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Eric Cantona ecrire
Poste : Attaquant Eric Cantona
Pays : France
Né le 1966-05-24 à Marseille
Taille : 188cm
Poids : 88kg
Site web : http://www.ericcantona.com
Carrière : Auxerre (83-85), Martigues (85-86), Auxerre (86-88), Marseille (88-89), Bordeaux (89), Montpellier (89-90), Marseille (90-91), Nimes (91-92), Leed Utd (92), Manchester Utd (92-97)
Biographie :

One of the most flamboyant players ever to play the game, Eric Cantona's antics off the field often seem to outshine his brilliance on the field. Eric's career started with the small French side Auxerre, and from there he moved on to first division team Marseille for a fee of 2.3 million.



Cantona



It was during his stay at Marseille that Eric's temper began to surface. Having been substituted in a friendly against Torpedo Moscow, Eric ripped off his jersey and threw it to the ground in disgust. Marseille imposed a short ban for his actions. Around the same time, Eric found himself banned form the French Nationals for insulting the coach on French TV. It wasn't until Michel Platini took over that Eric was asked to play once again for Les Bleus.



Cantona



Not long after all this, Eric was loaned to Bordeaux, but he moved on to Montpeiller, where he had one of his best seasons, helping the club win the French Cup. The following year he returned to Marseille, however injuries kept him sidelined, and once again he found himself at another club, this time Nimes. Troubles followed him, and while at Nimes Eric found himself called before the French Football Association for throwing a ball at a referee during a match. When the French FA handed him a one month ban for his actions, Eric called them all idiots and the FA raised the ban to 2 months. This didn't sit well with the spirited Cantona, and he decided in retaliation to retire early from the game that he loved.



Cantona



Retirement didn't last long as Eric was convinced to come out of retirement and move to England. Refusing a tryout with Sheffield Wednesday, he joined Leeds, and in his second year with the team helped them win the league title. Ironically, Eric found it hard to remain in the first team with Leeds and soon found himself offloaded to Manchester United where his legend continued to grow. He helped lead Man United to championship after championship. It was with Man United that he made his biggest mistake - the legendary "Kung Fu" kick. In a 1995 game against Crystal Palace, Eric ran into the stands and kicked a fan for shouting racial slurs at him. He was dealt a heavy fine and sentenced to serve 120 hours of community service plus a 9-month ban from the game. Eventually Eric rejoined Man United and helped them win several more championships, but his retirement in 96-97 surprised everyone. Many people feel he could have played many more years.



Cantona



Grands moments :



1983: Makes professional debut for Auxerre



1985: Loaned to Martigues after making just 13 appearances and scoring two goals in three seasons for Auxerre.



1986: Returned to Auxerre and over the next two seasons made 68 appearances and scored 21 goals.



1987: Receives heavy fine for punching his team's goalkeeper, giving him a black eye. Makes his debut for France against West Germany.



1988: Joins Marseille in French record £2million deal. Banned from French team for one year after swearing at national coach Henri Michel .



1989: Suspended indefinitely by Marseille after kicking the ball into the crowd and throwing his shirt at a referee after being substituted. Joins Bordeaux on loan, then moves to Montpellier for £300,000.



1990: Banned by Montpellier for 10 days after smashing his boots into the face of team-mate Jean Claude Lemoult. Returns to Marseille.



1991: Signs for Nimes but is banned for three games after throwing the ball at a referee. At the disciplinary hearing, he walks up to each committee member and says: "Idiot". His ban is increased to two months, so Cantona responds by announcing his retirement from soccer.



1992: Comes out of retirement for a trial with Sheffield Wednesday, but walks out after being asked to remain for a further week and joins Leeds for £900,000. Helps the Elland Road side win the League title before moving to Manchester United in £1.2million deal.



1993: Fined £1,000 by the FA for spitting at a Leeds fan in his first game back at Elland Road with Manchester United, whom he then helps to the Premiership title. Sent off in United's European Cup defeat by Galatasaray in Istanbul, Turkey, for accusing the referee of cheating, scuffles with Turkish police and is banned by UEFA for four European games.



1994: Scores two goals in the 4-0 FA Cup final over Chelsea as United complete the League and Cup double. Voted PFA Player of the Year.



1995: Sent off at Crystal Palace on January 25 after a Kung-Fu kick at fan Matthew Simmons. His actions lead to him being banned from all football until September 30 and fined £10,000 by the FA. A two-week prison sentence for the offence is varied on appeal to 120 hours of community service. Returns to action on October 1 and scores a penalty in a 2-2 draw against Liverpool.



1996: Voted Footballer of the Year by the Football Writers Association and scores winning goal in FA Cup final against Liverpool as United complete the double for the second time in three seasons.



1997: Member of a championship-winning side for the fifth time in six seasons but a week after the Premiership finale, announces his retirement from professional soccer at the age of 30.




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