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Once in a Lifetime: The Extraordinary Story of the New York Cosmos: The Incredible Story of the New York Cosmos Paperback – 11 May 2006

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Product details

  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Atlantic Books; 1st edition (11 May 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1843543753
  • ISBN-13: 978-1843543756
  • Product Dimensions: 13 x 2.2 x 19.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 558,573 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

GAVIN NEWSHAM is a sportswriter and journalist who has written for the Guardian, The Sunday Times and the Observer Sport Monthly magazine; he is also the associate editor of Golf Punk magazine. Newsham was awarded the National Sporting Club Best New Writer in 2004 for his first book, Letting the Big Dog Eat. Once In A Lifetime was published by Atlantic Books in 2006. Gavin lives in Brighton with his wife and two children.


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Having spent alot of time in New York during the mid-Seventies I was really excited when a friend told me about this book. I went to see a couple of Cosmos games and this book really captures the feeling of the City at the time and the boom-bust attitude of the team's owner and many of the players he recruited. He wanted the best and got the best. Including Dennis Tueart. This book is really well researched and a thoroughly entertaining read. It also contains many pictures which made my memories of that time come flooding back. So thanks for that.
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If you like football, clubbing, New York, tales of Pele, Beckenbauer etc this is the book for you. Author Gavin Newsham has done a great job of recreating those few years in the 1970s when America finally realised what football was all about; and when the cream of European and South American football, imported by the Cosmos, realised what New York was all about.

It's a great read.
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Ask any casual football fan about New York Cosmos and they won't get much further than Pele. This book is a fantastic soap opera of sporting shenanigans and political intrigue; anyone with the merest passing interest will find themselves enthralled. It said in one of the papers that Pele wanted too much money to get involved in the project (there's also a film of the same name which I haven't seen). More fool him for writing himself out of this fascinating piece of sporting history.
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The New York Cosmos, their rapid rise to greatness and equally abrupt disintegration, is a fascinating detour down football's history. Newsham's history charges the development of the club as its ambitious owners sought to make it a thriving part of the Warner entertainment Empire, challenging to sign the best players in the world even if their pitch needed to be painted green. It is an informative and entertaining read though I would have liked the writer to consider the international effects of the Cosmos as well as some of the American issues. How did the great clubs of Europe feel about their new rival and were they affected by losing some of their best players to the NASL?
Newsham's writing at its best conveys the excitiment and pressures of the matches of football and conjures up many of the great personalities who were associated with the club.
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