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Ruud Gullit: Portrait of a Genius - Harry Harris & Marcel van der Kraan

CollinsWillow, 1996, Hardback in Dust Wrapper.
Condition: Very Good — in Very Good Dust Wrapper. A little rubbing to the edges of the dust wrapper. Text complete, clean and tight but a little age-tanned.

Illustrated by way of: Black & White Photographs; Colour Photographs;

From the cover: “It was the biggest transfer coup of the season. When Glenn Hoddle announced the signing of Ruud Gullit in May 1995 on a free transfer from Italian club Sampdoria, a buzz of expectancy echoed throughout the English game.

But what persuaded one of the biggest talents in world football to move to a mid-table London club? Why the Premiership when the lure of a fortune beckoned from Germany, France and Japan? And were Chelsea gambling when they made Gullit player-manager after only one season in English football?

Now, for the first time, the answers are revealed in this intimate portrait of a footballing genius. Gullit began his professional career as the youngest-ever player in Dutch football at the age of 16; he went on to play alongside Johann Cruyff in a rejuvenated Feyenoord side and to become a pivotal player for champions PSV Eindhoven and Holland. His move to AC Milan for a world record £5. 5 million preceded the arrival of Marco Van Basten and Frank Rijkaard and helped transform the Italian club into one of the greatest forces in European football. Along the way, Gullit fell out with managers and coaches in Holland and Italy, walked out of the national team before the start of a World Cup, and stirred up a wealth of press coverage on his outspoken views both on and off the pitch.

Yet with a roll of honour that reads World and European Footballer of the Year, European Championships winner, singer/song-writer with a national top 10 hit, master of five languages and a passionate campaigner against racism, Gullit’s credentials are unique. Don’t miss out on the captivating story of one of the most colourful personalities in world football.”


Size: 9½" x 6¼". Blue boards with Silver titling to the Spine. 224 pages.
£7.50