Paris-Saint Germain striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s exquisite autobiography has been nominated for this year’s William Hill Sports Book of the Year Award.
The controversial striker describes his rift with former Barcelona manager
Pep Guardiola, his admiration for Jose Mourinho and how he threatened to break a team-mate’s legs in the explosive book titled: ‘I Am Zlatan Ibrahimovic’.
The Sweden international is joined on the longlist by Arsenal legends Dennis Bergkamp, whose autobiography was released only last week, and Philippe Auclair’s acclaimed biography of record
goalscorer Thierry Henry.
A bumper £25,000 cash prize is available, the winning author will receive a £2,500 William Hill bet, a hand-bound copy of their book, and a day at the races.
The shortlist will be announced on October 25 with the winning publication revealed in November.
Last year’s prize went to The Secret Race, written by Tyler Hamilton, the American who returned his 2004 Olympics gold medal because he also used performance enhancing drugs, and author Daniel Coyle.
Hamilton was Armstrong’s teammate on the US Postal Service cycling team during the 1999, 2000 and 2001 Tour de France competitions.
The William Hill Full List:
Thierry Henry: Lonely at the Top – A Biography by Philippe Auclair (Macmillan)
Stillness and Speed: My Story by Dennis Bergkamp
(Simon & Schuster)
The Boys In The Boat: An Epic True-Life Journey to the Heart of Hitler’s Berlin by Daniel James Brown (Macmillan)
You Don’t Know Me, But… A Footballer’s Life by Clarke Carlisle (Simon & Schuster)
Running My Life: The Autobiography by Seb Coe (Hodder & Stoughton)
The Outsider: My Autobiography by Jimmy Connors (Bantam Press)
The Sports Gene: What Makes The Perfect Athlete by David Epstein (Yellow Jersey Press)
Dreams Do Come True: The Autobiography by Katherine Grainger (Andre Deutsch)
Immortal: The Approved Biography of George Best by Duncan Hamilton (Century)
Bookie Gambler Fixer Spy: A Journey to the Heart of Cricket’s Underworld by Ed Hawkins (Bloomsbury)
I Am Zlatan Ibrahimović by Zlatan Ibrahimovic, David Lagercrantz and Ruth Urbom (Penguin)
Fear And Loathing in La Liga: Barcelona Vs Real Madrid by Sid Lowe (Yellow Jersey Press)
Doped: The Real Life Story of the 1960s Racehorse Doping Gang by Jamie Reid (Racing Post)
Henry Cecil: Trainer of Genius by Brough Scott (Racing Post)
The Metaphysics of Ping-Pong by Guido Mina di Sospiro (Yellow Jersey Press)
Seven Deadly Sins: My Pursuit of Lance Armstrong by David Walsh (Simon & Schuster)
Domestique: The True Life Ups and Downs of a Tour Pro by Charly Wegelius and Tom Southam (Ebury Press).