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Marcelo Bielsa vs The Damned United: The Extraordinary Story of a Club Reborn

Rocco Dean

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From the publisher:

Marcelo Bielsa vs The Damned United is a fan's account of two extraordinary seasons at Leeds United, which culminated in the club's return to the Premier League after a 16-year exile. Bielsa, one of the most revered managers in world football, quickly transformed a mediocre group of players into would-be title winners and raced to the top of the Championship.But his biggest foe was the very club he had come to save, a club where controversy and calamity are never far away. The controversial 'Spygate' saga derailed the season and the team collapsed at the finish line in heartbreaking and calamitous fashion.

The following season Bielsa faced more controversy, more chaos, and just as his team reached the finish line again, along came a global pandemic. This book captures the essence of a unique football genius, and the trials and tribulations of a long-suffering fan base - in love with their manager, electrified by his football and often deranged by a rollercoaster two-year promotion race.

The author:

Rocco Dean is a first-time author. He is a passionate football fan who has been obsessed with Leeds United since he was eight years old, and a passionate writer who spent his childhood writing match reports: fact and fiction. Rocco began to document Marcelo Bielsa's reign in spring 2019 when he found out he was becoming a father, so that his son, Alessandro Marcelo, could know the extraordinary story of a club reborn.


22 x 14 cm
256 pages
August 2021