The essential guide to world soccer—the history, the players, the fan culture—from the phenomenally popular duo from NBC Sports.
The Men in Blazers are two English-born, soccer-obsessed broadcasters who have savored the dizzying growth of the game along with millions of Americans. Now they immerse fans and novices alike in the history and culture of the world’s game with Encyclopedia Blazertannica. Examining fan culture, from the famous stadium chants to the tactical variations of scarf tying, exploring the complex physics and ethics of both celebratory knee slides and fights between players, reliving the careers of legendary players, classic matches, and colorful World Cup history, and sharing a deep appreciation for the athletic brilliance and ill-judged neck tattoos that dominate the sport, this indispensable tome gives readers a front-row seat to all the action of football madness.
A New York Times Bestseller!
Very Funny, If a Little Backward Looking
Fans of soccer will enjoy this new book from the goofy/sweet hosts of the Premier League TV show. I did. Not as comprehensive as it could be—I was looking for entries on PL teams, and some significant omissions exist. And it has a nogistalgic “look back” feel to it. Would have liked the contemporary game to have been covered in more detail. Still recommended.