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Uwe Rosler My Autobiography - Knocking Down Walls [Kindle Edition]

Uwe Rosler
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UWE ROSLER’S incredible passion and determination is never far from the surface; it’s what makes him a cult hero to a legion of Manchester City supporters.

But it could have turned out much differently…
Destined for an unremarkable career in East Germany, where the Berlin Wall presented a greater boundary than just bricks and mortar, Uwe was 25 and heading nowhere.
Then, as the Iron Curtain dropped and a raw, uninhibited talent emerged, he was offered a chance at struggling English Premier League club, Manchester City.
The mullet-haired striker was an instant hit. The fans loved his raw passion, commitment and the fact he wore his heart on his sleeve – that, plus he named his two sons, Colin and Tony, after club heroes Bell and Book.
For three successive years he finished top scorer, and only severe cut-backs after a second relegation resulted in him moving on. But his biggest battle was yet to come.
Diagnosed with chest cancer as his playing career came to an end in Norway, Uwe was forced to reassess his life and ambitions. But, lifted by the incredible affection of the City fans, he made a remarkable recovery and moved into management.
After successful spells in Norway, he returned to England, taking over at League One side Brentford, where he continues to make a big impression.

His dream is to manage in the Premier League, and Uwe will keep going until he succeeds. There’s not been a wall built yet he hasn’t scaled and almost 15 years since he left City, the fans still regularly sing his name. This is his incredible story…

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 2730 KB
  • Print Length: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Trinity Mirror Sport Media (30 Oct. 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00GCE992I
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #80,787 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars R.E.S.P.E.C.T. to Uwe 1 Nov. 2013
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As a Brentford fan, the chapters charting his time as Bees manager were really what I purchased this for. There are some interesting insights on his time so far at Griffin Park but nothing too shocking. This is understandable given the fact he is still employed there. It should however give non-Bees fans a good idea of what the club is trying to achieve. The end of last season, especially 'that penalty', will also show why some fans resign themselves to disappointment and the phrase used whenever things go wrong of, "it's Brentford Innit?" The personal tragedy the Roslers went through just before the Play Off final does help put such football disappointments into perspective though.

'Knocking Down Walls' should appeal to football fans of all clubs, not just Manchester City, where Rosler is still much loved, or Brentford. Uwe has faced many challenges in his life and comes across as an intelligent man with good values and a clear devotion to his family. He deserves to do well as a manager over here and hopefully he will be able to finish off the project he is currently involved in and take Brentford to the Championship, ridding the fans of that horrible, self-deprecating phrase and allowing them to really 'Beelieve' that it is now a case of New Brentford.

The product summary gives a good overall indication of what to expect with this autobiography which is written in an easy to read, informal tone. By the end of the book, all readers should be left with a great deal of respect for Uwe Rosler, not just for what he has achieved in the game but also for the personal battles he has won.

Unlike the autobiography for a certain different manager based in West London, there shouldn't be anyone questioning the content of this book either. Respect to Uwe Rosler. Keep knocking those walls down and please take Brentford to the Championship.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Refreshingly open and honest 10 Nov. 2013
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Some footballers write, or more accurately have their autobiography written for them when they really have very little interesting or original to say but Uwe Rosler has lived a life jam packed with incident and emotion.

Growing up in East Germany and falling foul of the Stasi, making his way in the Bundeslega, becoming a folk hero at Manchester City, his brave and successful fight against cancer, learning the managerial ropes in Norway and his current exploits at Brentford culminating in the penalty heartbreak with almost the last kick of last season against Doncaster.

What shines through is his passion, intelligence, honesty and originality of thought. Uwe is certainly one of the new breed of manager and the book provides a fascinating and tightly written account of a life that encompasses so much more than football and still has so much to give.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Legend 15 April 2014
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What a great book. I had a season ticket at City during Uwe`s time and wow he was good.It had made me want to read this book and his story really touched me. I had known about his cancer but not how serious it was. Also when he was manager of stavanger I wrote to him to ask him to write to my sister who had just been diagnosed with non hodgkins lymphoma and he did an ended his letter with "once city always city" this and the fact he had bothered to reply helped inspire her recovery. Like uwe my sister had not been told how ill she really was and this as well as the type of cancer he had came as a shock when I read the book.The letter to my sister showed like the book does what a LEGEND this man is and that some hero's are not just in football for the money.I wish him every success in his management career and for how happy he made me feel every time he scored a goal and I chanted his name to the go west tune.Thanks Uwe and to anyone city fan or not read this book it's fantastic.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic book from a fantastic guy 14 Aug. 2014
A great read for any football fan, not just those who support City, or other clubs that Uwe has played for or managed for that matter. Brentford and Wigan fans in particular will also find this an interesting read. His story is a very touching and interesting one, told very honestly. This book is so good, it could easily be adapted into a movie (had he played for United, it may well of been!). The book follows Uwe's life and career from growing up in East Germany's communist regime, right up to his promotion/play off disappointment with Brentford. As we all know, Uwe has since moved onto Wigan and once again had the disappointment of missing out on another promotion, this time to the Premier League. We also saw his Wigan side meet and beat City at the Etihad in the FA Cup. As a City fan myself, I was of course disappointed with the result that day, but there was some consolation in seeing a fairy tale result for him, especially after all he has been through in the game and more so, in life it's self. I was genuinely pleased for him. He is one of the game's true fighters and an absolute gentleman. This is just the beginning of a long and fantastic career in football management, I have little doubt that the Premier League awaits Uwe Rosler's Wigan. I hope one day he will return to City as our Manager and I'm sure that day will eventually come.... This is just his story so far and I have no doubt he will have plenty more to tell, so I look forward to reading part 2 years down the line!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars true fighting spirit
Great autobiography from city legend
Published 4 months ago by Raymond William Barlow
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
the guy is a legend!
Published 4 months ago by kim
3.0 out of 5 stars Honest account of his career
Interesting read from his Brentford days especially when he describes losing Alexander and the penalty misses that cost promotion !
Published 4 months ago by Neil.britten
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Must read for any City fan.
Published 4 months ago by Mr Stuart Pountney
4.0 out of 5 stars Great read
Brilliant insight into Uwe Roslers life from growing up in East Germany and his footballing genius. From reading this book you know what has made the man he is today.
Published 8 months ago by Mr Alan Farrimond
5.0 out of 5 stars A Must Read For All Sports Fans
Absolutely fantastic read. Not like a lot of other sports books, with a boring start about their prerty usual upbringing. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Gary C.
4.0 out of 5 stars A born fighter
This book is not just about football but life under a communist regime-pros and cons. A man who is driven in pursuit of his career in football. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Trevor whittle
5.0 out of 5 stars Inspirational Story
As a Wigan Athletic follower I was curious about Uwe's early life - brilliant story. Explains his approach to the game (and life in general) and maybe why Germany has an excellent... Read more
Published 10 months ago by John Rid
3.0 out of 5 stars Uwe Rosler
Bought this book for my dads birthday, he was very pleased with his gift. This book was a good buy
Published 10 months ago by curlywhirl
5.0 out of 5 stars What an icon
I don't usually go for autobiographies, especially those of young people, which I fear are ghost written marketing tools, with a shallow catalogue of achievements. Read more
Published 12 months ago by Ray MacD
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