manchester United fans as "King Eric", and was voted as Manchester United's greatest ever player by Inside United magazine. Set against his achievements in football was a poor disciplinary record for much of his career, including a 1995 conviction for an assault on a fan for which he received an eight-month suspension.

Following his retirement from football in 1997, he took up a career in cinema and had a role in the 1998 film Elizabeth, starring Cate Blanchett, the 2008 film French Film, and the 2009 film Looking for Eric. In 2010, he debuted as a stage actor in Face au Paradis, a play directed by his wife, Rachida Brakni. Cantona also took an interest in the sport of beach soccer, and as player-manager of the French national team, he won the 2005 FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup.

Charismatic and outspoken, Cantona was an inaugural inductee into the English Football Hall of Fame in 2002. The museum states: "The enigmatic Frenchman was one of the Premier League's most controversial players ever". At the Premier League 10 Seasons Awards in 2003 Cantona was voted the Overseas Player of the Decade. In 2004 he was named by Pelé in the FIFA 100 list of the world's greatest living players.

Honours

Club

Marseille
Montpellier
Leeds United
Manchester United

National Team

France U-21

Gallery

External links

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France – UEFA Euro 1992

1. Martini 2. Amoros 3. Silvestre 4. Petit 5. Blanc 6. Casoni 7. Deschamps 8. Sauzée 9. Papin 10. Fernández 11. Perez 12. Cocard 13. Boli 14. Durand 15. Divert 16. Vahirua 17. Garde 18. Cantona 19. Rousset 20. Angloma

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