El Amor Brujo – Rafa the Magician

1 Leave a comment on verse 1 0 Impossible! Liverpool sunk at half time in Istanbul, three goals down!
But entering the dressing room AC Milan players were celebrating,
and the quiet tactician took out his pen, started plotting his changes.

2 Leave a comment on verse 2 0 Hamman to enter the fray – he was sacrificing Finnan at right back,
and suddenly the plot started to play differently for El Amor Brujo –
Rafa the Magician, as in the ballet by his countryman De Falla.

3 Leave a comment on verse 3 0 The Magician wove his spell and Gerrard scored on a header
from Riise’s center, Liverpool shocked back into the match, Milan
rocking and rocked further by Smicer’s snap goal and Alonso’s pen.

4 Leave a comment on verse 4 0 Then Dudek capped the season with a magical display of duplicity
to trick the Milan penalty takers, a lesson from Grobbelaar in ’84;
in his African twang, Bruce hailed Jerzy “a starfish with jelly legs.”

5 Leave a comment on verse 5 0 More magic as the actress in the red dress carried out the cup
with its big ears that had seemed beyond Liverpool’s reach. No
wonder a spellbound Stevie Gerrard sneaked a kiss of the silver!

6 Leave a comment on verse 6 0 Christopher T. George



Benitez is a magician – Moores
By David Prentice, Liverpool Echo, May 27 2005

“LIVERPOOL chairman David Moores has hailed Rafael Benitez ‘a magician’ after leading the Reds to Champions League glory. Benitez became the first manager to win the UEFA Cup and Champions League in successive seasons with different clubs after his side’s astonishing victory over AC Milan in Turkey.”

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