I bought this book on the recommendation of a friend. This was an excellent decision. Cheers Stumpy... This history of football in Germany is well written, funny and tragic. There were so many things that I learnt from this. From the way teams were named and originated to stories that just make you laugh out loud and others that reduce you to tears. As an example there is the story of a player signed by a team who said "They wanted to give me a third of the gate receipts. I told them No Way. I won't accept less than a quarter." To think that the Germans had no professionalism or national league until 1963. The way that the national federation controlled the game and looked on professionalism as a disease to be fought off is unbelievable to us. This book proves that there is more to German football than Bayern Munich. It shows how team rose and fell and how the game developed from an "unpatriotic" and "foreign" one into a world beater. This teaches us about the German people and their view of us and other countries. They are bemused at our image of them and do not understand our rivalry and obession with the War that pervades the meetings between our countries. I highly recommend this to every who wants to gain an insight into the history and development of the game in Germany.