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Erbstein: The triumph and tragedy of football's forgotten pioneer
Erbstein: The triumph and tragedy of football's forgotten pioneer
Price: £2.25

5.0 out of 5 stars Bliss gives us the gift of Erbstein, 21 Mar. 2015
This book is a classic and should be referred to as a great primary source by coaches and managers who dream of building winning teams. Bliss's Erbstein has to go down as one of the most important men in footballing history - and to think we really didn't know much about him until Bliss delivered him. And beyond the man, the back drop of American and European footballing history, a riveting holocaust survival story and the Torino plane crash, make the book even more compelling. Highly recommended.


Zidane: A 21st Century Portrait [DVD] [2006]
Zidane: A 21st Century Portrait [DVD] [2006]
Dvd ~ David Beckham
Offered by Qoolist
Price: £3.70

2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars High Art for Those Who Understand Art, 4 Sept. 2007
Some of the bad reviews I've read are absolutely incomprehensible. I saw the film in an art gallery on two side by side screens. Perhaps the DVD will not do it justice but I have purchased one anyway. This film is a must see, especially for anyone who has played the game at a high level. The film captures accurately the entire sensory and aesthetic meaning of the beautiful game. And as much as we attribute other levels of meaning to football, if you've ever played it, the game more than anything, is about aesthetics. Critics of the film lack insight into the game, into themselves, into life. This is the best football film ever made and will remain a classic in years to come.


All Played Out: The Full Story of Italia '90
All Played Out: The Full Story of Italia '90
by Pete Davies
Edition: Paperback

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "The best, the best...", 16 Aug. 2006
In terms of subject matter, All Played Out was written long ago and is about England's World Cup journey in 1990. England didn't win it and so you might ask: why have this one at number one?

Well, in terms of the quality of writing, the wit, the insights, the interviews and its pure style, this is the best football / soccer book I have read.

Gazza grows up and cries. And the author sleepless, mal-nourished and "all played out" after a month criss-crossing Italy, cries too--at the beauty and bravery of England's semi-final defeat to Germany.

Even if you are not an England fan, buy this book for yourself and you will not regret it. In fact you will end up buying it for friends as I have.


Brilliant Orange: The Neurotic Genius of Dutch Football
Brilliant Orange: The Neurotic Genius of Dutch Football
by David Winner
Edition: Paperback
Price: £7.19

7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Dutch Brains. Dutch Beauty., 18 Dec. 2001
Brilliant Orange, by David Winner, has to rank as one of the best soccer books I have read
in a long time. This is a book with brains spilling out over the edge. It is much
more than a story about Dutch Soccer. It is an inquiry into how ideas and philosophies
present in Dutch society underpinned some of the greatest teams and players to
have ever played the game. While it is an entertaining and stimulating read, it
also manages to be instructive technically and tactically. Coaches and players
will find this book very useful in terms of identifying what it takes to play
the game at its highest level. And what fascinated me the most was Winner's study
of beauty and the idea of the Beautiful Game. If you want to best understand what
the Beautiful Game is about, you may want to read this book before any others
on the subject, including Pele's My Life and the Beautiful Game.


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