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  • Published: 17 September 2015
  • ISBN: 9781473521803
  • Imprint: Vintage Digital
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 304
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Das Reboot

How German Football Reinvented Itself and Conquered the World




The inside story of Germany’s journey to World Cup 2014 victory by German football expert and pundit, Raphael Honigstein

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

Packed with exclusive interviews with key protagonists, Raphael Honigstein’s book lifts the lid on the secrets of German football’s success.

13th July 2014, World Cup Final, the last ten minutes of extra time. Germany forward Mario Götze, receiving a floated pass from his international teammate André Schürrle, 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 Das Reboot, journalist and television pundit Raphael Honigstein charts the return of German football - 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 during the last World Cup? The answer takes him from California to Stuttgart, from Munich to the Maracaná, via Dortmund and Durban.

‘German football boasts not only the World Cup, but superb writers…A fine account of how Germany reclaimed hegemony’ Guardian

  • Pub date: 17 September 2015
  • ISBN: 9781473521803
  • Imprint: Vintage Digital
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 304
Categories:

About the Author

Raphael Honigstein

Raphael Honigstein is the UK’s top expert on German football. He is a columnist for the Guardian and ESPN, writes for Süddeutsche 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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Praise for Das Reboot

“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

“An engrossing read”

five stars, Four Four Two

“Honigstein […] is an engaging and informed guide”

Houman Barekat, Times Literary Supplement

“Illuminating and insightful… whether you are a football hipster or not, this is worth reading”

Mark Gallagher, Daily Mail

“German football boasts not only the World Cup, but superb writers…A fine account of how Germany reclaimed hegemony”

Hux Richards, Guardian

“A rich and gripping overview of how a decaying superpower worked over-time to replant and replenish its footballing roots.”

Jonathan O’Brien, When Saturday Comes

“Excellent”

Michael Walker, Irish Times


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