Simon Kuper's "New York Times" bestseller "Soccernomics" pioneered
a new way of looking at soccer through meticulous empirical
analysis and incisive--and witty-- commentary. Kuper now leaves the
numbers and data behind to explore the heart and soul of the
world's most popular sport in the new, extraordinarily revealing
"Soccer Men" goes behind the scenes with soccer's greatest
players and coaches. Inquiring into the genius and hubris of the
modern game, Kuper details the lives of giants such as Arsene
Wenger, Jose Mourinho, Jorge Valdano, Lionel Messi, Kaka, and
Didier Drogba, describing their upbringings, the soccer cultures
they grew up in, the way they play, and the baggage they bring to
their relationships at work.
From one of the great sportswriters of our time, "Soccer Men"
is a penetrating and surprising anatomy of the figures that define