By Jim White
Soccer gives you ardour, drama, pursuits aplenty. yet specially what the world’s most well-liked game generates is phrases, phrases or even extra words…
The ‘beautiful game’ is, in truth, the super 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 video 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 heritage of the sport. The prices generate a series of concise and vibrant essays that discover such matters as vintage fits (including the 1966 global Cup ultimate and the Germany vs Brazil semi-final of the 2014 global Cup); nice gamers (the likes of Pelé, most sensible, Moore and Maradona); maverick managers (from Shankly and Clough to Ferguson and Mourinho); and footballing topics 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, great pictures and the occasional second of searing footballing perception, a question of existence and loss of life is the precise current for someone with a keenness for the attractive video game.
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A Matter of Life and Death: A History of Football in 100 Quotations by Jim White