How to Be an Ex-Footballer
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On 17 August 2008, Cole scored the first Premier League goal of the management of Luiz Felipe Scolari in a 4–0 win against Portsmouth. Often recruited before they've worn long trousers, today's footballers become superstars who earn huge amounts without ever learning much about the world beyond the training ground. Crouch speaks from his own experience and discusses with fellow former professionals too - just how do you safely release a near seven-foot striker back into the wild?
TNT Sports launches as ultimate home for sports fans - Who are the pundits, presenters and commentators? The story was difficult to follow due to the narration switching from Crouchy to interviewed players and back with zero vocal change and little description of a change. Cole's first Premier League game was on 18 October, coming on for the final nine minutes in place of Christian Benteke in a 0–3 defeat away to Everton.In 1999, Cole was part of West Ham's victorious FA Youth Cup-winning squad (alongside Michael Carrick), defeating Coventry City 9–0 on aggregate in the final. He signed for Aston Villa in June 2014, then joined Coventry City on loan in October 2015, joining on a permanent deal in January 2016. He started for Chelsea in their victory over Manchester United in the 2007 FA Cup Final, and went on to be substituted at half-time.
He spent seven seasons at Chelsea, playing over 280 games in all competitions and winning seven trophies, including three Premier League titles, two FA Cups and a League Cup. On 29 November, Cole made his first start for Villa away to Burnley, opening the scoring in a 1–1 draw. Cole took advantage of injuries to wingers Duff and Arjen Robben to become a regular member of Chelsea's Premier League title winning team in 2004–05. A world where one team-mate comes to training in a bright red suit with matching top-hat, cane and glasses, without any actual glass in them, and another has so many sports cars they forget they have left a Porsche at the train station.
Is this a difficult third book where the best idea comes in the epilogue: think of a retired footballer and make it their day. Joe Cole is better than Lionel Messi, claims Liverpool's Steven Gerrard" The Guardian 10 August 2012. We'll be coached and cajoled by Harry Redknapp, upset Rafa Benitez and be soothed by the sound of an accordion played by Sven-Goran Eriksson's assistant Tord Grip.
A surprisingly good read considering that I am not a great football fan but I have to say I enjoyed this book enormously. A week after signing for the club, Cole made his debut in a UEFA Champions League qualifier away to MŠK Žilina. Although it does pick up with the final chapter with more sobering accounts, this time concerning mental health and in particular the experiences of Aston Villa’s Lee Hendry.On 4 May 2016, Cole signed with the Tampa Bay Rowdies in the North American Soccer League (NASL), signing a contract through the end of the 2017 NASL season, with a club option for 2018. Described as a "clever flick", his goal helped Chelsea win and overtake Manchester United at the top of the league as they were at the end of the season.
Some are obvious; coaching, managing, punditry but some are more diverse such as Timo Apsrilla developing his own brand of condoms or Gavin Peacock turning his back on the game to become a church minister in Canada. So what do these Peter Pans, whose careers end just as most people's are getting going, do with the rest of their lives?This was a decent book and certainly there were some touching moments as well as laugh out loud moments.