Di Stefano biography to Ebury Press

Di Stefano biography to Ebury Press

Ebury Publishing has acquired a “definitive” biography of the iconic Argentine-Spanish footballer, Alfredo Di Stefano, who died on Monday (7th July).
 
Deputy publisher Andrew Goodfellow bought world rights in Ian Hawkey’s biography from David Luxton at DLA.
 
Goodfellow said: “Ian has been working on the book for us for some time. He has been researching the book in Colombia and Argentina in the last few weeks but it made sense to announce the acquisition in light of the sad news. I hope it will be a fitting memorial for one of the greats.”
 
This will be the first English-language biography of Di Stefano, who is often credited as being behind Real Madrid’s five European Cups in a row during the 1950s. He became a global football icon and his impact helped shape Spain as a nation, culturally and politically. It has been suggested that his rebellious career laid the groundwork for the modern football stars we see today.
 
Hawkey had a good personal relationship with Di Stefano. His previous book, Feet of the Chameleon (Portico), won the Football Book of the Year prize at the British Sports Book Awards 2010 and was shortlisted for the William Hill. He is the European football correspondent for the Times and lived for 10 years in Spain.