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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.