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Soccer: The European Football Championships 1958-2004 [Paperback]

John Robinson


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1 Oct 2004
This updated 6th edition of the definitive history of the European Nations' Championship features write-ups of each series up to and including 2004, all qualifying results and scorers and a full country-by-country record of games played.

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"Manager Hoddle seemed to have mastered the commercial aspects of the World Cup-- fronting books and videos of all kinds--but had much to learn about team selection and tactics with a seemingly unbalanced squad"

John Robinson's chronicle of the World Cup is a lively, opinionated study of the tournament, its heroes and its villains, from humble beginnings in 1930, through the dawn of television and on to the 1998 global event, watched by 500,000,000 throughout the world.

The myths and legends are here--one-armed Uruguayans, "wingless wonders", "the Hand of God'"-- and Robinson's economic style and humour keeps things flowing, but the book is at heart a work of reference, with over 80 pages of results and stats.

There's no doubt that Pub Quizmasters will find full details of the 1994 Oceania sub-group B results and placings an invaluable resource, but the real gold is reserved for the casual browser--the two great World Cup "marriages", England & Germany, Scotland & Brazil, being particularly entertaining reading.

Robinson's non-partisan approach works well, and while there is a little more grit to the examination of England's often desultory performances, the book is richer for taking a broad view--this is an entertaining mixture of the familiar and the revelatory, which really whets the whistle for 2002. -- Alex Hankin --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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After the World Cup finals in Mexico, John Robinson produced a neat and tidy history of the event, combining concise, sensible text with orderly statistics of great clarity. In its way, the easiest book of its type to handle. He has adopted the same style with this new offering. Not only is every European Championship covered in refreshing, readable detail, but every match is listed and the "country-by-country" section makes it a comfortable exercise to follow the fortunes of all European nations over the tournament's first 30 years. In short, "The European Championship 1958-1988" is the natural companion to "The World Cup 1930-1986". No keen student of international football should be without both in his or her library. (Taken from the Foreword of an earlier edition of this book) --John Motson

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