Das Reboot: How German Soccer Reinvented Itself and by Raphael Honigstein PDF

By Raphael Honigstein

ISBN-10: 1568585306

ISBN-13: 9781568585307

“A attractive tale, expertly told.” —Per Mertesacker, Arsenal defender and member of the German nationwide group, winners of the 2014 global Cup

Estádio do Maracanã, July thirteen, 2014, the final ten mins of additional time on the planet Cup ultimate: German ahead Mario Götze jumps to fulfill a floated go from André Schürrle, cushions the ball together with his chest, and in a single fluid movement volleys the ball earlier the onrushing Argentine goalkeeper into the a ways nook of the internet. The aim wins Germany the realm Cup for the 1st time in virtually thirty years. because the crowd roars, Götze seems dazed, not able to appreciate what he has done.

In Das Reboot, Raphael Honigstein charts the go back of German football from the dreary performance of the past due Nineties to Götze’s second of elegant, balletic genius and asks: How did this happen? the reply takes him from California to Stuttgart, from Munich to the Maracanã, through Dortmund and Amsterdam. full of unique interviews with key figures, together with Jürgen Klinsmann, Thomas Müller, Oliver Bierhoff, and lots of extra, Honigstein’s publication finds the secrets and techniques of German soccer’s success.

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Uli Hoeness praised the drab 0-0 as ‘a beautiful game, something for gourmets’. I questioned the sausage factory owner’s taste buds in one of my first football articles and then got the fright of my life three days later, during an unsuspecting stroll on London’s Oxford Street. Hoeness was on the phone, complaining about the sarcastic tone of the piece. In an age when defence was considered the best line of defence, keeping the ball out of the net was unsurprisingly elevated to an act of heroism.

The appointment of Dieter Eilts as U21 coach completed the takeover by the class of ‘96. Nepotism, some detractors cried. ‘Klinsmann is a killer. He axes people to advance his aims,’ Matthäus commented in his Sport-Bild column. ’ Yes, this was personal. Matthäus and Klinsmann, two very different characters, had clashed over a number of issues during their time at Bayern in the nineties and the conflict had been magnified by the former’s close relationship with Germany’s all-powerful tabloid Bild and sister publication Sport-Bild.

Ballack and nothing else,’ wrote Frankfurter Rundschau after Euro 2004; he’d been the one member of the squad to survive the tournament with his reputation unharmed. Ballack’s excellent technique, learned at the KJS (Kinder und Jugendschule) Görlitz, a state-run sport school for budding athletes in East Germany, made him stand out a mile among the Carsten Janckers and Paulo Rinks. He was good in the air, could shoot with both feet, had an eye for a killer pass and won important duels. Bayer Leverkusen boss Reiner Calmund dubbed him ‘the little Kaiser’.

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