Headline buys memoir by Liverpool cult hero

Headline buys memoir by Liverpool cult hero

Headline has bought a memoir by German footballer and Liverpool cult hero Dietmar "Didi" Hamann, with publishing director Jonathan Taylor making his first acquisition as head of Headline Publishing Group's non-fiction team.

Taylor bought British Commonwealth rights to The Didi Man: My Love Affair with Liverpool from David Luxton at Luxton Harris. Headline will publish in early 2012.

The book is an account of how Hamann fell in love with Liverpool FC, its supporters and the Merseyside mind-set. He played for the club for seven years, winning both the Champions League and the UEFA Cup, as well as two FA Cups and two League Cups. He won 62 caps for Germany, and is currently a first team coach at Leicester City.

Taylor said: "Didi is a huge cult figure amongst Liverpool fans, not least for the way in which he came off the bench at half-time to inspire the miraculous comeback against AC Milan in the Champions League final in Istanbul in 2005. The Anfield fans adore him for his classy contributions from midfield and because he embraced the city and its people so wholeheartedly. Didi's book will be very warm and funny."