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W hen Leeds United appointed Marcelo Bielsa as their new manager in June, the Elland Road faithful at last had something to smile about.

Suddenly one of the world’s most respected coaches was in charge and the footballing gods looked down and nodded their heads in approval.

Three months on and following a spell-binding start, Leeds fans have every reason to believe that with Bielsa in charge, this could finally be the season they return to the promised land after 14 miserable ones in the wilderness.

To salute Bielsa, here are a few pearls of wisdom about football and life from one of the game’s primary thinkers:

"If players weren't human, I'd never lose."

Marcelo Bielsa

"Attacking football is the simplest way to victory and success."

Marcelo Bielsa

"A man with new ideas is a madman until his ideas triumph."

Marcelo Bielsa

"If it goes well, it will be down to me and if it goes badly, it will be down to them."

Marcelo Bielsa

"My admiration for Marcelo Bielsa is huge because he makes the players much, much better. He's the best coach in the world."

Pep Guardiola

Now win Bielsa’s blue bucket!

While the footballing world is suddenly on its feet and taking noticing of Leeds United following the arrival of Marcelo Bielsa, the new boss has decided to stay firmly seated….on a blue bucket.

Bielsa’s bucket hasn’t missed a match this season and is seen as a lucky charm by the Argentinian who shuns the comfort of the dug-out for his upturned bucket.

To celebrate its good fortune and in tribute to El Loco,  we’re giving one lucky beyond reader the chance to win a Bielsa blue bucket.

This beautiful blue bucket is up for grabs and can be all yours by answering the following question:

According to the saying, what is the outcome if you kick the bucket?

a) A good beating from Bielsa

b) A sore foot

c) A death certificate

If you think you have the slightest clue what the answer is and fancy winning this super blue bucket send your answer on a postcard to Bielsa’s Bucket, Beyond Magazines, The Corn Mill, Railway Road, Ilkley, West Yorkshire LS29 8HT or email your answer to

Closing date for all entries is 30th September 2018.

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