‘We were all considered mad, Marcelo was thought mad. My grandfather, my father, Maria Eugenia, my sister, were all considered mad and I was as well. The reason was that we took a different path to everybody else.’ Rafael Bielsa, Marcelo’s brother, Foreign Secretary of Argentina, 2003-05.
Marcelo Bielsa is one of football’s greatest eccentrics and greatest enigmas. He is described by Pep Guardiola as: ‘the greatest football manager in the world’. To the Tottenham manager, Mauricio Pochettino, he is ‘my footballing father, the reason I became a player, the reason I became a manager.’ This will be the first English biography of one of football’s most contradictory characters.
This is a definitive and comprehensive biography from growing up in Argentina under a military dictatorship to reviving the stricken power of Leeds United.