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Love and Blood: At the World Cup with the Footballers, Fans, and Freaks Paperback – October 1, 2007
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There is no question write knows a lot about the trials and tribulations of soccer matches in the world cup arena, but it just was lost in the personal detritus.
The book was also decidedly long with historical asides that got very lengthy, and the writer is no expert in history but is a Fox sports reporter apparently.
There are better "football" books.
Trecker does a good job shedding light on the workings of FIFA, the US soccer federation and the problems the sport faces in the US. The soccer tidbits in the book are a good read, but he gets much too shallow when he tries to analyse participating countries, their followers and customs. He should have left the judgement out of this book (or analyse deeper) - after all, why do I care about his inability to buy medicine in the host country, something he goes into some detail about? And while he complains multiple times about perceived transportation problems he makes no effort to investigate the underlying reasons - good journalism reads differently.
While I found the concept (reading a book about the 2006 World Cup) intriguing, the execution fell short of my expectations.
First off, at one time, I was writing for any number of soccer sites, including MLSnet.com. I gained somewhat of a reputation from my work at the now defunct InternetSoccer.com. In some circles I guess I was considered a "journalist," but I laugh at that one, as I personally wouldn't sully the reputation of the many good real journalists out there by lumping myself in with them. Anyhow, thanks to my work, I had a chance to interact with a good many soccer journalists, including the author of "Love & Blood: At the World Cup with the Footballers, Fans, and Freaks," Mr. Jamie Trecker.
Among the many of us who intently follow the sport in the US, there is this sort of love/hate relationship with Mr. Trecker. On the one hand, we value and appreciate the few professional soccer writers in the US. On the other, Mr. Trecker has been one of the most outspoken critics of Major League Soccer, US Soccer, and anything else related to the US game. Like anything, some of his criticism is justified, some of it is not. Many of the disagreements many have with him is the fact has to do with personality, his argumentative style, and his pretentiousness. Throw in a penchant for the perceived lack of substance and his running loose with facts, you can understand why his name causes many soccer fans to roll their eyes.
There are other reasons as well, but if you are reading "Love & Blood" you are probably well aware of the issues. In fairness, Mr. Trecker has always stated that his objective was to cover the sport the way other sports are covered.Read more ›
A lot of "Love & Blood" focuses on off-the-pitch fan activity in bars, train stations, public squares, and more. This is not a book simply about which countries won/lost the games in Germany. Trecker also makes some valid points about the absurd over-commodification and corporatization that the World Cup has become (like every other major sporting event on the globe.)
Some reviewers here have found the tone of this book too negative, but having a spotlight on the BS is essential to understanding the event as a whole, and Trecker does it with a sense of humor.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Great book I gave it to someone as a gift however amazon screwed it up by sending it ripped and tattered.Published on December 31, 2010 by Laxman
In "Love & Blood" Jamie Trecker describes events involving the 2006 World Cup in Germany. Along the way the reader is introduced to players, coaches, officials, journalists and... Read morePublished on December 9, 2008 by T. Karr
Not bad. Gives you good insight to being there and was enjoyable. However some of the best books I've read in this arena are The Miracle at Castel Di Sangro and Among the Thugs.Published on June 28, 2008 by B. Boyd
This is one of the most boring Football books that I have read in a long time. Go and see if you can get it at the library so you don't have to pay for it.Published on June 19, 2008 by Jacob Savage
When I got this book, I had very high expectations because I was at the 2006 world cup and was hoping to relive some memories. Read morePublished on January 16, 2008 by Michael P. Hart
I really wanted to give this book two stars but simply cannot do so. I found Love & Blood extremely disappointing. This is no Grass of Another Country or Fever Pitch. Read morePublished on December 23, 2007 by Bernard Chapin