David Winner is a freelane journalist.
A brilliant, thorough, utterly mad book, the product of the most
admirable sort of enthusiasm: total. You like soccer, you don't
like soccer, it doesn't matter. If you think of yourself as a
serious fan, if you want to continue on the path towards
enlightenment and take your devotion to another level, you'd best
check out the standard being set here.
A fascinating exploration of how national politics can be transported into the sports arena.
Easily the best book on soccer I have read in a long while . . . Every American following the World Cup ought to read it.
One of those strangely informative books that will . . . entertain those who have little interest in either soccer or the Netherlands.
Wry, obsessional, digressive, deep . . . this is football as art, metaphor, and cultural signifier.