‘The Greatest Comeback: from Genocide to Football Glory’ by David Bolchover.
Menorah is delighted to be welcoming author and commentator David Bolchover to discuss the story of Hungarian Béla Guttmann, the world’s first celebrity football coach. He twice won the coveted European cup for Benfica, despite having only narrowly survived the Holocaust.
Two visions of twentieth-century Europe are described: a continent ruptured by barbarism and genocide, yet lit up by exhilarating encounters in magnificent cities, where great players would strive to win football’s holy grail. With dark forces rising once again, the story of Béla Guttmann’s life asks the question: which vision of Europe will triumph in our times?
This extraordinary biography was shortlisted for the 2017 William Hill Sports Book of the Year award, the world’s richest and longest-running prize for sports writing.
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