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The Football Men: Up Close with the Giants of the Modern Game

The Football Men: Up Close with the Giants of the Modern Game [Kindle Edition]

Simon Kuper
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)

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'Well-researched, balanced read that gives an insight into some of the most famous faces in football' --Sun

'It is a readable collection, and, as ever, Kuper is insightful and entertaining' --Tribune

'As anyone who sat through a post-match interview will know, getting footballers to express themselves isn't easy. Which is why Simon Kuper's new book is so fascinating. The Football Men features intimate profiles of some of the game's biggest names - from Cantona and Maradona to Rooney and Mourinho - and throws up compelling stories and shocking revelations' --Shortlist

'An up-close look at some of the giants of the game, describing the football cultures they grew up in, the way they play, and the baggage they bring to work'
--TNT Magazine

'Even if 'the beautiful game' holds no interest for you, award-winning football writer Simon Kuper's incisive pen sketches of many of football's greatest living stars prove compulsive reading' --Metro

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The great footballers and coaches are rarely glimpsed from up close. They shield themselves from the tabloids, hide their personalities behind professionalism, and in the words of the cliché, 'do their talking on the pitch'.
This book gets up close to them. The Football Men is not a series of celebrity profiles, and it doesn't attempt to unearth secrets in the players' private lives. Rather, it portrays these men as three-dimensional human beings. It describes their upbringings, the football cultures they grew up in, the way they play, and the baggage that they bring to their relationships at work. This multimillion-pound, multinational world is mostly inhabited by ordinary men. The profiles in this book are sometimes funny, but never breathless or sensational.
Some of the profiles in this book are based on interviews; others are the results of time the author spent with that person; sometimes the profile is a story of a country. All are fascinating and shed light on their subject to reveal things you wouldn't expect.
From one of the great sports writers of our time this is a penetrating and surprising collection of articles on the figures that have defined the modern sporting world.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 615 KB
  • Print Length: 362 pages
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster UK (12 May 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0050C04JU
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #67,674 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars GREAT FOOTBALL WRITER 12 Jun 2011
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
Simon Kuper is an insightful writer. And it is unusual to have such a writer to tackle footballers and their managers. This collection is a pleasure to read and one learns a good deal about the individuals concerned. The anecdotes are good. The book is a perfect bedside read. You can take in one, two or more of these small chapters. The only criticism is that much of this journalism is from some years back - it is a collection. But that should not take away from the book as a whole and Kuper gives an update where necessary.

Buy it and enjoy!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful collection of essays 17 July 2011
This book provides a wonderful collection of essays by one of the most knowledgeable writers on football.

Most of the chapters were initially written as columns for the FT. As such, they provide the ideal format for quick bedside reading or commuter journeys. Just don't expect to quickly put the book aside!

In my opinion Simon Kuper is, with Rob Hughes of the International Herald Tribune, one of the best writers on football. They manage to provide perspective, context, and real understanding of the larger aspects of the game. This contrasts greatly with the large majority of football journalism (sadly, this applies even to quality papers such as the Guardian, whose opinion pieces tend to be among the most opportunistic and inconsistent one can find).

Kuper provides updates to the chapters where appropriate. The one on Johan Cruijff is especially riveting, considering the ending. Looking forward to another volume a few years from now.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Facets of the Game That Paint A Colorful Mosaic 10 Jun 2011
This book is sheer delight. Written by one of the foremost analysts of the beautiful game, it consists of a series of short and at times intimate portraits of the people who make football go as an industry. At times funny, sometimes sad and pathetic, these men reveal themselves to Kuper in a way that few would do voluntarily. Always insightful and lots of fun. Read it.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing 2 Jan 2013
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
Kuper's other books on the game are amongst my favourites. This assortment of short sketches never really gets going and in many cases has been superseded by events. Read his other books though, they're great.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Another Kuper classic 29 May 2012
By Niall
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
I love everything Simon Kuper writes, whether its in the FT or in book form. This is a great little collection of profiles and interviews, often supplemented with a couple of lines some years later, bringing the subject matter up to date.

Clever, insightful and intelligent. Why aren't more sports writers like this?
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This collection of articles shows again that Kuper is an authoritative football writer with an international perspective. This is an easy and interesting read in small snatches but it becomes a little repetitive when you see the same lines repeated from a different angle during a longer read. Recommended.
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