Bloody Confused!: A Clueless American Sportswriter Seeks Solace in English Soccer

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Broadway Books, 2007 - Sports & Recreation - 250 pages
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Chuck Culpepper was a veteran sports journalist edging toward burnout . . . then he went to London and discovered the high-octane, fanatical (and bloody confusing!) world of English soccer.

After covering the American sports scene for fifteen years, Chuck Culpepper suffered from a profound case of Common Sportswriter Malaise. He was fed up with self-righteous proclamations, steroid scandals, and the deluge of in-your-face PR that saturated the NFL, the NBA, and MLB. Then in 2006, he moved to London and discovered a new and baffling world—the renowned Premiership soccer league. Culpepper pledged his loyalty to Portsmouth, a gutsy, small-market team at the bottom of the standings. As he puts it, “It was like childhood, with beer.”

Writing in the vein of perennial bestsellers such as Fever Pitch and Among the Thugs, Chuck Culpepper brings penetrating insight to the vibrant landscape of English soccer—visiting such storied franchises as Manchester United, Chelsea, and Liverpool . . . and an equally celebrated assortment of pubs. Bloody Confused! will put a smile on the face of any sports fan who has ever questioned what makes us love sports in the first place.

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User Review  - Raven9167 - LibraryThing

As an English football fan of only three months, I felt that I was the perfect audience for this book. But while I enjoyed some of the wide eyed wonder that Culpepper approached English football with ... Read full review

Review: Bloody Confused!: A Clueless American Sportswriter Seeks Solace in English Soccer

User Review  - Josh C. - Goodreads

Too much oh-look-at-me-clueless-American gawping wonder act, too much taking the "purity" line of old-school American Eurosnob "football" fans at face value, too little interest in engaging English soccer and its supporter culture with a clear head. A shame, really. Read full review

About the author (2007)

CHUCK CULPEPPER writes for the Los Angeles Times and has written for Newsday and ESPN Books, among other publications.

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