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El Macca: Four Years with Real Madrid [Paperback]

Steve McManaman , Sarah Edworthy
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)

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6 Sep 2004
Born and raised a stone's throw from Anfield, Steve McManaman was actually an Evertonian before Kenny Dalglish signed him at Liverpool FC straight from school. After a spell cleaning John Barnes' boots as an apprentice he went on to make his reputation as one of British football's most dazzling players, before taking on his biggest challenge yet with his move from Liverpool to Real Madrid in 1999. But after a stunning start to his Spanish career it soon appeared his move abroad had been a mistake. With high-profile signings like Figo, Ronaldo and Zidane all competing for limited midfield places and a manager who seemed to have tired of him, Macca realised he either had to find a new club or stay and fight for his place. He stayed -- and went on to win a second European Cup as well as the affections of thousands of fanatical Real supporters. With the arrival of David Beckham the dressing-room of 'Los Galacticos' has become more stellar than ever. 'El Macca' now opens the door on the best club side in the world to reveal not just the pressures and rewards of moving abroad as a professional footballer but also the difficulties and delights of playing alongside the best in the business

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  • Paperback: 327 pages
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Ltd; 1st edition (6 Sep 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0743256840
  • ISBN-13: 978-0743256841
  • Product Dimensions: 23.6 x 15.6 x 3.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 837,315 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'A book very much in McManaman's image -- articulate, engaging, easy-going and witty' -- Rob Smyth, FOUR FOUR TWO

'An autobiographical collaboration of unusual quality . . . quite brilliant' -- SUNDAY TIMES Books of the Year

'Deserves to father a genre' -- Partrick Barclay, SUNDAY TELEGRAPH

'Fascinating . . . Intelligent, insightful and a fresh approach to biography' -- Ian Stafford, DAILY MAIL Books of the Year

'Finely crafted and impeccably researched' -- Paul Kimmage, SUNDAY TIMES

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
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El Macca is a well written though sometimes self-congratulatory review of Steve McMananam's four years with the biggest club on the planet.
Sarah Edworthy details the changes faced by the players and fans of Real Madrid when Florentino Perez took over with the intention of moving Madrid into the 21st Century after they had been voted club of the 20th Century by FIFA. She conveys not only McManaman's frustration at having to sit on the bench, even though his manager wants to play him, but the same frustrastions faced by other established players who weren't classed as galicticos.
That Steve McManaman is so highly thought of by his team mates is testamanet to his ability as a player, but possibly also stops him divulging some of the possibly more interesting details of what goes on in the dressing room, although he holds no punches when detailing the influence held over the team by the myriad of directors and president, and some of the more bizarre directives handed down, especially during the clubs centenary celebrations.
All through his time at Madrid Steve remained upbeat due to the support he had from the fans, the players, and the Spanish press, and the book goes some way to dispel the popular conception in this country that Steve was a failure in Spain. Far from it. With two Champions League winners medals, two Spanish league titles and the ringing endorsement of his team mates as detailed in this book, McManaman's career was nothing short of a success, his only failure being that he was not bought for umpteen million pounds, and therefore suffered for not being as marketable as the current crop of galicticos.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars best football book you will ever read! 3 Jan 2006
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I read this book a year ago and thought it was really refreshing for a football book. I gave several copies of the paperback to friends for Christmas this year, and already the feedback has been 100 per cent positive. Like me, my mates like it because, for a start, it is ego-free, as steve mcmanaman clearly wants to tell the story of the fascinating time he had at a fascinating period in Real Madrid's history. He doesn't make himself the central focus of the book, he tells the story of his time there, which is dramatic but built up with lots of subtle detail. It's one of those books you just can't put down because you get true behind-the-scenes glimpses - not the stereotypical slagging off of teammates and managers to create sensation. He gives you the real picture of what it is like moving to a new country, finding yourself in a different footballing culture, and achieving great success on the pitch. He give a (still relevant) critical view of the galacticos era. And the different voices from his wife and family and teammates add up to a very human, unmelodramatic report of his time in madrid. excellent!
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4.0 out of 5 stars If anyone can write a book macca can 1 Nov 2013
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Mmmmmmmm interesting top man top player and played for the best clubs in the world plus man city who are to
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5.0 out of 5 stars El Pleasure 24 Mar 2013
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5 Stars is not enough!!! Highly recommended for any Liverpool fan, or any football lover in general. El Macca, El Pleasure
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5.0 out of 5 stars El Macca 28 Oct 2009
It was a very good account of life within the galacticos and highlighting the politics that went on at Real Madrid. It is humorous and describes in great detail the inter personal relationships that MAcca formed. Very very good read
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5.0 out of 5 stars the Real story 10 Sep 2004
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Macca's story of his time in Spain makes for a great read, lots of good stuff on what it was like to play with Ronaldo, Figo etc and what it was like to leave Liverpool and play abroad. The book also shows how much he won with Madrid but it's not nearly as self-serving as most football autobiogs. A really good read and much more interesting than Michael Owens book.
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