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  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Yellow Jersey (1 May 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 022408013X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0224080132
  • Product Dimensions: 14 x 1.8 x 21.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 58,282 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"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)

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A German's-eye view of our national obsession.

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By G. S. McKean on 22 Dec. 2009
Format: Paperback
A very enjoyable read overall; at times amusing, at times acutely embarrasing as Herr Honigstein forces us to face up to some uncomfortable home truths. My only reservation would be this: as the author is a journalist and German, too, you would expect the facts to have been checked. In the chapter dealing with "bungs and backhanders" the author refers to a celebrated case in the mid-1960's in which 3 players allegedly "threw" a game so that they would win a bet they had placed backing Ipswich Town to beat their team, Sheffield Wednesday. Somehow Herr Honigstein has Tony Kay playing for Ipswich and Bronco Layne for Sheffield United. A tiny quibble? Nitpicking? Maybe so, but it did make me wonder how many of the facts in the rest of the book, with which I might be less familiar, I could assume as correct. I also thought that a bit more on the way Kay, in particular, was treated in this case would have told us a lot more about "the English national character" than some of the other illustrations the author uses for that purpose.

On a more positive note, Honigstein has a nice sardonic style and uses his humour to good effect. Despite showing up some of our English inadequacies and idiosyncracies, his deep respect and affection for englischer Fussball shines throughout. This is a good book for anyone prepared to take the risk of having a close look at yourself in the mirror the morning after a good night out. Reality bites, and sometimes, you know, it's not as bad as you thought it was going to be.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By mikey on 1 Jun. 2011
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Excellent read. Very interesting observations on the English character and their footballing philosophies. As someone who's had a slightly misanthropic view of some elements English football (especially the media), despite having grown up with it, it was very nice to see a shared viewpoint, whilst also highlighting some of English football's wonderful eccentricities and why it is so popular. Very, very good book.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By twooks on 4 Nov. 2009
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A great book, even if you don't like football!
I read it in a single sitting funny sad tragic view of english fans
and what made them that way
Well worth every penny,even if you're not from Oxford ;-))
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By Noel Thomas on 26 May 2013
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Excellent way of looking at the English psyche. You would see the attitudes and beliefs of fellow Englishmen, when you look at our Football. The fact that there is a masochistic delight in sliding at Raphael in a game, where he ends up in hospital after a football game, shows the prowess of fellow footballer.

The idea that effort is most important, would explain why your left back was good at clearing the ball, like a John Smith's advert, but is basically rubbish, and yet gets praised, might go to explaining the ideal of effort against the odds.

Taking territory is a novel way of seeing the fact that getting a corner, is worth a handclap by the supporters. That war is somewhere deep down in our way of seeing the game. I am afraid it is substance well over style. Thankfully we are waking up from the 1966 syndrome.

Some inaccuracy regarding Robbie Williams being a Man Utd fan. Port Vale actually.

Loved the fashion, music and football part. Fashion admittedly is the cause for the type of manager you get as well as the wearing of an Armani suit at a Champions League Final.

Love our football or not, there still will be lots to talk of in future, and it will evolve, but still remain its purity. I hope!
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By MJV on 11 July 2015
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People that write books with factual content in them have it easier than ever before to get the facts right. After getting halfway through I couldnt be bothered anymore. Sheffield Fc. Alan Hudson played for Stoke not Southampton. And that Chelsea invented the skinhead bluebeat movement is frankly bollocks (if any it would have been where the west Indian immigrants lived and that wouldnt have been Chelsea or the kings Road. Arsenal had undersoil heating in the 60s. And you should never believe everything Robert Elms has to say.
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