By Jim White
Soccer offers ardour, drama, ambitions aplenty. yet certainly what the world’s most well liked activity generates is phrases, phrases or even extra words…
The ‘beautiful game’ is, in reality, the tremendous noisy video game. From the over-heated burblings of commentators to the cliché-fest of the post-match interview; from the hypertensive outbursts of the soccer phone-in to the extra measured decisions of reporters and different writers at the online game, soccer is surrounded by means of a effervescent, boiling, unstoppable torrent of talk…
Jim White has chosen 100 of the main memorable soccer quotations to create a casual, freewheeling and entertainingly opinionated background of the sport. The prices generate a series of concise and brilliant essays that discover such matters as vintage suits (including the 1966 international Cup ultimate and the Germany vs Brazil semi-final of the 2014 global Cup); nice avid gamers (the likes of Pelé, most sensible, Moore and Maradona); maverick managers (from Shankly and Clough to Ferguson and Mourinho); and footballing subject matters as eclectic because the commercialization of the sport, the paintings of the mantra, the increase of the WAG, and the modern phenomenon of the tattooed footballer.
Generously sprinkled with anecdotes, one-liners, outstanding pictures and the occasional second of searing footballing perception, an issue of existence and loss of life is the fitting current for somebody with a fondness for the gorgeous online game.
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A Matter of Life and Death: A History of Football in 100 Quotations by Jim White