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Names of the Nineties: Eric Cantona

Cantona has become an icon for France and England: a legend and a man whose genius, as both footballer and public philosopher, remains unquestioned

France

From the brilliant and the sexy to the romantic and the tragic, French football has a history as rich and varied as anywhere on planet earth - and a number of stories…

Eric Cantona: a life of loneliness and love

Illustration by Dave Flanagan IT IS THE SUMMER OF 1978 in the baking heat of a Marseille suburb, and AS Caillolais are 1-0 down to title rivals Vivaux-Marronniers. Only a win will…

Eric Cantona: the making of a legend

Part I: Eric Cantona: the early French years The making of Cantona the legend in England actually started with an ill-fated and short-lived spell at Sheffield Wednesday. Cantona didn’t feel right at Hillsborough and…