Played in Germany: A Footballing Journey Through a Nation's Soul (Paperback)
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Played in Germany: A Footballing Journey Through a Nation's Soul (Paperback)

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Published: 06/06/2024
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Beyond the booze and the bratwurst: what football really tells us about Germany, the UEFA Euro 2024 hosts

In summer 2024, the eyes of football fans worldwide will turn to Germany as it hosts the European Championship. For many, the country seems familiar territory: a footballing behemoth with clubs as famous as its beer and its cars. But, if you look closer, the beautiful game can offer a deeper understanding of Europe's powerhouse.

Played in Germany takes us on a journey through modern Germany’s football heartlands in search of the issues that define it. Through the stadiums, songs and simmering resentments of football, Kit Holden sheds light on a nation so diverse and divided that the only thing that really unites it is the game itself.

From the author of Sports Book Awards-shortlisted Scheisse! We're Going Up!

Publisher: Duckworth Books
ISBN: 9780715655412
Number of pages: 256
Dimensions: 216 x 135 mm


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'Always passionate, sometimes rough and ready, football in Germany has avoided the bling that has so disfigured the sport elsewhere. Kit Holden has travelled across this enchanting, diverse and often misunderstood country to explain in vivid detail the unbreakable bond it has with the Beautiful Game' John Kampfner, bestselling author of Why the Germans Do it Better

'An intimate portrait of Germany told through its football' Archie Rhind-Tutt, ESPN

'Absolutely wunderbar! Kit Holden's book is remarkably enlightening about both German football and society. My favourite footy read of the year so far. It's indispensable for anyone who wants to discover more about one of the continent's great football cultures' Adrian Goldberg

'A fascinating perspective not just on German football but on Germany itself, and a snapshot of a country in a state of deep flux. Immaculately researched and entertainingly written, Holden combines an evident affection for his subject with the clear judgement to critique it fairly' Jonathan Liew, The Guardian

'A great guide to Germany's football heartlands, Kit Holden wisely places the culture of the game in the contexts of the society around it: local and international, traditional and modern, political and personal. Played in Germany is a cracking read – fascinating and informative' Michael Wagg, author of The Turning Season: DDR-Oberliga Revisited

'This is among the very finest books written about German football. In fact, to call it a sports book is to do it a disservice, such is the breadth of its coverage and the scope of its analysis of the country’s history and culture. A tremendous accomplishment and a terrific read' Sebastian Stafford-Bloor, The Athletic

'To fully enjoy German football, it helps to get an idea of what a varied and fascinating country Germany is. This engaging and insightful book is a perfect illustration of how events on and off the pitch have given each club a special character and identity' Kevin Hatchard, Bundesliga World Feed TV Commentator

'Entertaining, engaging and full of fascinating insight. A captivating tour of a nation besotted with football. The perfect accompaniment to Europe's German summer' Daniel Gray, author of The Silence of the Stands

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“Great background reading for the EUROS!”

I have an interest in football, history and politics so, for me, this was an ideal book!
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