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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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.
Biographical Portrait of Liverpool's Spanish football manager Rafael Benitez and an extraordinary season for the club.See all Product Description
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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.
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
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.Read more ›
Well done senor balague, its a must for anyone, not just a football fan.
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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This is a great read for any lovers of team sports, particularly Liverpool Football Club. It gives an interesting account of Benitez's time in charge at the club and peoples... Read morePublished on 28 April 2012 by BriaR
Everything Rafa did was brilliant and everything Houllier did was rubbish.
Also in order to politically stay in with Owen and MacManaman he refused to condemn them for... Read more
In 2004 rafa benitez took over the reigns of the greatest club of all time,he was expected to stabilise a team filled with inner doubt and move the unit forward,what he did was win... Read morePublished on 14 Nov. 2007 by sean paul mccann
As a Liverpool fan, I don't think it would have been possible to be totally disappointed with this book, because of the subject matter. Read morePublished on 8 Aug. 2007 by mssmith1
Guillem encapsulates Liverpool's incredible triumph in stylish fashion, and as such this book is a must for Liverpool supporters; however, the book will fail to capture the... Read morePublished on 31 Dec. 2006 by W. Roberts