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Still Dreaming: My Inside Account of the 2010 World Cup [Hardcover]

Gary Lineker
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19 Aug 2010
After Fabio Capello's England had qualified for the World Cup finals in South Africa with a record-breaking campaign to get there, confidence was high. Yet in the run-up to the finals, with injuries to key players, England were misfiring. Former England captain Gary Lineker had seen the team turn things round in the past, when the odds were against doing so, but even before the first game, he was worried. Capello's tactics looked wrong. Once the tournament got under way, there was a catastrophic error in the first match by Robert Green and then a massively disappointing draw against Algeria. By then there were reports of turmoil in the England camp, questions about the fitness of the players and problems with the tactics. A win against Slovenia gave hope that England might be improving, as they had done in Lineker's own time in 1986 and 1990. But this time, no changes were made and Germany inflicted on England their worst-ever defeat in the World Cup finals. Lineker analyses not only why England fell so badly short in South Africa, despite having a squad of players who regularly perform so well for their clubs in the Premier League, but also answers the question of why it is that England continue to disappoint at the highest international level and what lessons we can learn not only from these experiences but also from other nations.

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  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Ltd (19 Aug 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1847379222
  • ISBN-13: 978-1847379221
  • Product Dimensions: 16.3 x 23.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 843,076 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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3.0 out of 5 stars Gary Lineker misses an open goal 13 Sep 2010
Still Dreaming is an entertaining read but like its subject, this summer's World Cup finals, it is fairly undistinguished. With a successful England career behind him BBC football pundit Gary Lineker seemed to have been the ideal person to add a little insight into the events in South Africa. I had expected him to reward the reader with nuggets of inside information (and gossip) that we would not have normally heard but unfortunately there is nothing reported on in this book which wasn't already public knowledge. This means that rather than telling us something new Lineker simply recounts the events of each day, rather like a diary. Granted he does give us his opinions - mainly about what was going wrong with England - but these aren't particularly incisive; they are largely the opinions which nearly every England watcher will have already formed, the possible exception being Fabio Capello.

Had the World Cup finals in South Africa had a more favourable outcome I am sure that this book would have flown off the shelves. As it is though I cannot help but think that Gary Lineker is onto a loser with this; I cannot imagine many England supporters choosing to read a book which recounts events that most of them will have been trying their hardest to forget.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Pretty Terrible Book 27 Sep 2011
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This book felt like a review of the 2010 World Cup written based on the Wiki entries and a collection of newspaper headlines. I thought since Gary is an ex striker and is involved with the modern game on a weekly basis he may offer us some insights on his travels to South Africa or from the English camp but its just a collection of score lines of each game that happened during the world cup and a paragraph or two of his opinions on the match. Not worth the money, maybe in 10-15 years I will read it again to relive the tournament.

Spend the equivalent money on a 2010 World Cup review dvd or magazine, they will offer you a lot more than this book.
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