Das Reboot: How German Soccer Reinvented Itself and Conquered the World – Book Recommendation

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Das Reboot: How German Soccer Reinvented Itself and Conquered the World

By Raphael Honigstein

NEST Review Das Reboot focuses on the restructuring of the German style of development and play leading up to the nation’s 2014 World Cup win. It is a story of how ultimate failure can be the springboard for a prosperous future, if handled correctly. For me, the lessons learned by German football as a whole were easily applicable to individual youth programs. For high school and youth coaches this would be an excellent resource as you develop the pathway of your players. This book does an excellent job of introducing initiative development philosophies that simply make sense once pointed out. For every high school program, the youth setup is critical for success. The youth players of today are your varsity contributors of tomorrow. Das Reboot gives the tools for focusing on long-term development instead of the ‘win now’ mindset for younger ages. How did Germany create a seemingly endless pipeline of world class talent? It wasn’t by fate or luck. Learn about it with this read.  

For those not interested in youth development, Das Reboot also gives a behind the scenes look at the 2014 World Cup experience. 

Table of Contents

  1. Angst 2014
  2. A Man of Small Goals
  3. Go West
  4. Second-game Itch
  5. Germany, a Summer’s Tale
  6. Not the End
  7. We Against Us
  8. The Beginning of the Beginning
  9. Ice Barrel Challenge
  10. More Is More
  11. Grill Shack
  12. An Island of Modern Football
  13. Vorsprung durch Technik
  14. Mineraco
  15. The Gallic Village
  16. Diving with the Maldives
  17. Getting Closer with Arne Friedrich
  18. The Longest Goal


NEST Rating – ★★★★★

Amazon Rating – ★★★★★

Goodreads Rating – ★★★★☆


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