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Englischer Fussball: A German View of Our Beautiful Game Paperback – 1 May 2008
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"Enlightening and entertaining... The holy trinity of football, fashion and music has rarely been written about so well and it takes a writer from the borderland between cultures like Honigstein to open our eyes to it" (Guardian)
"Honigstein offers a perspective on England's football and its culture that is stimulating and rather fascinating" (Observer)
"Hugely entertaining" (Independent)
A German's-eye view of our national obsession.See all Product description
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On a more positive note, Honigstein has a nice sardonic style and uses his humour to good effect. Despite showing up some of our English inadequacies and idiosyncracies, his deep respect and affection for englischer Fussball shines throughout. This is a good book for anyone prepared to take the risk of having a close look at yourself in the mirror the morning after a good night out. Reality bites, and sometimes, you know, it's not as bad as you thought it was going to be.
The idea that effort is most important, would explain why your left back was good at clearing the ball, like a John Smith's advert, but is basically rubbish, and yet gets praised, might go to explaining the ideal of effort against the odds.
Taking territory is a novel way of seeing the fact that getting a corner, is worth a handclap by the supporters. That war is somewhere deep down in our way of seeing the game. I am afraid it is substance well over style. Thankfully we are waking up from the 1966 syndrome.
Some inaccuracy regarding Robbie Williams being a Man Utd fan. Port Vale actually.
Loved the fashion, music and football part. Fashion admittedly is the cause for the type of manager you get as well as the wearing of an Armani suit at a Champions League Final.
Love our football or not, there still will be lots to talk of in future, and it will evolve, but still remain its purity. I hope!