About Charbel

Charbel was born in Lebanon in 1970’s and moved to the USA with his entire family in the late 1980’s, settling in Houston, Texas, where he still lives. Charbel is married and has three children.

"I have been a Manchester United fan since I was 9 or 10 years old. It was sometime during the 1981-82 season when I randomly picked United as my team from the 1979 Topps set that I was always sifting through. There must have been an aura about the name that captivated me because only with time did I learn about the history and greatness of the club.

"Bryan Robson was my boyhood hero and he still remains my all-time favourite. Mark Hughes next became my favourite once Robbo left, then David Beckham, and now... Darren Fletcher!

"In the late 1980s my whole family moved to Houston, Texas, where I still live to this day. As difficult it is to travel to England to watch United, I have been there a few times, including a couple months in 2001 when I went to live in Manchester. In Chorlton to be precise, where I would walk to Old Trafford for matches or spend hours every day in the central library researching the club's past through microfilms. Those were the days...

"Over the years I have collected over 150 United books, hundreds of magazines, and thousands of trade cards. I finally sat down to fulfill my lifelong dream and write Newton Heath's story in 2007. 'The Story of the Green & Gold' book came out in 2010. Since then, I just cannot seem able to stop writing about United.