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Us vs Them: Journeys to the World's Greatest Football Derbies Paperback – March 4, 2004
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Giles Goodhead was educated at a soccer-playing minor public school in Essex and at Cambridge where he just about made the college team. He now lives in California, where he runs his own business-information company and plays soccer with his children in the back garden. This is his first book. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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The description of the football, when he gets round to it, makes it sound like he has been living in California all his life, e.g., "Celtic did nothing at all, apart from score from a long free kick that bounced through the goalie"
You would find better sports writing on the back of a toilet door. I really cannot believe this appalling drivel was published by Penguin. I want to give it no stars but amazon doesn't allow no stars. In truth this is a pathetic piece of work that fails utterly (and I mean utterly) in its flimsy attempt to capture the colour and passion of football derbies. Reading it, one would think this man had no interest in football at all. A disgraceful effort. Avoid like the plague.
The one saving grace, aside from the ironic saving grace, is the book is fairly readable and won't eat up too much of your time. And it's useful as a "how not to" of sports and travel writing...
This may not be the book you want in order to fill the need for an enrgossing novel or to recall you football hooligan days. You may want to read "rolling with the 6.57 crew" for that. But this is a great book for the toilet, a flight, or just to kill a few minutes everynight before you go to bed.
Overall I found it enjoyable to read at work.
True, there's more here about what Barcelona's hot dogs tasted like (great) than who scored Barcelona's goals (who cares?), apparently annoying for some but a big plus to me. This is really a comedy travel book in disguise. Highly entertaining.