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Gazza: My Story

Paul Gascoigne

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Biography: sport, Autobiography: sport, Prose: non-fiction

The autobiography of the biggest football star of the last decade

Almost as soon as Gazza burst on to the scene at Newcastle United, the young Geordie was the centre of attention: Vinnie Jones's notorious ball-handling showed the lengths people would go to try to stop him. Then, with England on the verge of possibly reaching the World Cup final in 1990, came Gazza's tears - the moment that brought a whole new audience to the sport and helped set the football boom of the 1990s on its way. But then came a career-threatening injury, mental health problems, self-confessed alcoholism and family disputes, as life in the full glare of the media spotlight became too much. Now, at the end of his top-flight playing career, Gazza is ready to confront his demons. The result is quite simply the most remarkable footballing story you'll ever read: what it's like being Paul Gascoigne, in his own words.

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Paul Gascoigne

Gazza made his league debut for Newcastle in 1984-85, moving to Spurs in 1988 in a huge 2 million deal. He was one of England's key figures in the 1990 World Cup, and moved to Italian club Lazio in 1992. He then played for Rangers, Middlesbrough, Everton, Burnley and briefly in China. In 2004 he became player-coach of Boston United. He won 57 caps.

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