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Don't Cry for Me Argentina [Paperback]

Mike Wilson
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9 April 1998
For Scotland it was meant to be a formality against Peru; instead, after a missed penalty, everything fell apart. In this book Mike Wilson speaks to everyone who was involved, including all the players, and reveals how even after 20 years some have yet to get over the trauma.

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  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Mainstream Publishing (9 April 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1851588957
  • ISBN-13: 978-1851588954
  • Product Dimensions: 23 x 15.4 x 2.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,159,926 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Every player (except Kenny Dalglish - who declines) is interviewed, so too the manager Ally MacLeod, so too journalists and fans. Massive amount of research worked into a compelling read. Loaded magazine: "Something of a masterpiece". Herald newspaper: "Must-read". Independent newspaper: Book of the Week. FourFourTwo: Top ten of the Year.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Underrated 10 April 2013
This book deserves to be better known. It is well-written, while being very much a fan's book, and looks at Scotland's experience in the round. Essentially, it asks why the best ever Scotland side failed to progress at the World Cup, and comes up with sensible answers: notably, poor team selection and match preparation. Sadly, one cannot avoid the conclusion that a better manager than Ally MacLeod could have given Scotland a better chance.

The author manages to get candid accounts from just about all the players (Jordan and Dalglish refused to be interviewed), and from journalists and fans, which is perhaps the most interesting part of the book. The players who were interviewed come across, to me, as decent blokes who were proud to play, many of whom have never really gotten over the disappointment.

As an Englishman who was cheering for Scotland in '78 I came away from the book with admiration for the author, for writing such a revealing account.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing book about an awesome story 21 Sep 2013
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Scotland's weird World Cup campaign of 1978 is legendary, but this book fails to convey much insight into why it went so wrong and how expectations had been built up in the year previous to it.
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Amazon.com: 5.0 out of 5 stars  1 review
5.0 out of 5 stars The ultimate in Scottish World Cup failures 15 July 2004
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Ah, the 1978 World Cup had it all for Scotland. The raving lunacy of mgr Ally MacLeod actually thinking Scotland could win it all. The Willie Johnston failed drug test and the flops vs. Peru and Iran all topped by a historic 3-2 win over '78 Finalists Holland.
It's all here--the tears and the joy but mostly the tears. Great inside stuff on what went on behind the scenes and how the vaunted "best midfield" in the world failed miserably on the big stage.
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