Per Boek Wijzer Auteur: Ulrich
Germany is widely regarded as one of the most successful football nations in the world, despite not having a professional league until the 1960s. Tor! (Goal!) traces the extraordinary story of the country's club and international football, from when the game was seen as a dangerously foreign pastime, through the horrors of the Nazi years to postwar triumphs and the crisis of the new century. Tor! challenges the myth that German football is 'predictable' or `efficient' and brings to life the fascinating array of characters who shaped it: the betrayed pioneer Walther Bensemann; the enigmatic genius Sepp Herberger; the all-conquering Franz Beckenbauer; the modern misfit Lothar Matthaus. And even the radio commentator Herbert Zimmermann, whose ecstatic cries of `Tor!' greeted the winning goal for West Germany in the 1954 World Cup final and helped change a whole nation's view of itself. This new edition brings events up to date, examining the effect that hosting the 2006 World Cup had on the country, and how German club football has become the most talked-about in Europe, culminating in the 2013 Champions League final between Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund.
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