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Football Superstar, Thierry Henry – Poetry in Motion

This video biography highlights football superstar Thierry Henry’s fantastic talent and goal scoring ability. Henry ran at an incredible pace and with perfect balance, yet it all seemed effortless. He glided over the ground, taking yards off defenders. When he drifted in from the left wing and got the ball onto his right foot, invariably the outcome was a shot on goal. He scored an incredible 228 goals from 377 starts for Arsenal over an 8 year period, with many of the goals so very memorable.

Thierry Daniel Henry was born on 17 August 1977. Henry was born in Les Ulis, a suburb of Paris where he played for a number of local sides as a youngster and showed great promise as a goal-scorer. He was scouted and signed by French Club AS Monaco in 1990, making his professional debut in 1994. He made his debut for France in 1998, after which he signed for the Serie A defending champions Juventus. He only had one very disappointing season at Juventus, where he played on the wing before signing for Arsenal for £11 million in 1999.

Henry started life at Arsenal as a talented but erratic winger. But Wenger saw something in the player and changed his position, worked with him in training and the result was the ugly duckling was transformed into a beautiful, graceful, effortless swan. Despite initially struggling in the Premier League, he emerged as Arsenal’s top goal-scorer for almost every season of his time at Arsenal. Under coach Arsène Wenger, Henry became a prolific striker and Arsenal’s all-time leading scorer with 228 goals in all competitions. The Frenchman won two league titles and three FA Cups with the Gunners; he was nominated for the FIFA World Player of the Year twice, was named the PFA Players’ Player of the Year twice, and the FWA Footballer of the Year three times. Henry spent his final two seasons with Arsenal as club captain, leading them to the 2006 UEFA Champions League Final.

In June 2007, after eight fantastic years with Arsenal, he was transferred to Barcelona for a fee of €24 million. In 2009 when they won the La Liga, Copa del Rey and Champions League treble. He went on to achieve an unprecedented sextuple by also winning the Supercopa de España, the UEFA Super Cup and the FIFA Club World Cup. Henry has been named in the UEFA Team of the Year an amazing five times. In 2010, he joined the New York Red Bulls of the Major League Football, and won the Eastern Conference title with them in 2010. He also returned to Arsenal on loan for two months in 2012, playing 4 games and scoring one goal.

Henry was one of the stars of a great French national team,winning the 1998 FIFA World Cup, UEFA Euro 2000 and 2003 FIFA Confederations Cup. In October 2007, he beat Michel Platini’s record to become France’s top goal-scorer of all time with 51 goals from 123 games.

Henry retired from international football after the 2010 FIFA World Cup.

Due to his own experiences, he has become an active spokesperson against racism in football


Great video biography that highlights Thierry Henry’s fantastic talent.

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