"Since its first publication in 1995 (as Football in Sun and Shadow), this book has been relentlessly quoted, and for good reason. The author who pleads, "A pretty move, for the love of God," has an eye for beauty, a feel for the game, a sense of proportion-and a gift for putting it all into words. Those seeking a history of soccer or a fan's memoir won't find it here... Above all, he reminds us of 'a simple truth that tends to escape the scientists of the ball: soccer is a game, and those who really play it feel happy and make us happy too.' An indispensible addition to soccer collections."
Booklist, (starred review)
“It's all here. Everything you should know about soccer, the world's game.” –Los Angeles Times
“Stands out like Pelé on a field of second-stringers.” –New Yorker
“[A] beautiful ode to the beautiful game” –Grant Wahl, Sports Illustrated
"The Pelé of [soccer] writing....a marvelous book." –Richard Williams, The Guardian