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Champions League Dreams [Hardcover]

Rafa Benitez
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13 Sep 2012

Champions League Dreams is a stimulating and deeply insightful football narrative by Rafa Benitez which focuses on the legendary manager's dramatic six Champions League campaigns with Liverpool.

Rafa expertly navigates fans through intriguing European adventures that embrace the triumph and despair of two Champions League finals, three semi-finals and five quarter-finals in what was a golden era for the Anfield club - an era that supporters felt gave them their pride back after years in the wilderness. What sets Champions League Dreams apart is the unique ways in which Rafa allows fans into his high-pressured world, the fascinating glimpses he offers of a top manager's thought processes and decision making during the cut and thrust of a high-octane European campaign.

Understand how a great manager prepares for, then executes, a master-plan for European success.

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  • Hardcover: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Headline (13 Sep 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0755363620
  • ISBN-13: 978-0755363629
  • Product Dimensions: 16.1 x 2.9 x 24 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 239,506 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Liverpool's legendary manager with the fascinating inside track on the club's roller-coaster Champions League campaigns during his tenure.

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Liverpool's legendary manager with the fascinating inside track on the club's roller-coaster Champions League campaigns during his tenure.

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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
As his six-year tenure as Liverpool manager ended in June 2010, the disappointment of many who had supported Rafa Benitez through some very troubled times was soon apparent, as was the realisation that many of those supporters did not really know a great deal about the man who had led the club they supported for those six years. Now that has changed with the publication of this excellent book which not only covers the highs and lows of some extraordinary European campaigns but also lifts the lid on Rafa the man, his methods of working and the way he dealt with the problems about the ownership of the club, transfer-budgets and transfer-targets. Yes, the emphasis is on the Champions League matches but much is also revealed about other matches and issues that cropped up during his time in charge of team affairs. It is an honest account, written with humility. Those who respected and admired Rafael Benitez from a distance will do so even more once they have read this publication.

It is clear that Benitez had amassed an extraordinary knowledge of European and World football, even before he was offered the chance to succeed Gerrard Houllier as Liverpool manager halfway through 2004. He recalls : "I knew that Liverpool Football Club was special. I did not know quite how special until I arrived"; and acknowledges that "the fans were warm and welcoming from my very first day"; and looking back after it was all over admits that "the memories I have of my time at Anfield are ones I will always cherish".
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant insight on a legend! 13 Sep 2012
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Being a Liverpool fan and an admirer of Rafa, I was looking forward to this book. Being in Asia and 8 hours ahead, I got a copy on my Kindle at 8am and started on it in between work. Not a long book. However, its written with honesty and deep love for the club. There is no 'dirt' to be dished out but it provides an insight as to how meticulous his management team were in preparing for each and every game. How Hicks and Gillet lied to Rafa and in the course of it destroyed the club. It gives Rafa's first hand account on how he was unceremoniously kicked out of the club which he loves dearly without a chance of finishing the task he set out to do. Win the premiership.

I am biased as I am a big fan of the Rafalution with a serious man crush on Rafa. Despite this, the book provides a glimpsed of how detailed and difficult the manager's job is especially in a club like Liverpool. Cannot recommend this enough. Best football...(ah ok Liverpool FC centric) memoir/autobiography I have read to date.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very easy read and insightful 2 Oct 2012
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I don't normally read books but this book has turned me into a book worm! A lovely read and a great insight into Rafa. Recommend every Liverpool fan (and not) to buy it and read about the inner workings of a club and the team behind it.

Thanks Rafa!
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4.0 out of 5 stars christmas 1 April 2013
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This item was brought as a christmas present . It was a very good book for Liverpool fans and now Chelsea fans
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5.0 out of 5 stars Rafa champons leauge dream. 6 Sep 2013
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Great read Well worth the price, A must for any Rafa fan and Liverpool fan. Came on time to.What a lovely generous talented man. Chelsea didn't deserve him.
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Felt quite sad reading this book, what could have happened if Gillet and Hicks had just left. I always felt the man was a genius and reading this proved it. Rafa YNWA
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5.0 out of 5 stars Revelations by A Tactical Genius 11 Dec 2012
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Rafa is a recognized tactical genius, but also a personally charming man. He brought great joy to all LFC supporters with his Champions' League triumphs. Champions' League Dreams is a thoroughly readable book with wonderful tactical observations and enough revelations about what actually went on during Rafa's reign to keep the reader enthralled.
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5.0 out of 5 stars GOOD READ 6 Feb 2013
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Good read for a Liverpool fan
Published 3 months ago by andrew g
5.0 out of 5 stars :)
Fantastic book bringing back all the monitors and great to see inside Rafa's mind. A must read for any football fan.
Published 5 months ago by Ts
5.0 out of 5 stars love this
got this for hubby and he loves it still waiting for him to read in though he might when on holiday
Published 7 months ago by DENISE
5.0 out of 5 stars Insightful Football Reading!
For the fan or aspiring coach / manager, this sheds some light on European football at the highest level. It's very easy to understand and is pacey. Read more
Published 9 months ago by G Carney
4.0 out of 5 stars Unsung Hero of Anfield
Quite easy to read and enjoyable. A good insight into one of Modern Football's most misunderstood managers. Read more
Published 15 months ago by Kramekosum
4.0 out of 5 stars Hugely interesting book
great to read what the games, buildup and post match atmosphere was like from the man who did it all himself! Regardless of what team you support, a must read!
Published 17 months ago by MSansom
4.0 out of 5 stars A Book to Match the Man ... Highly technical but just falls short of...
I should start by saying that as a lifelong Liverpool fan my views on Rafa Benitez are mixed. On one hand I will always hold him in high esteem due to the original impact he had on... Read more
Published 19 months ago by Captain EO
3.0 out of 5 stars No problems - but poor book.
Quick delivery within 3 days, brilliant price better than retail shops, good product as expected but the book itself is nowhere near as good as steven gerrard and jamie carragher... Read more
Published 19 months ago by M.Thomas
5.0 out of 5 stars Lesson by the Tactical Maestro
I love football so I enjoyed reading and learning more about game plans , tactics, and the world of football
Published 19 months ago by Fiona Anne Caruana
5.0 out of 5 stars awesome book
This is a great book by Rafa Benitez as a Liverpool fan this is a must buy. those european nights are a thing of the past at the minute with Liverpool out of the champs league but... Read more
Published 20 months ago by jimmy
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