Soccer Men: Profiles of the Rogues, Geniuses, and Neurotics Who Dominate the World's Most Popular Sport

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Nation Books, 2011 - BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY - 450 pages
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Simon KuperOCOs "New York Times" bestseller "Soccernomics" pioneered a new way of looking at soccer through meticulous empirical analysis and incisive?and witty? commentary. Kuper now leaves the numbers and data behind to explore the heart and soul of the worldOCOs most popular sport in the new, extraordinarily revealing "Soccer Men."

"Soccer Men" goes behind the scenes with soccerOCOs greatest players and coaches. Inquiring into the genius and hubris of the modern game, Kuper details the lives of giants such as Ars ne Wenger, Jose Mourinho, Jorge Valdano, Lionel Messi, Kaki, and Didier Drogba, describing their upbringings, the soccer cultures they grew up in, the way they play, and the baggage they bring to their relationships at work.

From one of the great sportswriters of our time, "Soccer Men" is a penetrating and surprising anatomy of the figures that define modern soccer."

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Review: Soccer Men: Profiles of the Rogues, Geniuses, and Neurotics Who Dominate the World's Most Popular Sport

User Review  - Henry C. - Goodreads

If you want to know how Jose Mourinho's paranoia can be traced to pre-revolution Portugal or to know what a "pibe" is and its role in Argentinian soccer lore, this is the book for you. "Soccer Men" is ... Read full review

Review: Soccer Men: Profiles of the Rogues, Geniuses, and Neurotics Who Dominate the World's Most Popular Sport

User Review  - wakaba - Goodreads

I would have enjoyed this book a lot more if it wasn't for its irreverent tone. I realize that it is aimed towards a North American audience, but sometimes it can be frown-inducing for a passionate ... Read full review

About the author (2011)

Simon Kuper is one of the world’s leading writers on soccer. He is the coauthor of the national bestseller Soccernomics and author of Soccer Against the Enemy, which won the William Hill Prize. He is a columnist and feature writer for the Financial Times and lives in Paris.

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