Das Reboot

Das Reboot : How German Football Reinvented Itself and Conquered the World

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'Football is a simple game; 22 men chase a ball for 90 minutes and at the end, the Germans always win' -Gary Lineker

13 July 2014, World Cup Final, the last ten minutes of extra time: Germany forward Mario Goetze, receiving a floated pass from his international teammate Andre Schurrle, jumps slightly to meet the ball and cushion it with his chest. Landing on his left foot, he takes a step with his right, swivels, and in one fluid motion, without the ball touching the ground, volleys it past the onrushing Argentine goalkeeper into the far corner of the net. The goal wins Germany the World Cup for the first time in almost twenty-five years. In the aftermath, Goetze looks dazed, unable to comprehend what he has done.

In Das Reboot, journalist and television pundit Raphael Honigstein charts the return of German football from the international wilderness of the late 1990s to Goetze's moment of genius and asks how did this come about? How did German football transform itself from its efficient, but unappealing and defensively minded traditions to the free-flowing, attacking football that was on display in 2014? The answer takes him from California to Stuttgart, from Munich to the Maracana, via Dortmund and Durban. Packed with exclusive interviews with the key protagonists, Honigstein's book lifts the lid on the secrets of German football's success.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 288 pages
  • 162 x 240 x 28mm | 539g
  • Yellow Jersey Press
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0224100122
  • 9780224100120
  • 827,735

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An excellent chronicle
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Fantastic ... Honigstein's detail is superb -- Aidan Smith * Scotland on Sunday * Fantastic ... Honigstein's detail is superb -- Aidan Smith * Scotland on Sunday * Honigstein charts how fussball became the hippest version of the game * Shortlist * Honigstein tells the story with panache and exactly the same kind of eye for detail he's writing about -- Chris Maume * Independent * An excellent chronicle -- John Mcauley * The National *
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About Raphael Honigstein

Raphael Honigstein is the UK's top expert on German football. He is a columnist for the Guardian and ESPN, writes for Suddeutsche Zeitung in Germany and appears as a pundit for BT Sport and ESPN as well as Sky in Germany. He is also a regular fixture on the Guardian's award-winning podcast, Football Weekly. His first book, Englischer Fussball, was shortlisted for Football Book of the Year and his latest book is Das Reboot: How German Football Reinvented Itself and Conquered the World.
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