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The Madness is on the Pitch

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    ‘A work like his career. Entertaining and a bit crazy’ — Der Spiegel 

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    Pages: 248 Size: 234mmx153mm Hardback ISBN: 978-1-909245-62-4 Publication: November

     

    Jens Lehmann is one of football’s most recognisable goalkeepers. 

    In a playing career stretching across four decades he represented three of Europe’s most illustrious clubs.

    Winning Bundesliga and Premier League titles only tell a part of his story, however. Here, Lehmann follows a path of self-analysis, detailing his obsession with the game, an obsession which propelled him to a sporting level he felt comfortable with, albeit a level which brought intense scrutiny and – regularly – fierce criticism.

    Lehmann was never far away from the headlines. He was Arsenal’s goalkeeper when Arsène Wenger’s great team went the entire season unbeaten in the league. A feud with Bayern Munich’s Oliver Kahn was an intriguing subplot behind the pair’s battle to become Germany’s number 1 at the 2006 World Cup. Earlier that summer, Lehmann had been sent off in a Champions League final.

    This is a person unafraid of making bold decisions. Having won the UEFA Cup with Schalke, he decided to join Ruhr rivals Borussia Dortmund after walking out on AC Milan just six months after moving to Italy.

    Now, six years after his retirement as a player he has decided to pursue a career in management, with his coaching odyssey starting in the summer of 2017 back at Arsenal. 
     

    ABOUT THE AUTHORS

    Jens Lehmann was born in Essen, West Germany in November 1969. He began his professional football career with Schalke 04 in the late-1980s, playing also for AC Milan, Borussia Dortmund, Arsenal and VfB Stuttgart as well as the German national team at two major international tournaments. 

    Christof Siemes, who collaborated with Jens Lehmann on this book, was born in 1964. He studied German language and literature, history of art and philosophy and since 1993 has worked as a journalist for German weekly Die Zeit. His best-selling The Wonder of Bern was published in 2004. 

    Ceylan Hussein, who translated the text from German, is an editor and translator based in Bath, with a background in German Football. The Madness is on the Pitch is her first project with deCoubertin. 

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