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He played for Arsenal

Patrick Vieira's life story, from humble beginnings in Senegal to triumph with France, shows that football is the world's most globalised industry

By Simon Kuper   February 2006

Vieira: My Autobiography by Patrick Vieira with Debbie Beckerman (Orion, £18.99)

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Vieira /Ohohohoh /He comes from Senegal /He plays for Arsenal /Vieira /Ohohohoh

Sung by Arsenal supporters to the tune of Volare, this became one of the most famous of English football chants. A star at the club from 1996 until 2005, Vieira did come from Senegal before emigrating to France as a child. But his father, whom he never knew, was from Gabon, while his mother came from the Cape Verde islands. His book confirms that soccer…

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