Eric Cantona
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Eric Cantona

Eric Cantona (born 24 May 1966) is a retired French international footballer. He played for Auxerre, Martigues, Marseille, Bordeaux, Montpellier, Nîmes, Leeds United and Manchester United.

Youth Career

Started his career at local side SO Caillolais where he started as a keeper before moving forward. His first professional club was Auxerre.

Career in France

Made his debut in November 1983 against Nancy. Put his football career on hold while he completed his national service. When Cantona returned to football, he joined second division side Martigues on loan. Signed a new contract in 1986 following some impressive performances in the first division. Fined in 1987 for punching teammate Bruno Martini in the face. A year later he recived a three-month suspension for a dangerous kung-fu tackle on Nantes player Michel Der Zakarian. The ban was later reduced to a two month suspension. Joined hometown club Marseille for a French record fee (FF22m). Banned for a month in January 1989 after he kicked the ball at the crowd, then ripped off and threw away his shirt after being substituted. Won the Ligue 1 title in 1989. Moved to Bordeaux on a six-month loan after failing to settle at Marselle. Spend the following season on loan at Montpellier. Had another fight with teammate Jean-Claude Lemoult. As a result six players wanted Cantona sacked but senior players such as Laurent Blanc and Carlos Valderrama showed support and he was banned for ten days. Won the French Cup and returned to Marseille. Clashed with new Marselle manager Raymond Goethals. Won the Ligue 1 title in 1991. Joined Nîmes where he was in trouble again, this time for Cantona threw the ball at the referee. This resulted in a one month ban. This was later increased to two months after Cantona walked up to each member of the hearing committee and called them idiots. Announced his retirement from football in December 1991. He was later persuaded by France manager Michel Platini to make a comeback. On the advice of Gérard Houllier, he moved to England to restart his career.

Move to England

Liverpool manager Graeme Souness turned down the chance to sign Cantona in 1991. Had a trial at Sheffield Wednesday but the newly promoted club could not afford to sign him.

Leeds United

Joined Leeds in 1992 for £900,000 and won the League Title. Won the Charity Shield and scored a hat-trick in the win over Liverpool in August 1992. Scored the first ever hat-trick in the newly branded Premier League against Tottenham. A phone call from Leeds chairman Bill Fotherby to Manchester United chairman Martin Edwards to enquire if Denis Irwin was for sale lead to Manchester United asking the same question about Cantona. Leeds were told Irwin was not for sale but Cantona joined Manchester United for £1.2 million a few days later.

Manchester United

Made his first appearance for Manchester United in a friendly wearing the number 10 shirt. Came on as a substitute against Manchester City to mak his competitive debut in December 1992. Scored his first Manchester United goal against Chelsea a few weeks later. Won the Premier League, Manchester United's first for 26 years. This also made Cantona the first player to win consecutive English top division titles with different clubs. It was also his third consecutive title as he won the league with Marselle in 1991. Won the league and cup double the following season, ending the season as top scorer with 26 goals in all competitions. Voted the 1993-94 PFA Player of the Year. Beat Blackburn Rovers to win the Charity Shield in 1994. Sent off against Crystal Palace and launched the now infamous 'kung-fu' style kick on a fan. Cantona faced criminal charge of assault and was given a two-week prison sentence, although this was overturned on appeal and instead he was sentenced to 120 hours of community service. He was also banned from all football matches for eight months. During his ban he was linked with a number of clubs, mainly Inter Milan. Cantona returned from his ban with a goal and an assist against Liverpool in October 1995. United completed their second league and cup double in 1996 with Cantona scoring the winning goal in the cup final against Liverpool. Made Manchester United captain for the 1996-97 season. United again won the league in the that season, meaning Cantona had won four league titles in five years with the team, and six in seven years including those won with Marseille and Leeds United. Announced his retirement from football aged 30 at the end of the season.

After Retirement

Cantona said he ws leaving football to pursue a career in acting. Cantona played the lead role and was co-producer in the 2009 Ken Loach film Looking for Eric.  Became captain of the French national beach football team. Made Director of Soccer for the New York Cosmos in January 2011. He was later fired from this position after a confrontation with a photographer. Made an inaugural inductee of the English Football Hall of Fame in 2002.

International

Made his international debut against West Germany in August 1987. Won the 1988 Under-21 European Championship. Banned from international matches in 1989 for one year after insulting France Manager Henri Michel on TV. Appointed France captain in 1994. Stripped of the captaincy following the 'kung-fu' kick incident. Once his suspension had been completed, he had lost his role as the team's playmaker to Zinedine Zidane and he never played for France again.

Personal.

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Eric Cantona

Squad

Keepers

Kieran O'Hara
21 years old
Dean Henderson
20 years old

Right Backs

Tyrell Warren
18 years old
Tom Sang
18 years old
Matthew Olosunde
19 years old
Joe Riley
20 years old

Centre Backs

Regan Poole
19 years old
Roshaun Williams
18 years old
Charlie Scott
19 years old
Axel Tuanzebe
18 years old

Def. Midfielders

Tosin Kehinde
19 years old

Midfielders

Matthew Willock
20 years old
Callum Whelan
18 years old

Right Wingers

Zak Dearnley
18 years old

Left Wingers

Demetri Mitchell
20 years old

Att. Midfielders

Callum Gribbin
18 years old
Scott McTominay
20 years old
Devonte Redmond
20 years old

Keepers

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18 years old
Max Johnstone
18 years old
Alex Fojticek
17 years old

Left Backs

Jake Kenyon
18 years old
Ethan Hamilton
18 years old

Centre Backs

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16 years old
Luca Ercolani
17 years old
Jake Barrett
17 years old
Max Dunne
17 years old
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15 years old

Right Wingers

Lee O'Connor
16 years old
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17 years old
George Tanner
17 years old

Left Wingers

Indy Boonen
18 years old
Tahith Chong
17 years old
Faustin Makela
18 years old

Att. Midfielders

Aidan Barlow
17 years old
DJ Buffonge
19 years old
Angel Gomes
16 years old

Forwards

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16 years old
Joshua Bohui
18 years old
Nishan Burkart
17 years old
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11 years old

Keepers

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Right Backs

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Left Backs

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Harry Spratt
17 years old

Centre Backs

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Def. Midfielders

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Midfielders

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Right Wingers

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Left Wingers

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Att. Midfielders

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Forwards

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Keepers

Sergio Romero
30 years old
David de Gea
26 years old
Sam Johnstone
23 years old

Right Backs

Guillermo Varela
24 years old
Antonio Valencia
31 years old
Matteo Darmian
27 years old

Left Backs

Daley Blind
27 years old
Luke Shaw
22 years old

Centre Backs

Phil Jones
25 years old
Marcos Rojo
27 years old
Chris Smalling
27 years old
Eric Bailly
23 years old

Def. Midfielders

Michael Carrick
35 years old

Midfielders

Marouane Fellaini
29 years old
Ander Herrera
27 years old

Left Wingers

Jesse Lingard
24 years old
Ashley Young
32 years old

Att. Midfielders

Juan Mata
29 years old
Paul Pogba
24 years old
Andreas Pereira
21 years old

Forwards

Marcus Rashford
19 years old
Anthony Martial
21 years old
James Wilson
21 years old

Left Wingers

George Best
71 years old

Forwards

Eric Cantona
51 years old
Wayne Rooney
31 years old
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