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Thinking Outside the Box: My Journey in Search of the Beautiful Game

3.33  ·  Rating Details  ·  27 Ratings  ·  5 Reviews
Goalkeepers have an unusual view of the world, but as an American who played abroad, Brad Friedel's is more unique than most. A highly respected visionary who thinks outside the box, he focused on his game and developing his ideas. Friedel’s incredible journey took him to three World Cup tournaments, spells with foreign clubs, and finally to the top levels of the Premier L ...more
Paperback, 256 pages
Published February 2nd 2010 by Orion (first published March 5th 2009)
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Dalton
Mar 02, 2014 Dalton rated it really liked it
For my good reads report I read the book Thinking Outside the Box by Brad Friedel. This book is an autobiography of Friedel's life as a World-Class goal keeper in the English Premiere League. This book take you through the life of Friedel as he chases his dream of being the worlds best keeper.

This book really interests me because I like the game of soccer and i like to play it. Also Friedel was the goal keeper for my favorite soccer team. I really enjoyed this book because it showed the struggl
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Brian Sison
Aug 21, 2009 Brian Sison rated it it was amazing
In reading reviews for this book prior to reading it, it was "sold" as more than just a "soccer book." Supposedly Friedel's thinking and philosophy would be beneficial to anyone in any field.

Despite that being all a load of lies, this was a great book. It is exactly what it seems to be on the surface: a memoir of an American goalkeeper playing in the English Premier League. Seeing as how I'm an American former (long-time former!) GK who is interested in the EPL, this book was fascinating to me.
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Joel
May 25, 2010 Joel rated it liked it
Shelves: soccer, biography, sports
Part autobiography, part Friedel's musings on life, "Thinking Outside the Box" is a bit of a mixed bag. Some of it is really interesting, such as Friedel's lengthy battle to get a UK work permit and all of the dealings he had with agents, the English FA, MLS and the USSF in the process. Other parts such as the sections on his investments and business dealings were a bit dry to say the least. Of particular interest to US soccer fans, Friedel kind of takes Tony Meola to task and isn't exactly offe ...more
Jay Mansfield
Aug 12, 2011 Jay Mansfield rated it liked it
Most intelligent than your standard footballer's autobiography, but perhaps not as clever as it likes to think it is.
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