Das Reboot: How German Football Reinvented Itself and


Das Reboot: How German Football Reinvented Itself and Conquered the World Football is a simple gamemen chase a ball forminutes and at the end, the Germans always win Gary Lineker Packed with exclusive interviews with key protagonists, Raphael Honigstein s book lifts the lid on the secrets of German football s successth July , World Cup Final, the last ten minutes of extra time Germany forward Mario G tze, receiving a floated pass from his international teammate Andr Sch rrle, jumps slightly to meet the ball and cushion it with his chest Landing on his left foot, he takes a step with his right, swivels, and in one fluid motion, without the ball touching the ground, volleys it past the onrushing Argentine goalkeeper into the far corner of the net The goal wins Germany the World Cup for the first time in almost twenty five years In Das Reboot, journalist and television pundit Raphael Honigstein charts the return of German football how did German football transform itself from its efficient, but unappealing and defensively minded traditions to the free flowing, attacking football that was on display during the last World Cup The answer takes him from California to Stuttgart, from Munich to the Maracan , via Dortmund and Durban German football boasts not only the World Cup, but superb writers A fine account of how Germany reclaimed hegemony Guardian

  • Hardcover
  • Das Reboot: How German Football Reinvented Itself and Conquered the World
  • Raphael Honigstein
  • 10 October 2018
  • 0224100149

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8 thoughts on “Das Reboot: How German Football Reinvented Itself and Conquered the World

  1. Erik Cleves Kristensen Erik Cleves Kristensen says:

    Das Reboot tells the story about German football that led up to their incredible victory in the World Cup of 2014 Many forget that up to 2014 Germany had not won a major football title since 1996, despite being one of the great powers of World football Despite making the 2002 World Cup final which they lost 0 2 to Brazil German football was in crisis since their last major tournament victory in the 1996 Euro In 1998 they had been eliminated from the World Cup in humiliating fashion by Croatia, and in 2000 and 2004 they had fallen in the group stages of the Euro.This was not the Germany that everyone expected to win, not least themselves Amid this two forces faced one another, the conservative forces that argued that German football should continue with its values and style that had before led them to victories, and a reformist group of coaches and football managers that wanted to adapt German football to a modern attacking style, and not least to a changing Germany The book traces the likes of Dietrich Weise, who helped set up a reformed youth system for spotting and nurturing talent, including working with schools, in that footballers should also have education, as aptly put by Volker Kersting, the youth director at Mainz one of the clubs that gave birth to much of the renewed focus the brain is the most important thing a footballer possesses What doesn t happen upstairs can t happen down below at the feet either But Weise is not alone, but notably a group of managers who promoted youth at club level, Ralf Rangnick, Jurgen Klopp, Thomass Tuchel and Mattias Sammer, all had important roles in the transition of German football.The 2006 World Cup in Germany plays a central role in the tale Jurgen Klinsmann became the unlikely manager who wanted to change German football As much as ever, Germany had to win the World Cup at home, but when they didn t, it was not a catastrophe Quite on the contrary, the 2006 team became one of the most popular teams of German history Its attacking style, flat hierarchy, relaxed attitude and friendly players became a symbol of a marvellous World Cup, greatly described in the documentary Ein Sommerm rchen.In 2006 football in Germany was no longer about winning only, but captured the wider imagination of Germans.Germany built on the 2006 World Cup success for the following years Under Klinsmann s assistant, Joachim Low, they continued building on the attacking style and involving players in decision making In 2008 and 2010 they lost the Euro final and World Cup semifinal, respectively, to the best Spanish side of all time In 2012 they lost in the Euro semifinal to Italy, but one could already see the potential of a technically skilled and confident team before the 2014 World Cup The fruits of the focus on youth could already be seen in 2009, when German youth sides, who had never performed well, in one year won the u 17, u 19 and u 21 European championships The victories counted up to 10 players who would eventually be part of the 2014 triumph.The book is excellent as it inter changes chapters on the background, and then the actual build up to the 2016 final at the Maracana Each of the major matches gets a chapter, with the matches against Algeria and Brazil being very interesting Against Algeria Germany was under enormous pressure against a team that had read well their style Goalkeeper Manuel Neuer saved Germany, who in the end with patience and ball possession wore down the brave Algerians.For the Brazil semi final it is interesting it is to read how the German team had studied Brazil s weaknesses Brazil had indeed not been strong in the tournament, and the German s downplayed their chances, while knowing that Brazil was under enormous pressure to build the World Cup at home, something that the Germans had themselves been under in 2006.The description of the final is fascinating, also considering that it was never a given that Germany would win Argentina had one of the best teams in the world, and had it not been for Higuain s misses history might well have been different But the description of Mario Gotze s winning goal is excellent Gotze himself a fruit of the youth system and an avid user of a computer simulation where players were made to repeat a move similar to the goal move, is in the book the ultimate proof of the successful transformation of German football.I like the book because unlike many other books it does not go into gossiping or some pseudo psychological analysis of people The focus is on football In that regard it may be too detailed for the un initiated The book requires some prior knowledge of older German players, results and teams, or one will have a difficult time appreciating all the changes and details But f you have that knowledge and an interest beyond German football, but also on football in general I could not stop thinking why Brazil has not engaged in similar reforms that are very needed , this is a great book.

  2. Mark Pack Mark Pack says:

    Raphael Honigstein s Das Reboot How German Football Reinvented Itself and Conquered the World sets out to explain how German football recovered from its relative failures at the 1998 World Cup and 2000 European championships There s lots of good material in here, often well told and packed full of weird and wonderful personalities brought skilfully to life.Two important caveats apply, however.First, if you re not already familiar with the topic the book can be hard to follow as, rather than being written chronologically, it is an account of Germany s matches in the last World Cup, interspersed by different leaps back in time to explain themes related to each match It s a neat idea for structuring the book and makes for better analysis, but it also results in a lot of doubling back and forth over time which can be confusing if you don t already know the basic story and facts such as the order in which German managers came and went.Second, the book at times falls prey to the widespread trap of if X won then what X did must have been right, and if Y lost then what Y did must have been wrong Yet with many key Word Cup matches turning on just one goal a point Honigstein himself makes well that doesn t necessarily follow Good luck can rescue the people doing the wrong thing, just as bad luck can sink those doing the right thing.That said, it is a great read and certainly the contrast between the German old guard and the new wave of doing things is a very plausible explanation for Germany s returning to winning ways For English readers the contrast with domestic football is notable, especially the huge emphasis in the German recovery on teamwork, lack of ego and youth development feeding into the top German football clubs Notable too is how little smart use of data plays in the story It s not absent but far from the dominating factor that it is in other sports stories such as Moneyball.

  3. von Imp von Imp says:

    Could not put this down from the moment I picked it up The weave of recent German Football history with the build up to and journey through the 2014 World Cup was brilliant I found myself getting excited getting through the tournament even though we all know the final result It was also incredibly fascinating reading of the struggle and effort of Klinsmann and Bierhoff getting the changes through and accepted Honigstein really has managed to weave a brilliant narrative and clearly has both the access to and trust of a huge range of the important characters in this narrative I loved the book I would l also like to know if there is a German version as so many of my German friends were really excited about the book when I told them about it but don t quite have the English to enjoy it as much as I did.

  4. RickyW RickyW says:

    A really fascinating insight to the re invention of the German national side since it s relative demise around the turn of the century, by their own elevated standards and although the results are now clear for all to see All German Champions League Final 2013 and World Cup Winners 2014, it wasn t a straightforward path in getting there, but the foundations are now in place for years to come Hadn t read anything by this author previously but certainly impressive and would seek out his books in the future, a real authority on the evolving of football in Germany in past 20 years, thank you

  5. Vlad Thelad Vlad Thelad says:

    Each country has a favourite sport, one that helps define its identity and embodies the collective hopes and despairs of its citizens For Germany, as for most others, it is football soccer For any outsider the intensity with which the triumphs and failures are lived in another country is, well, foreign, even if it closely resembles that of his of her own This is an excellent book, one that conveys with an insider s knowledge and accuracy the trials and tribulations of the German national team, from 1996 leading up to and detailing their success at the 2014 World Cup It is a must read for football fans, including or even specially those who follow Germany.

  6. z55z.co Customer z55z.co Customer says:

    Raphael Honigstein depicts and narrates the journey of Germany, a footballing giant that we all know today in a sensational way How German football rose from relative obscurity to become world champions in 2014 Perfectly written and sprinkled with engaging insights from the men behind the Fu ball revolution, it is a compelling read A must read for anyone who loves football.

  7. Kevin Clancy Kevin Clancy says:

    An excellent read for anyone interested in cultural change in sport This book offers an insight into the people, ideas and mechanisms that went into transforming the German footballing landscape A great read for any coaches or aspiring administrators.

  8. John John says:

    This is a great read

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