Hodder & Stoughton will publish football goalkeeper Peter Schmeichel’s memoir in September.
Hodder acquired world rights, excluding Denmark, for One: My Autobiography from literary agent Kerr MacRae. The book will be published in the UK and in Denmark simultaneously in hardback, e-book and audio on 30th September 2021.
Hodder said: “Peter Schmeichel is an undisputed giant of the global game. A serial winner and larger-than-life character with Manchester United and Denmark, he rivalled Gordon Banks and Lev Yashin as the world’s greatest goalkeeper. The book tells of his early successes in Danish club football before Sir Alex Ferguson paid just £505,000 to sign him in 1991, and hailed him as 'the bargain of the century', as well as the full story of the Danish team’s remarkable rise to triumph in the European Football Championships in 1992.
“Schmeichel would become a key figure in United’s successes during the ensuing decade, starting with a first domestic league title in more than a quarter of a century. His silverware spree culminated when he captained Ferguson’s side in the incredible, last-gasp Treble-clinching win over Bayern Munich in the 1999 Champions League final [in Barcelona].”
The blurb reads: “In One: My Autobiography, [Schmeichel] delivers the inside track on that crazy, breathless night in Barcelona and on Old Trafford’s galaxy of controversial stars, including Eric Cantona and David Beckham, not to mention United's visionary manager [Sir Alex Ferguson].
“However, Schmeichel’s story is no mere litany of triumphs and household names. He tells how he nearly died aged 15, and recalls a turbulent relationship with his father, an alcoholic Polish musician. His life after football, seldom straightforward, is explored with astonishing candour.”
Peter's own son Kasper emulated him by winning the Premier League with Leicester, and keeping goal for Denmark's national team.
Schmeichel said: ‘’A question I’ve been asking myself for years is: 'Why me?' How come I could say at eight years of age, ‘I want to play for Denmark, I want to win the FA Cup at Wembley with Manchester United’, and make it happen? Through writing this book I found some of my answers—and I hope the story of how one little boy from Copenhagen did it might inspire others who want to dream big.
“I have no regrets about my career. How could I? But in my journey from part-time footballer in the Danish fourth tier to Champions League-winning captain, there were ups, downs and many emotions. A few mistakes, too. Normally, I’m not one for looking backwards but it was time to relive and be honest about them all.
“I share my family’s remarkable, crazy and, at times, unbelievable history. Everyone knows my son, but I don’t think anyone would guess the secret life my dad led. Family, legacy and meaning—the 'why?'—get more important the more you mature. This is not just a football book, it is about them all.’’