Even women who profess to hate football often love penalty shoot-outs, according to one recent article. In this brilliantly insightful, honest, polemic and very, very funny book, Andrew Anthony dissects the penalty shoot-out as never before. Such an exercise could have turned out dry and worthy - or, worse still, mawkish and sentimental - but this book is neither. It is compelling from cover to cover.
Needless to say, certain characters from the England Hall of Shame crop up a fair bit, but the author puts his money where his mouth is, finishing by shooting ten penalties at England's most successful penalty-saving keeper, Mark Crossley of Nottingham Forest.
This is that rarest of football books - a genuine gem! You'll read it in one go!