Book Review: W C L D N

Posted by on Sep 2, 2019 in Uncategorized | No Comments
Book Review: W C L D N

The 2018 World Cup in Russia came off a lot better than most people had thought it would. Against a quite frankly toxic political background and with serious doubts about the safety of supporters and the likely quality of play after a long European club season, expectations were not high and yet it proved to be one of the most enjoyable of recent memory, continuing a modern tradition after …

Book Review: Das Reboot

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Book Review: Das Reboot

To assess a book half a decade after it first appeared isn’t really playing fair of course. Raphael Honigstein’s much cited assessment of the organisational revolution that swept German football in the wake of dismal showings in the European Championships of 2000 and 2004, culminating in World Cup victory in Brazil in 2014, remains a persuasive read but any celebratory account will always be at the mercy of hubris …

Book Review: Angels with Dirty Faces

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Book Review: Angels with Dirty Faces

Angels with Dirty Faces
by Jonathan Wilson
Published by Weidenfeld and Nicolson
2016

Few footballing countries can be as fascinating as Argentina. Rich success has been accompanied by ignominious failure, perceived dastardliness on and off the pitch, legendary matches and a cast of characters that have truly enriched the game. It’s a nation the football culture of which is perhaps its defining characteristic. Football is often the first thing …

Book Review: One Football, No Nets

Posted by on Apr 10, 2019 in Book Review | One Comment
Book Review: One Football, No Nets

One Football, No Nets
by Justin Walley
Published by Bennion Kearny
2017

As a study in dynamism and making things happen, Justin Walley’s One Football, No Nets is a fascinating example of ‘where there’s a will, there’s a way.’

Walley, apparently one of those restless souls who in the words of the Lemon Jelly tune, has to ‘keep on rambling’ devoted much of 2017 and 2018 whipping a …

TV Review: Harry’s Heroes: The Full English

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TV Review: Harry’s Heroes: The Full English

On the face of it, a reality TV show that sees cuddly old Harry Redknapp persuade a team of former England internationals from the more-or-less ‘golden generation’ to gather together for one last job, Lee Marvin style, might be about the last thing on earth we need at the moment – especially when the dirty dozen or so are pitched against the old enemy, the ‘Germans’, the word vocalised …

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