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Love and Blood: At the World Cup with the Footballers, Fans, and Freaks

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Publisher Comments:

Every four years the thirty-two-team, sixty-four-game World Cup captivates the planet's populace for a month. Work absenteeism skyrockets. Political campaigns grind to a halt. Fans mortgage their houses to buy tickets. And teams employ every means possible — even consulting witch doctors and astrologers — in their quest for national glory.

Veteran soccer commentator Jamie Trecker traveled to Germany for FIFA World Cup 2006. Here, reported from the restaurants, trains, bars, town squares, hostels, press boxes, and brothels, is his unvarnished account of the games and parties, great plays and fistfights, gossip and tacky souvenirs that turn the largest sporting event on earth into a true world bazaar. With equal measures insight and irreverence, Trecker captures the passion, politics, controversies, and economics that make soccer a reflection of the world.

Review:

"The FIFA World Cup is the planet's biggest event. Not sporting event — event, period, writes Trecker in this in-your-face firsthand account of the 2006 World Cup in Germany. Trecker, Fox Sports soccer columnist, is passionate about the game (Munich exploded in the sixth minute when Phillip Lahm, employing his signature move, cut from the left side into the area to sink a powerful right-footed shot into the top of Jose Porras's net) and the players (What makes Zidane truly special is not that he can control the pace of a match — there are other holding mid-fielders in the game, but that his motions and instincts are artful, serene, and beautiful). Unfortunately, Trecker, while covering the sport, the games and the '06 World Cup comprehensively, falls prey to clichéd sports writing. He spends much time describing brothels (in South Korea and Germany), topless women and drunken debauchery of both fans and the media alike. While not without its pleasures, this is mostly for the already initiated rather than the general reader." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

Review:

"The FIFA World Cup is the planet's biggest event. Not sporting event — event, period,' writes Trecker in this in-your-face firsthand account of the 2006 World Cup in Germany. Trecker, Fox Sports soccer columnist, is passionate about the game ('Munich exploded in the sixth minute when Phillip Lahm, employing his signature move, cut from the left side into the area to sink a powerful right-footed shot into the top of Jose Porras's net') and the players ('What makes Zidane truly special is not that he can control the pace of a match — there are other holding midfielders in the game — but that his motions and instincts are artful, serene, and beautiful'). Unfortunately, Trecker, while covering the sport, the games and the '06 World Cup comprehensively, falls prey to clichd sports writing. He spends much time describing brothels (in South Korea and Germany), topless women and drunken debauchery — of both fans and the media alike. While not without its pleasures, this is mostly for the already initiated rather than the general reader." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

Review:

"A devoted and comprehensive tour guide, Trecker delivers the goods with gusto." Kirkus Reviews

Synopsis:

As the streets teemed, all of Germany descended into gleeful chaos. I made my way to my flat, through a pack of Dutch fans wearing bright orange Viking helmets and long lederhosen. I turned on the TV to see a quarter of a million fans partying at the Brandenburg Gate in what was the biggest mass demonstration Berlin had seen since the fall of the Wall.

Id be kept up all night by fireworks and drunken fans, as some Germans vainly tried to retain some semblance of order.

They would fail. The World Cup was here.

           

--from Love and Blood

 

 

In the summer of 2006, veteran soccer commentator Jamie Trecker traveled along with thousands of fans, footballers, journalists, sex workers, and a spare marching band or two to Germany for the thirty-two-team, sixty-four-game FIFA World Cup. Here, reported from the beer gardens, sausage stands, trains, town squares, press boxes, and porn shoots, is his unvarnished account of the largest event on earth, and a fascinating look into the history of the Cup, soccer in the United States, the millions of dollars at stake in the global sport, and the passion and politics of soccer on the world stage. 

 

Lead soccer columnist for Fox Sports and an analyst for Fox Soccer Channel, JAMIE TRECKER is a contributor to the New York Times and the Seattle Post-Intelligencer as well as the Guardian, the Observer, the Telegraph, and Loaded magazine. He lives in Chicago.

About the Author

Lead soccer columnist for Fox Sports and an analyst for Fox Soccer Channel, Jamie Trecker is a contributor to the New York Times and the Seattle Post-Intelligencer as well as the Guardian, the Observer, the Telegraph, and Loaded magazine. He lives in Chicago.

Table of Contents

CONTENTS

                Introduction: Love and Blood           1

1             Winter in Germany               21

2             Why Are We Here?             31

3             Its All Going Off 67

4             Rooney Agonistes              95

5             The Big Money    116

                Interlude: When Soccer Was Important            145

6             Ill Health, Heroes, and Heartbreak    157 

7             Down and Dirty    179

8             The Short-Timers and the “Real” Cup              195

9             The City of Ghosts              216

10            The Aftermath      232 

                Acknowledgments    242

                selected bibliography             245

                Appendix           248

                Index   253

Product Details

ISBN:
9780156030984
Subtitle:
At the World Cup with the Footballers, Fans, and Freaks
Author:
Trecker, Jamie
Publisher:
Mariner Books
Subject:
Soccer
Subject:
Soccer players
Subject:
Soccer fans.
Subject:
Soccer teams
Subject:
Sports and Fitness-Soccer
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Publication Date:
20071001
Binding:
Paperback
Language:
English
Pages:
272
Dimensions:
8 x 5.31 in 0.56 lb

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "The FIFA World Cup is the planet's biggest event. Not sporting event — event, period, writes Trecker in this in-your-face firsthand account of the 2006 World Cup in Germany. Trecker, Fox Sports soccer columnist, is passionate about the game (Munich exploded in the sixth minute when Phillip Lahm, employing his signature move, cut from the left side into the area to sink a powerful right-footed shot into the top of Jose Porras's net) and the players (What makes Zidane truly special is not that he can control the pace of a match — there are other holding mid-fielders in the game, but that his motions and instincts are artful, serene, and beautiful). Unfortunately, Trecker, while covering the sport, the games and the '06 World Cup comprehensively, falls prey to clichéd sports writing. He spends much time describing brothels (in South Korea and Germany), topless women and drunken debauchery of both fans and the media alike. While not without its pleasures, this is mostly for the already initiated rather than the general reader." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "The FIFA World Cup is the planet's biggest event. Not sporting event — event, period,' writes Trecker in this in-your-face firsthand account of the 2006 World Cup in Germany. Trecker, Fox Sports soccer columnist, is passionate about the game ('Munich exploded in the sixth minute when Phillip Lahm, employing his signature move, cut from the left side into the area to sink a powerful right-footed shot into the top of Jose Porras's net') and the players ('What makes Zidane truly special is not that he can control the pace of a match — there are other holding midfielders in the game — but that his motions and instincts are artful, serene, and beautiful'). Unfortunately, Trecker, while covering the sport, the games and the '06 World Cup comprehensively, falls prey to clichd sports writing. He spends much time describing brothels (in South Korea and Germany), topless women and drunken debauchery — of both fans and the media alike. While not without its pleasures, this is mostly for the already initiated rather than the general reader." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Review" by , "A devoted and comprehensive tour guide, Trecker delivers the goods with gusto."
"Synopsis" by ,
As the streets teemed, all of Germany descended into gleeful chaos. I made my way to my flat, through a pack of Dutch fans wearing bright orange Viking helmets and long lederhosen. I turned on the TV to see a quarter of a million fans partying at the Brandenburg Gate in what was the biggest mass demonstration Berlin had seen since the fall of the Wall.

Id be kept up all night by fireworks and drunken fans, as some Germans vainly tried to retain some semblance of order.

They would fail. The World Cup was here.

           

--from Love and Blood

 

 

In the summer of 2006, veteran soccer commentator Jamie Trecker traveled along with thousands of fans, footballers, journalists, sex workers, and a spare marching band or two to Germany for the thirty-two-team, sixty-four-game FIFA World Cup. Here, reported from the beer gardens, sausage stands, trains, town squares, press boxes, and porn shoots, is his unvarnished account of the largest event on earth, and a fascinating look into the history of the Cup, soccer in the United States, the millions of dollars at stake in the global sport, and the passion and politics of soccer on the world stage. 

 

Lead soccer columnist for Fox Sports and an analyst for Fox Soccer Channel, JAMIE TRECKER is a contributor to the New York Times and the Seattle Post-Intelligencer as well as the Guardian, the Observer, the Telegraph, and Loaded magazine. He lives in Chicago.

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