Soccer Men by Simon Kuper
Profiles of the Rogues, Geniuses, and Neurotics Who Dominate the World's Most Popular Sport

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Simon Kuper’s New York Times bestseller Soccernomics pioneered a new way of looking at soccer through meticulous empirical analysis and incisive—and witty— commentary. Kuper now leaves the numbers and data behind to explore the heart and soul of the world’s most popular sport in the new, extraordinarily revealing Soccer Men.

Soccer Men goes behind the scenes with soccer’s greatest players and coaches. Inquiring into the genius and hubris of the modern game, Kuper details the lives of giants such as Arsène Wenger, Jose Mourinho, Jorge Valdano, Lionel Messi, Kaká, and Didier Drogba, describing their upbringings, the soccer cultures they grew up in, the way they play, and the baggage they bring to their relationships at work.

From one of the great sportswriters of our time, Soccer Men is a penetrating and surprising anatomy of the figures that define modern soccer.


About Simon Kuper

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Simon Kuper is one of the world’s leading writers on soccer. He is the coauthor of the national bestseller Soccernomics and author of Soccer Against the Enemy, which won the William Hill Prize. He is a columnist and feature writer for the Financial Times and lives in Paris.
Published October 4, 2011 by Nation Books. 336 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Political & Social Sciences, Sports & Outdoors, Business & Economics. Non-fiction

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Kuper, a reporter for the Financial Times , delves deeply into the ways that soccer has become intertwined with the politics, philosophies and worldview of most of the planet's population.

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Kuper (Soccernomics), who has covered professional soccer’s headliners and newsmakers for a variety of publications, including the Financial Times and the Times of London, writes, “I have never thought that most soccer players, like in many other sports, have anything special to say.” He ad...

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As fans, we often wonder who the people are who wear the mask of sporting hero.

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However Kuper is particularly insightful about players such as Liverpool winger Dirk Kuyt, and Manchester United goalkeeper Edwin van der Sar who hail from the Netherlands (where Kuper grew up), folding personal remembrances and observations of the landscape and culture into his analysis of the p...

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