After one billion pounds, eight managers in eight years, that ‘ghost’ goal defeat at Anfield in 2005, a penalty shoot-out defeat in the Moscow final against Manchester United, in 2008 and a scandolous refereeing performance against Barcelona in the semi-final a year later, owner Roman Abramovich got his hands on the trophy he craved in Munich.
After eight years in charge, Abramovich’s dream of owning the best team in Europe has finally been realised. As Didier Drogba was handed the trophy for the first time at the presentation in Munich, he handed it straight to the guy at the end looking as though he had gatecrashed the party. But this was no ordinary fan on the periphery. This was the guy whose billions helped create the Champions League winners.
Legendary football columnist Harry Harris follows Chelsea’s remarkable progress through the 2011-12 tournament and the incredible finish that saw them dispose of the 2011 winners Barcelona and Bayern Munich on their own grounds.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Harry Harris has won a total of 14 journalism awards. A regular analyst on football related matters on all major TV news and sports channels, he has appeared on Richard & Judy, Newsnight, BBC News, ITN News at Ten, Sky and Setanta. He is also a regular on Radio 5 Live, Radio 4, and TalkSport. He has been interviewed on Football Focus and appeared on the original Hold The Back Page and Jimmy Hill's Sunday Supplement on Sky.
Arguably the most prolific writer of best selling football books of his generation, Harry has penned 66 titles including the acclaimed best seller Pele - His Life and Times and George Best’s last book, ‘Hard Tackles and Dirty Baths’.
Harry has written one of the most influential football columns in the country for three decades and is regarded as one of the best investigative journalists and perhaps the best news gather of his generation. He has worked for the Daily Mail, Daily Mirror, Daily Express, Daily Star and Sunday Express and has nearly 30 years experience as the country’s number one football writer. Harry is now Football Correspondent for ESPN Soccernet.