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  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Hachette Books Ireland; Reprint edition (3 Jun. 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1444743635
  • ISBN-13: 978-1444743630
  • Product Dimensions: 12.7 x 1.9 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 632,439 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Following on from the success of John Giles: A Football Man, The Great and the Good promises to be one of the stand-out sports books of this autumn.

--This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

About the Author

John Giles was born in Dublin in 1940. A prodigiously gifted young footballer, at just 15 years of age, Giles moved to Manchester, playing for the Manchester United youth team. And in 1959, the year after the Munich Air Disaster, he made his debut for the Man United first team against Spurs, beginning a career at the top of the game that was to span three decades. He moved to the then second-division side Leeds United in 1963 where he became the linchpin of one of the world's great sides of the 60s and 70s. He played for the Republic of Ireland for almost two decades before moving to a player-manager role in later years. Giles is now a well known and greatly respected football analyst.


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John's book is one I looked forward to reading, and found it an engrossing read. He uses his immense knowledge of the game in convincing the reader why one player aspires to greatness, whilst another just remains good. Some of his views on your favourite players might completely surprise you, but John tells it as it is.
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Format: Hardcover
Knowing Johnny Giles from his punditry on RTE and having read and enjoyed his previous book I was looking forward to this. The aim here is clear, to distinguish between the truly great players and the players who are good or very good. As he feels that to put lesser players in the same category as the Pele s or Bests' is doing them a disservice. Or as he states himself, "If everyone is great, then no one is great".

Johnny looks back fondly on past great players, like John Charles, some of his old colleagues and rivals from his playing days, as well as modern greats and past Irish players. The book, and his punditry as a whole, is a breath of fresh air compared to the Sky Sports commentary, which would have you believe every current game/goal/player/team is the greatest there was.
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Format: Hardcover
John Giles had a distinguished career as a soccer player from the late fifties to the late seventies. Starting at Manchester United he spent the peak of his career at as Leeds during that club's most successful ever period. After a spell in management he carved out a long and distinguished career as a TV analyst in his native Ireland. His analysis is notable for its technical insight coupled with his willingness to call a spade a spade. If he doesn't think much of a player, a manager or a team he says so and - equally importantly - why he thinks what he thinks.
Thus, when Giles calls someone great, it means something.
The book covers Giles's reminiscences and analysis of players he played with, against or watched from Stanley Matthews to Lionel Messi as well as of some famous managers also. For those unfamiliar with his views some may surprise you but whether you agree or disagree you should find his views stimulating.
The book is written in an easy, conversational style and it reads like you're listening to Giles chatting to you.
I can recommend this to a wide range of readers. If, like me, you're old enough to remember Giles play it's a trip down memory lane. If you're of a younger generation who think the game began with the Champion's League and the Premiership it may be educational to read why he rates Messi higher than Cristiano Ronaldo or John Robertson higher than David Beckham.
While reading the book it was clear that Giles had some help as remembering specific facts rather than broad patterns was never Giles's strong point. However there is, I suspect, one fact that Declan Lynch didn't check. Giles twice refers to Bobby Moore tackling Pele in their 1970 England-Brazil match. Now Moore did tackle Pele during that game but the moment that has passed into legend as "that tackle by Moore" was, in fact, on Jairzinho.
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