on September 9, 2005
If you want to learn more about German football/soccer, its history and stories, read this book. Hesse-Lichtenberger is a fantastic writer and enthusiastic fan of the sport (and not necessarily the way it is played by the Germans), who puts all his love and knowledge into this book. You will learn about the "Schalker Kreisel" which made one of Germany's club teams (FC Schalke 04) one of the best and most advanced teams in the world when German soccer didn't have a wimming reputation. You will learn about some of the scnadals of German soccer and about some of the forgotten stars. Hesse-Lichtenberger takes the subject seriously, but finds a light and humorous voice that makes this book entertaining and enjoyable.
One of the best soccer books I have read, although readers should have some interest in learning about German soccer. Otherwise this book may be too specialized.