Amazon.de lists August 29th as the release date, but I am wondering if one can already buy it at a store in Germany. (Perhaps, those of you who live in Germany can give an answer to that question.) Meanwhile, I am
impatiently waiting for my copy that I pre-ordered a week ago or so. I cannot even imagine how slowly I will be reading it, but I am determined to do that. I have already written two (1 and 2) posts about it, but I am going to say it again: I think it should be interesting.
Bild.de has published some excerpts, and I wish they did not spoil it for the rest of us. I know, I know… I could have chosen not to read that article, but I could not help it! In all honesty, I just could not say ‘no’ to reading some of the stuff that I have wanted to read since March! Of course, Bild.de chose those bits that were pertinent to the coaches, namely Klinsmann, Magath, and van Gaal. (Why was I not surprised?) Bild.de quotes Philipp saying that “this book is a book that I, myself, would have liked to read when I was a young football player.”
He describes how it feels to get a lecture from Bayern’s bosses Uli Hoeneß and Karl-Heinz Rummenigge, and get a fine afterwards.
He reveals what has really happened in our National Team in recent years. Why the EURO 2004 under Rudi Völler was a big disaster. How Jogi Löw was a chief strategist already under Jürgen Klinsmann. Why our WC-2010 stars, with 4:1 victory against England, had to laugh even during the game.
He talks, for the first time, about juicy rumors, about his private life and a nasty surprise that forced him to change his place of residence.
(my translation, (c) unavis)
The article goes on by pointing out that Lahm describes what Klinsmann’s (the lack of strategy), Magath’s (obsessiveness over pressuring people), and van Gaal’s (the refusal to admit a need for some changes) problems were, and frankly, I think he got it spot on.
May I just say that it sounds awesome? At least for me. (I only hope that he does not apologize for his 2009 interview in this book.) I would assume that the book should get quite a lot of feedback. I am sure some people will not like it. I am sure that the media will write about it some more.
In the meantime, Bild.de is going to publish other excerpts over the next few days. I will try to restrain myself from reading them, but I know I will fail.
EDIT: I have already seen some comments saying that Lahm should keep quiet and play football instead of writing a book. Oh my goodness… Here we go. We all better be ready *laugh*
ONCE AGAIN FOR THOSE WHO HAVE NO IDEA HOW IT WORKS: Lahm DID NOT WRITE the book himself. It is called “ghostwriting”.