One

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Peter Schmeichel is an undisputed giant of the global game – and ‘One’ is his story. As a serial winner and larger-than-life character with Manchester United and Denmark, he rivalled Gordon Banks and Lev Yashin as the world’s greatest goalkeeper. Sir Alex Ferguson, having paid just 505,000 to sign him in 1991, hailed him as ‘the bargain of the century’. Schmeichel would become a key figure in United’s successes during the ensuing decade, starting with a first domestic league title in more than a quarter of a century. His silverware spree culminated when he captained Ferguson’s side in the incredible, last-gasp Treble – clinching win over Bayern Munich in the 1999 Champions League final. In ‘One’ he delivers the inside track on that crazy, breathless night in Barcelona and on Old Trafford’s galaxy of stars, including Eric Cantona and David Beckham, not to mention United’s visionary manager.

ISBN: 9781529354096 Author: Schmeichel, Peter Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton Publication Date: 30th September 2021 Imprint: Hodder & Stoughton Cover: Hardback Dewey: 796.334092 (edition:23) Pages: xv, 400 , 16 unnumbered of plates Language: English Readership: General - Trade / Code: K Category:

‘TERRIFIC’ – Daily Mail

‘ONE OF THE UNDISPUTED GREATS’ – Sun

‘ENGAGING, HONEST AND UNSENTIMENTAL . . . RIVETING’ – David Walsh, The Sunday Times

‘Why me? How could a boy from a Copenhagen tower block say I want to be a champion with Manchester United and Denmark and make it happen?’

Peter Schmeichel is a giant of football, who won more Premier League titles (five) than any player in his position and captained Manchester United in the incomparable, last-gasp Treble-clinching win over Bayern Munich in the 1999 Champions League final. ‘I don’t believe a better goalkeeper played the game,’ Sir Alex Ferguson said. One: My Autobiography is Schmeichel’s story.

In it, he takes us inside the remarkable, winning environment of a club that transformed football during the 1990s, and on to the pitch on that crazy, breathless night in Barcelona in 1999. From Ferguson’s unique gifts to Eric Cantona’s unique personality, he delivers a close-up and insightful portrait of United’s golden era.

However, One: My Autobiography goes way beyond the pitch.

Schmeichel has an incredible family story to tell, starting with his father, Antoni, a brilliant Polish jazz musician who battled demons and for years kept a momentous secret from those around him. And he explores what he has been able to pass on to his own son, Kasper – himself a Premier League-winning goalkeeper and number one in the Danish national side.

Peter’s life after football, seldom straightforward, is described with astonishing candour. One: My Autobiography is about football, origins, journeys and legacy.

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