Francis Benali: The Autobiography: Shortlisted for THE SUNDAY TIMES Sports Book Awards 2022

Author:   Francis Benali
Publisher:   Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
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9781472986825


Pages:   240
Publication Date:   04 August 2022
Format:   Paperback
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LONGLISTED FOR THE SUNDAY TIMES SPORTS BOOK AWARDS 2022 'Anyone wanting an example of never being beaten should look at the incredible Francis Benali.' - Alan Shearer 'Honest, revealing story of a strong man who pushed his body to its limits and beyond on and off the pitch. Incredible read.' - Henry Winter, The Times 'The iron man with a will of steel and a heart of gold. Truly fran-tastic!' - Jeff Stelling, Soccer Saturday ------- Francis Benali is a Southampton Football Club legend and a celebrated charity endurance athlete, and he's ready to tell his story. Francis 'Franny' Benali played football for 20 years for Southampton FC in nearly 400 games, almost his entire career. His utter dedication to the club caused him to be a hero to Saints fans around the world. Written with the acclaimed Daily Mail sportswriter Matt Barlow, this book details Benali's humble beginnings and has countless tales involving players, managers, and matches detailing Benali's illustrious football career. But his story is much more than that. The intense commitment he had as a player found a new outlet in the world of endurance sport. Through Ironman triathlons and marathons, he has raised more than GBP1 million for Cancer Research UK. Benali's story shows us what can be achieved through dedication and commitment on and off the pitch. Through football and charity, he has made a positive difference in countless people's lives. His is truly an inspirational story.

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Author:   Francis Benali
Publisher:   Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
Imprint:   Bloomsbury Sport
Dimensions:   Width: 12.90cm , Height: 2.50cm , Length: 19.80cm
Weight:   0.454kg
ISBN:  

9781472986825


ISBN 10:   1472986822
Pages:   240
Publication Date:   04 August 2022
Audience:   General/trade ,  General
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active
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Table of Contents

Foreword by Matthew Le Tissier Preface: To the Limit 1. Born a Saint 2. Breaking In 3. Red Mist 4. Changing Game 5. Survival Mode 6. Cult Hero 7. Was That It? 8. After Football 9. A New Buzz 10. Challenge One 2014 11. Challenge Two 2016 12. Challenge Three 2019 13. One in a Million Index

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Probably the most selfless man I've ever met, you need to read his story * Matt Le Tissier * Honest, revealing story of a strong man who pushed his body to its limits and beyond on and off the pitch. Incredible read. -- Henry Winter * The Times * Franny was one of the last proper football sportsmen, he gave everything, always -- Chris Packham, Wildlife TV presenter & conservationist - and Saints supporter Anyone wanting an example of never being beaten should look at the incredible Francis Benali. * Alan Shearer * Franny's refusal to ever accept defeat made him a top-flight footballer and a top-flight fundraiser. The iron man with a will of steel and a heart of gold. Truly fran-tastic! * Jeff Stelling, Soccer Saturday presenter * Tough, passionate and dedicated, Franny is a Premier League legend. These tales from his playing career and his endurance challenges make for an incredible read. * Dermot Gallagher, Former Premier League Manager * As a big Southampton fan, Franny has always been an inspiration. From squeezing every last drop of ability to become a fans' favourite - to raising so much money for charity. All done with class and dignity * Ed Chamberlin, sports presenter *


Anyone wanting an example of never being beaten should look at the incredible Francis Benali. --Alan Shearer Honest, revealing story of a strong man who pushed his body to its limits and beyond on and off the pitch. Incredible read. --The Times Franny's refusal to ever accept defeat made him a top-flight footballer and a top-flight fundraiser. The iron man with a will of steel and a heart of gold. Truly fran-tastic! --Jeff Stelling, Soccer Saturday presenter Probably the most selfless man I've ever met, you need to read his story --Matt Le Tissier Tough, passionate and dedicated, Franny is a Premier League legend. These tales from his playing career and his endurance challenges make for an incredible read. --Dermot Gallagher, Former Premier League Manager As a big Southampton fan, Franny has always been an inspiration. From squeezing every last drop of ability to become a fans' favourite - to raising so much money for charity. All done with class and dignity --Ed Chamberlin, sports presenter


Author Information

Francis Benali MBE is a former professional footballer and coach who spent most of his playing career at Southampton FC. In recent years, Franny has been in the media spotlight for different reasons, completing ultra-endurance challenges, all in aid Cancer Research UK. In 2014, Benali completed a three-week 1,000-mile (1,600 km) challenge running to all 20 Premier League grounds, raising in excess of GBP100,000 for the charity Cancer Research UK. In 2019 he attempted seven Ironman distance triathlons in seven days! Franny has raised over GBP1 million for Cancer Research UK. He was named in the New Years Honours list 2020, where he was awarded an MBE. Francis Benali has 40k Twitter followers.

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