Book look: footy fun facts

A new 290-page football-themed publication takes you far back to the beginnings of the sport to disclose manifold mysteries.1

Uli Hesse and Paul Simpson put an enormous effort on investigating extraordinary aspects concerning soccer. The book created by the ESPN columnist specialised on the Bundesliga and the former FourFourTwo editor is called “Wer erfand den Übersteiger? … und andere lebenswichtige Fußballfragen”.

It reveals the meaning of sport-themed terms like Tifosi and gets you closer to players’ personal pre-match rituals and traditions. Hesse and Simpson managed to find out more about incredible winning streaks. They also examined the tactics of North Korea’s legendary 1966 World Cup team.

“Wer erfand den Übersteiger? … und andere lebenswichtige Fußballfragen” is packed with facts, anecdotes and astonishing information. The broad range of football-themed subjects ensures a riveting read.

The book follows acclaimed Verlag Die Werkstatt publications such as “Fußball-Fasten” which is the title of Ben Redelings’ no-football experiment. “Alles Bayern! Unverzichtbares Wissen rund um den Rekordmeister” is a remarkably comprehensive and precise collection of facts, charts and statistics regarding Germany’s powerhouse. Christoph Bausenwein was in charge.

The author teamed up with Dietrich Schulze-Marmeling to create “Nur der BVB. Die Geschichte von Borussia Dortmund” – a superb encyclopaedia about Borussia Dortmund, the black and yellow soccer force from North-Rhine Westphalia. “Rote Liebe. Die Geschichte von Hannover 96” is the title of another impressive club history tome coming from Hardy Grüne, Frank Willig, Thorsten Schmidt and Horst Kroschinski.

Wer erfand den Übersteiger? … und andere lebenswichtige Fußballfragen
By Uli Hesse & Paul Simpson
Published by Verlag Die Werkstatt (

Book look: Krüger & Krumbiegel

Mike Krüger has revealed1 his autobiography. The German showbiz legend has a laid-back approach looking back on his career. He does not shy away from speaking about blunders, flops and poor performances. However, the Ulm-born Hamburg personality also writes about how he experienced first hits and blockbuster roles. Comedian Bastian Pastewka and even late essayist Roger Willemsen praised “Mein Gott, Walther. Das Leben ist oft Plan B”. Krüger’s reflections follow “Herbstblond. Die Autobiografie” by fellow movie star Thomas Gottschalk who hosted 151 editions of “Wetten, dass…?”, Germany’s final epic Saturday night entertainment programme. The Los Angeles-based loudmouth with a passion for controversial outfits also decided to bluntly speak out concerning his hits and misses. Piper, the publishing house releasing Krüger’s 290-page biography, recently also published Armin Strohmeyr’s non-fiction book “Geheimnisvolle Frauen. Rebellinnen, Mätressen, Hochstaplerinnen”. The author portrays 12 influential women from Empress Elizabeth of Austria to Hollywood femme fatale Greta Garbo.

Mein Gott, Walther. Das Leben ist oft Plan B
By Mike Krüger and Till Hoheneder
Published by Piper (

1An Austrian publishing house focusing on comedy has presented a great collection of Uwe Krumbiegel cartoons. “Die besten Cartoons von Uwe Krumbiegel” – now out by Holzbaum – dishes up the German’s relentlessly sarcastic points of view. Krumbiegel is taking the piss on our day to day routine. He questions aspects which we consider as common sense. This approach creates hilarious situations turned into caricatures by the Freiberg-based artist. Krumbiegel grew up in Saxony. His cartoons have been published by local Schweriner Volkszeitung and other papers. “Die besten Cartoons von Uwe Krumbiegel” reveals why cat content could have prevented World War Two. Krumbiegel also portrays the tough challenges of Santa Clause in the 21st century. Another drawing underlines the importance of correct pronunciation – or would you appreciate an airplane crashing into your dinner?

Die besten Cartoons von Uwe Krumbiegel
By Uwe Krumbiegel
Published by Holzbaum (

Book look: Tehran & tennis

2A German-Iranian journalist takes us on a journey to Iran. Bita Schafi-Neya presents the country and its people from a very personal point of view. She shares many anecdotes, describes life on the countryside and in Tehran and informs about the regional politeness customs. “Mögen deine Augen leuchten. Meine Reise durch den Iran” deals with Iranian feminism, the political situation decades after the revolution and an outlook on the Iranian society and the country’s standing in the world in the 21st century. Schafi-Neya’s book follows the release of “Krieg gegen das Kalifat” by Wieland Schneider. The Austrian reporter and author of “Das Ende der Angst?” travelled through Iraq, Syria and Turkey to document the fight against the Islamic State. He interviewed Kurdistan leaders and military generals to create a realistic portrait of the complex situation in the embattled region. Braumüller also published “Grado abseits der Pfade” by Michael Dangl. The book is the actor’s personal guide to the Adriatic beauty spot. He portrays landlords and residents to inform about the typical town life off the busy tourism activities in July and August. “Grado abseits der Pfade” also includes reports about trips to Marano Lagunare and Duino-Aurisina.

Mögen deine Augen leuchten. Meine Reise durch den Iran
By Bita Schafi-Neya
Published by Braumüller (

1A tennis enthusiast has created a 300-page tribute in an ambitious attempt to convince others of the fascination for the game. Florian Goosmann, a German journalist, writes about Roger Federer’s skills, recommends other books about the game’s biggest stars and makes aware of numerous YouTube classics. Goosmann also admits his admiration for some attractive female tennis starlets. He lists memorable matches which enthusiasts should check out once more online and reveals some amazing facts about players such as one hero’s need to leave the light on at night. “111 Gründe, Tennis zu lieben” also includes many advices concerning visiting the Australian Open and other important tournaments. The author explains why every tennis fan must attend a big tournament during its first week. He often adds a personal note to it all by telling anecdotes from his local court and other hilarious stories such as the one about a horrific road trip to the French Open. “111 Gründe, Tennis zu lieben” is part of a popular series by Schwarzkopf & Schwarzkopf. The collection also features books about other sports such as running and hiking and several renowned football clubs like Juventus Turin and Rapid Vienna.

111 Gründe, Tennis zu lieben
By Florian Goosmann
Published by Schwarzkopf & Schwarzkopf (

Book look: the nuclear nightmare

The devastating Chernobyl catastrophe was a turning point for society, economy and politics. The effects of the reactor four detonation of 26 April 1986 are now documented by a 1collection of gripping photographs.

Gerd Ludwig has worked for the National Geographic for more than 25 years. The award-winning lensman not only took pictures of the destructed power plant. He also documented the deserted exclusion zone, traumatised children, wounded workers and elderly residents who returned to their hometowns a few years after the tragedy. Mikhail Gorbachev, the creator of Perestroika and Glasnost, contributed two pages of introductory words for “The Long Shadow of Chernobyl”.

The 250-page book – which features informative texts in German, English and French – was named Best Photography Book at the Pictures of the Year Award 2014. The renowned retired Russian politician speaks of a “horrible lesson” we learned. He also mentions the poor information politics in the Soviet Union, the continuing danger caused by the existence of nuclear weapons and the economic effects of the disaster. Thousands of Europeans died from thyroid cancer and other diseases since the detonation. Between 1,000 and 1,600 Austrians lost the battle against thyroid cancer and other diseases linked with the radioactive fallout.

The Long Shadow of Chernobyl (Der lange Schatten von Tschernobyl)
By Gerd Ludwig and Mikhail Gorbachev
Published by Edition Lammerhuber (

Book look: summer & the Selecao

1Three renowned authors have written eight short stories in an attempt of reflection and portrayal. “Acht deutsche Sommer” consists of texts by Uwe Schmitt, Wolfgang Büscher and Christine Kensche. Büscher earned unanimous acclaim for publications like “Berlin – Moskau. Eine Reise zu Fuß” and “Hartland”, a book about his three-month hike from the United States’ frontier with Canada to the US-Mexican border. Another recommendable and more recent release by Büscher is “Ein Frühling in Jerusalem”. Kensche, who contributed two stories for “Acht deutsche Sommer”, worked as freelance foreign correspondent in Italy and Israel before joining Die Welt. The German daily previously published shorter versions of the stories featured in this book. Schmitt was born in 1955. He worked for Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung before being hired by Die Welt. In 1999, the journalist and author presented “Tokyo Tango. Ein japanisches Abenteuer”.

Acht deutsche Sommer
By Wolfgang Büscher, Christine Kensche and Uwe Schmitt
Published by Rowohlt (

We all know – and love – Brazil’s passion for football. The samba soccer stars delight the masses around the globe. Pele, Zico and Ronaldinho will always be legends. Now a new book offers fresh perspectives on the Selecao. On 400 pages, Angela Römelt delivers intense portraits of the game’s biggest heroes. However, the author also adds some lovely anecdotes about supporters, jersey colours and off-pitch topics. “111 Gründe, die Selecao Brasileira zu lieben” is part of a German publishing company’s series about the wonderful things in life. Other authors did not just focus on sports issues. However, the Schwarzkopf & Schwarzkopf collection features lists of 111 reasons regarding tennis (“111 Gründe, Tennis zu lieben” by German sports journalist Florian Goosmann), Italian Serie A giants Juventus (“111 Gründe, Juventus Turin zu lieben” by Roman Mandelc”).

111 Gründe, die Selecao Brasileira zu lieben
By Angela Römelt
Published by Schwarzkopf & Schwarzkopf (

Book look: old postcards, new novel

A new book takes us on a journey back in time. “Gruß aus Wien. Die Kaiserstadt in auf alten Ansichtskarten” is the name of this horse carriage straight into Vienna of the Habsburg era. This Sutton publication features dozens of coloured postcards depicting monuments all over the city. There are some horse carriages at Karlsplatz near the Stadtbahn pavilion by Otto Wagner. Children are playing at the Belvedere gardens where hundreds of tourists are going for a walk each day nowadays. At Mariahilfer Straße, few shoppers and just one tram can be seen – a significant contrast to the scenario at Austria’s most popular shopping avenue today. Other illustrations show a pond at the Arsenal where the Museum of Military History is located today. “Gruß aus Wien. Die Kaiserstadt in auf alten Ansichtskarten” is just one of many wonderfully nostalgic releases by Sutton. The company recently also presented “Rund um den Ring. Alltag und Festtag in Wien”, a book which creates an authentic picture of life around Vienna’s Ringstraße boulevard in the old days. Thomas Hofmann, the author who is also in charge for “Gruß aus Wien. Die Kaiserstadt in auf alten Ansichtskarten”, reveals why the a Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart statue was relocated. Hofmann also explains how the Viennese police tried to establish traffic rules. All of these small anecdotes and informative bits and pieces turn “Rund um den Ring. Alltag und Festtag in Wien” into a colourful and nostalgic trip into the past.

Gruß aus Wien. Die Kaiserstadt in auf alten Ansichtskarten
By Thomas Hofmann
Published by Sutton (

jonasOne of Austria’s most popular authors has released a new novel. “Der Jonas-Komplex”, a 720-page tome, follows unanimously acclaimed books like “Das bin doch ich” and “Das größere Wunder”. Glavinic entered the world of literature in 1998 . “Carl Haffners Liebe zum Unentschieden” portrays a chess champ’s inner struggles. “Der Kamermörder” is a phenomenal page-turner dealing with crime and guilt in times dominated by media and sensationalism. “Das Leben der Wünsche” received mixed reviews while “Meine Schreibmaschine und ich” offered interesting insights. Glavinic described his approach to writing, his routines and habits. The 44-year-old author from Graz who lives in Vienna recently criticised leftist elitists for patronising criticism of people who support right-wing populists. Glavinic justified his Facebook posting by underlining the importance of continued dialogue. Asked whether he would still be proud of Austria if far-right Norbert Hofer would become president, Glavinic told the Kurier: “What is ‘proud’ supposed to mean? I’m grateful of living in a country which offers so many possibilities of how to live my life. Two precedent generations made this possible, so there is nothing for me to be proud about. But I’m happy and grateful for being Austrian – and I’d still feel the same if Hofer gets elected.

Der Jonas-Komplex
By Thomas Glavinic
Published by S. Fischer (

Book look: Zurich & Jerusalem

A Swiss journalist and novelist invites us on a tour through the city she was born in. Zurich is the best known place in Swiss in the world. It is automatically linked in 2people’s minds with banks and big businesses. However, the picturesque place has to offer so much more. Milena Moser – who has worked for various papers but can also look back on writing a handful of top-selling novels and non-fiction releases – portrays Zurich’s night life, the positive and negative aspects of its many summer festivals, the city’s outskirts and the local zoo. “Gebrauchsanweisung für Zürich”, a 220-page Piper publication, is packed with chapters about new urban trends, the lake and the language, the expensive aspects of the city and its young generation. Moser’s book is a great addition to Piper’s Gebrauchsanweisung series which features exciting guides through various countries, regions and cities all over the world – from Australia to Salzburg, Croatia and London.

Gebrauchsanweisung für Zürich
By Milena Moser
Published by Piper (

“Jerusalem. Menschen und Geschichten einer wundersamen Stadt” is a collection of remarkable photos taken in one of the most fascinating cities in the world. The mention of Jerusalem, with its importance for three denominations, often creates emotions and even heated debate – regardless if participants of such discussions ever went there. Iris Berben has done so several times throughout the decades. The award-1winning German actress and humanity activist travelled to the Israeli town in 1968 for the first time. The images by Tom Krausz and her essays featured in this book – now out by Corso, a publishing house specialised in photo books – convey the special atmosphere of Jerusalem. The photos depict peaceful coexistence of Jewish people, Muslims and Christians. They also show idyllic street scenes between relaxing during lunchtime and doing shopping at the market. There are pilgrims, tourists and residents. The decisive questions regarding the future of Palestine and the whole Middle East remain unanswered. However, it is not the task of this book to find a solution. “Jerusalem. Menschen und Geschichten einer wundersamen Stadt” rather creates a wonderful feeling of city life involving people of different social background and nationality. The release follows several remarkable photo books such as “Wien, Küss die Hand, Moderne”. This unusual Vienna guide includes contributions by Elfriede Jelinek, Thomas Glavinic and Ulrich Ladurner. Furthermore, there are many brilliant photographs as well as book tips recommending the oeuvre of Thomas Stangl, Joseph Roth and many others.

Jerusalem. Menschen und Geschichten einer wundersamen Stadt
By Iris Berben and Tom Krausz
Published by Corso (

Book look: art & adventures

Residenz Verlag has released a collection of paintings helping to understand the artistic approach of two Viennese artists. The renowned publishing house previously presented Wien Museum exhibition 1 catalogues focusing on the oeuvre of Franz Sedlacek and Mira Lobe. Now the firm created “Im Zeitalter der Extreme. O. R. Schatz & Carry Hauser”. Ralph Gleis, writer and curator Cornelia Cabuk and others contributed articles about the works of art by O. R. Schatz and Carry Hauser. Former Wien Museum director Wolfgang Kos also wrote essays for the publication. Gleis is an expert on art of the 19th and 20th century. The Wien Museum exhibit features loans by the Viennese Pabst Collection, the Galerie bei der Albertina Zetter and others. “Im Zeitalter der Extreme. O. R. Schatz & Carry Hauser” reflects the broad range of topics covered by the painters – from working class themes to idyllic paintings depicting rows of houses which could have been created by Egon Schiele. Schatz died aged only 61 in 1961. Hauser passed away at the age of 90 in 1985.

Im Zeitalter der Extreme. O. R. Schatz & Carry Hauser
By Christoph Bertsch, Wolfgang Kos and others
Published by Residenz Verlag (

2Cycling from Berlin to Shanghai is a mad, hilarious and terribly exciting adventure. After achieving such an amazing task, what more is there to dare? Taking on the world, maybe? A few years ago, twin brothers from Germany decided rather spontaneously to get on their bikes and cycle to China. It was a fascinating trip and Paul and Hansen Hoepner wrote a book about it “Zwei nach Shanghai”. They also produced a television documentary about their incredible journey. Now the 34-year-old twins hitchhiked around the world – from Spain to Canada, China and India. To intensify the experience, the Hoepners decided to cut costs and earn money on the road. Did they manage it to the end or have they been forced to give up early? Get their new, richly illustrated 300-page book “Zwei um die Welt. In 80 Tagen ohne Geld” to find out!

Zwei um die Welt. In 80 Tagen ohne Geld
By Hansen Hoepner, Paul Hoepner and Marie-Sophie Müller
Published by Malik (