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Eric Daniel Pierre Cantona is a French actor and one of the most vibrant football players of the French national team

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BirthdayMay 24, 1966
NationalityFrench
FamousFootball Players, Film & Theater Personalities, Actors, Football Players
Nick namesEric The Red
SpousesRachida Brakni (m. 2007), Isabelle Ferrer (m. 1987–2003)
SiblingsJean-Marie Cantona, Joël Cantona
Known asÉric Daniel Pierre Cantona
Childrens Josephine Cantona, Raphael Cantona
Birth PlaceMarseille
Height188cm
GenderMale
FatherAlbert Cantona
MotherÉléonore Raurich
Net Worth$145 million as of Mar 14,2017
Sun SignGemini
Born inMarseille
Famous asActor & Football Player

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Who is Eric Cantona?

Eric Cantona was one of the most dashing football players in the history of French and English football. He initially started from local clubs in France and upon coming to differences with French football scenario, he turned to England. His football career in England lasted for 6 glorious years, in which he scored many goals and became notorious for his aggression on the football field. After achieving many accolades and popularity on football field, he took an early retirement from the sport in 1997 at a very young age of 30. He has sometimes shown his regret at taking that decision, in various interviews, saying that he might have retired from the football at the time when his career was only accelerating. But he did not stop in his life just there. Since his retirement, he has taken part in many social activities and has coached France’s beach football team. He is now a well-known French actor and has acted, produced and directed many English and French movies. Cantona’s dream is to one day manage the Manchester United team, the team he played for in England, and change the face of football.

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Career

Cantona started playing football for his local team, SO Caillolais. This local team was already famous for producing football stars such as Roger Jouve, Jean Tigana, Christophe Galtier, etc. Initially Cantona played as a goal keeper for this team but later on he started playing upfront. With SO Caillolais, he played more than 200 matches.

In 1983, he played for a professional football club for the first time, named Auxerre. In this team he played as a member of youth team for at least 2 years.

In 1984, he got into national service after putting his football career on the hold. In the same year he was discharged from the national service and was lent to Martigues.

In 1986, he signed his first professional contract with Auxerre. In the course of 2 seasons with Auxerre, Cantona made 68 appearances and scored 21 goals.

In 1987, he was fined for the first time when he punched his own team mate, Bruno Martini, in the face and gave him a black eye. Again next year he earned a 3 month suspension for dangerously tackling on Nantes’ Michel Der Zakarian.

In 1988, he signed a record breaking deal of 2.3 million pounds’ deal with Marseille. The same year he was banned from the French team for swearing at the national coach at the time, Henri Michel.

In 1989, during a friendly game against Torpedo Moscow, he kicked the ball in the direction of the crowd and ripped off his shirt and threw it away, his club banned him for a month on the account.

In the same year, he moved to Montpellier on a year-long loan. There he got into fight with his team mates and threw his boots at their faces. The club was on the verge of sacking him but decided to keep him after banning him only for 10 days. The team won the French title.

In 1991, during a Nimes’ match, Cantona threw the ball at the referee after he was unhappy by one of his decisions. This lead to a disciplinary meeting called by the French Football Federation, in which it was decided that he will be banned from the grounds for a month’s time. He called everyone in the hearing committee an ‘idiot’ and his ban increased to 2 months.

On 16 December 1991 Cantona declared his early retirement from the French football. The national team coach and one of his biggest fans Michel Platini advised him to come back. Cantona decided to pursue his football career with England.

In 1992, he came out of his retirement and played for Sheffield Wednesday but walked out of it after being asked to stay in it for a week more. He played his first match in England on a larger scale for Manchester United in Lisbon. He was signed by Manchester United in a deal of 1.2 million pounds.

In 1993, he was fined by FA Cup for spitting on a Leeds fan, at his first game in Elland Road with Manchester United. In the same year, he played in United’s European Cup and was defeated by Galatasaray in Istanbul, Turkey. He accused the referee of cheating, got into trouble with the Turkish police and was subsequently banned by UEFA from four European games.

In 1994, he was voted as the PFA Player of the year. In the same year, he scored 2 goals in the FA Cup final over Chelsea.

In 1995, in a match against Crystal Palace, Cantona kicked off Richard Shaw, after Richard pulled his shirt while playing the game. He also kicked in the crowd and injured Crystal Palace’s fan Matthew Simmons.

In 1996, he played his comeback game against Liverpool. During the same time, Cantona was selected as the captain of Manchester United for the season of 1996-97, due to the departure of Steve Bruce to Birmingham City.

In 1997, he announced his retirement from football at the age of 30. He played his final football game against West Ham.

In 1998, he worked as an actor in the English film called ‘Elizabeth’.

In 2002, he directed a French film called ‘Apporte-moi ton amour’.

In 2005, he coached French beach football team that won the inaugural FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup in Rio de Janeiro.

In 2008, he made a special appearance in the famous Hollywood film called ‘Jack Says’.

In 2009, he co-starred and co-produced films like ‘French Film’ and ‘Looking for Eric’.

Awards & Achievements

In 1998, he was included in the 100 League Legends.

In 2002, he was made an inaugural inductee of the English Football Hall of Fame.

In 2003, he received the Overseas Player of the Decade Award at the Premier League 10 Seasons Awards.

Personal Life & Legacy

Cantona’s first wife was Isabelle Ferrer and they had two children together, Raphael (born in 1988) and Josephine (born in 1995). Presently, he is married to a French actress called Rachida Brakni.

Trivia

One of the most famous quotes by Cantona is, “When the seagulls follow the Trawler, it is because they think sardines will be thrown into the sea”.

His grandfather from his mother’s side fought the armies of General Franco in the Spanish Civil War, 1938. He got injured in his liver and then came back to France.

Cantona encouraged people to withdraw their money from banks and shun retail banks during the 2010 protests in France.

In 2012, he supported the campaign for the release of the Palestinian footballer Mohmoud Sarsak.

Childhood & Early Life

Cantona was born in Marsielle, France. His father Albert Cantona was a nurse and a painter and his mother, Eleonore Raurich was a dressmaker. His parents were immigrants from Sardinia. He has two brothers, Jean-Marie and Joel.

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Eric Cantona awards

YearNameAward

Other

1996FWA Footballer of the Year
1992UEFA Euro France squad
1993Ballon d'Or Third place
1994BBC Sport Goal of the Month
1996BBC Sport Goal of the Month
1996Premier League Player of the Month
1996Onze d'Or
1995–96 - ESM Team of the Year
1992–93 - Premier League 10 Seasons Awards
2001–02 - Premier League 10 Seasons Awards
2002English Football Hall of Fame
- FIFA 100 Greatest Living Footballers
1994 - Sir Matt Busby Player of the Year
1993–94 - FA Premier League PFA Team of the Year
1994 - PFA Players' Player of the Year

Eric Cantona biography timelines

  • // 24th May 1966
    Cantona was born in Marsielle, France. His father Albert Cantona was a nurse and a painter and his mother, Eleonore Raurich was a dressmaker. His parents were immigrants from Sardinia. He has two brothers, Jean-Marie and Joel.
  • // 1983
    In 1983, he played for a professional football club for the first time, named Auxerre. In this team he played as a member of youth team for at least 2 years.
  • // 1984
    In 1984, he got into national service after putting his football career on the hold. In the same year he was discharged from the national service and was lent to Martigues.
  • // 1986
    In 1986, he signed his first professional contract with Auxerre. In the course of 2 seasons with Auxerre, Cantona made 68 appearances and scored 21 goals.
  • // 1987
    In 1987, he was fined for the first time when he punched his own team mate, Bruno Martini, in the face and gave him a black eye. Again next year he earned a 3 month suspension for dangerously tackling on Nantes’ Michel Der Zakarian.
  • // 1988
    In 1988, he signed a record breaking deal of 2.3 million pounds’ deal with Marseille. The same year he was banned from the French team for swearing at the national coach at the time, Henri Michel.
  • // 1989
    In 1989, during a friendly game against Torpedo Moscow, he kicked the ball in the direction of the crowd and ripped off his shirt and threw it away, his club banned him for a month on the account.
  • // 1991
    In 1991, during a Nimes’ match, Cantona threw the ball at the referee after he was unhappy by one of his decisions. This lead to a disciplinary meeting called by the French Football Federation, in which it was decided that he will be banned from the grounds for a month’s time. He called everyone in the hearing committee an ‘idiot’ and his ban increased to 2 months.
  • // 16th Dec 1991
    On 16 December 1991 Cantona declared his early retirement from the French football. The national team coach and one of his biggest fans Michel Platini advised him to come back. Cantona decided to pursue his football career with England.
  • // 1992
    In 1992, he came out of his retirement and played for Sheffield Wednesday but walked out of it after being asked to stay in it for a week more. He played his first match in England on a larger scale for Manchester United in Lisbon. He was signed by Manchester United in a deal of 1.2 million pounds.
  • // 1993
    In 1993, he was fined by FA Cup for spitting on a Leeds fan, at his first game in Elland Road with Manchester United. In the same year, he played in United’s European Cup and was defeated by Galatasaray in Istanbul, Turkey. He accused the referee of cheating, got into trouble with the Turkish police and was subsequently banned by UEFA from four European games.
  • // 1994
    In 1994, he was voted as the PFA Player of the year. In the same year, he scored 2 goals in the FA Cup final over Chelsea.
  • // 1995
    In 1995, in a match against Crystal Palace, Cantona kicked off Richard Shaw, after Richard pulled his shirt while playing the game. He also kicked in the crowd and injured Crystal Palace’s fan Matthew Simmons.
  • // 1996
    In 1996, he played his comeback game against Liverpool. During the same time, Cantona was selected as the captain of Manchester United for the season of 1996-97, due to the departure of Steve Bruce to Birmingham City.
  • // 1997
    In 1997, he announced his retirement from football at the age of 30. He played his final football game against West Ham.
  • // 1998
    In 1998, he worked as an actor in the English film called ‘Elizabeth’.
  • // 1998
    In 1998, he was included in the 100 League Legends.
  • // 2002
    In 2002, he directed a French film called ‘Apporte-moi ton amour’.
  • // 2002
    In 2002, he was made an inaugural inductee of the English Football Hall of Fame.
  • // 2003
    In 2003, he received the Overseas Player of the Decade Award at the Premier League 10 Seasons Awards.
  • // 2005
    In 2005, he coached French beach football team that won the inaugural FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup in Rio de Janeiro.
  • // 2008
    In 2008, he made a special appearance in the famous Hollywood film called ‘Jack Says’.
  • // 2009
    In 2009, he co-starred and co-produced films like ‘French Film’ and ‘Looking for Eric’.

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Eric Cantona's FAQ

  • What is Eric Cantona birthday?

    Eric Cantona was born at 1966-05-24

  • Where is Eric Cantona's birth place?

    Eric Cantona was born in Marseille

  • What is Eric Cantona nationalities?

    Eric Cantona's nationalities is French

  • What is Eric Cantona nick names?

    Eric Cantona's nickNames is Eric The Red

  • Who is Eric Cantona spouses?

    Eric Cantona's spouses is Rachida Brakni (m. 2007), Isabelle Ferrer (m. 1987–2003)

  • Who is Eric Cantona siblings?

    Eric Cantona's siblings is Jean-Marie Cantona, Joël Cantona

  • Who is Eric Cantona childrens?

    Eric Cantona's childrens is Josephine Cantona, Raphael Cantona

  • How tall is Eric Cantona?

    Eric Cantona's height is 188

  • Who is Eric Cantona's father?

    Eric Cantona's father is Albert Cantona

  • Who is Eric Cantona's mother?

    Eric Cantona's mother is Éléonore Raurich

  • What is Eric Cantona's sun sign?

    Eric Cantona is Gemini

  • How famous is Eric Cantona?

    Eric Cantona is famouse as Actor & Football Player