Men in Blazers Present Encyclopedia Blazertannica
From the wildly popular soccer pundits, a hilarious and informative guide to the ever-more popular game.For more than a decade, the "Men in Blazers"—two balding transplants from Britain named Rog and Davo—have stood at the center of our growing national obsession with soccer. Hundreds of thousands of fans tune in weekly to their podcast and television broadcast to get their analysis of the previous week's matches and soccer news. But for all their passion, many American fans are new to the sport: they weren't following it (or weren't yet born) when, for example, Maradona scored two of the most remarkable World Cup goals of all time in 1986, or when George Best was leading Manchester United to glory on the pitch and boozing and rampaging off of it. Now, Rog and Davo fill in all the gaps with this hugely entertaining and idiosyncratic guide to the sport they—and we—love. Published on the eve of the 2018 World Cup, this will be the book every soccer fan will need to have.

Men in Blazers Present Encyclopedia Blazertannica Details

TitleMen in Blazers Present Encyclopedia Blazertannica
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseMay 15th, 2018
PublisherKnopf Publishing Group
ISBN-139781101875988
Rating
GenreSports and Games, Sports, Nonfiction, Soccer

Men in Blazers Present Encyclopedia Blazertannica Review

  • MH
    January 1, 1970
    So much more than a well-illustrated collection of jokes about pie and hair loss, the encyclopedia format serves as a backdoor biography for the two men, "an optimistic Londoner who believes everything is possible" and "a negative Liverpudlian who sees Cossacks lurking behind every door" (x), told through entries on family, football collectibles, and especially childhoods in England spent dreaming about America. There are plenty of jokes for GFOPs and football fans, of course, but there's also a So much more than a well-illustrated collection of jokes about pie and hair loss, the encyclopedia format serves as a backdoor biography for the two men, "an optimistic Londoner who believes everything is possible" and "a negative Liverpudlian who sees Cossacks lurking behind every door" (x), told through entries on family, football collectibles, and especially childhoods in England spent dreaming about America. There are plenty of jokes for GFOPs and football fans, of course, but there's also a lot more genuine emotion than I expected: Rog wearing his heart on his sleeve (his beautiful speech at his son's bar mitzvah, his deeply uncomfortable collection of teenage shames and heartaches); Davo remembering his complicated, very British father while dropping lessons learned in a frankly aspirational life; and the whole thing has more sincere World War I poetry than you'd expect from a book that also has a guide to tying ties like Kyle Martino. I expected it to be funny - I didn't expect it to also be so honest, moving, and memorable. What is this world twisted.
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  • ♣ Irish Smurfétté ♣
    January 1, 1970
    I am barely able to properly convey how essiiiiiited I am to read this. 😁😁😁😁😁
  • Thekelburrows
    January 1, 1970
    Balds win! Balds win! BALDS WIN!
  • Ric
    January 1, 1970
    Rog and Davo have outdone themselves here. Just when I thought it couldn’t get any more suboptimal than the podcast and the tv show, they release this book that is as crap as the rest. And I couldn’t have possibly enjoyed it more.
  • Liesel Reichart
    January 1, 1970
    Entirely sub-optimal. The final nail in the coffin of the publishing business as we know it. Courage to all readers who embark on this heartless work, devoid of all human emotion and clearly ghost-written by Zlatan.
  • Spencer
    January 1, 1970
    I have loved soccer for a long time. In the buildup to the last World Cup in 2014, I discovered a podcast by two English gents call "Men in Blazers". I immediately fell in love with Rog and Davo, their football knowledge, their incredible sense of humor, and of course, their delightful accents. I haven't missed a Men in Blazers podcast in the past four years. Not only have they brought more enjoyment to the World Cup and subsequent international tournaments, but they have provided thorough educa I have loved soccer for a long time. In the buildup to the last World Cup in 2014, I discovered a podcast by two English gents call "Men in Blazers". I immediately fell in love with Rog and Davo, their football knowledge, their incredible sense of humor, and of course, their delightful accents. I haven't missed a Men in Blazers podcast in the past four years. Not only have they brought more enjoyment to the World Cup and subsequent international tournaments, but they have provided thorough education about the English Premier League, which has grown to become perhaps my favorite sports league. (My son Ben and I cheer for Tottenham). Anyway, I was excited to hear that Men in Blazers were publishing a book. Honestly, I didn't have high expectations, thinking it might be a short book that only rehashed a few things they have discussed on the pod. However, I greatly underestimated Rog and Davo. I absolutely loved this book. It was part serious soccer history, part biographies according to MiB, and part hilarious anecdotes and encyclopedia entries. I enjoyed every entry in this book and laughed out loud several times throughout. While it might not be as enjoyed or appreciated by readers not familiar with these gents, for anyone who is a fan of Men in Blazers, they are sure to love this book.
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  • Poppy
    January 1, 1970
    Could anything be better.Could anything be better. Hours & hours of football & laughter. I've sat with this all day. I will continue to enjoy it and share it with my kids & laugh with them. If only it came with pies.
  • Angel Ojeda
    January 1, 1970
    Pure Sub-Optimal Crap. I’ll forgive the lack of having Mexico with an excellent section on Miguel Herrera.
  • Joe Lucia
    January 1, 1970
    Suboptimal crap. Could not recommend it more highly.
  • Gus Sanchez
    January 1, 1970
    Crappity crap crap crap. And we’re all the better for this. Thank you for this, gents.
  • Hans-Martin Ishida
    January 1, 1970
    So crap it made me wish I'd stayed in Senegal rather than come back to buy it. Would read/refer to again.
  • Caroline
    January 1, 1970
    I think I texted photos of 1/2 the entries to my friends while laughing hysterically. Then I gave up and bought them the book.
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