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4.0 out of 5 stars Insightful view of Madrid's transition into a global brand, 13 Oct 2004
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This review is from: El Macca: Four Years with Real Madrid (Paperback)
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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