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The Didi Man [Kindle Edition]

Dietmar Hamann
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (50 customer reviews)

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A warm and highly entertaining account of Dietmar Hamman's personal story, The Didi Man was a Sunday Times bestseller on hardback publication. Dietmar 'Didi' Hamann is a complete one-off. The foreigner with a Scouse accent. The German who now plays cricket for his local village team. The overseas footballer turned anglophile who fell deeply in love with the city of Liverpool, its people and its eponymous football club. The classy midfielder had a long and distinguished playing career, but it was his seven seasons at Anfield that marked him out forever as a true Liverpool legend. His cult status was secured when he came off the bench at half-time during the 2005 Champions League final in Istanbul to inspire his team to a dramatic come-back and spectacular European glory. The Didi Man is Hamann's story of his time on Merseyside at a football club which will always have a very special place in his heart.

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'The real selling point of this book is Hamann's receptivity to the game and those around him, his cool widsom warmed by a self-deprecating humour and constant desire to better himself' (WSC)

'In his enthralling book, Hamann offers a matter of fact but powerful snapshot of his life' (Daily Mirror )

Book Description

The cult Liverpool player with an open love letter to LFC and the city of Liverpool and its people

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 799 KB
  • Print Length: 282 pages
  • Publisher: Headline (2 Feb. 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00713DNI0
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (50 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #123,233 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fabulous ! 15 Feb. 2012
I have seen many, many goals scored at Anfield over the years, by players including Ian Rush, Michael Owen, Robbie Folwer and Fernando Torres, but the one that will remain forever in my memory is one scored by Didi. An absolute belter of a shot at the Anfield Road end against Man City - beautiful ! It goes without saying that I'm interested in reading autobiographies of our Liverpool players to find out what makes them tick and what they're like as people. Some have changed my initial perceptions of the player in question, some for the better, others not. Didi though comes over pretty much as I imagined - intelligent, thoughtful, pragmatic but with a sense of fun and humour that may well surprise many people. As expected we get insights into some of his colleagues at Liverpool and the German national team but there is more to this book than just a quick jog through his career, which makes it one of the more interesting football autobiographies I have read. It is a very easy, entertaining and humourous read - I finished the book in two days - and one I undoubtedly come back to and read again.
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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Nice one Didi! 31 Jan. 2012
Didi Hamann is the footballer I always wanted to be. He didn't let the professional game interfere with his drinking and smoking lifestyle, he seemed at times to loaf around the pitch like on a Sunday morning stroll, yet time and again he convinced some of the best managers in European football that he deserved a starting place in the team. He also happens to have lived the ultimate dream of coming on at half-time in a European Cup Final when your side is 3-0 down and being responsible for the greatest comeback of all time. He may not have scored the winner or captured the headlines, but every Liverpool fan knows what he did, which is why he is held in such high regard as a true Liverpool legend.

This book echoes the affection in which Didi is held. It is not your typical trawl through events that some sports autobiographies are, but it is written with warmth and honesty and is surprisingly funny. His insights and thoughts about the key moments of his life and career are told with colourful wit and German charm, yet he is also not afraid to express his opinion about the frailties in the English national team and its culture. He opens the door into the Liverpool and Manchester City changing rooms, providing a glimpse into the characters and styles of Benitez, Sven, Houllier and Hughes and also takes you down a few dark alley-ways into the late-night clubs with Carragher and Co.

The book brings you right up to date, covering his short spell in management at Stockport County. And you get the feeling that with his knowledge and passion for the game his story, particularly in management, is only just beginning. I await with intrigue to see where his next move will be.

For a German footballer to come over and embrace himself into the English life and culture as he has done he has to be admired. I read this book in two days and loved it. Nice one Didi!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hilariously Entertaining 3 May 2013
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I personally love reading autobiographies written by my favorite athletes, and after reading Jamie Carragher's "Carra" i doubted any autobiography would be as good but the Didi Man was just that. I loved how he addressed his experiences just like any fan would. The way he approached writing this book would made any fan love him more, because time and time again he mirrored our feelings and his genuine affection towards the team just made me love and appreciate him more. Love it! Would definitely recommend it as a great read!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The definition of the model professional 7 Mar. 2012
By Mike82
Didi oozes absolute class. A true professional, & liverpool legend. His philosophy is spot on, I couldn't agree more with him regarding the England team. It will take generations because we simply believe we are better than we are, & hype players up before they have even achieved anything. Quite simply, the German philosophy is bang on & its results (economy, low unemployment, success in sports, etc) speaks for itself. Didi will no doubt go on to to become a great manager.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Didi the legend 8 Nov. 2013
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Didn't know what I was going to get when I purchased the didi
man but it turned out to be a cracking read and gave a good insight to the life of a footballer and his journey from playing on the world's greatest stage to the lower leagues.

Honest and full of humour and opinion, didi has a fall back as a writer if he doesn't make it as a manager.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Funny, interesting and well written 22 April 2013
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This book tells tales of many highs, and also accounts for some of his lows.

It comes with a humour you wouldn't associate with someone German, but is extremely funny.

It's a good read and offers an opinion into the success and experiences the Kaiser's career. Definitely worth a read.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Refreshing read 8 Sept. 2013
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A very easy to read and enjoyable book from Didi.

I liked the way he didn't feel the need to write it in a systematic, chronological order, which gave him the flexibility to bounce from one story to another and miss out all the guff in the middle.

I think he's been more honest than a lot of footballers have been, for example with his non-transfer to Bolton as he chose to go with Man City instead - although Bolton chairman Phil Gartside has since gone a further step to revealing what really happened!

Overall, a recommended read, especially for LFC fans. Wish it could have been longer, I think the index on the Kindle version made up about 10% of the book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
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Published 3 months ago by Jeff Parker
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
well written and very funny. Great book to read!
Published 6 months ago by Juergen Keller
5.0 out of 5 stars Didi
Very good book,hope 'kaiser' gets a managers job shortly.Very funny man.Hope he pens another book very soon and bring us up to date.
Published 6 months ago by colin barker
4.0 out of 5 stars a decent account
A decent book with the kaiser revealing many shenanigans and adventures but also showing an ability to get across his failings and his love for life and football and Liverpool fc
Published 8 months ago by Andrew Lillis
5.0 out of 5 stars worth getting, i loved the read
Great read, one of my favourites from all the liverpool books i have read. Plus he was one of my fav players
Published 8 months ago by K. Dawson
3.0 out of 5 stars Heard so much about what a good read it was but it lacked
Disappointing. Heard so much about what a good read it was but it lacked ooomph
Published 9 months ago by Richard Cousins
2.0 out of 5 stars Not a very good book.
Lacks detail and sections lack purpose. Not a very good book .
Published 9 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Funny book
considering he is german , he really took Liverpool under his wing and enjoyed his time here.
Published 10 months ago by P. Kelly
5.0 out of 5 stars Well worth a read. Interesting, funny & thought provoking.
This man has been a revelation to me.His opinions about eg Sven have made me re evaluate my own opinions.
What an interesting bloke. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Kindle Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Kept my husband very happy
This book arrived very quickly and my husband absolutely loved it. I couldn't put it down!!
Published 11 months ago by WalkerH
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