A Season on the Brink

A Season on the Brink

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Biographical Portrait of Liverpool's Spanish football manager Rafael Benitez and an extraordinary season for the club. 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. This is the story of Rafa's remarkable success.But that at least would give Liverpool a shot in the qualifying rounds for the next Champions League. ... But Houlliera#39;s big-money signings had not improved the teama#39;s performance (El Hadji Diouf in 2002 for Ap11 million; ... Although the final decision on Houlliera#39;s future was taken only after the season was over, not even a better run in the UEFA Cup ... If we couldna#39;t do it, we had to get someone who could.

Title:A Season on the Brink
Author:Guillem Balague
Publisher:Hachette UK - 2011-08-25


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