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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 

    ‘Fascinating.’ - John Cross, Daily Mirror

    “Jens Lehmann provides a fascinating insight into how Arsenal got ahead under Arsene Wenger before football – and Tottenham – left them behind” – Ian Herbert, Daily Mail

    “Jens Lehmann's autobiography has been translated into English, and it's a delight” – Gavin Cooney, Balls.ie

    “his [Jens] book is opinionated, insightful, but above all, a thoroughly enjoyable read.” – The Football Pink


    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. 


    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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    1. Absorbing, informative and entertaining  star rating

      Posted by Merganser on 27th Dec 2017

      Impressively honest account of his career by a courageous and talented goalkeeper whose career was marred by inconsistency and episodes of hotheadedness.

      His observations about what is required to become a top-flight goalkeeper are particularly revealing. Perhaps one day he will write a specialist manual on his craft.

      The text is enriched by the occasional quips - for instance: “Humiliations are like power plants - ugly things but you draw power for them.”

      There are many other absorbing aspects to the narrative, any my only cavils ard that his co-writer should have been a journalist (who would have provided a sharper focus to the wealth of material) and the translation from the German is occasionally wobbly.

      There is also a review at www.todaysref.blogspot.co.uk

    2. Brilliant book  star rating

      Posted by Unknown on 5th Dec 2017

      wouldn't dare say otherwise, it's Jens isn't it

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