Raphael Honigstein
Das Reboot: How German Soccer Reinvented Itself and Conquered the World
March 18, 2019 Comments.. 193
Das Reboot How German Soccer Reinvented Itself and Conquered the World A beautiful story expertly told Per Mertesacker Arsenal defender and member of the German national team winners of the World CupEst dio do Maracan July the last ten minutes of extr

  • Title: Das Reboot: How German Soccer Reinvented Itself and Conquered the World
  • Author: Raphael Honigstein
  • ISBN: null
  • Page: 314
  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • A beautiful story, expertly told Per Mertesacker, Arsenal defender and member of the German national team, winners of the 2014 World CupEst dio do Maracan , July 13, 2014, the last ten minutes of extra time in the World Cup Final German forward Mario G tze jumps to meet a floated pass from Andr Sch rrle, cushions the ball with his chest, and in one fluid motion volle A beautiful story, expertly told Per Mertesacker, Arsenal defender and member of the German national team, winners of the 2014 World CupEst dio do Maracan , July 13, 2014, the last ten minutes of extra time in the World Cup Final German forward Mario G tze jumps to meet a floated pass from Andr Sch rrle, cushions the ball with his chest, and in one fluid motion volleys the ball 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 thirty years As the crowd roars, G tze looks dazed, unable to comprehend what he has done.In Das Reboot, Raphael Honigstein charts the return of German soccer from the dreary functionality of the late 1990s to G tze s moment of sublime, balletic genius and asks How did this come about The answer takes him from California to Stuttgart, from Munich to the Maracan , via Dortmund and Amsterdam Packed with exclusive interviews with key figures, including J rgen Klinsmann, Thomas M ller, Oliver Bierhoff, and many , Honigstein s book reveals the secrets of German soccer s success.

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    1. Mit says:

      This book was too much in depth for me. While I certainly enjoyed some chapters , others were not that much interesting for my taste. The book mainly talks about the development of German Youth system and about the people involved in it, while also it takes a look at the Germany's 2014 world cup winning campaign. The world cup victory at Brazil was not a single tournament miracle. It had started way back in 2000 after a disastrous exit at the Euros and at the world cup of 1998. It also took a sn [...]

    2. Mahlon says:

      In Das Reboot Honigstein meticulously chronicles Germany's 10 year rebuild of it's soccer program culminating in their World Cup win in 2014. The best parts of this book are the sections dealing with the games themselves and the behind-the-scenes stuff dealing with the atmosphere surrounding the players. However the reason why this book will probably remain relevant for many years to come is the in-depth interviews with Germany's Youth coaches, and the deep discussion of Germany's Soccer philoso [...]

    3. Kerissa Ward says:

      In the days leading up to the 2014 World Cup I made a bold prediction: Germany was going to win. Friends – friends who knew way more than me about international soccer – scoffed. There was no way Germany was going to win. The World Cup was in Brazil, where soccer is bigger than Jesus, and Argentina had the soccer messiah, Lionel Messi. The Cup, they told me, was going back to South America.A month later, I was too shocked at being right to bother gloating. Especially since I knew nothing abo [...]

    4. Juliette says:

      "You can go through the whole squad and find that almost everybody was struggling with something in Brazil. . . . Individually, there were a million reasons why we wouldn't succeed. But, collectively, we pulled together and helped each other out." Here's the thing: I don't watch the Bundesliga, and I'm new to rest-of-the-world football. I hoped that this book would have helped me understand the league. The story of German football is inspiring: players from different leagues and rival teams band [...]

    5. Pete says:

      Is this book a thunderbastard? That's the question you want answered when reading football books. Des Reboot (2015) by Raphael Honigstein looks at the rejuvenation of the German National team following poor performances in 1998 through to 2004. Honigstein is football journalist who writes for The Guardian and appears on the Football Weekly podcast and provides expertise on the Bundesliga and the German National team.The book interleaves the rejuvenation of the German National team and the German [...]

    6. Tara deCamp says:

      Germany went from a declining power in football to a World Cup winner in 16 years. This book shows how that happened. This was an absolute joy to read, but that's coming from a huge DFB fan who has followed them all those years; it was nostalgic and fun to remember all the moments Honigstein refers to as he details the reinvention of German football.

    7. Martin Mulcahey says:

      In depth and entertaining view of how Germany rebuilt it's football system with insight from superstars to unheralded coaches who were ahead of their time. Two guest written chapters by national players who did not win world cup was intriguing as well, and gives a good sense of how fine a line there is between runner-up frustration and world glory at the highest level. Was never aware of the hurdles and old guard politics that needed to be overcome, which Honigstein chronicles exceptionally well [...]

    8. Kirsten says:

      Not sure I loved the structure of this book, especially at the end -- it flips back and forth between tournaments, and even within tournaments, for no discernable reason. The ending is rather weak and almost makes it seem like Honigstein, one of the most respected writers on German football, wants to remind us that he's in with the big names of fussball -- which also seems to be what he's doing when he lets a player write a brief chapter.But overall the pace is good, the anecdotes interesting an [...]

    9. Paul Carr says:

      Thoroughly enjoyed going behind the scenes of Germany's decade-long soccer revival. As an American, I see the German dedication with a mix of jealousy and pride. The German commitment and creativity is impressive and enviable, and the book's superb access puts you right there along Germany's ascension, for big-picture thinking and detail-oriented planning. Jurgen Klinsmann's role in the rebuilding is particularly fascinating and insightful, since he's currently coaching the U.S. Highly recommend [...]

    10. Martyn says:

      Brilliantly researched and written account of the ten year path to Germany's 2014 World Cup win. Easily the best football related book I've read.

    11. Lee Penney says:

      Reading the synopsis, what I was expecting was a chronological run-through of the steps that led to the Germans winning the World Cup in 2014.The steps are probably covered, but the book’s format means it’s hard to pick them out. We jump around the timeline so often I had difficulty keeping track of where we were. Added to that is a lack of detail about much of what was done.This is intermingled with quotes of criticism from former football greats and newspapers that, while giving context an [...]

    12. Shawn says:

      I enjoy Rapha's work online and on podcasts, plus I'm a supporter of Nationalmannschaft, so I'm about as primed a reader as one could be for Das Reboot. Given the book's title, I was expecting a chronicle of the team starting after it finished 7th at the 1998 World Cup. Frame of reference is important because though that was a disappointing result for Germany, many countries would be thrilled. Further, Germany is one of a handful of countries to even qualify for every World Cup (1950 excepted du [...]

    13. Jordon Welle says:

      In the light of the failure of the US Men’s National Team to qualify for the 2018 World Cup, I heard this book mentioned as a reference by no fewer than 3 or 4 media members to a similar crisis in Germany. This one is really interesting, but I struggled to really get into it due to the almost staccato nature of the chapters (chapters alternate back and forth between how Germany tore their program down and rebuilt it after the 2004 Euros and game logs from the 2014 Cup). The information provide [...]

    14. Aditya Candrasaputra says:

      Thoroughly enjoyed having the chance to get as close as possible in seeing the behind the scenes of German football through this book. Football has changed, and it is no longer enough to just "go out and play" with a lead player spurring everyone on. It is a game that requires every player and coaches to pick their brain, to start since a young age in order to make split second decisions later on. And this is the story of the German team transforming from a team of old men playing with a sweeper [...]

    15. Siddharth says:

      A superb account of the groundwork laid by the German FA to restore World Cup glory to the nation. Raphael Honigstein covers a vast range of initiatives with minute detail that all come together in that iconic goal scored by Mario Gotze in the Maracana. From the local academies setup to develop youth football, to SAP's data driven and bite sized personalized insights to players, to the use of the Footbonaut to improve cognitive abilities and reaction time, the book gives us a window into how muc [...]

    16. Jake Cusworth says:

      If you're interested in how German football has come back from the death, this is the book for you. A brilliant look at the processes and the effort the German FA put into the overhaul of the youth system, which ended in bringing the world cup back to Germany. Written excellently following the world cup throughout the whole book.I'm not usually the quickest reader, and have a slightly short attention span, but I read this very quickly. A real credit to Rafa Honigstein to keep my attention for so [...]

    17. Akin O says:

      Raphael Honigstein provides an incredibly detailed account of how German football reinvented itself both at club and national team level. It’s interesting to see the Swabian connection of high performance coaches and how the country’s nationalization laws strengthened the German talent pool and weakened the Turkish one in one swoop. It’s a really good book and I enjoyed the anecdote about what Herr Rohr contributed to youth development in Germany. Now he’s in Nigeria, maybe the football [...]

    18. José García-Herz says:

      Excellent chronicleA very well written chronicle that combines the experience of the World Cup with the recent German football history that made the victory possible. It describes very sociological environment and the resistance to change that Germany had to go through to transform the structures of its football. The importance of training and youth coaches and a uniform style among them was key to the continuos success of a football country that was about to go into a very deep crisis. Highly r [...]

    19. Peter says:

      A very interesting look at Germany's National Soccer team. They realized they weren't getting the results they wanted so they made the changes that needed to be made. I enjoyed it a lot.

    20. Dave Carr says:

      Fantastic insight into the reinvention of German football.

    21. Alvaro Gallardo says:

      CompletoEste libro trata de tomar en cuenta las diferentes condiciones que terminan con la copia ganada en Brazil. Interesante recuento de los factores.

    22. Rich Else says:

      Really enjoyed this. Lots of insight into the events leading up to the 2014 World Cup win.

    23. Tom Nixon says:

      I brought this book after listening to a Men In Blazers Pod Special featuring the author, Raphael Honigstein- who also narrates this excellent documentary on F.C. St. Pauli. Why buy the book? You know, I'm not really sure I watch more soccer than I used to, so it just sort of made sense to me to learn more about the history and trends of the game itself and Das Reboot is a fascinating look at how a game can evolve and be changed from the ground up.After a decline in the quality and results of th [...]

    24. Michael Elkon says:

      Enjoyable, quick read. One of the great things about being a soccer fan in the modern age is that there is great writing in English about the game all over the world. Rafa Hongstein is a great example. There's no reason why an American should feel compelled to root for an EPL team instead of a Bundesliga team because "they speak English in England" when you have someone like Rafa writing about the German game.Some standout memories from the book:1. Jurgen Klinsmann thought that Thomas Muller was [...]

    25. Scott Macarthur says:

      Fascinating insight into how Germany salvaged their failing football culture, and turned themselves back into a winning machine. So many enjoyable anecdotes, from a number of high profile footballing authorities in Germany.

    26. Kevin says:

      Es war sehr gut! Es war und ist eine sehr deutsche Geschichte. Er springt um ein wenig aber insgesamt es ist eine schöne Geschichte. Fachmännisch gesagt und geschrieben. Ich denke dass werden wir ok sein. Auf 2018! Weltmeister!

    27. Robin Harris says:

      Engrossing and superbly written by someone that clearly knows German football inside out and back to front.The English FA would do well to take heed of the Germans taking stock and reverting back to basics after disappointment at several tournaments, hitting a new low at Euro 2000 due to a dearth of talent and direction. Instead, choosing to turn their attention to youth development, quality coaching and rethinking their footballing identity; how exactly they want to play the game with a clear s [...]

    28. MacK says:

      For soccer fans, there are few thrills greater than seeing a strategy work well. To see the field open up in just the way it must for an attacker to advance and score. To see the defense close the gaps, in just the way they must to turn an attack into a change in possession. The fluidity of the game makes it difficulty to see, but when you do, it's a thing of beauty.Raphael Honigstein attempts to reveal the strategy not only within the German team's tactics, but also within the nation as a whole [...]

    29. Lea says:

      One of the better football books I have read, especially regarding the style and the tone of the writing. No sensationalism, no over-the-topness, I can really appreciate that. However, I felt it kind of dragged on and I always found my mind wandering off as I read it - that's probably the reason I only finished this after four months, I just never felt like picking it up. And yet I can't really find the fault within the book. A non-fiction story about how football has changed within the last dec [...]

    30. Adam says:

      U.S. soccer fans have been told to read this to get a sense of what national team coach Juergen Klinsman is trying to do here. While Honigstein provides some insight, it mostl reinforces the depressing view that while JK can bring in some fresh ideas, he ultimately isn't the guy who makes the tactical decisions that help a team win games or trophies. I heard the Men in Blazers interview with Honigstein in which the German said he writes in English, rather than translating. That creates an intere [...]

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