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A Season on the Brink by Guillem Balague
  

A Season on the Brink

Sport from the Armchair   The Real World   
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Written with the co-operation of Rafael Benitez himself, this is an account of an extraordinary season for Liverpool football club. It includes a detailed account of the 2005 European Champions League Cup final in Istanbul, where the team managed to comeback from a 3-0 deficit to eventually win the trophy in a dramatic penalty shoot-out. Featuring interviews with the Liverpool players and backroom staff, this is the inside story of how they achieved this memorable victory.

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A Season on the Brink by Guillem Balague

When Rafael Benitez was appointed manager of under-achieving Liverpool at the start of the 2004-2005 season, the reaction of many fans was 'Who the **** is Rafael Benitez?'. The Liverpool fans had grown used to French manager Gerard Houllier but he had been a fan of the club himself since his days as a teacher on Merseyside. A Spaniard with admittedly a wonderful record at Valencia was going to take over management of Liverpool's famous Boot Room and try and win over a disillusioned Kop. But in one season, Benitez's importation of Spanish players, coaching methods and diet has led to a revolution, even usurping Jose Mourinho's Chelsea, whereby the team has ended the season winning the ultimate trophy for any European club - the European Champions League. No fan will ever forget the comeback from a 3-0 deficit to a 3-3 scoreline, then dramatic success in the penalty shoot-out.

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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

About the Author

Guillem Balague
Guillem Balague is Sky Sport's resident Spanish football expert, and spent many years living in Liverpool.

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Publication date

10th November 2005

Author

Guillem Balague

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Publisher

Orion Publishing Co

Format

Hardback

Categories

Sport from the Armchair
The Real World


ISBN

9780297852445

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