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But they lost every game!!!,
This review is from: Stamping Grounds: Exploring Liechtenstein and its World Cup Dream (Paperback)
A very funny book about Liechtenstein's 2002 World Cup qualifying campaign as seen through an English journalist's eyes. For some odd reason he decided to follow their home away and games on the back of a travel book on Liechtenstein bought in a second hand bookstore. His story combines the background of the country, its people and its fledgling football team.
The most strking thing is the strageness of living in a country with only 35,000 inhabitants, and how this permeats their personality. Especially the fact that it is all ran a by a bloke that lives in the big house on the top of the hill.
By the end, I was hoping the team would get a result against someone, or even just score a goal. They didn't, but that's football for you.
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Initial post: 12 Jul 2013 22:13:49 BDT
Jeremy Evans says:
The information is obviously readily available online elsewhere (if I wanted to go and view it, that is), but I fear you revealing that they never even managed a single goal kind of spoils the book in advance for people. Especially those like myself who, as much as having a mild interest in the culture of the country, will approach this book from a footballing perspective first and foremost. I have to be honest and say my heart and stomach sank when I read your particular review as I was all ready to buy it based on the reviews I'd already read above your own. I still might, but something tells me one of the main plus-points of the book is getting to know the team and, as you say, finding yourself actually hoping they get a result or at least score a goal by the end of it. It comes as no surprise that they didn't win a game (and truth be told, I'm not surprised they didn't manage a goal either), but then again I don't expect that the opening line of the book is "Before I begin, I'd like to just state that Lichtenstein didn't even manage to score a goal throughout qualification". I'm sure you'd have been slightly put off by that yourself if it had. I'll no doubt find other aspects of the book enjoyable, but I'm really quite disappointed (even upset, to a degree) that this particular aspect has been spoiled for me (and potentially others of a similar mindset) way in advance. Really has dampened my enthusiasm about reading it.
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