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FOOTBALL FREEDOM AND PARADISE. Publication date: July 29, 2024
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FOOTBALL FREEDOM AND PARADISE. Publication date: July 29, 2024

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Football, Freedom and Paradise!
My Story by Rudi Vata
By Rudi Vata and Gerard McDade


Key features
Fascinating first-hand account of Rudi Vata’s two lives: the
one lived under communism and the other as a free man
• Success story of a man who played on the same pitch as
Eric Cantona, Jean-Pierre Papin, Paul McStay, Jurgen
Klinsmann and other legends, and who overcame the
political odds to captain his country
• Rudi wrote his book with acclaimed ghostwriter Gerard
McDade
• Gerard has previously been nominated in the Irish Book
Awards
• Colour photo section featuring exclusive images from
Rudi’s own collection including famous players

Football, Freedom and Paradise! is the fascinating and inspirational autobiography of former footballer Rudi Vata, a man who overcame state oppression to attain the most basic of human necessities – his freedom. Born in Albania in 1969, he was raised under the oppressive communist dictatorship that ruled the country for decades. In a regime that curtailed all the basic freedoms of civilised society, Rudi determined that, ‘You do not choose to be born under a dictatorship, but you choose whether to live under it.’ Rudi devoted himself to football – the sport that would provide his road to freedom and self-determination. After playing for his country in France in 1991, he defected and sought political asylum. Thus began the adventure that would take him around the world to play the beautiful game, most notably in a successful spell at Celtic FC, and live as a free man. This is not just a football story – it’s the tale of a man who fought for his
freedom, and who to this day never takes that freedom for granted
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Rudi Vata has collaborated with writer and events host Gerard McDade to bring his story to life. Gerard is the author of Celtic: The Supersonic '70s (2009), The Last Line: My Story by Packie Bonner (2015), and His Name Is McNamara: Jackie McNamara (2021). He has been nominated in the sports category of the Irish Book Awards and has written extensively for Celtic FC as well as other institutions and publications.

Publication: July 29 2024
Price: £25.00
ISBN 13: 9781801507394
Format: 240mm x 160mm
Binding: Hardback
Extent: 320 pages

Football, Freedom and Paradise!
My Story by Rudi Vata
By Rudi Vata and Gerard McDade


Key features
Fascinating first-hand account of Rudi Vata’s two lives: the
one lived under communism and the other as a free man
• Success story of a man who played on the same pitch as
Eric Cantona, Jean-Pierre Papin, Paul McStay, Jurgen
Klinsmann and other legends, and who overcame the
political odds to captain his country
• Rudi wrote his book with acclaimed ghostwriter Gerard
McDade
• Gerard has previously been nominated in the Irish Book
Awards
• Colour photo section featuring exclusive images from
Rudi’s own collection including famous players

Football, Freedom and Paradise! is the fascinating and inspirational autobiography of former footballer Rudi Vata, a man who overcame state oppression to attain the most basic of human necessities – his freedom. Born in Albania in 1969, he was raised under the oppressive communist dictatorship that ruled the country for decades. In a regime that curtailed all the basic freedoms of civilised society, Rudi determined that, ‘You do not choose to be born under a dictatorship, but you choose whether to live under it.’ Rudi devoted himself to football – the sport that would provide his road to freedom and self-determination. After playing for his country in France in 1991, he defected and sought political asylum. Thus began the adventure that would take him around the world to play the beautiful game, most notably in a successful spell at Celtic FC, and live as a free man. This is not just a football story – it’s the tale of a man who fought for his
freedom, and who to this day never takes that freedom for granted
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Rudi Vata has collaborated with writer and events host Gerard McDade to bring his story to life. Gerard is the author of Celtic: The Supersonic '70s (2009), The Last Line: My Story by Packie Bonner (2015), and His Name Is McNamara: Jackie McNamara (2021). He has been nominated in the sports category of the Irish Book Awards and has written extensively for Celtic FC as well as other institutions and publications.

Publication: July 29 2024
Price: £25.00
ISBN 13: 9781801507394
Format: 240mm x 160mm
Binding: Hardback
Extent: 320 pages


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