The Simplest Game: The Intelligent Fan's Guide to the World of Soccer (Anglais) Broché – 21 mai 1996
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Gardner cannot resist putting his opinion into his stories, but it has such a throwback, purist's appeal, that you can't help but pay attention and agree with him. He goes through the history of the game, all the major competitions (World cups 1930-1994, Olympics 1896-1992, European championships), the state of the game worldwide, the state of the game in America and its hopes for the future, and the history of tactics and all the major styles of play.
It really makes no difference that it was prepared for the 1996 Olympics, because if you had not read it on the cover you would probably not have realized that as you were going the book. Gardner does not base the book around this fact at all, making it truly the intelligent fan's guide to soccer.
If you are a soccer fan, and your love of the game goes beyond the unintelligent hooligan type, this is the book for you.
book covers a lot of ground, starting with the World Cup, and moving on to the Olympics, FIFA,
and other aspects of world soccer, as well as an account of the history of soccer in America
(stopping short of the 1996 Olympics). There is a detailed analysis of the evolution of tactics in soccer, and the role
of modern coaching as well as the changes in the rules and interpretation of rules in soccer. All
of it is written in a wonderfully readable prose, funny, poetic, and always with a deep
understanding of the beautiful game.
What a beautiful book!
Oh, this is a warning for owner's of this book: Do not lend it to someone who's love of the sport is equal or greater than yours: you will never get your book back!