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on 7 November 2003
Luckily I, like most of Europe did know the identity of the author and found it to be a great insight into the football world from a different angle.
Although I wasn't happy with the cover as I was initially looking for something about baldness in sport.
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on 16 March 2004
I didn't quite know what to expect from this book. However once I picked it up I couldn't put it down. It provides a great insight into what it is like to be a referee at the highest level, and shows that even referees have personalities! After reading his book I have the upmost respect for Collina, an honourable man who is a credit to football and refereeing. On the minus side perhaps more anecdotes would have been nice and maybe a little short for the money.
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on 11 May 2005
Pierluigi collina is one of the, if not the best referee in the world. He recently wrote and autobiography published under the rather misleading title 'the rules of the game.' Just in case you are wondering, 'the rules of the game.' has nothing to do with the rules of football. It is the autobiography, not Collina's version of the rules of football (soccer). As some other reviewers pointed out earlier, Collina's writing style is not very good, nor is it very stylish. But this may be because he wrote the italian version, who may have been very good, and it was translated by Lain Halliday to English, so this style of writing is not 100% Collina. The straightfoward and blunt sentences may be because Lain Halliday translated it badly, or it may have been badly written in the first place. Either way, Collina did not write the English version of 'the rules of the game.'
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
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on 20 February 2011
If you are a football referee, you will easily relate to this book. Written in an easy-to-read manner provides an insight into one of the few star referees
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on 25 June 2004
To all in football Pierluigi Collina is probably the most respected and most identifiable referees that there has ever been, and this book provides the reader with an insight into the mind of a great referee.
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!
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on 12 February 2014
Best referee there has been in my time watching the game. The book is a bit disappointing as you want to know more about him and this does not come over.
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VINE VOICEon 17 September 2004
Pierluigi Collina will always be known for being 'that scary bald ref'. It's easy to classify him as such, but those who have either met the man or seen him outside the football spectrum will know that his fearsome reputation is only applicable to the pitch.
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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on 5 September 2016
This book helped me fantastically with references for completing my sports academic assignment work for college. Thanks a lot!
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on 26 January 2014
Legendary referee writes about the beautiful game, If you have an interest in football of refereeing, then get this book.
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on 1 February 2004
Not sure what I was expecting when I bought this book. I am a referee at what is commonly called parks level, but passionate about all that is football.
What I got when I finished was an understanding about how much sacrifice it takes to reach the top in any profession. Whilst it is his story, the "rules" of the game he refers to I believe are those which govern whether you make it or not - timing, your commitment, your sacrifices, plain luck all play a part.
The hierarchy which determines your fate as a referee appears similar to those town councils portrayed in Midsommer Murders! However, Colina has risen above it all to be rightly recognised as the best referee in the world today - pity he has to retire in 12 months!
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