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 (

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