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Soccer Men: Profiles of the Rogues, Geniuses, and Neurotics Who Dominate the World's Most Popular Sport [Anglais] [Broché]

Simon Kuper

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4.0 étoiles sur 5 Guaranteed to induce a smile or two 4 octobre 2011
Par Paul Allaer - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Broché
Simon Kuper, the European football-writer, co-authored one of the best football books ever 2 years ago with "Soccernomics". That book brought never-before seen insights into the game of football (a/k/a "soccer"), and what a joy it was. Now comes Kuper's next book.

Originally published in Europe earlier this year as "The Football Men: Up Close With the Giants of the Modern Game" (383 pages), it now appears on the US market as "Soccer Men: Profiles of the Rogues, Geniuses, and Neurotics Who Dominate the World's Most Popular Sport". It is important to understand that this book is mostly (but not entirely) a collection of previously published columns that Kuper wrote for a variety of publications, including of course the Financial Times for which Kuper was the weekly sports columnist for many years, but also The Observer and some Dutch publications. As an avid reader of the Financial Times I was afraid that I would recognize many of the columns but thankfully this was not the case. Nevertheless, I was somewhat apprehensive about this book. Well, I shouldn't have been.

"The Football Men" brings about 65 "short stories" (averaging about 10 pages per) on the megastars and not-quite-megastars of the game, some even getting more than one profile or story (such as the legendary Johan Cruijff). They are written with a dry, if not wry, sense of humor, and I found myself reading this with a smile on my face most of the time. In a column on Wayne Rooney: "There are two types of British footballer: ugly ones like Rooney, Paul Gascoigne and Nobby Stiles, and pretty ones like Beckham and Michael Owen. The British public usually prefers the ugly ones." Haha! On Lothar Matthaus's rise to stardom: "The transfer of power officially took place on 17 June 1986, in the final minutes of the game against Morocco, when the Germans were given a free kick. Rummenigge was getting ready to take it when Matthaus shoved him aside and scored." Zing! And on and on. Highly recommended for any fan of the beautiful game!
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Great insight into the influential figures of the beautiful game 13 novembre 2011
Par Kyle Rasmussen - Publié sur Amazon.com
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Simon Kuper assembles a wonderful collection of short and typically very insightful articles that he has written in regards to some of the most influential figures in modern soccer. I found each article extremely interesting and fantastically insightful. Soccer Men provides a good look into the personalities and traits of many of the players, coaches and sporting directors that we so often view from afar, giving a glimpse into the real world that these men operate within. I found it an enjoyable, engaging and very quick read which I'm sure that I will revisit sooner rather than later.
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 Interesting Read.. 22 juillet 2012
Par Sesh - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Broché|Achat vérifié
Simon Kuper is one of the best soccer writers on the planet. This book is mostly a collection of his columns; there is some original work in there as well. There is quite a bit of material from his Soccernomics book as well. I found Kuper's profile on the great Johan Cruyff to be particularly interesting. He describes meeting his childhood idol, and the subsequent interactions between them really well. I wish some of the pieces were a bit longer, but given that most of the profiles were written for newspapers and magazines, the length of the profiles are understandable. This is a good book to take on a plane / train journey or for some light reading on a beach. The profiles of the dutch players are quite detailed and interesting considering that Kuper is an expert on Dutch football.

The best thing about Simon Kuper's work is his honesty. He is quite candid about the fact that most athletes give boring interviews, and that it is pointless to spend hours chasing Wayne Rooney for a few lines of "wisdom". The top class athletes are all over-managed by PR firms, and most of they rarely say anything illuminating or interesting. This is all the more reason why Kuper's book is interesting. Kuper is not some star-struck sports writer or a sycophant; he keeps it real.
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 Another great work by simon kuper 16 janvier 2014
Par nunuque - Publié sur Amazon.com
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Interesting side stories about great soccer characters, love the side note at the end of articles to update the current news regarding the particular character.
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 Good book about the players who play the beautiful game 16 février 2012
Par Julie L. Brown - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Broché
Soccer Men is a compilation of articles written by the author about some of the players and coaches who have influenced the sport over the last fifty years. I am unsure of why certain players were omitted, most glaringly, Pele and Cristiano Ronaldo. Some portrayals are very detailed; some will leave you wanting for more. If you are unfamiliar with the player, the article may not be as interesting or the reader may not be familiar or understand the context to which the author refers; while the article on the branding and packaging of David Beckham is engrossing. At times, I felt sorry for these multimillionaire soccer players who possess a plethora of homes and women and a life that would seem enviable to the rest of us. The portrait of Wayne Rooney, almost a prisoner in his own home while not on the field, was, to me, particularly poignant and sad.

The reader is also given a glimpse of how playing professional soccer is viewed by a player--as a business--versus a fan. I have heard before, and this book reiterated for me, that it is best not to meet your idol; you will almost surely be disappointed.

I highly recommend this well-written book to anyone who wants to know more about the beautiful game and the men who play and coach it.
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