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5.0 out of 5 stars So funny one could be forgiven for not getting it (almost), 21 July 2013
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This review is from: Send Them Victorious: England's Path to Glory 2006-2010 (Zero Books) (Paperback)
Like most fans of football from the English speaking and sky sports influenced world, I take an above average interest in English football. I have my English team to support (Liverpool) and with that, the consequent list of teams to hate. It is a wonderfully fulfilling if entirely vicarious relationship.

Unfortunately, one cannot invest so much time and emotional energy in a league without sparing some attention to that league's national team. Thus one becomes, no matter one's nationality, fascinated by the continual failure of England, the home of football, to make any kind of credible assault on European or World titles. It can be a source of great mirth to anyone of a more Celtic, Teutonic, Latin or Frankish demeanour.

Stubbs manages to not only turn that humour on its head, by mining English failure for levels of humour, no Celt could ever hope to manage about the Ould Enemy, but he then uses that humour to highlight why England continues to fail i.e. an arrogant inability to realise that football has moved on, but England has not.

If all that means nothing to you, this book will still provide you with belly laugh after belly laugh.
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