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Football the Ultimate Guide (Dk Activities & Sports) Hardcover – 1 Apr 2008
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The presentation is very good. Part of a fabric football shirt is attached to the main cover instead of a dust jacket. There are many illustrations and photos from around the world and small paragraphs and boxes of information that can be easily dipped into.
The first part of the book covers the origins of football, the rules, club and team structure and body matters with skeleton and ligament illustrations (it does come with a warning that sensitive readers may want to skip this page).
The bulk of he book is made up of a double page spread for most of the main competitive football countries and then double page spreads of the most famous clubs in each country. On the English page it mentions Arsenal, Tottenham Hotspur, Chelsea, Manchester United, Liverpool, Preston North End, Newcastle United and Everton. The club logos of Portsmouth FC, Fulham, Bolton Wanderers, Middlesborough, Arsenal, Nottingham Forest, Everton, Newcastle United, Chelsea, Blackpool and Wolverhampton Wanderers are also shown as 'Famous Clubs'. There is nothing 'in depth' about the clubs. It is more of a general look at some
Scottish fans may be disappointed that Celtic and Rangers only get a brief mention and are lumped in with 'European Clubs' rather than getting their own section. Sadly Welsh and Northern Irish teams don't get a mention at all.
The last part of the book has a Hall of Fame of some important world class players and lots of stats and tables of league and cup winners from around the world.
This book is designed as a world overview of football for young fans rather than an in depth analysis so it's not suitable for adults or die hard football fans who get offended because their team or country isn't mentioned. Women's football does get a mention with 6 pages out of the 152.
It's a great introduction to football for young fans.