Eric Cantona

Date of birth24 May 1966
Place of birthParis
NationalityFrench
Weight89 kg
Height1.88 m
PositionForward

Cantona had developed a reputation as something of a flawed genius during his career in France, often brilliant on the pitch but with a suspect temperament both on and off the field. A member of the Montpellier team that won the 1990 French Cup, he moved across the Channel during the 1991-92 campaign signing for Leeds United in February 1992. He was an immediate success at Elland Road, providing a major contribution in the run-in to their title success that season. Revered by the club's fans, it was a major surprise when he was sold to United the following November, but manager Alex Ferguson certainly didn't complain. It was at Old Trafford that Cantona finally revealed his full potential and led to him being held in almost God-like status by the supporters. He was the catalyst who convinced his colleagues that they could win everything. His influence on the club's young players is still felt today, as training and practice patterns changed radically at his behest. The enfant terrible of French football found his spiritual home at Old Trafford, where all eyes were on the charismatic striker. The crowd gave him the title 'The King' previously only owned by Denis Law or 'Le Dieu' - Cantona responded brilliantly leading United to success after unprecedented success. He hit national headlines in January 1995 after he snapped under pressure in the match against Crystal Palace, leading to a notorious confrontation with a Palace follower. A lengthy ban followed and his career in the top flight looked over. However he was eventually rehabilitated, returning to his brilliant best to assist United to two more Premiership titles. A forward player with the deft skills to unlock any defence, he was full of tricks and capable not only of setting up his colleagues but scoring with some spectacular strikes himself. Cantona retired from the game in the summer of 1997 but has maintained strong links with his former boss while spending much of his time promoting the game of beach football.

Club history

Team Joined Left Loan / Trialist
Auxerre 01 Jul 1983 01 Jul 1988
FC Martigues L
Olympique Marseille 01 Jul 1988
Bordeaux 01 Jul 1989
Montpellier 01 Jul 1989 01 Jul 1990
Olympique Marseille 01 Jul 1990 01 Jul 1991
Nîmes Olympique 01 Jul 1991 06 Feb 1992
Leeds United 06 Feb 1992 27 Nov 1992
Manchester United 27 Nov 1992 30 Jun 1997

Club stats

Season Team Competition Apps Subs Goals Y R
1992-93 Leeds United FA Charity Shield 1
3
1992-93 Leeds United Premier League 12
1
6
3
1992-93 Manchester United FA Cup 1
1992-93 Manchester United Premier League 21
1
9
2
1993-94 Manchester United FA Charity Shield 1
1993-94 Manchester United FA Cup 5
4
1993-94 Manchester United League Cup 5
1
1993-94 Manchester United Premier League 34
18
2
2
1993-94 Manchester United UEFA Champions League 4
2
1994-95 Manchester United FA Charity Shield 1
1
1994-95 Manchester United FA Cup 1
1
1994-95 Manchester United Premier League 21
12
4
1
1994-95 Manchester United UEFA Champions League 2
1995-96 Manchester United FA Cup 7
5
1995-96 Manchester United League Cup 1
1995-96 Manchester United Premier League 30
14
1
1996-97 Europe Representative 1
1996-97 Manchester United FA Charity Shield 1
1
1
1996-97 Manchester United FA Cup 3
2
1996-97 Manchester United Premier League 36
11
5
1996-97 Manchester United UEFA Champions League 10
3
2001-02 World XI Maradona Farewell Match 1
1


Please note: Career stats are based on performances in the Premier and Football Leagues and (in most cases all) internationals.

Club matches

Date Match Result Competition Round
06 Dec 1992 Manchester United v Manchester City W 2-1 Premier League
12 Dec 1992 Manchester United v Norwich City W 1-0 Premier League
19 Dec 1992 Chelsea v Manchester United D 1-1 Premier League
26 Dec 1992 Sheffield Wednesday v Manchester United D 3-3 Premier League
28 Dec 1992 Manchester United v Coventry City W 5-0 Premier League
05 Jan 1993 Manchester United v Bury W 2-0 FA Cup 3rd round
09 Jan 1993 Manchester United v Tottenham Hotspur W 4-1 Premier League
27 Jan 1993 Manchester United v Nottingham Forest W 2-0 Premier League
30 Jan 1993 Ipswich Town v Manchester United L 2-1 Premier League
06 Feb 1993 Manchester United v Sheffield United W 2-1 Premier League
08 Feb 1993 Leeds United v Manchester United D 0-0 Premier League
20 Feb 1993 Manchester United v Southampton W 2-1 Premier League
27 Feb 1993 Manchester United v Middlesbrough W 3-0 Premier League
14 Mar 1993 Manchester United v Aston Villa D 1-1 Premier League
20 Mar 1993 Manchester City v Manchester United D 1-1 Premier League
24 Mar 1993 Manchester United v Arsenal D 0-0 Premier League
05 Apr 1993 Norwich City v Manchester United W 1-3 Premier League
10 Apr 1993 Manchester United v Sheffield Wednesday W 2-1 Premier League
12 Apr 1993 Coventry City v Manchester United W 0-1 Premier League
17 Apr 1993 Manchester United v Chelsea W 3-0 Premier League
21 Apr 1993 Crystal Palace v Manchester United W 0-2 Premier League
03 May 1993 Manchester United v Blackburn Rovers W 3-1 Premier League
09 May 1993 Wimbledon v Manchester United W 1-2 Premier League
07 Aug 1993 Arsenal v Manchester United W 1-1 (5-4) FA Charity Shield
28 Aug 1993 Southampton v Manchester United W 1-3 Premier League
01 Sep 1993 Manchester United v West Ham United W 3-0 Premier League
11 Sep 1993 Chelsea v Manchester United L 1-0 Premier League
15 Sep 1993 Kispest-Honved v Manchester United W 2-3 UEFA Champions League 1st round 1st leg
19 Sep 1993 Manchester United v Arsenal W 1-0 Premier League
25 Sep 1993 Manchester United v Swindon Town W 4-2 Premier League
29 Sep 1993 Manchester United v Kispest-Honved W 2-1
Agg: 5-3
UEFA Champions League 1st round 2nd leg
02 Oct 1993 Sheffield Wednesday v Manchester United W 2-3 Premier League
16 Oct 1993 Manchester United v Tottenham Hotspur W 2-1 Premier League
20 Oct 1993 Manchester United v Galatasaray D 3-3 UEFA Champions League 2nd round 1st leg
23 Oct 1993 Everton v Manchester United W 0-1 Premier League
30 Oct 1993 Manchester United v Queens Park Rangers W 2-1 Premier League
03 Nov 1993 Galatasaray v Manchester United D 0-0
Agg: 3-3
UEFA Champions League 2nd round 2nd leg
07 Nov 1993 Manchester City v Manchester United W 2-3 Premier League
20 Nov 1993 Manchester United v Wimbledon W 3-1 Premier League
24 Nov 1993 Manchester United v Ipswich Town D 0-0 Premier League
27 Nov 1993 Coventry City v Manchester United W 0-1 Premier League
30 Nov 1993 Everton v Manchester United W 0-2 League Cup 4th round
04 Dec 1993 Manchester United v Norwich City D 2-2 Premier League
07 Dec 1993 Sheffield United v Manchester United W 0-3 Premier League
11 Dec 1993 Newcastle United v Manchester United D 1-1 Premier League
19 Dec 1993 Manchester United v Aston Villa W 3-1 Premier League
26 Dec 1993 Manchester United v Blackburn Rovers D 1-1 Premier League
29 Dec 1993 Oldham Athletic v Manchester United W 2-5 Premier League
01 Jan 1994 Manchester United v Leeds United D 0-0 Premier League
04 Jan 1994 Liverpool v Manchester United D 3-3 Premier League
09 Jan 1994 Sheffield United v Manchester United W 0-1 FA Cup 3rd round
12 Jan 1994 Manchester United v Portsmouth D 2-2 League Cup Quarter-final
15 Jan 1994 Tottenham Hotspur v Manchester United W 0-1 Premier League
22 Jan 1994 Manchester United v Everton W 1-0 Premier League
26 Jan 1994 Portsmouth v Manchester United W 0-1 League Cup Quarter-final replay
30 Jan 1994 Norwich City v Manchester United W 0-2 FA Cup 4th round
05 Feb 1994 Queens Park Rangers v Manchester United W 2-3 Premier League
13 Feb 1994 Manchester United v Sheffield Wednesday W 1-0 League Cup Semi-final 1st leg
20 Feb 1994 Wimbledon v Manchester United W 0-3 FA Cup 5th round
26 Feb 1994 West Ham United v Manchester United D 2-2 Premier League
12 Mar 1994 Manchester United v Charlton Athletic W 3-1 FA Cup Quarter-final
16 Mar 1994 Manchester United v Sheffield Wednesday W 5-0 Premier League
19 Mar 1994 Swindon Town v Manchester United D 2-2 Premier League
22 Mar 1994 Arsenal v Manchester United D 2-2 Premier League
27 Mar 1994 Aston Villa v Manchester United L 3-1 League Cup Final
30 Mar 1994 Manchester United v Liverpool W 1-0 Premier League
23 Apr 1994 Manchester United v Manchester City W 2-0 Premier League
27 Apr 1994 Leeds United v Manchester United W 0-2 Premier League
01 May 1994 Ipswich Town v Manchester United W 1-2 Premier League
04 May 1994 Manchester United v Southampton W 2-0 Premier League
08 May 1994 Manchester United v Coventry City D 0-0 Premier League
14 May 1994 Manchester United v Chelsea W 4-0 FA Cup Final
14 Aug 1994 Blackburn Rovers v Manchester United W 0-2 FA Charity Shield
31 Aug 1994 Manchester United v Wimbledon W 3-0 Premier League
11 Sep 1994 Leeds United v Manchester United L 2-1 Premier League
17 Sep 1994 Manchester United v Liverpool W 2-0 Premier League
24 Sep 1994 Ipswich Town v Manchester United L 3-2 Premier League
01 Oct 1994 Manchester United v Everton W 2-0 Premier League
15 Oct 1994 Manchester United v West Ham United W 1-0 Premier League
23 Oct 1994 Blackburn Rovers v Manchester United W 2-4 Premier League
29 Oct 1994 Manchester United v Newcastle United W 2-0 Premier League
06 Nov 1994 Aston Villa v Manchester United W 1-2 Premier League
10 Nov 1994 Manchester United v Manchester City W 5-0 Premier League
19 Nov 1994 Manchester United v Crystal Palace W 3-0 Premier League
23 Nov 1994 IFK Goteborg v Manchester United L 3-1 UEFA Champions League Group A
26 Nov 1994 Arsenal v Manchester United D 0-0 Premier League
03 Dec 1994 Manchester United v Norwich City W 1-0 Premier League
07 Dec 1994 Manchester United v Galatasaray W 4-0 UEFA Champions League Group A
17 Dec 1994 Manchester United v Nottingham Forest L 1-2 Premier League
26 Dec 1994 Chelsea v Manchester United W 2-3 Premier League
28 Dec 1994 Manchester United v Leicester City D 1-1 Premier League
31 Dec 1994 Southampton v Manchester United D 2-2 Premier League
03 Jan 1995 Manchester United v Coventry City W 2-0 Premier League
09 Jan 1995 Sheffield United v Manchester United W 0-2 FA Cup 3rd round
15 Jan 1995 Newcastle United v Manchester United D 1-1 Premier League
22 Jan 1995 Manchester United v Blackburn Rovers W 1-0 Premier League
25 Jan 1995 Crystal Palace v Manchester United D 1-1 Premier League
01 Oct 1995 Manchester United v Liverpool D 2-2 Premier League
03 Oct 1995 York City v Manchester United W 1-3
Agg: 4-3
League Cup 2nd round 2nd leg
21 Oct 1995 Chelsea v Manchester United W 1-4 Premier League
28 Oct 1995 Manchester United v Middlesbrough W 2-0 Premier League
04 Nov 1995 Arsenal v Manchester United L 1-0 Premier League
18 Nov 1995 Manchester United v Southampton W 4-1 Premier League
22 Nov 1995 Coventry City v Manchester United W 0-4 Premier League
27 Nov 1995 Nottingham Forest v Manchester United D 1-1 Premier League
02 Dec 1995 Manchester United v Chelsea D 1-1 Premier League
09 Dec 1995 Manchester United v Sheffield Wednesday D 2-2 Premier League
17 Dec 1995 Liverpool v Manchester United L 2-0 Premier League
24 Dec 1995 Leeds United v Manchester United L 3-1 Premier League
27 Dec 1995 Manchester United v Newcastle United W 2-0 Premier League
30 Dec 1995 Manchester United v Queens Park Rangers W 2-1 Premier League
01 Jan 1996 Tottenham Hotspur v Manchester United L 4-1 Premier League
06 Jan 1996 Manchester United v Sunderland D 2-2 FA Cup 3rd round
13 Jan 1996 Manchester United v Aston Villa D 0-0 Premier League
16 Jan 1996 Sunderland v Manchester United W 1-2 FA Cup 3rd round replay
22 Jan 1996 West Ham United v Manchester United W 0-1 Premier League
27 Jan 1996 Reading v Manchester United W 0-3 FA Cup 4th round
03 Feb 1996 Wimbledon v Manchester United W 2-4 Premier League
10 Feb 1996 Manchester United v Blackburn Rovers W 1-0 Premier League
18 Feb 1996 Manchester United v Manchester City W 2-1 FA Cup 5th round
21 Feb 1996 Manchester United v Everton W 2-0 Premier League
25 Feb 1996 Bolton Wanderers v Manchester United W 0-6 Premier League
04 Mar 1996 Newcastle United v Manchester United W 0-1 Premier League
11 Mar 1996 Manchester United v Southampton W 2-0 FA Cup Quarter-final
16 Mar 1996 Queens Park Rangers v Manchester United D 1-1 Premier League
20 Mar 1996 Manchester United v Arsenal W 1-0 Premier League
24 Mar 1996 Manchester United v Tottenham Hotspur W 1-0 Premier League
31 Mar 1996 Manchester United v Chelsea W 2-1 FA Cup Semi-final
06 Apr 1996 Manchester City v Manchester United W 2-3 Premier League
08 Apr 1996 Manchester United v Coventry City W 1-0 Premier League
13 Apr 1996 Southampton v Manchester United L 3-1 Premier League
17 Apr 1996 Manchester United v Leeds United W 1-0 Premier League
28 Apr 1996 Manchester United v Nottingham Forest W 5-0 Premier League
05 May 1996 Middlesbrough v Manchester United W 0-3 Premier League
11 May 1996 Manchester United v Liverpool W 1-0 FA Cup Final
11 Aug 1996 Manchester United v Newcastle United W 4-0 FA Charity Shield
17 Aug 1996 Wimbledon v Manchester United W 0-3 Premier League
21 Aug 1996 Manchester United v Everton D 2-2 Premier League
25 Aug 1996 Manchester United v Blackburn Rovers D 2-2 Premier League
04 Sep 1996 Derby County v Manchester United D 1-1 Premier League
07 Sep 1996 Leeds United v Manchester United W 0-4 Premier League
11 Sep 1996 Juventus v Manchester United L 1-0 UEFA Champions League Group C
14 Sep 1996 Manchester United v Nottingham Forest W 4-1 Premier League
21 Sep 1996 Aston Villa v Manchester United D 0-0 Premier League
25 Sep 1996 Manchester United v Rapid Wien W 2-0 UEFA Champions League Group C
29 Sep 1996 Manchester United v Tottenham Hotspur W 2-0 Premier League
12 Oct 1996 Manchester United v Liverpool W 1-0 Premier League
16 Oct 1996 Fenerbahçe v Manchester United W 0-2 UEFA Champions League Group C
20 Oct 1996 Newcastle United v Manchester United L 5-0 Premier League
26 Oct 1996 Southampton v Manchester United L 6-3 Premier League
30 Oct 1996 Manchester United v Fenerbahçe L 0-1 UEFA Champions League Group C
02 Nov 1996 Manchester United v Chelsea L 1-2 Premier League
16 Nov 1996 Manchester United v Arsenal W 1-0 Premier League
20 Nov 1996 Manchester United v Juventus L 0-1 UEFA Champions League Group C
23 Nov 1996 Middlesbrough v Manchester United D 2-2 Premier League
30 Nov 1996 Manchester United v Leicester City W 3-1 Premier League
04 Dec 1996 Rapid Wien v Manchester United W 0-2 UEFA Champions League Group C
08 Dec 1996 West Ham United v Manchester United D 2-2 Premier League
18 Dec 1996 Sheffield Wednesday v Manchester United D 1-1 Premier League
21 Dec 1996 Manchester United v Sunderland W 5-0 Premier League
26 Dec 1996 Nottingham Forest v Manchester United W 0-4 Premier League
28 Dec 1996 Manchester United v Leeds United W 1-0 Premier League
01 Jan 1997 Manchester United v Aston Villa D 0-0 Premier League
05 Jan 1997 Manchester United v Tottenham Hotspur W 2-0 FA Cup 3rd round
12 Jan 1997 Tottenham Hotspur v Manchester United W 1-2 Premier League
18 Jan 1997 Coventry City v Manchester United W 0-2 Premier League
25 Jan 1997 Manchester United v Wimbledon D 1-1 FA Cup 4th round
29 Jan 1997 Manchester United v Wimbledon W 2-1 Premier League
01 Feb 1997 Manchester United v Southampton W 2-1 Premier League
04 Feb 1997 Wimbledon v Manchester United L 1-0 FA Cup 4th round replay
01 Mar 1997 Manchester United v Coventry City W 3-1 Premier League
05 Mar 1997 Manchester United v FC Porto W 4-0 UEFA Champions League Quarter-final 1st leg
08 Mar 1997 Sunderland v Manchester United L 2-1 Premier League
15 Mar 1997 Manchester United v Sheffield Wednesday W 2-0 Premier League
19 Mar 1997 FC Porto v Manchester United D 0-0
Agg: 0-4
UEFA Champions League Quarter-final 2nd leg
22 Mar 1997 Everton v Manchester United W 0-2 Premier League
05 Apr 1997 Manchester United v Derby County L 2-3 Premier League
09 Apr 1997 Borussia Dortmund v Manchester United L 1-0 UEFA Champions League Semi-final 1st leg
12 Apr 1997 Blackburn Rovers v Manchester United W 2-3 Premier League
19 Apr 1997 Liverpool v Manchester United W 1-3 Premier League
23 Apr 1997 Manchester United v Borussia Dortmund L 0-1
Agg: 0-2
UEFA Champions League Semi-final 2nd leg
03 May 1997 Leicester City v Manchester United D 2-2 Premier League
05 May 1997 Manchester United v Middlesbrough D 3-3 Premier League
08 May 1997 Manchester United v Newcastle United D 0-0 Premier League
11 May 1997 Manchester United v West Ham United W 2-0 Premier League


Please note: Match history is complete for the Premier and Football Leagues and (in most cases all) internationals.

International stats

Season Team Competition Apps Subs Goals Y R
1982-83 France Internazionale Cannes
1
1986-87 France B International 1
1986-87 France UEFA Under-21 2
3
1986-87 France Under-21 2
1
1987-88 France Berlin Anniversary 1
1
1987-88 France International Friendly 2
1987-88 France UEFA European Championship 2
1987-88 France UEFA Under-21 4
3
1989-90 France FIFA World Cup 3
1
1989-90 France International Friendly 5
7
1990-91 France International Friendly 1
1990-91 France UEFA European Championship 4
1
1991-92 France International Friendly 4
1991-92 France UEFA European Championship 5
2
1
1992-93 France FIFA World Cup 4
5
1993-94 France FIFA World Cup 4
1
1993-94 France International Friendly 2
1
1993-94 France Kirin Japan Cup 2
1
1994-95 France International Friendly 2
1994-95 France UEFA European Championship 4


Please note: Career stats are based on performances in the Premier and Football Leagues and (in most cases all) internationals.

International matches

Date Match Result Competition Round
04 Apr 1983 France v Italy W 1-1 (3-1) Internazionale Cannes Final
10 Sep 1986 France v Hungary W 4-1 U21
10 Oct 1986 France v USSR W 2-1 UEFA U21 Group 3
28 Apr 1987 Scotland v France D 1-1 B INTER
30 Apr 1987 Scotland v France D 1-1 U21
15 Jun 1987 Norway v France W 1-2 UEFA U21 Group 3
12 Aug 1987 West Germany v France L 2-1 BERLIN ANNIVERSARY
14 Oct 1987 France v Norway D 1-1 UEFA European Championship Group 3
18 Nov 1987 France v East Germany L 0-1 UEFA European Championship Group 3
27 Jan 1988 Israel v France D 1-1 International Friendly
16 Mar 1988 France v Italy W 2-1 UEFA U21 Quarter-final
23 Mar 1988 France v Spain W 2-1 International Friendly
13 Apr 1988 France v England W 4-2 UEFA Under-21 Semi-final
27 Apr 1988 England v France D 2-2 UEFA Under-21 Semi-final
24 May 1988 Greece v France D 0-0 UEFA U21 Final
16 Aug 1989 Sweden v France W 2-4 International Friendly
05 Sep 1989 Norway v France D 1-1 FIFA World Cup Group 5
11 Oct 1989 France v Scotland W 3-0 FIFA World Cup Group 5
18 Nov 1989 France v Cyprus W 2-0 FIFA World Cup Group 5
21 Jan 1990 Kuwait v France W 0-1 International Friendly
24 Jan 1990 France v East Germany W 3-0 International Friendly
28 Feb 1990 France v West Germany W 2-1 International Friendly
28 Mar 1990 Hungary v France W 1-3 International Friendly
15 Aug 1990 France v Poland D 0-0 International Friendly
05 Sep 1990 Iceland v France W 1-2 UEFA European Championship Group 1
13 Oct 1990 France v Czechoslovakia W 2-1 UEFA European Championship Group 1
20 Feb 1991 France v Spain W 3-1 UEFA European Championship Group 1
30 Mar 1991 France v Albania W 5-0 UEFA European Championship Group 1
12 Oct 1991 Spain v France W 1-2 UEFA European Championship Group 1
20 Nov 1991 France v Iceland W 3-1 UEFA European Championship Group 1
19 Feb 1992 England v France L 2-0 International Friendly
25 Mar 1992 France v Belgium D 3-3 International Friendly
27 May 1992 Switzerland v France L 2-1 International Friendly
05 Jun 1992 France v Netherlands D 1-1 International Friendly
10 Jun 1992 Sweden v France D 1-1 UEFA European Championship Finals group 1
14 Jun 1992 France v England D 0-0 UEFA European Championship Finals group 1
17 Jun 1992 France v Denmark L 1-2 UEFA European Championship Finals group 1
14 Oct 1992 France v Austria W 2-0 FIFA World Cup Group 6
14 Nov 1992 France v Finland W 2-1 FIFA World Cup Group 6
17 Feb 1993 Israel v France W 0-4 FIFA World Cup Group 6
28 Apr 1993 France v Sweden W 2-1 FIFA World Cup Group 6
28 Jul 1993 France v Russia W 3-1 International Friendly
22 Aug 1993 Sweden v France D 1-1 FIFA World Cup Group 6
08 Sep 1993 Finland v France W 0-2 FIFA World Cup Group 6
13 Oct 1993 France v Israel L 2-3 FIFA World Cup Group 6
17 Nov 1993 France v Bulgaria L 1-2 FIFA World Cup Group 6
16 Feb 1994 Italy v France W 0-1 International Friendly
26 May 1994 Australia v France W 0-1 KIRIN JAPAN CUP
29 May 1994 Japan v France W 1-4 KIRIN JAPAN CUP
17 Aug 1994 France v Czech Republic D 2-2 International Friendly
07 Sep 1994 Slovakia v France D 0-0 UEFA European Championship Group 1
08 Oct 1994 France v Romania D 0-0 UEFA European Championship Group 1
16 Nov 1994 Poland v France D 0-0 UEFA European Championship Group 1
13 Dec 1994 Azerbaijan v France W 0-2 UEFA European Championship Group 1
18 Jan 1995 Netherlands v France W 0-1 International Friendly


Please note: Match history is complete for the Premier and Football Leagues and (in most cases all) internationals.