The Italian footballer is better known for his left-wing views and passion for the socialist-supporting club, Livorno.
As the global sporting world lurches from one corruption scandal to the next, the indomitable Eric Cantona presents the stories of five football heroes whose social conscience led them to challenge unjust regimes, join opposition movements and lead the fight for democracy and human rights. ‘Football Rebels’ looks at a side of football that does not always make the headlines.
He fought against fascism in the Spanish Civil War and later survived a Nazi concentration camp by playing football.
Former Palestinian women’s football captain who has fought prejudice all her life now promotes equality through sport.
A Brazilian footballer’s battle for greater freedom to change clubs sparked reforms benefitting generations of players.
The story of a footballer arrested by Argentine secret police in 1977 and tortured before escaping to Sweden.
The famous football player chose to abandon the French team to play for Algerian independence.
The Chilean footballer paid the price for openly defying General Pinochet’s dictatorship.
Filmmaker Gilles Rof explains why he decided to take a closer look at some of football’s unsung heroes.
How Brazil’s football legend turned every Corinthians’ match into a political meeting for democracy.
The Yugoslavian international player chose to start a multi-ethnic football school in a besieged Sarajevo.
How the former Chelsea star and Ivory Coast forward used the power of football to end his country’s civil war.