From Sowetto to Soccer Superstar

What is arguably the most eagerly awaited Leeds United book since the biography of Billy Bremner, is set for it’s official Elland Road launch this weekend as Lucas Radebe lifts the lid on one of the most remarkable ‘rags to riches’ story ever seen in football.

A man who touched the hearts of every Leeds United fan across the globe, spent more than a decade at the Whites and served as a true ambassador to the club throughout. Turning down offers from European giants to remain at his beloved Leeds United; Lucas Radebe is considered a hero to Leeds United fans of all ages.

It’s not just Leeds fans with their rose-tinted spectacles that hold The Chief in high regard however. Nelson Madella – himself a hero to billions – also described Lucas Radebe as ‘[his] hero.’ Praise doesn’t come any higher than that!

Undeniably a World-class defender and fearless leader, it isn’t just his incredible footballing ability that makes Lucas such a hero to people around the world. The story of his life, from the slums of Sowetto to the glamour of the Premier League, never forgetting his roots and always keen to give back. In an age of self-obsession and egomania, Lucas never lost sight of the bigger picture, and just as he repaid Leeds United’s faith with a loyal career-spanning stay at Elland Road, he still works hard to give back to his country of origin and the game that helped him escape adversity.

There isn’t a single footballer that couldn’t learn from the example Lucas Radebe has set, and there is no one else alive that I have more respect for than The Chief. I’m proud to say Lucas played for Leeds United, as I’m sure every other Whites fan reading this is too.

Summing up one of football’s greatest ever figures in a few paragraphs is an impossibility. Yorkshire journalist, Richard Coomber had 320 pages, and I doubt even a professional like himself managed to fully describe the importance of this man’s life. Either way, it’s a must-have for Whites fans and is sure to sell in vast quantities.

Lucas: From Sowetto to Soccer Superstar is available to buy now from Amazon and The Chief himself will also be at Elland Road this weekend for the visit of Sheffield United where he’ll be signing copies of the book for Whites fans. Full details of the signing on the Official Site.

  • Ryan H

    Legend!

    • yorkwhite

      spot on Ryan.

  • Ryan H

    I’d love to see him given some sort of role within the club, there’s not many players nowadays that rack up 10 years of loyal service has Lucas did.

  • TSS

    Him and Kells were the last of a dying breed I fear. I guess our hopes of commitment lie at the feet of players like Jonny Howson and Aidy White these days.

    As much as I’d love the Chief to get a role at the club, I fear SG isn’t keen on the idea. Lucas has said several times that he wants to coach at Elland Road, but Larry appears dismissive. I guess he fears such a well-respected figure could undermine his authority, as a lot of Leeds fans would see him as a natural successor.

    • TheReaper08

      @TSS Nicely opening the old wound of SG not giving Lucas a job that provoked quite some forum debate if I remember correctly, god it’s been dull around here without you.

      • TSS

        @TheReaper08

        ..and there was me thinking the site was in safe hands with @timhodge keeping the content coming, and your good self keeping the comments lively.

        • TheReaper08

          @TSS Oh don’t get me wrong the articles have been superb, they don’t quite have the edge that you either subconsciously or consciously provide us with.

          I am usually only interested if I can debate something with someone so I haven’t been about much, endless backslapping each other ain’t really my thing.

  • Anthony Lewis

    What a total legend! My childhood hero! :)

  • Giovanni Marrocco

    Lucas was a one of the greats for Leeds United , I hope he gets involved with leeds United any role, He is a genuine Guy and true gentleman.