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The Bluffer's Guide to Football (Bluffer's Guides) Paperback – 29 Oct 2004
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Apparently I'm the first reviewer who went into this having read the description, which mentioned it was about 'soccer'! Plus, I'm English, so I assumed it was anyway.
My other half has been a football fan his whole life, so I've been trying to catch up as best I can. I wish I'd started with this book; though I've learnt a lot about world cups and 80s Arsenal and the history of Spain, all via football books, this was the first book to actually explain the difference between a full back and a wing back in terms I understood.
The focus is pretty broad; it covers the basics of the game itself, but also delves into teams, players and events that a bluffer will need to know about as well. It's a short book and can't cover everything, so there are a few gaps (Arsenals' 'Invincible' team doesn't get a mention, for example, and I'm still not sure I know my Ronaldos apart!), but it's a very solid foundation to work from.
It's written almost entirely in the present tense, like a football commentary, which keeps it pacey and energetic but can be a little confusing when talking about historical events. The tone is humorous (without being offensive - a lot of football books can be deeply sexist, but this manages to skirt that for the most part) but not patronising, and this edition is bang up to date, which is useful for those preparing for the upcoming World Cup.
The book is much cleverer than might be expected. Rather than just a dull fact packed book, the book is humorous and well written and encourages the reader to use a search engine to understand the hidden joke about Gordon Ramsey's "Ranger's career" or to steer the subject from football to opera via goalkeeping opera singers. I thought I might tire of the oft repeated digs about footballer's intellect but the book has a very warm and witty way of conveying facts about various national teams in a way that helps to embed the knowledge around competition time. It also expresses how various national and international club competitions and league structures actually are very confusing to anybody with just casual knowledge of the game .
As this is largely a gift book. may I suggest that for mothers giving it to their sons, they have a sneaky peak at the book from time to time and casually ask a few questions as some boys can be lazy readers until they get absorbed in the book. It is a good book for youngsters as it put some structure and history into their understanding of football. It is also a good book for people who are knowledgeable about football even where it is intended as an ironic gift, since there will be things they didn't know in the book and also gives them an extra language to talk to others about football in a more relaxed way.
So that's where this amusing little book comes in. It's light-hearted but with a cutting edge. Much of the humour is typical football terrace stuff e.g "Manchester City is the team supported by everyone who lives in Manchester. As opposed to Manchester United, which is a team supported by everyone who lives in Surrey." How true.
Packed with in jokes, it's a large slice of fun, full of cliches and nutty remarks.