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Alex Ferguson: My Autobiography by Alex…

Alex Ferguson: My Autobiography (2013)

by Alex Ferguson

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A pesar de no ser fanático del Manchester United, equipo que fue dirigido por Alex Ferguson durante 27 años, cuando supe de este libro -hace unos años atrás- me dije que algún día lo leería.

¡Misión cumplida!

My Autobiography fue publicado en el 2013, seguido de la última temporada de Ferguson con el Manchester United. Es un libro que encierra detalles que los fanáticos regulares desconocen. Cosas que pasan en el campo durante un partido, lo que pasa entre bastidores, la personalidad de los jugadores, encuentros con otros DTs (directores técnicos), la media y mucho más.

Conoceremos bastante sobre Ferguson, sus inicios, su carrera como jugador y, por supuesto, su carrera como director técnico. Los jugadores que admiró y aquellos con los que tuvo problemas. Además, su punto de vista en relación a otros equipos, otros entrenadores, otros jugadores, etc. Pero, sobretodo, su gran amor hacia el club que dirigió por tantos años.

Their biggest gift to me was the time to build a football club, rather than a football team.

My Autobiography está dividido por capítulos, cada uno nombrado con la temática principal a tratar, por ejemplo, apellidos de jugadores (Ronaldo, Rooney, Beckham, Keane, Van Nistelrooy, Rio Ferdinand), entrenadores (Mourinho – ‘The Special Rival’, Competing with Wenger), equipos (Liverpool – A Great Tradition, Barcelona (2009-11) – Small is Beautiful, Man City – Champions). También, por supuesto, capítulos dedicados a su club (The Class of ’92, A World of Talent, United’s 19th Title y The Last Campaign, para mencionar algunos). Capítulos como Glasgow Roots y Family tocan temas más personales. En total son unas 25 partes, finalizando con las estadísticas de Ferguson (como jugador y técnico) y luego con una sección dedicada a fotos. El libro se extiende a poco más de 400 páginas.

Disfruté mucho la prosa de Ferguson, quien escribió junto a Paul Hayward. Pocos capítulos tienen desperdicio y el mejor, personalmente, fue el dedicado al Barcelona de Pep Guardiola.

At Barcelona they had these wonderful mites, 5 feet 6 inches tall, with the courage of lions, to take the ball all time and never allow themselves to be bullied. The accomplishments of Messi, Xavi and Andrés Iniesta were amazing to me.

My Autobiography es un libro muy bueno, rico en detalles y que se disfruta plenamente aún cuando no se es fan del Manchester United. Alex Ferguson es un personaje interesante, uno con quien podría cenar afablemente conversando sobre cosas de las que poco sé y disfrutando de una copa de vino de su extensa colección.

I’m glad to say that the simple act of reading is a marvellous release from the hassles of work and life. ( )
  JorgeLC | Apr 28, 2018 |
Getting the chance to read the autobiography about the man who built my favorite team into one of the greatest franchises ever was absolutely astonishing. It was fascinating to get into his mind to understand what he was thinking and how he was able to accomplish so much during his tenure. As arguably the greatest manager ever, this book amazed me because it showed how Alex Ferguson did what he did. For someone who is a fan of soccer, this book is great because it teaches you so much about the game. You learn about the relationships that the members of the team have with each other and what is required to be successful. You also get to learn about all of the great players who have been part of the club and how they were able to develop and grow under Ferguson’s leadership. I was shocked to learn about his ability to see young players and know that they would develop and become very successful later on. This is what aided him in creating such a superior team and having so much ability at his fingertips. I wish he had gone farther into how he prepared tactically for different opponents and how he figured out what would be most successful against each individual team. Since he was know for tactically outsmarting his opponents, I feel that the amount of time that it is given in the book is not proportionate to what happen in real life. What I did thoroughly enjoy, was the time that was spent talking about his two biggest rival managers. I was taken aback when he described them with such high honor and respect. They had taken so many trophies and great moments form him, but I guess Ferguson respects them for being able to beat him. It really shows the character that this man has and allowed me to see what a humble man looks like. This book shows teaches so many lessons that don’t even deal with soccer, but with how to act and go about life in general. Truly a great read for anyone who wants to learn about how the most successful people act even when they are at the top of their field. ( )
  10sterling10 | Nov 8, 2017 |
A few intereting bits but not many ! ( )
  keithgordonvernon | May 1, 2017 |
Fairly interesting portrait with Ferguson coming off non-Machiavellian (unsurprisingly I suppose). Some insights into player relationships. Good complement to his previous autobiography. ( )
  jerhogan | Aug 6, 2014 |
Alex Ferguson, especially to those of us who have been introduced to English football in the past 10 years or so, is football. That is why I was very excited to dive into this autobiography. There was much that was interesting, and much that was left to be desired. The book had no flow. It was disjointed and hard to read. At times it felt like listening to a Grandpa share stories from his past. He would be in the middle of one tale and bolt off after a certain rabbit only to return a page or two later and somewhat come back to his main topic only to be after another rabbit before the page ended. There is a certain charm to that approach, but it definitely wore on me rather quickly. There is much to be enjoyed here but it was definitely more work than it should have been. ( )
  joshrskinner | Jul 30, 2014 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0340919396, Hardcover)

The celebratory, revealing, inspiring, and entertaining autobiography of the greatest manager in the history of British soccer
Over the past four years, Alex Ferguson has been reflecting on and jotting down the highlights of his extraordinary career, and here he reveals his amazing story as it unfolded, from his very early days in the tough shipyard areas of Govan. Sir Alex announced his retirement as manager of Manchester United after 27 years in the role. He has gone out in a blaze of glory, with United winning the Premier League for the 13th time, and he is widely considered to be the greatest manager in the history of British soccer. Over the last quarter of a century there have been seismic changes at Manchester United, with the only constant element the quality of the manager's league-winning squad and United's run of success, which includes winning the Champions League for a second time in 2008. Sir Alex created a purposeful, but welcoming, and much envied culture at the club, which has lasted the test of time. He discusses managing these enormous changes and the growth of Man U as a global sports power. He shares the farewells to Roy Keane and David Beckham, describes the process of building a new Champions League side around Ronaldo and Rooney, and ruminates upon the great rivalries with Liverpool, Arsenal, Chelsea, and City. He also shares his thoughts on the psychology of management and his passions and interests outside of the game.

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Sir Alex announced his retirement as manager of Manchester United after 27 years in the role. He has gone out in a blaze of glory, with United winning the Premier League for the 13th time, and he is widely considered to be the greatest manager in the history of British football. Over the last quarter of a century there have been seismic changes at Manchester United.… (more)

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