Tag: Ramblings: European Football


Review: Tor! The Story of German Football

Posted 15 December, 2014 by Lianne in Books / 0 Comments

Tor! The Story of German Football
By: Uli Hesse
Format/Source: Paperback; my purchase

Germany did not have professional players or a national league until the 1960s, yet it became one of the most successful football nations in the world. Tor! (Goal!) traces the extraordinary story of Germany’s club and international football, from the days when it was regarded as a dangerously foreign pastime, through the horrors of the Nazi years to postwar triumphs and the crisis of the new century.

Tor! challenges the myth that German football is predictable or efficient and brings to life the fascinating array of characters who shaped it: the betrayed pioneer Walther Bensemann; the enigmatic genius Sepp Herberger; the all-conquering Franz Beckenbauer; the modern misfit Lothar MatthΓ€us. And even the radio commentator Herbert Zimmermann, whose ecstatic cries of Tor! greeted the winning goal in the 1954 World Cup final and helped change a whole nation s view of itself. This new edition brings events up to date, examining the effect that hosting the 2006 World Cup had on the country, and how German club football has become the most talked-about in Europe, culminating in the 2013 Champions League final between Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund.

I was recently on the hunt for football-themed books about the history of the sport (being the fan that I am). But as a Germany NT suppoter, it was a book on German football that interested me the most. At first all of my searches for this book came out as sold out or overly-pricey secondhand copies of this book. Then I learned that there was a revised edition of the book and that it was as recent as 2013. You may have seen my flailing a few weeks ago on Instagram when the book arrived πŸ˜‰

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Bookish and Not-So-Bookish Thoughts

Posted 9 October, 2014 by Lianne in Miscellaneous / 12 Comments

Bookish and Not-So-Bookish Thoughts is a weekly blogging event hosted by Bookishly Boisterous. It allows book bloggers (and non-book bloggers) to write about pretty much anything, bookish or otherwise (i.e. share exciting plans for the weekend, rants on things they’ve encountered during the week, etc.).

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  1. So my birthday was last Sunday, haha. It was a quiet celebration, as always; I think the highlight was the box of strawberry tarts that we had πŸ˜€ I also finally got around to watching Taken, which means I can now freely reference lines from that movie having actually seen it (I made a reference to it one time to my best friend; alas, she didn’t get it) πŸ˜›
  2. Other things going on in my life: school is busy. I don’t know why, but it seems like I have a lot more assignments/things going on for my classes than in previous semesters O_o I had two tests this week, which is probably why I’m so grumpy about it, lol! Clinical is also busy but I like my placement and I’m learning/utilising a lot.
  3. This is pretty cool: Aerial views of Europe taken from a drone
  4. Also, I really love this video from a few weeks ago: Manuel Neuer, never change πŸ™‚
  5. I won a gift certificate to GoneReading.com from The Parchment Girl back in August but I didn’t get around to using it until recently. I got this lovely leather book jacket & a bookmark, which arrived last week. It’s quite pretty, the only drawback is that it fits perfectly with the UK-sized paperbacks (and Penguin Classics, as far as I can tell) but not the North American sized ones xD Nonetheless, me likes
  6. Okay, there’s been a lot of talk about this in recent weeks, so I have to ask…Is anyone here on Ello? πŸ˜› If so, thoughts so far?
  7. Has anyone ever done a clean-up of their friends list on GoodReads? I’m aslo thinking of doing it…
  8. I’m usually a little more prompt about reading for blog tours but I’ve only started reading Sherry Jones’ The Sharp Hook of Love now. Granted, my day for featuring this book isn’t for another two weeks, but I feel like I’m cutting it a bit close anyway *shrugs* *has a thing with reading things by a certain date*
  9. As if having a large to-read pile isn’t enough, I also have a list now called “priority reading” within that to-read list xP It’s come to that, especially as I received a number of ARCs some time ago + I’m planning out book reviews to be featured in next month’s Sci-Fi Month. Good times xD (Sneak preview: Ann Leckie’s Ancillary Justice? Amazing)
  10. I’ve started prepping for NaNoWriMo with help of The Plot Whisperer Workbook. It’s actually really helpful with plotting out events and characters arcs and stuff; I’m going to use it when I revise the other writing project that I finished earlier this year. Who here is participating in NaNoWriMo this year? πŸ™‚

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And that’s about it for me! How was your week? Also, a Happy Thanksgiving to all my fellow Canadians!!!

Hope you have a wonderful long weekend! (you know I will ;))

Ramblings: World Cup 2014

Posted 18 July, 2014 by Lianne in Miscellaneous / 2 Comments

You knew this was coming πŸ˜‰ (sort of) Guys, how is it that the World Cup for 2014 is already over? Seemed like yesterday it just started! Granted, I’m sure many of you are relieved that you don’t have to sleep super late anymore and get up super early for the matches, and we can all go about with our lives again without scheduling our daily tasks around the matches, but nonetheless it was a lot of fun. So just to wrap up some final thoughts about the tournament…


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My German boys finally did it! They won the World Cup, the fourth star on their jerseys. Weltmeister! You can only imagine my flailings on Sunday when Mario Goetz scored at the 113th minute with that beautiful goal (and equally beautiful assist from Andre Schuerrle <3 ). I think I mentioned it in a Bookish & Not-So-Bookish post that I’ve been following the Germans more or less since 2006 and yeah, it’s just been such a journey. Despite of the disappointments leading up to the tournament (Marco Reus, namely, having gotten injured just before the tournament ;_;), I’m so happy that it was this team that won: Klose, Schweinsteiger, Lahm, Podolski, they guys around since 2006…All the feels, you guys, all the feels.

So, following a bit like what the guys at The Guardian did, just summing up some of my favourite moments from the tournament πŸ™‚

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Bookish and Not-So-Bookish Thoughts

Posted 10 July, 2014 by Lianne in Miscellaneous / 8 Comments

Bookish and Not-So-Bookish Thoughts is a weekly blogging event hosted by Bookishly Boisterous. It allows book bloggers (and non-book bloggers) to write about pretty much anything, bookish or otherwise (i.e. share exciting plans for the weekend, rants on things they’ve encountered during the week, etc.).


This entry is brought to you by a casually-strolling Mario Goetz (not my gif, as always)

  1. Question: let’s say you won a book from a giveaway hosted by a blog and you never received it…do you email to inform the blogger about the situation? I know that some bloggers mention that it’s not their responsibility if the book never arrives or is lost and while this blogger never mentioned anything, I dunno if there’s any point to give the heads up anyhow…?
  2. Random shout-out/recommendation/pluggage: Lucy Clarke’s A Single Breath (review). A perfect summer read, IMO. And I had the opportunity to ask her a few questions about the book πŸ™‚
  3. In some bookish news: Tom Rachman’s The Imperfectionists (review) is going to be adapted for television by BBC. Interesting, interesting…
  4. Book haul! Okay, in the past week or so, a lot of my pre-orders and other assortments of books pouring into my mailbox (hurray! πŸ˜€ ) Suffice to say, my TBR pile is now bursting and there is no room in my new bookshelf for all of these books xP

  5. Okay, I’m normally not one to watch musicals and movies involving music (weird, as I do love music)–I still have yet to finish watching The Fiddler on the Roof and the only musical I’ve watched is The Sound of Music–so Begin Again starring Mark Ruffalo and Keira Knightley sort of fell out of the periphery for me. However, I decided to look at the trailer again after hearing Keira Knightley sing “Tell Me If You Wanna Go Home” for the soundtrack. It’s really catchy (I can’t stop listening to it! πŸ˜› ) and I think she has a nice voice:
  6. Speaking of movies, as if I wasn’t excited enough for Guardians of the Galaxy (the soundtrack, by the way, looks amazing), they release this trailer:

And now for my World Cup section of this week’s thoughts. I’m placing them behind a cut again in case you’re not a football fan πŸ˜‰

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Bookish and Not-So-Bookish Thoughts

Posted 3 July, 2014 by Lianne in Miscellaneous / 10 Comments

Bookish and Not-So-Bookish Thoughts is a weekly blogging event hosted by Bookishly Boisterous. It allows book bloggers (and non-book bloggers) to write about pretty much anything, bookish or otherwise (i.e. share exciting plans for the weekend, rants on things they’ve encountered during the week, etc.).


Not my gif but lmao, easily one of my favourite reactions throughout the WC so far πŸ˜€ Oh, Klinsi

  1. It’s been a while since I’ve done one of these! June was a bit crazy, the tests and midterms sort of stacked up against me =S This month isn’t so bad but there are the group presentations that I have to do (ugh, group work. Who devised this mode of torture? My groups are, for the most part, good and coordinated, but there’s this one presentation that makes no sense as a presentation and would’ve worked better as an essay topic < / ends academic critique >
  2. It’s getting super hot outside now and me no like πŸ™
  3. I haven’t written in over a month. This realisation has left me D= I wanted to do Camp NaNoWriMo this month but school is shaping up to be a disaster in the making, so I guess I’ll have to make my own little Camp NaNoWriMo next month or something….
  4. I never reviewed the book a few years ago but the trailer for S.J. Watson’s Before I Go To Sleep is out! (trailer here) Pretty psyched for it, might have to re-read the book now πŸ˜‰
  5. Okay, for some reason, I never got around to finishing The Lizzie Bennet Diaries. I only remembered earlier this week because I ordered a copy of the novelisation, lol *oops* Thank goodness a company picked them up and packaged the episodes up on iTunes and elsewhere because I’m one of those people who can’t really sit in front of YouTube for long periods of time (well, sometimes, but not all the time), so it’s nice to have access of the episodes somewhere to watch whenever I want (without killing my bandwidth). In other news, Emma Approved is pretty amusing too (despite Emma (review) not being my favourite Austen novel)
  6. World Cup! Despite of things being rather crappy on the offline segment of things, having the World Cup has been the highlight of it all. If you follow me on Twitter, you’d notice that my entire feed recently, when it’s not about latest book reviews posted here, are my live tweets from the games. And all the feels (I hope this cut works, for those who don’t follow):

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