In a large format (each double page spread is over two feet square), this book covers all the major European football grounds, including all 12 of the German grounds which will be used in the 2006 World Cup finals. There is no doubt that these grounds hold a fascination for football fans outside the fact that they are the stage on which their heroes play the beautiful game. There is a depth of feeling for these theatres of dreams that goes further than what happens on the pitch. They change regularly, sprouting new stands and new facilities (seemingly) every season. But they remain filled with the memories of past successes and failures that are brought to life each time the crowds file in. This book combines historic photographs with modern views that showcase the most important football grounds in Europe - including all those used in the current Champions League. Each entry has a short statistical section and an introduction that examines both the ground and its home team. A full list of grounds covered is attached.
The grounds covered are: German venues for 2006 World Cup: Berlin; Dortmund; Frankfurt; Gelsenkirchen; Hamburg; Hannover; Kaiserslautern; Koln; Leipzig; Munich; Nurnberg; and Stuttgart. Champions League Stadiums: Belgium; Anderlecht; Czech Republic; Sparta Prague; France; Lyon; Monaco; PS Germain; Greece; Olympiacos; Panathinaikos; Holland; Ajax; PSV; Israel; M. Tel-Aviv; Italy; AC Milan; Internazionale; Juventus; Roma; Norway; Rosenborg; Portugal; Porto; Russia; CSKA; Moskva; Scotland; Celtic; Spain; Barcelona; Deportivo; Real Madrid; Valencia; Turkey; Fenerbahce; UK; Arsenal; Chelsea; Liverpool; Man. United; Ukraine; Dynamo Kyiv; Shakhtar; and Donetsk. Others include: Austria; Rapid Wien; Sturm Graz; Belgium; Brugge; Liege; France; Marseille; Holland; Feyenoord; Hungary; Ferencvaros; Portugal; Benfica; Romania; Steaua Bucharest; Scotland; Rangers; Switzerland; Basel Grasshoppers; Turkey; Galatasaray; UK; Newcastle; and one each from: Croatia, Denmark, Finland, Poland, Slovakia, Slovenia, Sweden, and Yugoslavia.
About the Author
Michael Heatley went freelance in 1988 after three years running the one-shots division of Dennis Publishing. He has written over 100 TV, music and sport books including a much-praised biography of John Peel, "The Great Derbies" series, History of Boxing, European Football Superstars and A History of Football (in conjunction with Alan Green). He was the editor of the Virgin Ultimate Rock Encyclopedia, has contributed interviews to FA Cup Final programmes, and edited The Footballer, magazine of soccer history, 1990-91, and Matchday, the official magazine of the Endsleigh Insurance League 1992-95.
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