By Simon Kuper

The nice footballers and coaches are infrequently glimpsed from up shut. They defend themselves from the tabloids, cover their personalities at the back of professionalism, and within the phrases of the cliche, 'do their conversing at the pitch'. This booklet will get up just about them. The soccer Menis no longer a chain of superstar profiles, and it does not try to unearth secrets and techniques within the avid gamers' inner most lives. relatively, it portrays those males as third-dimensional people. It describes their upbringings, the soccer cultures they grew up in, the best way they play, and the bags that they bring about to their relationships at paintings. This multimillion-pound, multinational international is usually inhabited through traditional males. The profiles during this ebook are often humorous, yet by no means breathless or sensational. a number of the profiles during this ebook are in keeping with interviews; others are the result of time the writer spent with that individual; occasionally the profile is a narrative of a rustic. All are attention-grabbing and make clear their topic to bare belongings you would not count on. From one of many nice activities writers of our time it is a penetrating and superb number of articles at the figures that experience outlined the trendy wearing international.

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The right of Simon Kuper to be identified as the author of this work has been asserted by him in accordance with sections 77 and 78 of the Copyright, Designs and Patents Act, 1988. uk Simon & Schuster Australia Sydney A CIP catalogue for this book is available from the British Library. ISBN: 978-0-85720-160-7 eBook ISBN: 978-0-85720-161-4 Typeset by M Rules Printed in the UK by CPI Mackays, Chatham ME5 8TD To my father, who suggested the idea for this book, as he did for so many of my projects; to Pamela, for tolerating me while I wrote it; and to Leila, Leo and Joey, who I hope will read it one day.

With great formality he takes a handful of nuts from the bowl on the table. This goes on for a couple of hours, and yet I find it interesting. First of all, Trautmann really is a legend, so that nothing he says seems dull. But also, the atmosphere at our table is calm and soothing. I assume that this is typical of team camps where everything is going well. The Werder president and Trautmann occasionally order rounds of beer, nobody looks around to see if he can see anyone more interesting (Jürgen Klinsmann, say) and every speaker is permitted time to hold forth.

I want to enjoy more, to play in my own position. ’ Are you happy in Barcelona? ‘Yes. ’ Football has become very demanding with so many games. ‘Yes. I think that is bad for a football player. If you are thirty-four or thirty-five it is a bit complicated. ’ Several magazines have already voted you their player of the year. ) ‘It’s very important for me, because of everything that has happened in my life, all the difficulties I have overcome. And now: I have to be very proud of this prize, very happy.

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