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The Quality of Madness

By: Tim Rich
Narrated by: Andrew Loudon
Length: 10 hrs and 47 mins
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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 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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Chronicles of life

Expected more insight into thoughts and emotions of one of the football’s great minds and characters. But turned out to be more of an extended wikpage review. I enjoyed a lot facts, but knew most of them prior to this book. When it comes to a person of Bielsa’s caliber, it’s his thoughts, life views that distinguish one from the pack. That was something I lacked in this book. All in all, As a football fan, I still enjoyed it .

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Insight into the World that shaped Marcelo Bielsa.

Great insight into the life of Marcelo Bielsa. The principles that shaped him and his football philosophy.

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Genius is

Great insight into one of footballs complex geniuses.Good historical content about South American politics alongside the football.

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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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What a character!

The epitome of the game. His legend will be appreciated more when Leeds play in the Premier league.

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God

Loved it what a great insight into the coaching methods and techniques of in pep guardiolas words the greatest manager in the world.

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Excellent Insight

Ok so I may be biased being a Leeds fan, but what a fascinating individual Bielsa is. For a manger to get the accolades he does without really being successful is unbelievable. Not only does he improve teams he future proofs them.

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  • 02-08-20

Llittle about tactics

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

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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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  • @insurancebillvj
  • 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