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Tor!: The Story of German Football Paperback – July 15, 2003


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  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: WSC Books Limited (July 15, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 095401345X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0954013455
  • Product Dimensions: 5.4 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #996,871 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Social Scientist on September 9, 2005
Format: Paperback
If you want to learn more about German football/soccer, its history and stories, read this book. Hesse-Lichtenberger is a fantastic writer and enthusiastic fan of the sport (and not necessarily the way it is played by the Germans), who puts all his love and knowledge into this book. You will learn about the "Schalker Kreisel" which made one of Germany's club teams (FC Schalke 04) one of the best and most advanced teams in the world when German soccer didn't have a wimming reputation. You will learn about some of the scnadals of German soccer and about some of the forgotten stars. Hesse-Lichtenberger takes the subject seriously, but finds a light and humorous voice that makes this book entertaining and enjoyable.
One of the best soccer books I have read, although readers should have some interest in learning about German soccer. Otherwise this book may be too specialized.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Charlie Bartel on July 26, 2013
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Remember an old TV series SOCCER MADE IN GERMANY with it's entertaining British host TOBY CHARLES? It ran on Public TV in the US in the mid 70's through the early 80's. In it's time it was almost the only source of European Football in the US, although with a German bent. Watching the weekly match highlights left me hungry to learn more about the history of German football beyond the last World or European Cup. Here comes TOR:THE STORY OF GERMAN FOOTBALL. It's terrific.

ULI-HESSE LICHTENBERGER is a working Football Journalist. You can read his regular column on-line at ESPN's SOCCERNET.COM. In TOR (which means Goal in German) he covers the game from the beginning in the middle of the 19th Century. Germany wins the World Cup in 1954, but a national domestic league isn't started until 1963. However almost no other country can match their legacy. 3 World Cup championships and 3 runner's up; 4 European Championships; and numerous club championships.

But TOR is more than competitions and scores. German football is full of Heroes and Villians and they are all part of TOR. You will read about Joseph Sepp Herberger, national team manager from 1935 - 1962; famous players from Fritz Walter through Uwe Seeler, Gerd Mueller, Rudi Voeller, Lothar Mattheus, and Michael Ballack. They are all here. And then there is Germany's greatest footballer, Franz Beckenbauer. HESSE-LICHTENBERGER reveals the great German Kaiser including some character flaws that will demystify his legacy.

Another reason to recommend this book is that it also covers East German football. This makes it a comprehensive look at German football.

Right now the US is experiencing a revival on the international level. This is due to the leadership of our new national team manager Jurgen Klinsman.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Keith Richardson on July 5, 2010
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Uli Heese-Lichtenberger's account of the history of German football is amazing. But anyone who has ever followed his regular columns before reading "Tor!" will not be surprised. I recommend this book to anyone who is the least bit interested in not only Germany's version of the world's game, but in a bit of German history too.

My seller here at Amazon was awesome too. My book arrived faster than expected and was in wonderful condition.
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By Kelsey on June 27, 2013
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I love this book... I'm not even that huge of a soccer fan, but Hesse-Lichtenberger writes in a style that is accessible and entertaining. I learned a lot and enjoyed it as well. I hope that he will update it to reflect the awesome successes of the Bundesliga in the past few years!
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