Shortlisted, Eve Pownall Award for Information Books, Children's Book Council Book of the Year Awards 1997 Soccer is the world's most popular sport. Over 31 billion people watched the World Cup finals in 1994 (over twice the number that saw the 1992 Olympics). Damien Lovelock, a confessed soccer maniac from way back, starts with the earliest records of people kicking balls (or heads) around. And after that? Village 'mob football'. Tactics and strategy - placing players on the field for attack and defence. Women's soccer. Soccer and money, soccer and TV. The five all-time greats - Pele, Cruyff, Backanbauer, Best, Maradona. The fans, the upsets, the passion, the players - it's all here!
Publisher: Allen & Unwin