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Danish Dynamite: The Story of Football's Greatest Cult Team Paperback – 24 Apr 2014

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  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing (24 April 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1408844842
  • ISBN-13: 978-1408844847
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 2.1 x 23.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
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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

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The story of the coolest international football team in history - the iconic 1980s Denmark national team - told for the first time.

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A great book about the coolest national team ever. A former manager of Haiti, a striker who was columnist of a porn magazine, a prodigy who could do whatever he wanted with the ball and a charming country who was underachiving for decades... One of the greatest football books ever wrtitten.
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Its been a while but finally someone has taken the time to write about one of football's lesser lights. In the last few years there have been a deluge of books about the triumphs of the Spanish national side. At present South American football is under the spotlight (Hmmm and I wonder why) so a big thank you to those involved with Danish Dynamite. For me personally, Mexico 86 brings back my earliest memories of international football coupled with the fact it was the last major finals that Northern Ireland managed to qualify for. Anyhow back to the subject at hand......

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.
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A wonderful nostaligic trip back to the team of my childhood - the team we all supported and the reason Denmark became cool, long before Nordic Noir!
Elkjær, Laudrup, Simonsen, Olsen, Sivebæk, Mølby ... just typing their names takes me back - reading the book was a real trip down memory lane!
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A warning first: I am utterly biased. This was MY team when I was a teenager and in my early twenties. Reading the book I almost relived the sensation of the '86 World Cup. What a summer - and what remarkable years. And what a team.
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!
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In a way the great Danish team of the mid eighties were the victims of poor timing for three reasons - peaking as they did for a european championships where the great Platini-led French team were at home, a world cup in the distinctly un-Nordic land of Mexico, and appearing as they did in the pre-internet era. As such you won't find them in lists of tournament winners, and most non-Danes won't have ever seen clips of them.

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!
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Being one of the few neutrals to have the pleasure and honour to share a hotel with the Roligans at Mexico 86,this book is not only factual but when I read it so many happy memories flooded back.
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.
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This book is for the football romantics, and specifically for the football romantics who adore the Danish national team of the mid-80s. I am myself one of the fans with fond memories of that side: notably the 1986 World Cup, which was the best World Cup of legendary sides, where the Danish team is one among many. In that sense I do not see this book as totally objective: it is a declaration of love to this team, and as many declarations of love, it overplays the superlatives and fails to mention some of the darker sides: surely the 1980s were other times, but they were not always good. The game was harsher, and some of the Danish players did not hesitate to play as harsh as anyone, with tasteless tackles and acting. This is only mentioned superficially (specifically on Klaus Bergreen's excessive attack on Charlie Nichols in 1986), and only excused. The same can be said for the Danish Roligans; indeed, great fans that became very popular at a time when Hooligans were overshadowing fan culture. But that is also why they became so popular, and one cannot ignore some of the more tasteless aspects of Roligans such as rowdy drunken behaviour (without getting violent admittedly) and a general disrespect for opposition, mostly seen in the tradition of whistling during other team's national anthems.
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.
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