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.
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.
'Fascinating, stirring stuff'
DUBLIN EVENING HERALD
'an enthralling, revelatory account of a game that will be remembered forever.'
FOUR FOUR TWO
Publication date: 10/11/2005
Publisher: Orion Publishing Co
|Publication date:||10th November 2005|
|Publisher:||Orion Publishing Co|
|Genres:||Sport, The Real World,|
Guillem Balague is Sky Sport's resident Spanish football expert, and spent many years living in Liverpool.More About Guillem Balague