The Football Men: Up Close with the Giants of the Modern Game Paperback – 26 Apr 2012
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'Well-researched, balanced read that gives an insight into some of the most famous faces in football' --Sun
'It is a readable collection, and, as ever, Kuper is insightful and entertaining' --Tribune
'As anyone who sat through a post-match interview will know, getting footballers to express themselves isn't easy. Which is why Simon Kuper's new book is so fascinating. The Football Men features intimate profiles of some of the game's biggest names - from Cantona and Maradona to Rooney and Mourinho - and throws up compelling stories and shocking revelations' --Shortlist
'An up-close look at some of the giants of the game, describing the football cultures they grew up in, the way they play, and the baggage they bring to work'
'Even if 'the beautiful game' holds no interest for you, award-winning football writer Simon Kuper's incisive pen sketches of many of football's greatest living stars prove compulsive reading' --Metro
About the Author
Simon Kuper is the author of Football Against the Enemy (which won the William Hill Prize) and Ajax, The Dutch, The War (shortlisted for the William Hill Prize).Why England Lose appeared in August 2010. Simon writes for the Financial Times, and previously wrote football columns for The Times and the Observer. He is currently also a columnist for Four Four Two magazine.
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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.
Originally published in Europe as "The Football Men: Up Close With the Giants of the Modern Game" (383 pages), it appears on the US market as "Soccer Men: Profiles of the Rogues, Geniuses, and Neurotics Who Dominate the World's Most Popular Sport". It is important to understand that this book is mostly (but not entirely) a collection of previously published columns that Kuper wrote for a variety of publications, including of course the Financial Times for which Kuper was the weekly sports columnist for many years, but also The Observer and some Dutch publications. As an avid reader of the Financial Times I was afraid that I would recognize many of the columns but thankfully this was not the case. Nevertheless, I was somewhat apprehensive about this book. Well, I shouldn't have been.
"The Football Men" brings about 65 "short stories" (averaging about 10 pages per) on the megastars and not-quite-megastars of the game, some even getting more than one profile or story (such as the legendary Johan Cruijff). They are written with a dry, if not wry, sense of humor, and I found myself reading this with a smile on my face most of the time. In a column on Wayne Rooney: "There are two types of British footballer: ugly ones like Rooney, Paul Gascoigne and Nobby Stiles, and pretty ones like Beckham and Michael Owen. The British public usually prefers the ugly ones." Haha!Read more ›
Clever, insightful and intelligent. Why aren't more sports writers like this?
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This has such vitality ,humour and --unlike too many sports books -- is written with style and in a fluid tempo.Published 18 months ago by chris wilson
Getting my ten year old son to read is sometimes like pulling teeth. This book has been brilliant. The chapters on each player or manager are all around four pages long, so we look... Read morePublished 20 months ago by woody
recipient is avid football fan so to find something different at a decent price filled this perfectly. Read morePublished on 12 Oct. 2013 by D. A. Putley
Kuper's other books on the game are amongst my favourites. This assortment of short sketches never really gets going and in many cases has been superseded by events. Read morePublished on 2 Jan. 2013 by David Mildon