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Tor! The Story of German Football Kindle Edition

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 847 KB
  • Print Length: 368 pages
  • Publisher: WSC Books (20 May 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0051XSG0C
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars 8 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #172,712 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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British perceptions of German football tend to be based on typical stereotypes centres on efficient but uninspiring football, played out by ruthless automatons. This book puts so many of those preconceptions to bed in devastating style. In particular he picks out so many of the great characters of the game, the people who shaped German football like Otto Nerz, Sepp Herberger and Helmut Schön, to give a real flavour of lesser parts of the game.

Throughout the book there are tons of little anecdotes and stories which make it hugely enjoyable. Great teams such as the “Breslau Elf” of the pre-war era, the side of Fritz Walter who completed the “Miracle of Berne” and Franz Beckenbauer’s all-conquering squad of the 1970s are all covered in depth, looking not just at the football itself but at the personalities and the behind-the-scenes events which led to their success.

Overall, this is an essential buy for anyone with an interest in the world game.
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What a fantastic book. I have family in Germany, but have been raised in the UK. So, whenever I spoke to them about German football, I could never understand the vitriolic looks I would get whenever I mentioned Bayern Munich. I also never quite understood the 'Miracle of Berne'. However, now I do and I look forward to my return to Germany where I can now wow family and friends with my superior historical knowledge. Ha ha!

All in all, this book really grabs you from the first page and I really struggled to put it down. A great read that should be on any football fans list.
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This book is a must read for any English speaker interested in German football but also how the game has interacted with German culture over the years. Sure there are not too many books on the subject in English but this one is well written and very readable. So much so that is hard to put down. It gives a clear view as to just how different the Bundesliga is from the EPL and yet how it has been influenced by English football over the years.
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Full of details, you get to see how the culture of football has developed in Germany. There are many cracking stories about the mavericks, and heroes, villains, and the managers who shaped the football. Interesting to read, very funny in parts too, there is so much here, I am surprised the book is not more well known.
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