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A Season on the Brink: Rafael Benitez, Liverpool and the Path to European Glory: A Portrait of Rafa Benitez's Liverpool Paperback – 19 Oct 2006

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  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Orion (19 Oct. 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0752879367
  • ISBN-13: 978-0752879369
  • Product Dimensions: 12.7 x 2 x 20.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 128,219 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Fascinating, stirring stuff (DUBLIN EVENING HERALD)

an enthralling, revelatory account of a game that will be remembered forever. (FOUR FOUR TWO) --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Biographical Portrait of Liverpool's Spanish football manager Rafael Benitez and an extraordinary season for the club.

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By A Customer on 4 Feb. 2006
Format: Hardcover
A superb insight into an incredible season. Takes you behind the scenes and shows what Benitez and his team were doing/thinking/saying at each step along the way. There's some particularly good info on Gerrards two aborted departures to Chavski. This book, along with Fowlers autobiography (welcome back God!), also put Houlliers time in charge in a new light.
In short, for any Liverpool fan, this is a must read. For anyone else, I would say that this is not only the best book about football I have ever read, but the best book about sport I have ever read.
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As a Liverpool fan ive always wondered what goes on behind the scenes at Anfield and this book takes you through the whole of Rafa's first season at Anfield with great detail and also has the added bonus of telling you the truth behind the two big stories of his first season:

1. The Gerrard saga(s)

2. What did he do at half time

And on top of those theres a great insight into the semi-final between Lfc and Chelsea with a very interesting bit about Mourinhos preditction. The only reason ive given this 4 stars and not 5 is because Guillem has a blatent dislike for Houllier and a love for Rafa as he blames all of Liverpools problems on the French man but that shouldnt stop you buying this fantastic story. YNWA
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Guillem Balague is one of Spains top football pundits with unique knoledge of both the clubs and players. He also works with sky sports as there spanish pundit and is always ready with the low down on a player when a transfer coup is pulled off. The book promises to be an intresting insite into the club from an unusual perspective. Here are his comments on the up and coming book:
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I must admit to having a vested interest in the fortunes of Liverpool. For the past twelve months I have followed them closely for a book I have been writing.

It's called 'A Season On The Brink' and it's about Rafael Benitez's first year at Anfield - what he's changed at the club, his relationship with the players and how they accepted him, how he managed to reach the Champions League Final in Istanbul and what happened along the way.

Basically, it's the inside story of what was the most exciting club of last season.
I'm a big admirer of Rafa. I've known him for a number of years now and the relationship I have with him works well. It's very professional and full of respect.

When I reflect on the amazing success he has achieved I must say I am not surprised. I said as soon as he arrived that he was going to be very special, that he had the ambition, knowledge and confidence to take this club forward.

I also felt, and it's actually in print, that initially it would be easier for him to make an impact on the Champions League rather than the Premiership because he knows the European game very well and had already won the UEFA Cup with Valencia.
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I awaited with baited breath for this book's publication. However, I was shocked and pleasantly surprised about its breadth of coverage and input from those closest to the action in Istanbul. It also includes input from Liverpool's players, management and fans, and interestingly comments from a couple of the AC Milan players and even the referee too! It covers more than Istanbul, and in Balague's own inimitable style, makes for a great read overall. Balague does not try to bias the book, but rather, provides an insight into the thoughts, emotions and aspirations surrounding Benitez's arrival at LFC and what was achieved, and not acheived, in his first season. A must read!
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By A Customer on 6 Jan. 2006
Format: Hardcover
This must be the most interesting book i have ever read, it comes with a completley different point of veiw , its not about anything but the truth, how it obviously happened and how it must have felt, wish i had been there, although now ive read the book, i believe i have!
Well done senor balague, its a must for anyone, not just a football fan.
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By A Customer on 1 Jan. 2006
Format: Hardcover
I read what the Echo wrote about this book ("one of the most insightful, accurate and entertaining Liverpool publications in living memory") and decided to buy it. Lots of my mates had it for christmas too and they were very happy about it. I cant praised it highly enough. I read it in a couple of days and it feels lots of work has gone into it, but its written in a way that forces you to read it in one go. Fascinating stuff about half time, about Benitez methods and his way of thinking, great quotes from so many guys who were part of the Istanbul night. I will recommend it to everybody, its one of the great sports books of the last few years. I wonder if some of the reviewers here are other upset authors who could not get to the same heights...
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Format: Paperback
As a Liverpool fan reading this book in 2013 is both pleasurable and painful. Pleasurable because it recalls that remarkable Champions League Final of 2005 (the morning after the night before my boss told me I should stop supporting Liverpool because it could never get that good again - so far, it hasn't), painful to think of what has happened since.
The book is written by Guillem Balague, a Spanish journalist who is a Liverpool fan and an admirer of Rafa Benitez. His subject is 2004/05, Rafa's first season in charge culminating in a highly improbable victory. His style is to alternate chapters covering the final in detail with "flashback" chapters covering the highs and lows of the season from Rafa's appointment onward.
It will not be controversial to say that Ballague is pro-Benitez and highly critical of his predecessor, Gerard Houlier. His style is easy to read and liberally supplemented with numerous quotes from insiders.
The revised version contains two supplementary chapters covering the 05/06 season culminating in the "Gerrard Final" in the FA cup.
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