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More than just a football book,
This review is from: The Zen of Naka: The Journey of a Japanese Genius (Hardcover)Books about footballers are normally so formulaic. A quick history of the person and a smattering of 'revelations' from behind the scenes. In short, nothing unique. The Zen of Naka however, delivers much more than this. Of course it charts the rise to prominence of Asia's most popular player, but more than that it delves into the psyche of Nakamura, revealing the motivations of the man, and how Japanese society as a whole go about attaining their goals.
There is a fascinating insight ino the formation of the J.League, and how this inspired Naka to become a footballer. Greig also goes to some lengths to interview the coaches and teammates who knew the young Naka, as well as tracking down Philippe Troussier, the man who left Nakamura out of Japan's 2002 World Cup squad (a huge blow to Naka). Troussier's interview is a highlight of this book, as is the resolve shown by Nakamura to get over this disappointment to get where he is today.
This is a must read not just for Celtic fans, but for sports fans in general.