Masculinity in Crisis
Acclaimed new book on masculinity from Ireland's and Britain's most popular psychiatrist
What does it take to become a professional football player? How does every young boy's dream turn into a reality? What kind of people does one encounter on the road to success? What are the demands of a life abroad, and how does one really survive on "planet football"?
In frank conversations with Xavier Rivoire, L 'Equipe's permanent special correspondent in the UK, Robert Pires addresses these questions and more, presenting an autobiographical narrative with a natural and direct voice. For everyone who's ever wondered about the phenomenon of football, PROFESSIONAL FOOTBALLER offers one man's unique insight.
Robert Pires began his career in professional football in Metz, played in 162 matches between 1992 and 1998, and was a UEFA cup finalist in 1999. In the summer of 2000 Arsene Wenger once more turned to the country of his birth for inspiration, bringing Pires to Arsenal in a £6 million deal. After a slow first season, his second was astonishing -he scored 13 goals and broke the Premiership record for assists, winning along the way the prestigious Football Writers' Player of the Year award.
Pires has established himself as one of the Premiership's key players, and would have shone on the biggest stage of all, were it not for a horrific injury sustained in April which put him out of France's World Cup 2002 side.