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Don't Mention the World Cup (Book)

SRP Price
2.99
Our Price
2.99
No. of Pages
120
ISBN
1840245212
Author
Ed West
Release Date
April 2006
Publisher
Summersdale Publishers
Format
Paperback
Availability Usually despatched within 2-6 working days.
Books occasionally go out of print at short notice.
Description
"Football: a game of 22 men chasing ball and in the end the Germans always win" - Gary Lineker.

In 1945, German soldier Bert Trautmann escapes from capture by the Red Army only to be caught by the British Army and endure "a fate vorse than death" playing for Manchester City. In 1961, Commando comic launches, providing English football fans with enough of the basics of the German language to get by, namely schnell, achtung and for you Tommy, ze war is over. In 1990, England play West Germany in the World Cup semi-final and go out on penalties. Gazza cries when a booking prevents him from playing in the final, and Gary Lineker motions him to the bench. Several BMWs are vandalised after the final whistle, and a Dachshund verbally abused.

The highs and lows of the greatest rivalry in Europe are amusingly documented in this tongue-in-cheek guide thats the essential accessory for the lead-up to the World Cup Finals. Also included: Teutonic Stereotypes Down a pint for every time one of the commentators uses any of these words to describe the German team: Disciplined, efficient, well-drilled, workhorses. Achtung Tommy!

The British tabloids have always been sensitive about dealing with a conflict that claimed 60m lives, so we look at some of their greatest headlines whenever England have met the Germans, e.g. Hunbelievable! (Daily Star, after England were drawn against Germany in the 2002 World Cup).



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