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This is an excellent book as it is not like Autobiography this one explains in full abot the injuries that have gone off in his like. For example him standing in a bush and getting a fork through foot. It explain in excellent detail about how he came to play for Liverpool and for England. I also think it good that their is picturs in this book soo your not just reading all the book and is seperated. I have recomemdered this book to alot of people as it is good to read even people who do not want to support the football team but want become a footballer should read the book as it describes how hard you have to train and what the lengths you have to go through to get their. I think it is good that he talks about how his family has helped him through becoming a good footballer and what his family have done to help him get to where he wants to be.
As with his good friend and colleague Jamie Carragher, this book by Liverpool and England Captain Steven Gerrard is unflinchingly honest and uncompromising.
Available on Amazon Marketplace for 1p or 5.29 on Amazon or can be found in most good bookshops, this is the story of Liverpool´s midfield dynamo, how he became the player he is and about his life.
We begin with the young football mad, Gerrard at home and at school telling the story of a hard working footy mad family, Gerrard shows a real skill at football and joins Liverpool, we then follow him as a young player promoted quickly to the first team squad to play with popular stars such as Carragher and another good friend, Michael Owen. It is clear the Liverpool boys agree on a lot of things, as Gerrard is quick to accept that Liverpool under Gerard Houllier bought a lot of bad players, he also admits how grateful he is to Houllier for helping his career. We follow the club through bad times and to the Champions League final, which is obviously his finest moment, but it appears that as with these situations, he doesn´t have the best memory of the situation having been caught in the adrenaline of it.
The book tells the story of a man who is dedicated to his craft, shy around his now wife and mad about his family, he seems to be a decent guy. He talks about football and the big matches and moments in his career thus far, the only really controversial part is when he admits he felt the decision to take Theo Walcott to the 06 World Cup was totally incorrect, this is a rare moment of utter honesty.
I would prefer to read an autobiography now, after the Champions League Final, after his court case, after two poor years for Liverpool and his stint as World Cup Captain, I feel that as with many of these kind of books it was released too early in his career, in 2006 he hadn´t had enough of a life to really provide an interesting book, I would like to read an updated version now as I imagine he would be more honest and perhaps provide a more thorough idea of his thoughts about Rafa Benitez about the American owners and his own ambitions and future.
Overall the book is a 3 out of 5, its decent enough but lacking incision and could have been a lot better with a bit more experience.
This is probably the best book about a footballer that i have ever read.... and ive read quite a few!
The best thing about this book is that its about football. Alot of autobiographys tend to spend alot of time touching on the footballers private life and not the stuff he does on the pitch - but with Gerrards this isnt the case.... he talks about football - from playing as a kid, to joining the Liverpool squad and how it felt for a young lad like him to be surrounded by his footballing idols and to be playing amongst them, up to him winning the champions league. He really doesnt elaborate on the rest of his life too much which i found great - he's a footballer and I wanted to read about his football.
It was also nice to see another side to him than you see in interviews. Personally, i dont think Steven looks particularly comfortable behind a camera - he comes across quite passive and robotic. Reading his book will make you realise that hes not like that at all.
It was also interesting to read about the time that he was flirting with a tranfer to Chelsea.... something ive always been curious about.
If your a Liverpool fan, or a football fan in general, try reading Gerrards book. It really is about football and you wont be disappointed to see how a young lad from Liverpool did good!
Believe me it is difficult, very very difficult. A thinker as he is on the field and his book proves that he is more than that- a thinker and a philosopher too. Other wise how can one explain the passion, the honesty, his beliefs, his philosophy of life as footballer of the highest class and a true family man, who has not put either his profession above his family and visa versa. How many celebrities, forget about football celebrities, has been able to do it ? He has been able to balance these two so admirably simply because being a celebrity, a private figure he never forgot HE IS FIRST A HUMAN BEING and then anything else. No wonder human values never over-rode his fathom less talent as a footballer.
But I must first thank, probably Gerrard need not, the nurses, the doctors, the support stuff and the tremendous advancement of science and technology more so of medical science. Why? Do you think I would have been writing this review if the young Steven Gerrard had not been taken care of the way those extremely dedicated bunch of experts did? Because when he was a 9 year old child he nearly had his foot disabled if not amputed, as he kicked a garden fork and it stayed put in there. Thank God he recovered and became absolutely normal. Otherwise there would have been no Steven Gerrard the footballer, no autobiography of this class and naturally no review of this particular book. Lets for once chant "God is good"...
Now let me be honest. I am an out n out ManU fanatic and naturally Liverpool is one of my top rated enemy. I wish ManU could buy this man, but couldn't the reason is he could not be lured and this, although grudgingly, is the commitment, honesty and humility of this supremely talented man. But who can help but admire such a man. He has not lost any respect to any body or for that matter to the fans bearing loyalty to any Club.
I just read the book about two and half weeks ago for the second time. It still was refreshing, interesting and held me like Agatha Christie does. Why did I mention Agatha Christie? Simple, its her business to hold her reader bound to the book, they are totally different breed one is a pro footballer the other is a pro writer. Also it's easier, mind you I'm an avid reader of Christie and she listed as one of my favorite thriller writers, for her to keep her reader engrossed but not for Steven Gerrard. His business is delighting spectators with football skills. That probably speaks volumes about the quality of the book both in terms of presentation and content. I would not write a single word about what is there in the book or its content. The only object of me writing this review is to make people read this book. Okay I would say this book explains vividly the pangs, the joy, the accolades, the criticism, the way to use silence to show hidden arrogence, how make social statement with a sport which requires body contact, the tension and above all the agony of not being selected for wrong reasons, the grit required to comeback and perform under tremendous pressure.
The book back cost you around £8.75 contains 320 remarkably written pages. But it is for every body to read irrespective of club loyalties. Just read Steven Gerrard spilling the bin even it is quite possible you start loving football if you don't already.
It's not a biography, it's a footballers saga and football thriller.
You will say the review lacks content, okay fine, just rate unhelpful. I don't mind!! Call it expression of my feeling about the FOOTBALLER and HIS autobiography, excellent stuff!
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Steven Gerrard is one of the most iconic footballers of the current generation. He is very much a player capable of playing a number of roles on the pitch, possessing great tackling and passing ability, a vicious shot, and great athleticism. A local Liverpool lad, he joined the Liverpool FC youth setup at an early age. He rose steadily through the ranks and broke into the Liverpool first team in 1999. He was made captain of the club in 2003 and is also a key player in the England team. Widely recognised as one of the best footballers in the world, he has made over 450 appearances for Liverpool and scored over 100 goals. In that time he has won every major club honour except the Premiership (at least at the time of writing). He was voted the PFA Young Player of the Year in 2001, and was voted Player of the Year in 2006. He was voted the Champions League most valuable player for the 2005 campaign after Liverpool won the trophy for the fifth time, and has been included in the Premiership Team of the Year on six occasions.
Those are the statistics for the Steven Gerrard on the pitch. Off the pitch he is known very much as a private individual who largely keeps himself and his family out of the limelight for non football related reasons. His autobiography, released when he was 26, was therefore much anticipated. It was well received by fans and critics, and won the Galaxy British Book Awards Sports Book Of The Year in 2007.
Personally (as may or may not be obvious from the information provided so far) I was born and bred as a Liverpool fan. I have a season ticket, and travel to watch the team in a decent number of away matches (including European matches on occasion). As such I'm surprised it has taken me this long to pick up a copy of Steven Gerrard's autobiography. But was it worth the wait?
WHAT IT COVERS
As previously stated, Steven Gerrard released this book at the age of 26, which for footballers is only really middle age. Most professional footballers don't retire until their early thirties, and indeed the likes of Ryan Giggs (who is an iconic footballer in his own right, and still playing first team football for Manchester United at the age of 35) have shown that it is possible to go on longer than that at the highest level. Personally I felt that at the time of releasing this book Steven Gerrard had at least another five or six years left at the very top level of club football. As such, it was something of a disappoint that he released this book only two thirds of the way through what is, up to now, a glittering career. You can't help but feel at the end of this book (especially if you've read it recently) that a second book is likely at some point down the line.
In terms of content, as expected the book covers his early life and football career, starting when he was aged nine. It progresses in a logical fashion, with later chapters generally alternating between Liverpool and England events, all the up to the end of the 2006-07 season, which is when Liverpool reached the final of the Champions League, but lost to AC Milan. So within the book you get his take on classic Liverpool moments such as the Treble in 2001 and winning the Champions League in 2005, as well as similar moments for England such as the 5-1 thrashing of Germany in 2001.
In addition to the obvious topics, Steven Gerrard also writes quite frankly about other not so obvious topics, such as a career threatening injury that he suffered at the age of nine, tackling his discipline problems on the pitch, and his parents splitting up. These topics will take the reader by surprise as few will have been aware of them from general media coverage or otherwise, and help to pad out the book in terms of content. As such, despite the premature release of the book, I didn't feel in any way cheated out of content here. He certainly crams plenty in.
It is so often the case when reading an autobiography that you just think "s/he didn't really write this". The case in point is when a celebrity who is clearly not an academic produces an autobiography with flowing language and a superb vocabulary range. To be honest I did wonder whether or not this would be the case with Steven Gerrard, and the answer is that it very much isn't. One thing that certainly does stand out in this book is that there is no doubt that Steven Gerrard has written this. Granted it has probably had a spell checker go through it and been proof read to within an inch of its life, but the words on the page are clearly Steven Gerrard's and no one else's.
But is this a good thing or a bad thing? The short answer is both. On the one hand it is fantastic to read about Gerrard's life in his own words. You always feel that you're getting the genuine truth, not only in the words but the style, and this does add to the impact of the book. On the other hand this is not, nor does it ever pretend to be, a literary masterpiece. Steven Gerrard is not a writer, and at no point is he going to win the Booker Prize.
As such seasoned readers may well be put off by the style of this book. It is not particularly welcoming, and you almost need to skim the words rather than trying to take them all in as individual sentences. Certainly if you try to read the book intricately it will become a struggle, because in all honesty it just doesn't flow that well from sentence to sentence. Then again this is something that should be expected and persevered with. If you want a literary masterpiece, don't buy the autobiography of a professional footballer.
Personally this book stood out for me for a number of reasons. The first is the stark contrast between the private nature of Steven Gerrard from day to day, and how revealing he is in this book. It would have been so easy for a footballer with this career up to this point to concentrate on the professional highs and lows, and not delve too much into the personal side of things. Indeed, taking this route must have been tempting for someone who works hard to keep himself out of the media limelight.
But this is not the approach that Gerrard takes. As well as covering the most well known professional moments of his career, he also covers personal issues that he quite frankly didn't need to cover at all. If he hadn't, I don't think the reader would have known any different. This approach is actually one that adds depth to the book. As he goes through he talks about the impact of his family, his upbringing, his attitude and his outlook on a personal level, bringing in deeply personal issues such as his parents breaking up as he does so. Autobiographies are usually about gleaming information about your chosen celebrity, but as I read this book I actually felt connected to Gerrard, which meant that even when reading about topics that I know about so well, I felt like I was looking at them from a completely new perspective. This is one of the strengths of the book and a credit to the way that Gerrard has chosen to approach this. In revealing more personal information that he strictly had to he makes the book a lot deeper, and a much more satisfying read. At the same time, I never felt that the information revealed wasn't relevant, which shows good balance and judgment in terms of the content that is included.
The other thing that stood out for me is how honest yet professional he managed to be throughout when dealing with other high profile players and managers. There are plenty of ex professionals out there who have stirred up a lot of controversy in their autobiographies by being unnecessarily brutal, to the point where you feel like they are stirring things up for the sake of it.
Gerrard doesn't do this, and in my opinion he strikes the balance between honesty and professionalism perfectly. He deals with a lot of players and managers in this book (so much so that he has an index of names in the back and where he has referred to them), and deals with them honestly. Predictably there are people that he either didn't get on with, or didn't approve of, and he describes these players and expresses his opinions without ever over stepping the mark. There are times throughout the book when he described heated arguments between himself and other big names in Liverpool's history, but also manages to maintain a level of respect.
He gives his views on current and ex players, managers, and even referees, and deals with them all in the same way. Personally I found it refreshing to read about his opinion of these people without ever feeling that he was trying to stir things up. I was surprised with his outlook on some people, and not at all surprised with others (he doesn't think Jeff Winter was a good referee, but then again I have never met anyone who thinks he was), but at all times I felt like I was getting an interesting and informed opinion from some with real inside knowledge of the modern game.
SHOULD YOU READ IT?
As stated above, I personally read this book because I am a huge Liverpool fan. And because of that, but also the overriding positives described above, I breezed through this in record time and loved ever second of it. I'll re read it at some point, too. As such, I would certainly recommend it to any Liverpool fan, but then again most of them wouldn't need my recommendation to pick it up.
So what about you non Liverpool fans who nonetheless like football on a broader scale and can tolerate reading the thoughts of a rival player? To be honest you're not going to like every part of the book. If you're a Manchester United fan, you may wish to just skip certain parts altogether. Because let's be honest, no amount of honest opinion is going to make you enjoy reading about Liverpool's fifth Champions League win in Istanbul. It just isn't.
But the book is still worth reading for the real football fans, because this book is genuinely interesting and not just blind propaganda for Liverpool fans to read about the glory moments all over again. Football fans of all allegiances will find his revelations and opinions about other players and staff, as well as his England experiences, interesting and surprising all in one go. The book is about learning more about an iconic footballer as much as it is learning about the game from his own experiences and opinions. And because of that it is a great read for anyone who simply holds a love for football. And to each and everyone one of those people, I would highly recommend it.
As a Liverpool fan I was looking forward to this book and whilst not the best read you will ver have in your life, for any Liverpool fan I think this has to be essential reading from our inspirational captain. I cannot help thinking though that at the age of 26 or whatever he was when this was written, life has only just begun and I can see a second part coming out in the future. Regardless of this, what I particularly like about this book is the fact that he gives personal accounts of certain football matches throughout as well as his view on what actually happened when Chelsea were chasing his signature a couple of years ago. Of most interest is likely to be his account of the Champions league final against AC Milan and I think these sections are very well written and make you feel like you are a part of it all. I know he is in the press for all the wrong reasons at the moment but after reading this you cannot help feeling that he is not one for limelight and press of any kind and of course he comes across as just any old guy from the street. A good old book and I woukld recommend reading this if you are interested in Liverpool, Gerrard or more widely football.
In my opinion many, many people write their autobiographies far too early in life in an effort to generate some easy cash and for me Stephen Gerrard did exactly that when he wrote his.
Surely his motive could not have been money though because as a premiership footballer playing for Liverpool he certainly could not need extra money.
Don`t get me wrong the book was not a bad read but it just seemed as if he was wringing every ounce of information out of every story to get enough to fill the pages.
Autobiographies should be written by people who have lived their life, not by people that are still wet behind the ears.
If he had waited till his career as a player was over and he perhaps had managed a top team then this would have been a great ending to a book which left me feeling cheated in a way because he is telling of his life story and he has not lived half of the time I have.
I am glad I did not buy this book but instead borrowed it from a friend because I would term it a waste of money even though it was an ok read.
I am sure he will write another book and probably go over most of this stuff again much later in his career,I might not be around to read it but it has to have more substance than this one did.
I've read a couple of footballers autobiographies before, the likes of Wayne Rooney and Lampard but this book is by far the best. Some autobiographies can be sometimes boring and others overly dramtic to the point where you do not believe it. This is different it is both dramatic and interesting but has a real sense of realism and gives a clear insight into Steven Gerrard as a person, a footballer and a father. It has the truth behind his supposed move to chelsea, the world cup in Germany 2006, the FA cup 2006 against west ham and the amazing champions league final comeback against AC Milan. This is a must read book for all liverpool fans, football fans or anybody who wants a good read. The book is brutally honest and Steven certainly does not mix his words on anybody or anything, for me I will always look at gerrard in a different light because you learn so much about him from this book and it definatly shows him in a positive light and he is pretty humourous too. RRP £18.99(but shop around and you can get it for under £10).....I read this in a day...and you won't be able to put it down.
Steven Gerrard is a hero to millions, not only as the inspirational captain of Liverpool FC, but as a key member of the England team. Here, for the first time, he tells the story of his lifelong obsession with football, in an honest and revealing book which captures the extraordinary camaraderie, the soul-destroying tensions and the high-octane thrills of the modern game as never before. Born in the Liverpool suburb of Huyton in 1980, Steven first joined Liverpool as a YTS trainee and played his first game for the first team aged just 18. His career has gone from strength to strength ever since and he is now the team's captain and its lynchpin. Liverpool's incredible comeback in the Champions' League final in Istanbul in May 2005, recovering from a 3-goal deficit against AC Milan to win on penalties, is testament to the amazing power Gerrard has over his team. His presence on the pitch is a force to be reckoned with and places him amongst the very first rank of players in the world. A relatively private figure, Steven has rarely spoken out in public. Now, his legions of fans will be allowed an intimate glimpse of what makes their hero tick. He speaks for the first time about the torturous will-he-won't-he Chelsea rumours and his undying passion for Liverpool. We experience first-hand the highs of winning in Istanbul and elsewhere, as well as the occasional lows of being parted from his much-loved family and friends. And of course, the book contains a full blow-by-blow account of England's world cup campaign in Germany 2006. Steven Gerrard's book is the definitive football autobiography. Like its subject, it's honest, passionate and exhilarating. If Steven Gerrard isn't your hero yet, by the time you've read this he will be...