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Danish Dynamite: The Story of Football's Greatest Cult Team Paperback – 24 Apr 2014
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Danish Dynamite is a wonderful read and an exhilarating nostalgia trip. --When Saturday Comes
It will remind you just how laid-back and cool some losers can be. - Esquire
This enjoyable reverie is worth having. --Irish Examiner
Highly recommended and just the sort of thing to put you in a World Cup mood. - In Bed With Maradona
Full of interviews with Laudrup, Elkjaer et al, this celebration is a hugely uplifting one. --Four Four Two
The story of the coolest international football team in history - the iconic 1980s Denmark national team - told for the first time.See all Product description
Top Customer Reviews
Anyone who loves beautiful football will surely remember the great Danish side of the 1980's. They came virtually from nowhere to become a neutrals favourite team and the one you looked out for when your own nation was getting humped. From the opening chapter the reader is quick to grasp that there is a real love and passion behind the research and writing. This isn't just a quirky project, this is a book written by those that adored the Denmark team of the era. Its very well researched and treats the subject with the respect it deserves. So no jokes about The Killing every few pages either.
The book covers the humble beginning of the Danish Football Association and the transition from amateur to professional standings. Its a fine example of a smaller nation putting the big boys to shame in style and substance. The World Cup in Mexico 1986 is perhaps the pinnacle of this particular side and the book. In the years leading to the tournament, Europe and the rest of the world began to take notice of the spell binding football being played by the Scandinavians. A team devoid of prime donna's yet full of technically gifted players who bonded as a unit. They burned bright but alas not for long enough.Read more ›
Elkjær, Laudrup, Simonsen, Olsen, Sivebæk, Mølby ... just typing their names takes me back - reading the book was a real trip down memory lane!
The story about the reawakening of danish football is well told, filled with great trivia, fun and magic. It has a suitable length and does not loose itself in too many details. An almost perfect book about the joy of soccer.
The book itself deserves at least 4 stars, the last one goes to the danish side. Let joy and innocence prevail!
This superb book returns the spotlight on to a fantastic team with an amazing story behind them - a nation that within a decade went from having a purely amateur international side to being talked of as the best in Europe in less than a decade. Lose any notions of them being 'plucky minnows' - this was a team who should be listed alongside Hungary in the 50s, the Dutch of the 70s and Brazil of the 80s - teams who claimed the glory if not the trophies.
A great book for anyone interested in pre-90s football, whether you remember them or not!
I was also lucky enough to attend Denmark 6 Uruguay 1 and sit and sing with them for the entire match.
I don't think I've ever seen a happier,friendlier bunch of drunks in my life!
It was an experience I'll never forget and the football wasn't bad too!
I even ran into Morten Olsen in the foyer of the Mexico City Hilton and he was very willing to chat with me about tactics and the tournament.
This book captures the spirit of all of this and more and I cannot recommend it highly enough.
Buy it and enjoy.
The most interesting parts of the book are about the role of Sepp Piontek as a coach who inculcated discipline and a new offensive strategy based on a very talented generation of Danish footballers. There is nevertheless little about the football tactics behind this, where Piontek indeed used a strong midfield that both looked back to Total Football, but also looked ahead at more modern use of holding midfielders and a hanging striker.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Excellent read. Got me searching the internet to watch some of the games mentioned.Published 12 months ago by John08
A very fascinating and insightful read,about a team who were truly wonderful to watch.
The book is great reading for those who admired some of the great Danish players like... Read more
This is a highly enjoyable overview of the Danish side of the 1980s, who were blessed with an array of remarkable players: Laudrup, Elkjaer, Olsen, Lerby, Arnesen and others. Read morePublished 20 months ago by Steve
Terrific tale of the Danish team of the 80's. Full of interesting bits about the fans and players who seemed to like a party as much as playing!Published on 12 Jan. 2015 by MR N A TETLOW
Bought as a Christmas and I know my son will love this book will take him back to his childhoodPublished on 14 Dec. 2014 by marta mac
My favourite team from childhood brought to life - these guys are the reason I became a football fan in a rugby-obsessed countryPublished on 2 Dec. 2014 by Said Milton