The Didi Man: My Love Affair with Liverpool

The Didi Man: My Love Affair with Liverpool

Dietmar Hamann

Language: English

Pages: 256

ISBN: 2:00262387

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub

The cult Liverpool player with an open love letter to LFC and the city of Liverpool and its people.

Dietmar "Didi" Hamann is a complete one-off. The foreigner with a Scouse accent. The German who now plays cricket for his local village team. The overseas footballer turned anglophile who fell deeply in love with the city of Liverpool, its people and its eponymous football club.

The classy midfielder had a long and distinguished playing career, but it was his seven seasons at Anfield that marked him out forever as a true Liverpool legend. His cult status was secured when he came off the bench at half-time during the 2005 Champions League final in Istanbul to inspire his team to a dramatic come-back and spectacular European glory.

The Didi Man is Hamann's warm, personal and highly entertaining story of his time on Merseyside at a football club which will always have a very special place in his heart.

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cave dwellers, so it is with football teams. Banter is the lingua franca of dressing rooms throughout the world. There is affectionate, gentle banter that binds the group together, and then there is the subtle and sometimes not-so-subtle art of bringing someone crashing back down to earth with a well-placed put-down. It’s all about preserving the cohesiveness of the group. Carra was brilliant at both types of banter, but he excelled at bringing people back down to earth who he felt were getting

wax lyrical about my incredible Scouse adventure, I’ll catch people laughing at the way I see the world. For the love-struck see the world differently. On a fine day I find the drive into Liverpool as scintillating as others might find a drive into Milan. Liverpool: the sights, the sing-song guttural accent, the sense of place, the happy-go-lucky comedic outlook, the shabbychic of the historic neighbourhoods, the iconic buildings, the cultural inheritance, the Harajuku-style fashion sense and, to

concluded, ‘Well. I’m going. I will leave it up to you, but I advise you to go.’ Sven is a man whose advice I will always listen to and so I set off with the rest of the squad for Thailand. It was a relaxed trip, with two showpiece games. One was against a Thai League All Star XI and the other against a Hong Kong Invitational XI, and we dutifully lost both games 3–1. We all knew that these were almost certainly Sven’s last days as the City manager, yet during our time in Thailand he never

were swirling around in my head. A lot of times I just didn’t want to think. It was too painful. I began to drink more than is healthy for a footballer. What man doesn’t when his marriage falls apart and his children are separated from him? Then I turned to something that kept my brain occupied and supplied a bit of an adrenalin rush. My liking for a wager was becoming a bit more than just a recreational pastime. At that time anything was better than thinking about my situation. When I was in

Barrow FC, they are in the Blue Square Conference.’ The man nodded slowly. ‘Aye. That’s right. That’ll be Barrow-in Furness. This is Barrow, Lancashire. You need to keep going north for about eighty miles.’ I gave him an embarrassed ‘thank you’ and made a face like I was a confused German tourist. I’d made my first managerial cock-up but at least it wasn’t on the pitch. We managed to get up to Barrow-in-Furness in time to see the game and assess the standard. Coincidentally, shortly afterwards

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