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Peter Schmeichel lowers his guard in engaging memoir

The former Manchester United and Denmark stopper’s book goes way beyond most glorified sports diaries that cram the shelves at this time of year

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Manchester United goalkeeper Peter Schmeichel wheels in delight after their European Champions League semi-final victory over Juventus in 1999

Manchester United goalkeeper Peter Schmeichel wheels in delight after their European Champions League semi-final victory over Juventus in 1999

One: My Autobiography by Peter Schmeichel

One: My Autobiography by Peter Schmeichel

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Manchester United goalkeeper Peter Schmeichel wheels in delight after their European Champions League semi-final victory over Juventus in 1999

The towering blond goalkeeper looked invincible. Had done for years as he’d become first among the number ones. Captain of his country, he’d led them to the World Cup. Six matches there, and he’d conceded just a single goal, to Ireland’s Robbie Keane, as his team marched triumphantly to the final. It took the Brazilians to beat him. And still he won the player of the tournament award.

That was Germany’s goalkeeper Oliver Kahn, 2002’s Golden Ball. Nine months later, my pal Markus Hörwick fielded a call from the editor of Bild, Germany’s biggest tabloid. Markus was the PR director of Bayern Munich, Kahn’s club. Bild had the story that Kahn had taken up with a nightclub waitress while his wife was at home expecting their second child. It was going to be the next day’s front-page splash.


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