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  • Das Reboot

  • How German Football Reinvented Itself and Conquered the World
  • By: Raphael Honigstein
  • Narrated by: Charlie Anson
  • Length: 9 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook
  • Categories: History, Europe
  • 4.7 out of 5 stars (14 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

"Football is a simple game; 22 men chase a ball for 90 minutes and at the end, the Germans always win." (Gary Lineker)

On 13 July 2014, World Cup Final, the last 10 minutes of extra time: Germany forward Mario Götze, receiving a floated pass from his international teammate André Schürrle, 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 the aftermath Götze looks dazed, unable to comprehend what he has done.

In Das Reboot, journalist and television pundit Raphael Honigstein charts the return of German football from the international wilderness of the late 1990s to Götze's moment of genius and asks: how did this come about? 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 in 2014?

The answer takes him from California to Stuttgart, from Munich to the Maracaná, via Dortmund and Durban. Packed with exclusive interviews with the key protagonists, Honigstein's book lifts the lid on the secrets of German football's success.

©2015 Raphael Honigstein (P)2015 Random House AudioBooks

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  • 14-08-2017

Brilliant book and fascinating storytelling

Loved this book. A must for every football fan. The storytelling was impressive and audio version was very good.

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  • KR.
  • 16-11-2017

Rayooce or Royce, that doesn't really matter

Ok firstly so what if the narrator pronounced a few of the names differently, his pronunciation of other German words were fine. Even if they weren't it still would not have changed the fact that this is a very enjoyable listen, full of anecdotes, facts and history about the modern era of German football.

Listening through the build up to the 2014 World Cup it isn't surprising that they did so well and why England struggle.

What I found most intriguing was the in depth explanation of the German youth elite training academies. Particularly because my son is training in one as part of his school curriculum, but also because of the facts and figures and motivation behind it to develop a national footballing culture.

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  • James
  • 07-04-2021

Highly engaging and very relevant 5 years on.

I purchased this 5 years ago and have just turned to it now. It holds up very well. The passage of time since the events leading up to the 2014 WC win somehow adds to, rather than detracts, from the experience.

The approach taken by the author is not strictly chronological but changes perspectives and time-periods, broken up by a detailed account of Germany's progress in the 2014 WC. This structure helps with pacing and variety.

Yes, Germany fluffed the 2018 WC, but this just goes to show how success is never final; failure is never fatal.

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  • Raphael de la Ghetto
  • 12-03-2021

Very good but nearly great

Great charting the progress but would have liked more on the influence of coaches like Rangnick. An excellent story nonetheless with a good balance between the emotional and tactical elements

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  • Anonymous User
  • 02-06-2018

A terrific, immersive listen

An outstanding book, extremely well read that I found hard to leave when I'd finished it. Recommended.

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  • rob summerton
  • 07-03-2018

This shows how far English football is behind everyone

This book demonstrates why the England national team is so far behind every body else on the national stage. A superb listen

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  • Daniel Rua
  • 25-09-2017

Very interesting story

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Yes, very in-depth account of the troubles of recent German football, by a great writer.

How did the narrator detract from the book?

A good bit. It's somewhat a disgrace that the awful mispronunciation of not only German, but Spanish, Italian, Portuguese, etc., names and words were allowed to remain in this book. Lothar Matthaeus' name was especially butchered, with about three different pronunciations in as many sentences.

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  • Liam W.
  • 04-07-2017

top, top class

brilliant insight and details behind Germany success and master plan. great book. great value for football fanatics

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  • Shaun Bartlett
  • 07-07-2016

Terrific

Fantastic book/audio book.Would definitely recommend. If you're a fan of German football then what's not to like?!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 10-05-2016

excellent

loved it, amazing. great insight into German football. please add some more German football books as this was truly brilliant

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  • Drew Peacock
  • 05-04-2016

Essential Football Reading

Most insightful. Why have we not done this in England? Thought that the narrator did a great job of delivering the story.

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