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    Raphael Honigstein(Author)

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Wembley, 1966.

1-5, Munich, 2001.

Mexico '72 and Italy '90.

Bobby Moore and Franz Beckenbauer, Paul Gascoigne and Jürgen Klinsmann.
Forty years of hurt, tabloid rabble-rousing and 'Don't mention the war'.

But what do the Germans really think of us? Do they even care?

In Englischer Fussball, respected journalist Raphael Honigstein gives us a German's-eye view of our national game. Nearly 150 years ago the English created a sport that the world has taken to its heart. Even today, English teams still fascinate audiences across the globe. So what makes our football special?

Starting with the origin of the modern game in the late nineteenth century, Honigstein traces the development of English football from its public-school origins to the glory years of Ramsey and beyond, exploring the culture and foundational myths of a peculiarly English invention. Is English football really about manliness, hard work, fair play and a never-say-die attitude? Why is there so little room in our game for individual brilliance? And just why are we so hung up on beating the Germans?

Provocative, incisive and ever topical, Englischer Fussball is the product of an outsider's life-long love affair with English football, a book that explores the difference between how we see ourselves and how the rest of the world sees us. From hooligans to sex scandals, Wayne Rooney to Stanley Matthews, it asks what football can teach us about the English national character.

"Enlightening and entertaining... The holy trinity of football, fashion and music has rarely been written about so well and it takes a writer from the borderland between cultures like Honigstein to open our eyes to it" (Guardian)"Honigstein offers a perspective on England's football and its culture that is stimulating and rather fascinating" (Observer)"Hugely entertaining" (Independent)

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  • PDF | 240 pages
  • Raphael Honigstein(Author)
  • Yellow Jersey (1 May 2008)
  • English
  • 2
  • Sports, Hobbies & Games

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  • By G. S. McKean on 22 December 2009

    A very enjoyable read overall; at times amusing, at times acutely embarrasing as Herr Honigstein forces us to face up to some uncomfortable home truths. My only reservation would be this: as the author is a journalist and German, too, you would expect the facts to have been checked. In the chapter dealing with "bungs and backhanders" the author refers to a celebrated case in the mid-1960's in which 3 players allegedly "threw" a game so that they would win a bet they had placed backing Ipswich Town to beat their team, Sheffield Wednesday. Somehow Herr Honigstein has Tony Kay playing for Ipswich and Bronco Layne for Sheffield United. A tiny quibble? Nitpicking? Maybe so, but it did make me wonder how many of the facts in the rest of the book, with which I might be less familiar, I could assume as correct. I also thought that a bit more on the way Kay, in particular, was treated in this case would have told us a lot more about "the English national character" than some of the other illustrations the author uses for that purpose.On a more positive note, Honigstein has a nice sardonic style and uses his humour to good effect. Despite showing up some of our English inadequacies and idiosyncracies, his deep respect and affection for englischer Fussball shines throughout. This is a good book for anyone prepared to take the risk of having a close look at yourself in the mirror the morning after a good night out. Reality bites, and sometimes, you know, it's not as bad as you thought it was going to be.

  • By Noel Thomas on 26 May 2013

    Excellent way of looking at the English psyche. You would see the attitudes and beliefs of fellow Englishmen, when you look at our Football. The fact that there is a masochistic delight in sliding at Raphael in a game, where he ends up in hospital after a football game, shows the prowess of fellow footballer.The idea that effort is most important, would explain why your left back was good at clearing the ball, like a John Smith's advert, but is basically rubbish, and yet gets praised, might go to explaining the ideal of effort against the odds.Taking territory is a novel way of seeing the fact that getting a corner, is worth a handclap by the supporters. That war is somewhere deep down in our way of seeing the game. I am afraid it is substance well over style. Thankfully we are waking up from the 1966 syndrome.Some inaccuracy regarding Robbie Williams being a Man Utd fan. Port Vale actually.Loved the fashion, music and football part. Fashion admittedly is the cause for the type of manager you get as well as the wearing of an Armani suit at a Champions League Final.Love our football or not, there still will be lots to talk of in future, and it will evolve, but still remain its purity. I hope!

  • By twooks on 4 November 2009

    A great book, even if you don't like football!I read it in a single sitting funny sad tragic view of english fansand what made them that wayWell worth every penny,even if you're not from Oxford ;-))

  • By Mr J D Brick on 15 January 2015

    One of the best football critics around (whose book on Germany's 2014 World Cup victory will fill many English stockings in Christmas 2015), Rafa's book deserves to be read by every football fan in England. Solid, dependable and good from twelve yards, this is memoir written as football criticism. Stunning!

  • By Mally on 17 April 2012

    I am delighted to have been able to obtain such a brilliant book about the delightful game of football. It was difficult to find this boook on sale elsewhere

  • By Christoph Wagner on 29 November 2009

    This book tries to explain to German readers what English football is all about and why Wembley 1996 and Munich 2001 still matter more to the English than these dates do to the Germans. In doing so, the author examines heart and soul of the game. From historical facts to more recent events this book highlights the rich history of the game in England. Read it!

  • By madmark on 28 October 2009

    Excellent, excellent book, read within a couple of nights, fascinating insite to what the Germans really think of us, and the chapter titled 'Michael must have picked that up in Spain' is worth he book alone. Any true supporter will love this book, funny enough, by another Oxford United fan, brought up on the terraces of London Rd


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