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Who Invented the Stepover?: and other crucial football conundrums [Kindle Edition]

Paul Simpson , Uli Hesse
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Book Description

Have you ever wondered who invented the 4-4-2 formation? Why footballers used to celebrate success by releasing a platitudinous pop single? And who has really scored the most goals in the history of the game?

You can find the answers to all these questions and more in a book which takes the time to consider the debt the stepover may owe to Dutch speed skaters, explores the most surprising world transfer record and celebrates the most dysfunctional World Cup campaign ever.

Through a series of answers to puzzling and perennial questions, the book sheds unexpected light on the beautiful game, challenging conventional wisdom, discovering neglected heroes and destroying a few urban myths along the way.

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"'Beautifully crafted...demolishes myths with the cold-blooded efficiency of a literary Gerd Muller' (The Times) 'A model of how history should be written' (FourFourTwo)"

Book Description

A rollicking ride through the game's myths and mysteries to surprise and delight even the most seasoned of football buffs.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 9643 KB
  • Print Length: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Profile Books (7 Nov. 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00DR20L8Y
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #306,829 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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5.0 out of 5 stars A football lover's dream 31 Jan. 2014
The words painstaking and research sum this up. But not only does it have tons of fantastic football facts, anecdotes and curiosities but it is written properly and entertainingly too by two eminent football journalists and writers. What more could you want?
Example: What was the longest amount of stoppage time added to a game? Several amusing examples of eccentric referees and lengthy games are given, including Welsh ref Clive Thomas once adding three-quarters of an hour to a junior game played on a hill because "every time the ball went out of play it rolled down the mountainside".
There's also proper discussion on topics such as who invented 4-4-2 as well as a hilarious account of former Newcastle striker John Tudor's bizarre pre-match ritual.
It will keep football fans old and young (my 13-year-old son loves it) happy for hours.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant Book 14 Dec. 2013
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Loads of great facts. Would recommend - a must have for any football fan. Perfect stocking filler or birthday present !
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating read 10 Dec. 2013
This is an excellent read with a wealth of information.Facts ranging from the fastest ever goal scored to what is the strangest sending off? It will keep you entertained for hours on end and will answer all the questions that you've ever wanted to ask about the beautiful game.I can't recommend it highly enough.
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A great book for football fans who enjoy stats and facts.
Well researched and entertainingly written.
Fun to read and informative.
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