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  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing (24 April 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1408844842
  • ISBN-13: 978-1408844847
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 2.1 x 23.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 26,639 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Danish Dynamite is a wonderful read and an exhilarating nostalgia trip. --When Saturday Comes

It will remind you just how laid-back and cool some losers can be. - Esquire

This enjoyable reverie is worth having. --Irish Examiner

Highly recommended and just the sort of thing to put you in a World Cup mood. - In Bed With Maradona

Full of interviews with Laudrup, Elkjaer et al, this celebration is a hugely uplifting one. --Four Four Two

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The story of the coolest international football team in history - the iconic 1980s Denmark national team - told for the first time.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Alex Sabino on 15 May 2014
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A great book about the coolest national team ever. A former manager of Haiti, a striker who was columnist of a porn magazine, a prodigy who could do whatever he wanted with the ball and a charming country who was underachiving for decades... One of the greatest football books ever wrtitten.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By godzilla78 VINE VOICE on 2 July 2014
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Its been a while but finally someone has taken the time to write about one of football's lesser lights. In the last few years there have been a deluge of books about the triumphs of the Spanish national side. At present South American football is under the spotlight (Hmmm and I wonder why) so a big thank you to those involved with Danish Dynamite. For me personally, Mexico 86 brings back my earliest memories of international football coupled with the fact it was the last major finals that Northern Ireland managed to qualify for. Anyhow back to the subject at hand......

Anyone who loves beautiful football will surely remember the great Danish side of the 1980's. They came virtually from nowhere to become a neutrals favourite team and the one you looked out for when your own nation was getting humped. From the opening chapter the reader is quick to grasp that there is a real love and passion behind the research and writing. This isn't just a quirky project, this is a book written by those that adored the Denmark team of the era. Its very well researched and treats the subject with the respect it deserves. So no jokes about The Killing every few pages either.

The book covers the humble beginning of the Danish Football Association and the transition from amateur to professional standings. Its a fine example of a smaller nation putting the big boys to shame in style and substance. The World Cup in Mexico 1986 is perhaps the pinnacle of this particular side and the book. In the years leading to the tournament, Europe and the rest of the world began to take notice of the spell binding football being played by the Scandinavians. A team devoid of prime donna's yet full of technically gifted players who bonded as a unit. They burned bright but alas not for long enough.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Gary Pritchard on 13 May 2014
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A wonderful nostaligic trip back to the team of my childhood - the team we all supported and the reason Denmark became cool, long before Nordic Noir!
Elkjær, Laudrup, Simonsen, Olsen, Sivebæk, Mølby ... just typing their names takes me back - reading the book was a real trip down memory lane!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Peter S on 16 July 2014
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A warning first: I am utterly biased. This was MY team when I was a teenager and in my early twenties. Reading the book I almost relived the sensation of the '86 World Cup. What a summer - and what remarkable years. And what a team.
The story about the reawakening of danish football is well told, filled with great trivia, fun and magic. It has a suitable length and does not loose itself in too many details. An almost perfect book about the joy of soccer.
The book itself deserves at least 4 stars, the last one goes to the danish side. Let joy and innocence prevail!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By cardenio on 18 Sep 2014
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In a way the great Danish team of the mid eighties were the victims of poor timing for three reasons - peaking as they did for a european championships where the great Platini-led French team were at home, a world cup in the distinctly un-Nordic land of Mexico, and appearing as they did in the pre-internet era. As such you won't find them in lists of tournament winners, and most non-Danes won't have ever seen clips of them.

This superb book returns the spotlight on to a fantastic team with an amazing story behind them - a nation that within a decade went from having a purely amateur international side to being talked of as the best in Europe in less than a decade. Lose any notions of them being 'plucky minnows' - this was a team who should be listed alongside Hungary in the 50s, the Dutch of the 70s and Brazil of the 80s - teams who claimed the glory if not the trophies.

A great book for anyone interested in pre-90s football, whether you remember them or not!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 30 April 2014
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Very readable account about a forgotten great football team.only criticism with a title like it has there's surprisingly little of when they won the European championship.Very good otherwise.
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