The two time winner of the William Hill Sports Book of the Year Award on George Best, considered the greatest footballer of our time.No other imposed himself so completely on to the romantic imagination. No other was so emblematic of the era during which he flourished. And no other will ever be as memorable as George Best.On the field Best's skills were sublime and almostThe two time winner of the William Hill Sports Book of the Year Award on George Best, considered the greatest footballer of our time.No other imposed himself so completely on to the romantic imagination. No other was so emblematic of the era during which he flourished. And no other will ever be as memorable as George Best.On the field Best's skills were sublime and almost other-worldly. Off it, he had a magnetic appeal. He was treated like a pop icon and a pin-up; a fashion-model and a sex-symbol. Every man envied him and every woman adored him.To mark the 50th anniversary of his debut for Manchester United, Duncan Hamilton examines Best's crowded life and premature death. But most importantly, Hamilton presents Best at his glorious peak - the precocious goals, the labyrinthine runs, the poise and balletic balance and the body swerves.This is George Best: footballing immortal....
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Allora, cinque stelle, e se fosse solo per George Best potrebbe essere benissimo diciannove. Alcune cose a caso.1) Non ho mai visto giocare George Best, per ovvie ragioni anagrafiche. Purtroppo.2) Mi sono riguardato settemilaseicento volte i video di George Best su YouTube. Quelli di quando gioca a pallone. Gli altri, quando è ubriaco e fa il buffone, lasciamoli ai gossippari.3) Domanda standard: ma se non avesse bevuto, cosa avrebbe potuto fare?4) Non mi capacito che George Best e Rino Gattuso abbiano svolto la stessa professione.5) Complimenti alla casa editrice dal nome che richiama un codice fiscale. Dopo quella di Michael Jordan, un'altra biografia stupenda. Dopo li chiamo e chiedo se sono interessati a quella di Gigi Riva. Se dicono di sì, inizio a scrivere.6) A pagina 98, parlando di schemi, è citato il 4-4-3. Mi ha fatto pensare a Oronzo Canà.7) Circola una battuta, da quando Best è morto. Fa pressapoco così: Pele good, Maradona better, George Best. Molto bella. Se foste degli impallinati di politica trash, come me, potreste dire: Togliatti bene, Berlinguer meglio, Gennaro Migliore. E giù a ridere come dei forsennati.Buonanotte. https://poisononatofesso.wordpress.com/
My review of this wonderful book is on that ever-so-good football blog, the blog for the discerning football supporter who really doesn't like Sky Sports News, The Two Unfortnates: http://thetwounfortunates.com/book-re...
un altro punto di vista nella vita di un campione inghiottito dai propri demoni. scritto bene soprattutto nell'analisi delle azioni migliori di George e nella vita fuori dal campo. Risulta il ritratto di un ragazzo fragile che purtroppo non ce l'ha fatta.
Having recently read Duncan Hamilton's 'The Footballer Who Could Fly', which received a four star rating from me, I had to read his biography of George Best.What else was there to learn? I had previously read Cole and Hilton's 'Memories of George Best' as well as 'Bestie' the autobiography. I was privileged to have witnessed this genius in action through the 1960's. I lived close by his 'digs' at Aycliffe Avenue. My 'mod' Lambretta caught him one day in 1968, crossing the road in front of me. Of course I was speeding, but George just switched on the after burners and made it to the pavement with ease. So I witnessed the man's pace in real life.In a star studded United team, Denis Law and George Best were my supernovas.Hamilton's 'Immortal' is undoubtedly one of the finest football biographies I've read. Published in 2013, the florid writing is high with the scent of sanctity and low on the smell of liniment. In fact the great bard could have aptly described Best's fleeting vintage with the same lines used in summary of this author's study.How noble in reason, how infinite in faculty! In form and moving how express and admirable! In action how like an angel! in apprehension how like a god! The beauty of the world!Enough to bring tears to an old man's eyes.Just one factual error on p55 Mr Hamilton. 'In the 1963 FA Cup Final against Leicester City - a 3-1 win giving Busby his first trophy post-Munich - Law claimed two of the goals.' Incorrect, Law scored one goal and David Herd scored the other two.
Duncan Hamilton's excellent biography of George Best points to some pivotal moments in his life and career. His greatest playing moment and the height of his sporting life was Manchester United's winning of the European Cup on May 29th 1968. Best was only truly happy when he was playing, scoring and receiving the adulation of his adoring fans. Nothing else mattered, the aftermath celebrations, the rewards, the copious amounts of alcohol, and the constant flow of beautiful women who entered his life briefly and ultimately departed soon after. It is said that Best was recognized as the first celebrity footballer, his life becoming public property and began quickly spiraling out of control. If only Best had been offered psychiatric counseling, if only Matt Busby had understood more fully his prodigal son, and rather than gently lecture him punished him in a more fitting and effective manner. George Best was a flawed genius, an outstanding sportsman, and it is a great pity that his footballing skills were always overshadowed by this darker side. However ultimately we all control our own destiny and must stand responsible for decisions made and actions taken throughout our life.
It inevitably takes the candid brilliance of a rare author to chronicle the life of a coruscating genius. Duncan Hamilton proceeds to do exactly that in "Immortals". Without sympathy or sycophancy, Hamilton proceeds to lay bare the turbulent life of one of the greatest and gifted footballers of all time. A life characterized by triumph and tragedy in equal measure. Every superhuman feat that George Best produced on the footballing field was neutralised in equal measure by his antiques with the bottle or in bed. Every mystical feint was overshadowed by an indiscriminate fling; every magical flick subsumed by a flagrant flow of booze. However as the marvelous book aptly demonstrates, George Best would be most remembered for what he did on the field rather than what he became off it. He was the Best that football could ever offer. A banner poignantly unfurled by his fans at his funeral gave clinical testimony to this fact. It read "MARADONA GOOD; PELE BETTER; GEORGE BEST!!! Read this book and re-read it!!!
Very realistic for an authorised biography. Fascinating to hear about all the goals from George Best's mouth. Doesn't shy away from the worst details of his alcoholism, but still you like him for all the positive aspects to his character; generosity, loyalty and even his cheek (He boasted he'd nutmeg Johann Cruyff and when he first got the ball in the match between Northern Ireland and the Netherlands he went over to Cruyff on the other wing and duly nutmegged him! You'd wonder whether to be sad at his potential unrealised or to take it as George did that he had a life most people would kill for despite the alcoholism.
Good book about a decent footballer.
So much I didn't know. Most shockingly that 42s used to be his club Slack Alice's (horrible name).
Great book about the life of one of the UK's greatest footballers. Reading the book and finding film clips on u tube was excellent. what a great talent.