Englischer Fussball (英語) ペーパーバック – 2009/9/14
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A respected journalist gives a German’s-eye view of British soccer. What makes it special? Is English football really about manliness, hard work and fair play? And just why are they so hung up on beating the Germans?
"Enlightening and entertaining... The holy trinity of football, fashion and music has rarely been written about so well and it takes a writer from the borderland between cultures like Honigstein to open our eyes to it" (Guardian)
"Honigstein offers a perspective on England's football and its culture that is stimulating and rather fascinating" (Observer)
"Hugely entertaining" (Independent)
Honigstein, who writes in English as if it was his native language, is in fact German born. But he works as a sportswriter in London for a major English newspaper (the Guardian).
He investigates in depth the development of the domestic game in England. His chapters on British Soccer Media were terrific. The book's last chapter explores the rivalry at various World Cups (1966, 1970, 1990). He makes the argument that German's regard Italy as their natural rival, while the English, spurred on by their jingoistic tabloid media, still relives WWII through these World Cup meetings. He writes that Germany looks forward while England lives oin the past. A provocaitive argument.
This books is full of interesting ideas that flew in the face of my assumptions. But a word of caution. This book does not provide biographical stories about current and past German figures. If you want that let me recommend TOR by Uli-Hesse. But if you want a book that will provoke thought long after you finish, ENGLISCHER FUSSBALL is a great choice