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Review: Honigstein’s ‘Das Reboot’ is required reading for fans of German, US soccer

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"Das Reebot," anew book from Raphael Honingstein which hits book stores and online retailers on Tuesday, is a masterful look at how German soccer broke out of its conservative traditions to create a world champion. While Germany has always from the view of outsiders been a world powerhouse, having never fallen short of the World Cup quarterfinals in its post-World War II history, failures at the 2000 and 2004 European Championships exposed the Germans as caught and passed by several European rivals.

Review: Honigstein’s ‘Das Reboot’ is required reading for fans of German, US soccer

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"Das Reebot," anew book from Raphael Honingstein which hits book stores and online retailers on Tuesday, is a masterful look at how German soccer broke out of its conservative traditions to create a world champion. While Germany has always from the view of outsiders been a world powerhouse, having never fallen short of the World Cup quarterfinals in its post-World War II history, failures at the 2000 and 2004 European Championships exposed the Germans as caught and passed by several European rivals.

Book Review: The Club: Living the Dream at the Bottom of English Football

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The Club: Living the Dream at the Bottom of English Footballby Simon Akam
Published by Newsweek Insights
2014, £1.99

Simon Kuper, author of the outstanding Football Against the Enemy and the deeply flawed Soccernomics aka Why England Lose, is responsible for one of my least favourite quotes from modern footballing lore and one that Simon Akam, in this intriguing new book published in Newsweek's excellent Insights series .

Book Review: From the Back Page to the Front Room

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From the Back Page to the Front Room by Roger Domeneghetti
Published by Ockley Books
2014, £9.99

Our latest book review features yet another offering from the industrious Ockley Books, an enterprise that has left no stone unturned in producing quality offerings from the football blogging community.

Book Review: The Country of Football

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The Country of Football edited by Paulo Fontes and Bernardo Buarque de Hollanda Published by by Hurst Publishing 2014, £16.99 [H]aving reviewed David Goldblatt's Futebol Nation in June, here we are pleased to provide an appraisal of another book timed to coincide with the World Cup. Assisting us with this process by applying his thoughts to paper has been Stephen Brandt.

Book Review: The Country of Football

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The Country of Football edited by Paulo Fontes and Bernardo Buarque de Hollanda Published by by Hurst Publishing 2014, £16.99 [H]aving reviewed David Goldblatt's Futebol Nation in June, here we are pleased to provide an appraisal of another book timed to coincide with the World Cup. Assisting us with this process by applying his thoughts to paper has been Stephen Brandt.

Book Review: The Country of Football

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The Country of Football edited by Paulo Fontes and Bernardo Buarque de Hollanda Published by by Hurst Publishing 2014, £16.99 [H]aving reviewed David Goldblatt's Futebol Nation in June, here we are pleased to provide an appraisal of another book timed to coincide with the World Cup. Assisting us with this process by applying his thoughts to paper has been Stephen Brandt.

David Peace’s Novel ‘Red or Dead’ About Bill Shankly Now Available In US

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It is 5:48 on Tuesday, still the early evening, of May 27th. The day that David Peace's novel Red or Dead had been released in the United States. People are gathering in the match viewing room at the 11th St Bar, a Liverpool supporters hangout. The edges of the tables are chipped. There is a road marker that reads 'Cratloe Road' on the wall above the makeshift stage where David Peace is going to read, and hanging on another the wall is a framed and autographed Liverpool jersey, two Liverpool pennants, and a mirror that reminds us not to forget Hillsborough and the 96.

Book Review: The Origins of Wolverhampton Wanderers

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The Origins of Wolverhampton Wanderers by Patrick A. Quirke Published by Amberley Publishing 2013, £14.99 [W]olverhampton Wanderers are without question one of England's most storied clubs and with 2013-4 turning out to be a highly satisfactory one on the pitch, we thought it would be high time to reflect on times past.

Book Review: Tor!

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Tor!by Uli Hesse Published by WSC Books 2013, £9.49 [A]s a voracious devourer of football history while growing up, I had always been cynical about West Germany's win over Hungary in the 1954 World Cup Final, the so-called ‘Miracle of Bern'. After all, an enormous European country vanquishing a much smaller one was hardly on a level with that same large nation's defeat to Algeria in the 1982 tournament and those Hungarians are to this day rated as one of the three most undeserving teams to miss out on overall glory.

World Soccer Talk Announces Launch Of a Brand-New Soccer Book For EPL Fans

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World Soccer Talk is proud to announce its publication of a brand-new book that's written specifically for fans of the world's most popular sports league, the English Premier League.

Written by World Soccer Talk Senior Writer Kartik Krishnaiyer, Blue With Envy charts the meteoric rise of England's top-flight soccer league through the eyes of an American soccer fan that fell in love with the game in the early 1980s during the "British Invasion" when many players and teams from the UK began playing in the United States.

Book Review: Falling for Football

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Falling for Football editedby Adam Bushby and Rob MacDonald Published by Ockley Books 2014, £11.99 [F]alling for Football is a highly significant book and not just because of the way it expertly conjures up why we fall for the sport, its tribulations and tensions, its vitality and emotion, in the first place.

Book Review: Sport in Capitalist Society: A Short History

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Sport in Capitalist Society: A Short History by Tony Collins Published by Routledge 2013, £19.99 [G]od bless Crystal Palace's self-styled ultras, the Holmesdale Fanatics. The irony of proudly displaying a banner reading "AGAINST MODERN FOOTBALL" during a Premier League match this season, one which was beamed into bars and living rooms around the world on television, was clearly lost on them.

Book Review: I am Zlatan Ibrahimović

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I am Zlatan Ibrahimović by Zlatan Ibrahimović and David Lagercrantz Published by Penguin 2013, £8.99 ... [F]ormer Leeds United manager Howard Wilkinson was once asked how to deal with the maverick player who isn't always perhaps the best influence on the dressing room. ‘Sell him to Manchester United for a million pounds' was the laconic reply.

Book Review: Wings of a Sparrow

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Wings of a Sparrowby Dougie Brimson Published by eBookPartnership.com 2012, £1.90 (Kindle) ASIN: B00AFXLKRO [I] wonder how many Southampton fans havefantasized about a large lottery win in the past two years – one that could see them elbow aside the various suitors bidding for control of rivals Portsmouth, promptly running the club even further into the ground on assuming ownership of the Fratton Parkers - selling off assets and wreaking havoc from within.

Me Owd Duck on ‘Nobody Ever Says Thank You’

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Clough biographies have tended to be personal recollections by journalists who knew or were used by the great man at the time like Duncan Hamilton or Tony Francis. Wilson is a reporter from Sunderland who now writes for the Guardian and this claims to be the first full biography of Clough from birth to death.

MeOwd on Larry Lloyd’s book

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Larry Lloyd's Hard Man: Hard Game is one of the best accounts of Forest's golden years that I have read. I think Lloyd benefits hugely from having a female ghost writer. At the risk of being sexist, it just allows one of the hardest men I have ever met to admit to all sorts of things that I am not sure he would if he'd have played it safe and used a male sports journalist to help him write the book [.

Book reviews: Nottingham Forest: On This Day, Nottingham Forest Miscellany and The Day I Met Brian Clough

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Records must have broken this year as a plethora of Forest books hit the shelves – the postman serving the LTLF offices is currently taking three months off with a crippled spine from carrying all the review copies that have dropped through our letterbox in the last few months. But aside from giving postal workers back problems, what purpose are all these books serving?

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Book Review: Futebol Nation

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Futebol Nation by David Goldblatt Published by Penguin 2014, £9.99 [I]n a very modest afterword to his new book Futebol Nation, David Goldblatt, author of that all-encompassing and well-nigh definitive history of the sport itself, The Ball is Round admits that the outcome is in many ways but ‘an exploratory essay' and with that admission, he confirms the opinion of this reader at least.

Book Club

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As a card-carrying member of the Society of Young Publishers and a certified football spod, I'm always on the lookout for ways to bring two of my major interests together. Happy was the Christmas Day I spent with David Goldblatt's 911-page whopper The Ball is Round in one hand and an isosceles turkey sandwich in the other.

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The Holiday Gift Guide for Football Fans If there’s...

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The Holiday Gift Guide for Football Fans

If there's anything we learned from Arsenal fans after Mesut Özil moved to North London, it's that buying nice things is the key to happiness. With the holiday season fast approaching, we're just days away from that time of the year where people rush to malls and shove strangers.

Arise Sir David Beckham (book)

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Arise Sir David Beckham: Footballer, Celebrity, Legend - The Biography of Britain's Best Loved Sporting Icon traces David Beckham's incredible life starting from his early years playing for Manchester United at the age of 17 up to his present day success playing for Major League Soccer's Los Angeles Galaxy squad.

Our Football Books guide for Christmas gift

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There's a common assumption amongst the general population that books about football tend to be, well, crap. And unfortunately, in most circumstances, that tends to be the case. But that isn't to say...

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Beckham: Both Feet on the Ground: An Autobiography

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There is only one David Beckham -- and it's not always the one you read about in the newspapers and magazines or see in the movies. From humble East End London beginnings, the boy with prodigious soccer skills grew up to be one of the most gifted athletes of his generation as well as a sex symbol and fashion icon.

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An Illustrated Guide to Soccer & Spanish

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Pitch Invasion Press is proud to add its second title to the Pitch Invasion ebookstore, An Illustrated Guide to Soccer & Spanish by Elliott Turner.

The execution of this marvelous concept to teach a little bit of Spanish through a little bit of soccer is as good as the idea, with a series of charming illustrations by Erik Ebeling making it a breezy, informative and enjoyable read.

The Librarian: Soccer Made in St. Louis

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Attention book nerds, there is a new American soccer tome on the block. It's called Soccer Made in St. Louis and it's about the secret history of Toledo, OH's underground Polish badminton leagues.

OK fine, it's about the obvious --St. Louis soccer-- and you should check it out.

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Win ‘Nottingham Forest: On This Day’

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We have a copy of the brand new Forest history book, Nottingham Forest: On This Day, a fantastic read by Peter Attway (author of several previous books about the Reds and occassional contributor to LTLF), to give away to a lucky reader. The book brings life to the daily goings-on at NFFC from its conception [.

Scattershot Politics: Sport and Its Serpentine Political Meanings

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[Editor's note: We welcome back contributing writer and longtime friend Ryan Reft.  He's kindly allowed us to repost this essay from his groupblog Tropics of Meta.  For some of his past contributions to CultFootball see here, here and here.]

Over the past fifteen to twenty years, historians have increasingly emphasized the role of sports as both a driver and reflection of society.

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Who will be Arsenal’s striker at Ostersund with Lacazette out?

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Now there is a turn up for the books! Arsenal's striker in the early rounds of the Europa League was Olivier Giroud, in partnership with Theo Walcott as he partner, but now both of those have been sold. Aubameyang is cup-tied for this competition and now Lacazette is out for six weeks after knee surgery.

Pretty Tough Field Hockey Picks

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For yourself or for a gift, everything you need to improve your field hockey game.

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Giancarlo Rinaldi’s 20 Great Italian Games Remember when...

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Giancarlo Rinaldi's 20 Great Italian Games

Remember when El Diego squared off against Platini? The nostalgia and beauty of the past thrives in ‘20 Great Italian Games', an e-book written by Giancarlo Rinaldi.A devotion to the Serie A over the years has led Giancarlo to select 20 of the best matches ever played domestically in Italy, featuring illustrious, iconic virutosos like Maradona, Baggio, Totti, and Klinsmann.

IBWM: The First Two Years Football vividly captured, illustrated...

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IBWM: The First Two Years

Football vividly captured, illustrated and written in gold.

In Bed With Maradona (IBWM), is certainly not your average football site, nor are they onlyobsessedabout ‘El Pibe' or the Brazilian midfield maestro Sócrates.

The Librarian: Bob Lenarduzzi, A Canadian Soccer Story

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I haven't read the book yet but I'm sure my Canuckistani friends will enjoy it. Also, they may enjoy the beautiful creature at the :08 mark. Quality Canadian content.

Win a Free Copy of Vertigo by John Crace.

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Hello, good morning and welcome. The spectre of derby day looms. Wafting about the dinner table like Banquo's ghost. And what better way to mark the occasion than with a talk with Spurs fan, Guardian columnist and author of the fantastic Vertigo: One Fan's Fear of Success. John Crace. And if that wasn't enough, well, then, you're just plain greedy.

Four games, twenty-four goals! (From Ed)

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What a terrific weekend for the soccer fan. The EPL scheduling computer produced two games involving teams from the top six finishers in the league last season, and the other two top-six teams were also in action. These four matches...

Book Reviews : The Ten Shirt

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As a self professed comic book nerd I can appreciate the concept of alternate realities and multiple universes. That being said I'm generally not a big fan of sports fiction so this soccer book is a bit of a departure from the other efforts reviewed here. Michael Maddox's "The Ten Shirt" sort of made me feel like I was reading one of the possible alternate reality stories that I encounter after picking up the new weekly stash of reading material on Wednesday afternoons at the local geek store.

Review: A trivial trip around the grounds

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I suspect most fans will do what I did when they first pick up Around the Grounds – flick straight to the page about their club. This book profiles all 92 league clubs and their stadia with a potted history and trivia, as well some great photos, and Forest get four pages. But reading about your own club in this book is missing the point [.

The Beckham Experiment: How the World's Most Famous Athlete Tried to Conquer America

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"Forget the underwear ads. Forget the movie. Want to know about the world's most famous athlete and his impact on the world around him? Let Grant Wahl show you. For more than a decade, observers have banged their heads bloody trying to penetrate the Beckham phenomenon. Now, having barreled through the crack created by Captain Galaxy's fish-out-of-water foray into America, Wahl reveals the strange welter of celebrity, sport and mind-boggling obliviousness lying at its core.