A Matter of Life and Death: A History of Football in 100 by Jim White

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By Jim White

Soccer supplies ardour, drama, objectives aplenty. yet peculiarly what the world’s hottest recreation generates is phrases, phrases or even extra words…

The ‘beautiful game’ is, in reality, the super noisy video game. From the over-heated burblings of commentators to the cliché-fest of the post-match interview; from the hypertensive outbursts of the soccer phone-in to the extra measured decisions of reporters and different writers at the online game, soccer is surrounded by means of a effervescent, boiling, unstoppable torrent of talk…

Jim White has chosen 100 of the main memorable soccer quotations to create an off-the-cuff, freewheeling and entertainingly opinionated heritage of the sport. The rates generate a chain of concise and bright essays that discover such matters as vintage suits (including the 1966 global Cup ultimate and the Germany vs Brazil semi-final of the 2014 international Cup); nice avid gamers (the likes of Pelé, top, Moore and Maradona); maverick managers (from Shankly and Clough to Ferguson and Mourinho); and footballing topics as eclectic because the commercialization of the sport, the paintings of the mantra, the increase of the WAG, and the modern phenomenon of the tattooed footballer.

Generously sprinkled with anecdotes, one-liners, marvelous photos and the occasional second of searing footballing perception, an issue of existence and loss of life is the appropriate current for somebody with a fondness for the attractive video game.

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She walked past them without another word and took the Aunt Jemima pancake mix out of the cabinet. Why was Johnny Pea hanging out with such ignoramuses? And why did he have to be so cute? Five minutes later, Robert appeared in the kitchen, his hair still wet from the shower he’d needed, to jolt himself awake. ” he asked. The other agents smiled. They hadn’t been briefed on Redding’s nickname for Agent Westport. “Morning, Robert,” he said. “Sorry for the hour. ” Robert shook the agents’ hands without speaking, which didn’t stop Dumbrowski from saying, “It’s a great honor to meet you, sir.

Jose was waiting for me at the Greyhound station. He hands me this envelope, and the keys to the Silverado. I figure it’s cash or something. I didn’t open it. Jose tells me where we were going, and I drive. ” “Some guy in Georgia. I didn’t ask, and Jose wasn’t telling. ” “Ten grand and a couple of hotties for me,” Rufus said with a smile. “And one of the busiest ports in the country,” Ty added. Rufus prattled on for another ten minutes about the trip, and what he’d expected to get out of it, particularly as it related to the “hotties” he’d been promised.

Thank god it was closed. Sonny hated fighting off the drag queens. He had cut the owner’s protection fee in return for a key to the side door and unlimited use of the storeroom and phone, a good deal for all parties involved. The place hadn’t been robbed 52 Steve Eubanks since word filtered out that the Delacroixs protected it, and Sonny had a quiet place to make these kinds of calls. ” Things had gone sour in Charlotte. The truck was gone; the money was gone; Jose was dead; and that Slackherd shithead was in jail saying god only knew what.

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