David Winner is a freelane journalist.
Easily the best book on soccer I have read in a long while . . .
Every American following the World Cup ought to read it.
Wry, obsessional, digressive, deep . . . this is football as art, metaphor, and cultural signifier.
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.
One of those strangely informative books that will . . . entertain those who have little interest in either soccer or the Netherlands.
A fascinating exploration of how national politics can be transported into the sports arena.