It is no surprise that many football books are released around half a year before the next World Cup. And it is no surprise either that a new publication about World Cup stars from Germany features chapters about undisputed leaders such as former Bayern Munich President Franz Beckenbauer, ex-Bayern captain Lothar Matthäus and 1954 champ Fritz Walter.
However, Sascha Theisen did not just focus on the greatest players of the sport. He also dedicated portraits to athletes who were part of the German squad nominated for the different Football World Cups but never sent on the pitch by the manager. Theisen underlines their often underestimated importance since they did their best to create a positive atmosphere during the tournament within the team.
The author of “Nach vorne!” and “Marmor, Stein und Eisen” structured his book in several chapters of which some have unexpected topics. Like this, Theisen manages to direct the spotlight on popular commentators and on players who are hardly ever mentioned in other World Cup reviews – despite their outstanding achievements. He writes about German footballers who can proudly look back on a small number of magic moments. This, of course, did not keep Theisen from honour the country’s superb strikers like Jürgen Klinsmann, Miroslav Klose and Uwe Seeler.
Helden. 50 deutsche WM-Legenden
By Sascha Theisen
Published by Verlag Die Werkstatt (www.werkstatt-verlag.de)