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The Rules of the Game Paperback – 21 May 2004
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...how a financial consultant from Bologna came to oversee the 2002 World Cup final. Unlike most footballers, he IS semi-literate. -- Q Magazine, July 2003 --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
On 30th June 2002 Pierluigi Collina, universally acknowledged to be the world's finest referee, officiated over Brazil and Germany in the World Cup Final. A matter of weeks later he was back on the field refereeing a Italian Cup first round encounter between Sampdoria and Siena. This unique vantage point makes Collina perfectly placed to comment on the game, on the stars, the media and the matches he has overseen, including England's world cup victory over Argentina and Manchester United's dramatic treble winning European Cup Final. The Rules of the Game takes us as never before into the world of the referee, the preparation needed for each game, the managing of players and the other officials and the camaraderie behind the scenes. Collina describes how it feels to make a difficult decision, the pressures from the crowd and from the players while taking us through the most significant matches he has refereed. But more than anything this is Pierluigi Collina's chance to speak out about the game he loves. His passionate, expert and, sometimes controversial views are compulsory reading for anyone with a passing interest in the beautiful game. 'In my opinion, Collina is the best referee in the game' David BeckhamSee all Product description
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Although I wasn't happy with the cover as I was initially looking for something about baldness in sport.
I think that the words 'translated by Lain Halliday' should be on the front cover.
Overall, 'the rules of the game' is both interesting and quite infomative, but either Collina's storytelling, or Lian Hallidays's translations went wrong
Collina attempts to answer many of the questions that a reader might have, discussing such issues as the preparation of a referee before a big game and his thoughts on tv replays. The book is also highly entertaining with Collina describing many difficult situations that have occured on the field during his time as a referee.
The book has been translated from Italian, but nothing has been lost in the translation. I found this book to be highly entertaining and with Collina describing what it takes to be a great referee, my respect for top class referees has grown immeasurably.
A real classic!
What unravels in this book is a straightforward story of a man who has achieved something most other referee's never attain, respect amongst the football bosses, but most significantly among the players and the fans. He is a family man, kind and caring. What has made him one of the best in his field is his attention to detail and his focus on doing the job he was sent out to do and to do it right.
The book is never going to win any awards, it's nothing out of the ordinary. It's a solid read and will keep you amused, though at times he does get lost in describing in too technical a details the rules, which may lose many a reader. But if you can overcome that aspect then you should be alright with it.
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