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Philippe Auclair on Eric Cantona

Thursday 15 March 2012 18:00-20:00

Institut français d’Ecosse

13 Randolph Crescent Edinburgh EH3 7TT

Come along to a series of monthly talks in which a French sports journalist discusses what being a sportsman means nowadays.


La Tête et les Jambes Talks

’La Tête et les Jambes’ Talks start from the reflections that Henri Desgrange, media magnate and founder of the Tour de France, developed in his training handbook La Tête et les Jambes (Head and Legs, 1894): the essential necessity of mental strength and strategy as well as a good physical condition to be an authentic ‘champion’.
What does a man need to be a ‘champion’ nowadays? ‘La tête et les jambes’ obviously, but what else? Charisma? Money? Political statements? Doping or even mechanical assistance?

On Eric Cantona

’I’d give all the champagne I’ve ever drunk to be playing alongside Cantona in a big European match at Old Trafford’ said George Best. Join Philippe Auclair in conversation with Patrick ’Paddy’ Barclay for the third talk of the series and explore with them the figure of Eric Cantona.
(More information soon).

Philippe Auclair has been France Football and RMC’s England correspondent for over a decade, and regularly contributes to Champions and The Blizzard. He can also be heard on talkSPORT and various BBC stations and is a regular guest on the Guardian Football Weekly podcast.
He is the author of Cantona, The Rebel Who Would Be King (Macmillan, 2010), Best Football Book of the Year (British Sports Book Awards 2009).

20 years old Eric Cantona talks about AJ Auxerre, poetry, painting and yoga.
(03min48s). Video dated 29 October 1986.

Talk in English
Members: free / Non members: £3

Box office: 0131 225 5366

Photo : Eric Cantona © The EFP

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