When my playing days are over, my youth will be over too

This interview with Klaas-Jan Huntelaar (‘the Hunter’) appeared earlier in the Dutch football culture magazine Staantribune. I translated it and got permission to reproduce it here.  Words by: Hielke Biemond, Teun Meurs, Hein Meurs  Photographs: Thijs Brouwers Ajax, Real Madrid, AC Milan, Schalke 04: Klaas-Jan Huntelaar has played for four major clubs in four different […]

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List of books updated

Hi! At last I’ve got things going again on this blog. Nothing much to speak of yet, but it’s a start: I’ve updated my list of books to include purchases from the past few months. Click here for the full list.

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All books

Hi, Sorry this site has been quiet for the past few months. I was busy doing other stuff and simply didn’t have the time to read much. Don’t worry, I will soon resume writing reviews again. What I did do, though, was add to my list of All Books the – many! – titles that I […]

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Recommended Referee Reading

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I’m immensely proud as RefereeingBooks.eu featured on this month’s episode of the popular refereeing podcast RefereesWorld. Sadly, presenters Darren Cullum and Richard Melinn had no time to read out the full list I submitted, so I’m putting it on the site. Here goes: Technique & Match Control. It all started in 1905 with How to […]

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Soccer Referee: A guide to fitness & technique – Clive Thomas

Outline Known as “The Book” for his strict interpretation of the laws of the game, Clive Thomas is one of the better known British referees from the 1970s and 1980s. My Dutch readers may remember him as the somewhat high-handed referee who sent off Willem van Hanegem at the 1976 European Championships or the referee […]

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In the nick of time

I got a whole shelf full of books for young boys (and girls), recounting stories of friends overcoming adversity to set up a football club or, once in a football club, become heroes where they were once zeroes. Though the stories often feature referees, these books are not of much interest to my collection but […]

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Elite Level Refereeing in Men’s Football: A Developmental Sociological Account – Sharon Colwell

Outline This dissertation earned Sharon Colwell the doctor’s title from the University of Leicester. I say ‘earned’ not without reason, for the sheer amount of work that went into this publication was huge. Wading through reams of old minutes and documents, preparing and conducting tons of interviews and sifting through endless books in stuffy libraries, […]

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Latest additions

Rummaging through my parents’ attic and a few antiquaries, I have been able to add a few more books to my collection. They’re all in Dutch, but don’t let that put you off; there are a few gems! Prisma Voetbalwoordenboek, by Rob Siekmann (1978) Gouden Voetbaljaren. Een halve eeuw sportjournalistiek, by Ad van Emmenes (1975) […]

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