"Football is a simple game; 22 men chase a ball for 90 minutes and at the end, the Germans always win." (Gary Lineker)
On 13 July 2014, World Cup Final, the last 10 minutes of extra time: Germany forward Mario Götze, receiving a floated pass from his international teammate André Schürrle, jumps slightly to meet the ball and cushion it with his chest. Landing on his left foot, he takes a step with his right, swivels, and in one fluid motion, without the ball touching the ground, volleys it past the onrushing Argentine goalkeeper into the far corner of the net. The goal wins Germany the World Cup for the first time in almost twenty-five years.
In the aftermath Götze looks dazed, unable to comprehend what he has done.
In Das Reboot, journalist and television pundit Raphael Honigstein charts the return of German football from the international wilderness of the late 1990s to Götze's moment of genius and asks: how did this come about? How did German football transform itself from its efficient but unappealing and defensively minded traditions to the free-flowing, attacking football that was on display in 2014?
The answer takes him from California to Stuttgart, from Munich to the Maracaná, via Dortmund and Durban. Packed with exclusive interviews with the key protagonists, Honigstein's book lifts the lid on the secrets of German football's success.
Ok firstly so what if the narrator pronounced a few of the names differently, his pronunciation of other German words were fine. Even if they weren't it still would not have changed the fact that this is a very enjoyable listen, full of anecdotes, facts and history about the modern era of German football.
Listening through the build up to the 2014 World Cup it isn't surprising that they did so well and why England struggle.
What I found most intriguing was the in depth explanation of the German youth elite training academies. Particularly because my son is training in one as part of his school curriculum, but also because of the facts and figures and motivation behind it to develop a national footballing culture.
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This book demonstrates why the England national team is so far behind every body else on the national stage. A superb listen
Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?
Yes, very in-depth account of the troubles of recent German football, by a great writer.
How did the narrator detract from the book?
A good bit. It's somewhat a disgrace that the awful mispronunciation of not only German, but Spanish, Italian, Portuguese, etc., names and words were allowed to remain in this book. Lothar Matthaeus' name was especially butchered, with about three different pronunciations in as many sentences.
brilliant insight and details behind Germany success and master plan. great book. great value for football fanatics
Fantastic book/audio book.Would definitely recommend. If you're a fan of German football then what's not to like?!
loved it, amazing. great insight into German football. please add some more German football books as this was truly brilliant
Most insightful. Why have we not done this in England? Thought that the narrator did a great job of delivering the story.
What made the experience of listening to Das Reboot the most enjoyable?
I liked the structure. Summarising one worldcup game and then go back in hstory. Good and appropriate inclusion of player comments/interviews.
What about Charlie Anson’s performance did you like?
Unfortunately really struggled with the german names. It would have been worthwhile to get german native speaker as support to understand the correct pronunciation.
Any additional comments?
Shame of the poor pronunciation, otherwisewell research and informative
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good book covering Germany's 2016 world cup triumph. But audio book performance let down by mispronunciation of a lot of player names
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Loved this book. A must for every football fan. The storytelling was impressive and audio version was very good.