Bayern: Creating a Global Superclub Uli Hesse (Yellow Jersey, £14.99)
As Hesse points out, Bayern Munich are a club of contrasts. On one hand, they embrace their most famous alumni, like Franz Beckenbauer and striker Karl-heinz Rummenigge, like no other club. Yet there’s a ruthless side to the German behemoths, efficiently deployed over a long period to win copious amounts of titles and trophies.
As with his superb book Tor!, Hesse picks apart some long-held Bayern legends. Far from emerging from nowhere in the late 1960s, Bayern were a prosperous outfit during the 1930s, only to be treated harshly by the Nazis. He also presents fascinating tales about the club’s rivalry with Borussia Monchengladbach in the 1970s and how Beckenbauer almost joined 1860 Munich.
Meanwhile, Bayern’s unsung hero is Franz Roth, who found the net for Die Roten in three European finals.
This is a superbly nuanced, fast-paced and revealing read.