- Paperback: 240 pages
- Publisher: Yellow Jersey; New edition edition (5 Aug. 2004)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0224064436
- ISBN-13: 978-0224064439
- Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 1.6 x 19.8 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 218,561 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Keeper Of Dreams: One Man's Controversial Story of Life in the English Premiership Paperback – 5 Aug 2004
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It is a tale told with admirable honesty and generosity of spirit, and is full of detailed and intelligent observations about football culture in Germany and England. Leese (correctly pronounced 'Laser', but happy to be mispronounced in Barnsley) never shirks the truth or disguises his feelings, and the result is a compelling read.
I got the book home and i couldn't put it down. Lars Leese's story is an amazing one and the book is written in a very skilled and personal manner.
I would recommend this to just about every football fan on the planet as it is by far one of the best books i have ever read.
But, as this book explains, Lars Leese had a remarkable career. In his mid twenties he still had not established himself in German football. In 1997, after working his way up through the lower leagues he was at last playing for a big club, Bayer Leverkusen, but he was not the first team goalkeeper, nor was he the first reserve - he was the third choice goalkeeper. Despite this, within a few months he had signed for newly promoted Barnsley and therefore become a Premier League goalkeeper. Although his stint at Barnsley was brief - less than two seasons and only 21 games played - he did have his moments of glory, in particular a game in which Barnsley beat Liverpool 1-0 and Lars Leese was the hero, managing to keep out the Liverpool forwards and thus gaining the respect of the Anfield crowd.
Leese knew that his stay at Barnsley would not last once Barnsley changed managers following Barnsleys relegation and he was proved right. When an opportunity to join Scottish club, Hibs, fell through he found himself back in Germany, where he found it difficult to find another club. This book excellently manages to portray the anguish that Leese must have felt at this time. It was obviously a difficult time for him; months earlier he was starring in the Premier League and now he was finding it hard to find a club that would even give him a trial.
The most memorable chapters though are those that concern his time at Barnsley. His recollections of the players Christmas Party are proper eye-openers.Read more ›
This book is not in the same class, probably because the story is weaker and the background/personality of Lars is not on the same level as that of Robert Enke in A Life Too Short.
As Lars admits in the book, he relied on luck for a lot for his goalkeeping opportunities in his career and so it is not altogether a shock or really a shame when things don't work out for him after his time in the English Premiership. Sport is a cut throat business and you have to be a incredibly passionate, dedicated and competitive to succeed, which are qualities that feel like they didn't always come naturally to Lars.
Having said that, it's an interesting read, especially the season he played in England. Some of the stories he mentions which happen behind the scenes are as unbelievable as they are tasteless and provide a good idea why Barnsley got relegated.
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Keeper Of Dreams: One Mans Controversial Story of Life in the Premiership - received promptly and safely. Read morePublished 5 months ago by KEN ABBOTT
Great insight into a young footballer getting lucky and moving to Yorkshire's finest :)Published 11 months ago by It's the hope that kills us tykes
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Witty and poignant with some unusual insights into the game from the viewpoint of someone not well known by many fans. Read morePublished on 21 May 2013 by Bom Dia
a great insight into lars' life, brilliant book l l l l l l l , l l l lPublished on 21 April 2013 by e a jones