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Soccer has been America's Sport of the Future since 1972. Propelled by the rise of the World Cup, Premier League, the glory of the United States Women's National Team, Lionel Messi's demigod-esque talent and repeat exposure to Cristiano Ronaldo's preening abs, that future has finally arrived.

The Men in Blazers are two English-born, soccer-obsessed broadcasters who have savored the dizzying growth of the game along with millions of Americans, as if it was a rollicking, sporting telenovela playing out in real life. Written in such a way that fully immerses Americans in the history and culture of the world's game, their Encyclopedia Blazertannica relives the careers of such greats such as George Best, Maradona, Beckham...and Alexi Lalas. It examines fan culture, from the tactical variations of scarf tying, to the pathos of England's classic, yet doomed, World Cup theme songs, and explores the complex physics and ethics of both celebratory knee slides and fights between players, along with such burning questions as how professional footballers deal with hair loss. Any listener will feel as if they've had a front-row seat for the classic matches - seeing every dive and missed penalty kick, and hearing every vulgar chant - and will emerge with a deeper appreciation for the dodgy haircuts and ill-judged neck tattoos that populate world football.

Includes bonus material exclusive to the audiobook: an extended clip from the Men in Blazers podcast

©2018 Roger Bennett, Michael Davies (P)2018 Random House Audio

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complete horsecrap

if you are interested in this book DO NOT buy the audio version. you are not receiving the audio book. you are receiving dav and rog reading exerpts from the book and just a 3 hour commercial basically. complete horeshit. I have never felt more betrayed than with this audio book. I have spent 24 dollars on a freaking commercial. a crummy commercial? honestly DO NOT buy this audio book. they decided to just record a 3 hour dick off podcast. completely disrespectful and I want my mmoney back.

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Suboptimal Crap

I disliked all of it. Complete crap. No highlights or photos of blazers wouldn’t send this to my arch-nemesis.

Great job guys!

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100% Fecal disappointment

This book... while crap... was an enjoyable read. Blazers, soccer, What more could a guy ask for?

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I love the MIB and it was fun but really need to g

I love it, just recommend buying the hard copy as the audiobooks is truncated. Still fun and a joy.

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Good but beware

Really funny for what it is, a selection of chapters from the book read by davo and rog. They choose their favorite or most noteworthy entries and read them and discuss. So just know ahead of time that it isn't the full book.

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Perfect gift for any GFOP!

Whether you're a fan of the Men In Blazers pod or not, this a perfect gift for the soccer fan as well as the new fan just finding their footing in the sport. Rog and Davo provide a great balance of humor and soccer nostalgia, all while acting as the fun, knowledgeable professor that you wish you had for history class. This is a must-listen for all fans alike!

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The Absolute Best!

I cannot recommend this audiobook enough. Michael & Roger deliver an unbelievable performance that any sports fan would love.

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  • Mike Olsen
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Excellent book

I am not a regular listener or watcher of the Men in Blazers but the World Cup was going on and I was in the mood for a soccer-related book and figured why not. The book itself was well done and well read, funny at times and sweet in others. I enjoyed it so much I decided to start listening to their shows more.

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Saaaaakerrr. American sport of the future

Buy this book even if you don't appreciate soccer. You will not regret it. Trust me.

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outstanding!

Michael and Rog, you guys have done it again. Another incredibly entertaining collection of your crap football knowledge that left me rolling on the floor and having an even greater appreciation for 'Saka'.