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Tor!: The Story of German Football (Englisch) Gebundene Ausgabe – 12. Mai 2002


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  • Gebundene Ausgabe: 368 Seiten
  • Verlag: WSC Books Limited (12. Mai 2002)
  • Sprache: Englisch
  • ISBN-10: 0954013433
  • ISBN-13: 978-0954013431
  • Größe und/oder Gewicht: 14,7 x 3,6 x 21,3 cm
  • Durchschnittliche Kundenbewertung: 5.0 von 5 Sternen  Alle Rezensionen anzeigen (1 Kundenrezension)
  • Amazon Bestseller-Rang: Nr. 969.883 in Fremdsprachige Bücher (Siehe Top 100 in Fremdsprachige Bücher)

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Tor! The Story of German Football does exactly "what it says on the tin". As the author explains, his aim was to write an entertaining history of the German game. He has certainly achieved his goal, or "tor" as they would say in Germany. Hesse-Lichtenberger sets out to prove that football in Germany is not necessarily the efficient, predictable machine that those of us believing in the German stereotype might think. Again, he succeeds. From the foundation of the game to the present day (and dare I mention the historic 5-1 defeat at the hands of the English in Munich in September 2001), the narrative finds plenty of room to include the quirky, amusing and unexpected. The seemingly curious names of many German club sides are dissected, while the fact that the national side managed to win the 1954 World Cup before the advent of the first professional national league only serves to amaze. The author proclaims his belief that it is people who shape events, and misses no opportunity to investigate the diverse personalities who have made the German game what it is, from the obsession of Herberger to the maverick brilliance of Netzer. The upshot is a wonderfully colourful history, and one that will no doubt surprise even most the avid of Europhile football followers. The latest in the line of recent books in English on European football, Tor!, like a number of German teams of the past, is a clear winner. --Trevor Crowe

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The first comprehensive history of German football in English, Tor! traces Germany's amazing success on the field throughout the turbulent politics of the 20th century. Germany did not have professional players or a national league until the 1960s, yet it became one of the most successful football nations in the world. Tor! (Goal!) traces the extraordinary story of Germany?s club and international football, from the days when it was regarded as a dangerously foreign pastime, through the horrors of the Nazi years to postwar triumphs and the crisis of the new century. Tor! challenges the myth that German football is?predictable? or?efficient? and brings to life the fascinating array of characters who shaped it: the betrayed pioneer Walther Bensemann; the enigmatic genius Sepp Herberger; the all-conquering Franz Beckenbauer; the modern misfit Lothar Matthaus. And even the radio commentator Herbert Zimmermann, whose ecstatic cries of?Tor!? greeted the winning goal in the 1954 World Cup final and helped change a whole nation?s view of itself.

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Ein Deutscher schreibt auf englisch die Geschichte des deutschen Fussballs … ? Die Zweifel verfliegen aber rasch, das Buch ist kenntnisreich, detailfreudig und überaus gut lesbar verfasst. Die Geschichte des deutschen Fussballs wird mit der deutschen Geschichte und der des internationalen Fussballsport verwoben. Auch für den vermeintlichen Kenner ein Gewinn!
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Informative and fun! 9. September 2005
Von Eudaimonic - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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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.
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Deutschland, Deutschland 27. Juli 2013
Von Charlie Bartel - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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Remember an old TV series SOCCER MADE IN GERMANY with it's entertaining British host TOBY CHARLES? It ran on Public TV in the US in the mid 70's through the early 80's. In it's time it was almost the only source of European Football in the US, although with a German bent. Watching the weekly match highlights left me hungry to learn more about the history of German football beyond the last World or European Cup. Here comes TOR:THE STORY OF GERMAN FOOTBALL. It's terrific.

ULI-HESSE LICHTENBERGER is a working Football Journalist. You can read his regular column on-line at ESPN's SOCCERNET.COM. In TOR (which means Goal in German) he covers the game from the beginning in the middle of the 19th Century. Germany wins the World Cup in 1954, but a national domestic league isn't started until 1963. However almost no other country can match their legacy. 3 World Cup championships and 3 runner's up; 4 European Championships; and numerous club championships.

But TOR is more than competitions and scores. German football is full of Heroes and Villians and they are all part of TOR. You will read about Joseph Sepp Herberger, national team manager from 1935 - 1962; famous players from Fritz Walter through Uwe Seeler, Gerd Mueller, Rudi Voeller, Lothar Mattheus, and Michael Ballack. They are all here. And then there is Germany's greatest footballer, Franz Beckenbauer. HESSE-LICHTENBERGER reveals the great German Kaiser including some character flaws that will demystify his legacy.

Another reason to recommend this book is that it also covers East German football. This makes it a comprehensive look at German football.

Right now the US is experiencing a revival on the international level. This is due to the leadership of our new national team manager Jurgen Klinsman. Klinsman played in 3 World Cups (and won one in 1990). He also won domestic championships in Italy and England, making him a major figure over that last 25 years of German Football. And he is in this book!

I liked this book, a lot. If you follow German or International Football, you will too.
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Superb book for anyone interested in Germany's version of the world's game. 5. Juli 2010
Von Keith Richardson - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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Uli Heese-Lichtenberger's account of the history of German football is amazing. But anyone who has ever followed his regular columns before reading "Tor!" will not be surprised. I recommend this book to anyone who is the least bit interested in not only Germany's version of the world's game, but in a bit of German history too.

My seller here at Amazon was awesome too. My book arrived faster than expected and was in wonderful condition.
A really fine book. Bravo!! 4. Oktober 2010
Von john binder - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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If you have any interest in German soccer, you must buy this book. A great read which delves into the details of what happened and why, including how the sport first developed in the country and succeeded over time, sometimes against dramatic opposition. The author does a careful analysis of his own, as opposed to just repeating the thoughts of others, and captures all the high points of the history of the sport in Germany (at least in men's competitions).

My only regret is that this book was not quite a bit longer, with more details especially about the pre-WW II era. I would have greatly enjoyed an even fuller treatment of the subject.

A++++++++++++++
A great read 27. Juni 2013
Von Kelsey - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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I love this book... I'm not even that huge of a soccer fan, but Hesse-Lichtenberger writes in a style that is accessible and entertaining. I learned a lot and enjoyed it as well. I hope that he will update it to reflect the awesome successes of the Bundesliga in the past few years!
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