Football icon Paul Gascoigne discusses his life and career in new BBC Gazza documentary, to air later this year
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Football legend Paul Gascoigne says while there are many things in his life that he regrets – he will repeat the good things “in a split second”.
But his sister Anna says she wishes he had never reached the top – and just enjoyed a quiet life in Newcastle.
In a new BBC Gazza documentary, she says: “What if Paul was just an ordinary footballer, playing for an average team, not playing for England and just enjoying himself? enjoy your job and get on with it?
“I wish that had happened – I really do.”
But Paul, 54, says he loves his career – especially the so-called Gazzamania of the 1990s when many consider him the best footballer of his generation.
“Hopefully they’ll take away the great times I’ve had,” Paul said.
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“There are a lot of things that aren’t perfect or good, but once you’ve talked about the past, you can’t change it and have to accept the bad for the good – and the good I’ll repeat in a heartbeat.
“It was really emotional watching everything, some things were hard to watch but others were good memories with friends.”
The two-part film shows Gazza having an alcohol problem, his multiple injuries and – at the very least – the domestic abuse he inflicted on his wife Sheryl, who does not appear in the documentary. .
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It also charted the media pursuit of him, recording pubs and drinking sessions.
“I get a lot of media coverage, so it’s a pressure. The fans will also give us a lot of attention, but honestly, I don’t mind that.” And when it comes to Gazzamania, he has nothing but fond memories.
“I love it,” he said. Open a store, turn on the lights in London, record Fog on the Tyne, advertise. I’m enjoying every minute and I’m still performing on the pitch. ”
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His greatest moment came with the World Cup in Italy in 1990. “I had the best time playing with my teammates, I was probably the strongest I ever had,” I said.
And his worst moments came when he couldn’t compete. “Injured, they killed us,” he said simply.
Producer Vaughan Sivell said he hopes the films, told through archived interviews with those who know him best, will show the star in a “new light.”
“So much of Paul’s career has lived in the public eye, it’s like he’s the original reality show,” Sivell said.
The take home message from the films, which ended in 1998 and did not include Gazza’s later years, was, he said, “don’t get too popular”.
The BBC will broadcast Gazza later this year.
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