DJ Tov (ed.)
With an introduction by Irvine Welsh
Contributors: David Baddiel, Patrick Barclay, Will Buckley, Tam Dean Burn, Marcel Desailly, Charlie Hall, Amy Lawrence, Jean-Philippe Leclaire, Michel Platini, Ben Richards, Ian Ridley, Salman Rushdie, Irvine Welsh & others.
Translators: Philippa Bowe & Giles Smith, Georgia de Chamberet, Bernard Cohen, Jean Guiloineau, Olivier Michel, Fanny Pagniez & Lucio Mad.
IRVINE WELSH – Le Foot is as diverse as French sporting tastes and is of Platini or Zidane quality, brilliant interviews with both of those masters featuring in its pages. Yes it's that excellent; it has the capacity to affirm, surprise and irritate. It's also not afraid to stray from well-worn Media Central routes, as in Tam Dean Burn's piece on Franck Sauzée … There's something for everyone and the standard of writing is very high.
WATERSTONES ONLINE – With great dexterity and passion, the story of French football is vividly brought to life with this ambitious and impressive collection of disparate writers … the time is right for a book as relevant to the English Premiership as it is to passionate Latin land across the channel.
TIMES LITERARY SUPPLEMENT – A lively collection … there is much to enjoy in this Anglo-French venture.
OBSERVER – One of the more intriguing books amid the deluge of soccer literature.
original edition : Abacus | May 2000 | PB 298 pages GBP 5.99 | 978-0349112701 | Sports, Hobbies & Games, Football, European Leagues
DJ Tov secured a place at INF Clairefontaine, but had to stop playing football at 16due to a knee injury. He turned to music, his other passion, and was first DJ to introduce Garage music to Paris circa 1992. He hosted regular clubs in the French capital, inviting and spinning alongside Armand Van Helden, CeCe Rogers, Robert Owens, Blade (Jestofunk), Laurent Garnier, Keoki. As a producer, he worked with Mory Kante, IAM, Judge Jules, Charlie Hall.
Having contributed a piece, Lost in Music, to XCiTés – the Flamingo Book of New French Writing, he went on to edit Le Foot – the Legends of French football.