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Building the Yellow Wall: The Incredible Rise and Cult Appeal of Borussia Dortmund

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WINNER OF THE TELEGRAPH FOOTBALL BOOK OF THE YEAR 2019

Towards the beginning of the twenty-first century, Borussia Dortmund were on the verge of going out of business. Now they are an international phenomenon - one of the most popular clubs and fastest-growing football brands in the world. Every fortnight, an incredible number of foreigners eschew their own clubs and domest
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Hardcover, 272 pages
Published October 23rd 2018 by Weidenfeld & Nicolson
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Vlad Pîrvu
Apr 27, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Impecabil scrisă, mi-a depășit toate așteptările. Curge atât de bine încât am fost nevoit să citesc din ce în ce mai puțin pe măsură ce mă apropiam de final. Povestea e completă, rotundă și captivantă, nicidecum o simplă înșiruire de ani și nume proprii.
Chad Kohalyk
Jun 03, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Very accessible and enjoyable read about a club I don't know much about. Picked it up after listening to the excellent discussion of the book on the Football Ramble's podcast (direct MP3 link).

I admire Hesse's craft in writing this book. He wrote it in English, as apparently he does for all his English-language books. It is in direct language that flows and is easy to read. Although it is chronological, it isn't just a listing of events. He peppers his writing with anecdotes and foreshadows a lo
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Travis Timmons
May 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
When one of my favorite writers (Uli Hesse) writes about one of my favorite things (Ballspielverein Borussia 1909 e.v. Dortmund) ... this is the book.

It didn't disappoint, and actually exceed my already high expectations. Just really really good. For me, a BVB lover, the book is a gift, an offering from a fellow fan and football historian.

I plan to write a full review at The Bundesliga Fanatic, but wanted to sing the book's praises here, too.
Patrick Mcdermott
A cracking history of the famous Dortmund

Discover what went on behind the scenes during BvB's greatest moments of history. this is truly You Jesse's love letter to the club he adores
Ben
Jan 09, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Fun read about a fantastic club. However, the last few chapters’ occasional mentions of Dortmund-based BVB fans’ trepidations regarding globalization of the brand caused me to pause and consider my own fandom. Still, Heja BVB!
Simon
Jan 01, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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I’ve only been a Borussia Dortmund fan for a short time. This book provides some welcome context and history about the club in a brisk, reportorial style. (The author clearly finds the club’s story fascinating.) For the fans.
Dan Howarth
Nov 08, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Along with Tor and his history of Bayern Munich, this has to be one of the best books on German football out there. Hesse's conversational style makes everything accessible and fun to read. Great stuff.
Sam Risdon
Dec 30, 2019 rated it really liked it
Informative, insightful.
Stephen McGovern
Jan 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Essential read on Borussia Dortmund, includes some golden, I mean, yellow, nuggets of info about the club you wouldn't otherwise know.
Daniel Pritchard
Jan 25, 2020 rated it it was amazing
A fantastic look at not only the football club but the history and culture of the city that birthed it.
Shatterlings
May 26, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This is a fascinating read told with so much obvious passion for Borussia Dortmund.
Michael Balzerino
Outstanding writing. Especially the first few chapters. Not only did I love this for its historic insights and bits of background information but also for Hesse's undeniable gift for drawing you in with his fluid & colorful prose. ...more
Leandro Cordobez
Impecable. Como todo lo q escribe Hesse. Esta vez el motivo del libro es un club exitoso pero en otro sentido. Y el autor se esfuerza por explicar esa mítica a no alemanes. Cumple con creces.
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