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Summary

Marcelo Bielsa is one of football's greatest eccentrics and greatest enigmas.This is the first English biography of one of football's most contradictory characters. A definitive and comprehensive biography, from growing up in Argentina under a military dictatorship to reviving the stricken power of Leeds United.

Bielsa is described by Pep Guardiola as: 'the greatest football manager in the world'. To the Tottenham manager, Mauricio Pochettino, he is 'my footballing father, the reason I became a player, the reason I became a manager.'

©2020 Tim Rich (P)2020 Quercus Editions Limited

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Bielsa is God.

Bielsa he came from Argentina...he come to manage super Leeds...They call him El Loco cos he's crazy...but he knows exactly what we need...Cooper at the back, Bamford in attack...LEEDS ARE GOING TO THE PREMIER LEAGUE!!! 

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Bielsa es un dias

leedsleedsleedsleedsleedsleedsleeds

leeds are going up, going up
leeds are going up!!!!!!!!!

na na na na na na na na naa naa naaaaa

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A little cut and paste but a decent attempt

A serviceable biography of Marcelo Bielsa. Bielsa is notoriously reluctant to give interviews so there are few insights into the man, the book largely restricted to a chronology of his career and comments from those who worked with him, most of which seem to come from previously published interviews and/or press conferences. Ending, as it does, mid way through the most recent, Covid-19 interrupted, season the book misses perhaps Bielsa’s greatest achievement to date, taking Leeds United back to the English Premier League after 16 years in the wilderness. I suspect a revised edition soon.

The narrator reads in a bouncy, jaunty style which occasionally does not suit the material. He also sometimes mispronounces names and lacks consistency - the French cup is ‘Coup de France’ but Ligue 1 (Un) is ‘league one’ - but generally easy to listen to.

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A great insight into Marcelo Bielsa

This is a must listen for any football fans who are looking for an insight to one of the most respected and unique coaches football has ever seen!

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A MUST FOR FOOTBALL PURISTS!

Narrator was very good at keeping one engaged in the listening experience. Subject matter was superbly covered. A Must for every Leeds United Fan too. Thoroughly enjoyed.

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Outstanding listen.

A brilliant book from start to finish, gives a real depth to the background and qualities that make Bielsa what he is.

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NO AUDIO - BOOK DOESN'T PLAY

Book has no audio! I wish that I could have listened as I love Bielsa. 0/5

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STRONG KNEES!

I'm a arsenal fan and have been fascinated with bielsa since he joined Leeds and this book is a great insight to his career and life and would recommend to anyone who is a football fan.

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Stick to the point

Struggled to finish this as it kept going off track. So much was irrelevant to Bielsa's story.

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An easy to follow insight

Even though I picked this up and put it down quite a lot over a busy period, it never felt like I'd left the story.

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Llittle about tactics

Too little about tactics for my taste. Interesting aboutspying on other teams to get data.

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  • 03-01-21

Very good book

I always enjoyed soccer and the story of Marcelo Bielsa is a must read. He created the modern way to play soccer, ball possession and attacking. Very well read.

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  • Dylan
  • 02-10-20

Good - Slightly short on insight

If you appreciate football or Marcelo, this is a good listen. He’s a fascinating character. Much of the book is a review of scores and games, which can be tedious. The parts that are about Marcelo as a person are compelling.

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  • 19-09-20

Either too long or not enough bBielss

I really thought always buying a book about marcello be Elsa, but this had way more soccer history involved that I'm not sure was necessary