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England: 20 Defining Matches (Guardian Shorts)

England: 20 Defining Matches (Guardian Shorts) [Kindle Edition]

The Guardian , David Hills
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1966 was England's greatest moment - and its biggest curse. After the World Cup win, crowds outside the team hotel in Kensington sang "For he's a jolly good fellow" to Alf Ramsey, looking forward to years of domination. Nearly five decades later, the wait goes on.

This is the story of how the England national team grew into the country's most engaging football soap opera; how they rose from a 19th-century team of public schoolboys, became champions of the world, then descended into a tormented string of bizarre near misses, false dawns and botched quarter-finals - and went from being led by a Sir, to a Turnip, then a Swede.

Based on original reports from the Guardian and Observer archives from the last 140 years, we revisit 20 of England's defining matches - from the 1934 Battle of Highbury and the shame of Nazi salutes in Berlin to the highs of Euro 96 and beyond, all in the words of contemporary writers. This unique collection also poses some big questions: what are the lessons of the past - and what is it that makes England's fans keep believing?

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 392 KB
  • Print Length: 197 pages
  • Publisher: Guardian (31 May 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00884J2FY
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #182,758 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great nostalgia 15 Jun 2012
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This is a really good read; it's based around contemporary reports about England since the team was formed, up to Euro 2012. There's some fascinating/funny/moving material in here. The reports on Berlin 1938 and the Munich disaster are very evocative. The best piece is probably the 1966 report: a really spine-tingling piece of writing. Much recommended short read.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Captures the Frustration of being English born 26 May 2013
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It does what it says, it captures the story of 20 defining matches.

Context and build up
Match Reports
Next day fallout
Then a longer term reflection

A bit like the team really. Offers a lot, but can only deliver the sum of its parts. Not very much!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Hallmark of Sportswriting 16 Feb 2013
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This book is from the wonderful collection of Guardian Shorts produced from the Guardian and Observer archives. This collection of matches on the England national team starts with an international in 1934 to the final report in 2010. So many memories. Both for price, and quality of writing it is a little gem.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Nostalgic and uncomfortable 16 May 2013
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At the end of this book it is hard not to feel that England should retire from international football in the same way that many of its supposed stars find it increasingly fashionable to do. A nostalgic read for someone of my age, whose agonized following of the national team began just after 1966 and all that. Uncomfortable as it condenses all the years preceding 66 when we thought we could dismiss foreigners without having to deign to play them, a brief flowering of understanding in the mid 60`s followed by 40 years of apparent ignorance and incompetence. The consistent high quality of Guardian sports writing over the years makes for an enjoyable read as well. This book should be compulsory reading for any English player before they put on the national shirt. England managers and all the FA suits should sleep with this under their pillow, and extracts read before each England training session. Maybe then, we might finally learn how to play the game properly.
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