by Guillem Balague


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781409146605
Publisher: Orion Publishing Group, Limited
Publication date: 12/01/2014
Pages: 656
Sales rank: 1,005,264
Product dimensions: 5.10(w) x 7.70(h) x 1.50(d)

About the Author

Guillem Balague is the author of Messi, Barça, Pep Guardiola, A Season on the Brink, Cristiano Ronaldo, which won the British Sports Book Football Book of Year award in 2016, and Brave New World, his bestelling biography of Mauricio Pochettino. A key fixture of Sky Sports' coverage of Spanish football for many years, he now broadcasts on BBC Radio 5 Live and for LaLiga TV from Barcelona. He is also the UK Correspondent for AS, the Madrid-based Spanish sports newspaper, and El Larguero, Spain's most popular sports radio show. His work appears regularly in The Times and in Champions magazine, where he writes a regular column on international football. He is the Director of Football of Biggleswade United, and he won Influencer of the Year 2016 in the Football Blogging Awards.

Table of Contents

Foreword Alejandro Sabella, Argentina National Team Manager ix

Introduction 1

Part 1 In Rosario

1 'Pass it, Leo!' But He Never Did 23

2 Waiting for Leo 61

3 Goodbye, Leo 105

Part 2 In Barcelona

1 Landing in Barcelona. Well, in Rosario. That Is, in Barcelona 125

2 Making His Way

3 Becoming a Champion

4 Frank Rijkaard: The Rise

5 Frank Rijkaard: The Decline

6 Leo Is not a Natural-born Genius. Nobody Is 326

7 Dealing with Maradona 375

Part 3 At The Peak

1 Breaking Records 427

2 Where Is Leo Heading? 541

3 Alejandro Sabella 594

4 Thiago: The Definitive 10 605

Afterword Sandro Rosell, President of FC Barcelona 611

Dramatis Personae 614

Bibliography 616

Acknowledgements 619

Index 622

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