Michael Owen: Off the Record - Michael Owen with Paul HaywardCollins Willow, 2004, Hardback in Dust Wrapper.
Condition: Very Good+ — in Very Good+ Dust Wrapper.
Illustrated with colour photographs. From the cover: “Michael Owen has a maturity beyond his years. At 24, Liverpool Football Club’s youngest-ever goal scorer in the Premiership is already one of the most experienced players in the England squad, with two World Cups and two European Championships under his belt, and is recognised as one of the top marksmen in world football.
To date, despite his well-documented accolades and achievements, he has rarely opened up to his fans and his legions of admirers around the world. Until now.
Off the Record is his honest and forthright story of life both on and off the pitch — the bumps and bruises of his formative years; his Liverpool career including former Kop hero Robbie Fowler and new club captain Steven Gerrard; England’s David Beckham and Sven-Goran Eriksson, and the precocious talents of Wayne Rooney; his partner Louise Bonsall and how fatherhood has changed him; and his hopes and ambitions for a future career outside football.
On the darker side, he talks about the gambling, alcohol and other temptations influencing the lives of high-earning youngsters in the game and how some go over the edge. For the first time, he reflects on his own complex world and the effect of the resulting media intrusion into his private life.
An incident-packed 2003/04 season saw doubts surround his manager Gerard Houllier, Owen’s own injury frustrations, the threatened strike by the England squad in support of Rio Ferdinand, and, finally, England’s quest for glory in the European Championship Finals. Michael Owen’s Off the Record will bring a refreshing insight into the highs and lows of a career in the highest echelons of football..”