The Football Men: Up Close with the Giants of the Modern Game (Anglais) Relié – 12 mai 2011
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Revue de presse
The Herald 14/5
'I hate football. But the time you read this I might love it again… In his latest book, football's finest writer turns his attention to succinct profiles of the great and the good - mainly players (from longstanding legends like Cruyff and Becken bauer to current idols Messi and Fabregas) but also managers, actor Anthony Minghella and stadium architect Jacques Herzog… As well as the captivating profiles there are some revealing interviews, most notably with Glenn Hoddle, who cuts a rather sad figure reminiscing about his career as the sport keeps him at a distance, partly for being religious, a bit different and 'not one of the lads''
Time Out 19/5
'This hugely enjoyable collection of Kuper's features and interviews with the pros has a leaning abroad, especially towards Holland, but it's complemented with some fine new pieces on English players including David Beckham. Kuper's knowledge of the global game is second only to the vitality of his writing'
FourFourTwo Magazine June issue
'Five ages of a professional footballer…'
Extract, FT Magazine 14/5
'An up-close look at some of the giants of the game, describing the football cultures they grew up in, the way they play, and the baggage they bring to work'
TNT Magazine 9/5
"[Strikers] can play terribly and be praised for one goal, but defenders are hanged for one mistake"
Extract, Sport Magazine 20/5
'No one else writing in the UK has tracked the careers of footballers and managers in Kuper's fashion. He knows and cares about their family backgrounds, education and early years. He also has a rare international perspective, drawn from decades of travel around the continent and the ability to speak and read in several tongues. The chapter dissecting the ghosted autobiographies of Messrs Carragher, Cole, Gerrard, Lampard and Rooney is a masterful piece of literary criticism'
Financial Times 7/5
Présentation de l'éditeur
This book gets up close to them. The Football Men is not a series of celebrity profiles, and it doesn't attempt to unearth secrets in the players' private lives. Rather, it portrays these men as three-dimensional human beings. It describes their upbringings, the football cultures they grew up in, the way they play, and the baggage that they bring to their relationships at work. This multimillion-pound, multinational world is mostly inhabited by ordinary men. The profiles in this book are sometimes funny, but never breathless or sensational.
Some of the profiles in this book are based on interviews; others are the results of time the author spent with that person; sometimes the profile is a story of a country. All are fascinating and shed light on their subject to reveal things you wouldn't expect.
From one of the great sports writers of our time this is a penetrating and surprising collection of articles on the figures that have defined the modern sporting world.
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