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  • Hardcover: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Headline (13 Sept. 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0755363620
  • ISBN-13: 978-0755363629
  • Product Dimensions: 2.5 x 16.5 x 24.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 256,974 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 By Mr. C. M. Wood on 2 Oct. 2012
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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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38 of 42 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 13 Sept. 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 By Mr. G. Sindhar on 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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Deano on 13 Oct. 2012
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As a Liverpool fan this book is bitter sweet. Sweet that it takes you back to when Liverpool were ranked no.1 in Europe, visiting the great stadiums across the continent and getting some memorable results. Finals, semi finals, quarter finals - this was expected year on year. Detailed analysis provided by Benitez gives a real insight into the tactical genius of one of the world's greatest coaches. It's very clear from this book that the man got the club, the city, and the fans. Peppered with humour and humility it gives a previously unseen view behind the scenes, of the turmoil he had to work under throughout the Hicks and Gillett tenure.
The bitter comes from the fact that all of this happened just a few years ago, and the club is now a former shadow of what it was under Benitez. It leaves you thinking 'what if'. What if he was given the transfer funds to buy that one last piece of the jigsaw that surely would have toppled United off their perch, what if the Americans didn't take over the club in 2007. What if Benitez was still in charge now, as it's clear he feels he has unfinished business.
What is clear reading this book is that Benitez will go down in Liverpool folklore as the man that gave the club it's pride back, that won the greatest club competition with the most remarkable of comebacks, that will never be forgotten. A must for any Liverpool fan!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Antonio on 14 Nov. 2012
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Excellent account of an era that will not come back to Liverpool for a long time. Not very often we read an honest and thorough narrative of important athletic events without thinking that it is all for the sake of selling books.
Rafa Benítez shows an incredible good memory and an attention to details that set him apart from many other coaches. After reading this book you will understand the reasons behind the decisions Rafa, the Boss, made in spite of lack of support from his superiors.
Anyone could argue that this narrative is his side of the story; that there is no account from those who have criticized his every decision at the time; but time will prove, as it has been obvious to those who praise him, that Benítez is unique, a genius.
In the end Champion League Dreams explains why the dreams of so many in Liverpool became a reality. And just for that simple reason, it is a must read! But, why, why did you want to pinch yourself and wake up by showing him the door. I would never understand letting him go.
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