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When Football Came Home: England, the English and Euro 96 Paperback – Illustrated, 1 Mar 2016
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"A detailed account of the tournament and the personalities involved. Despite the title the focus is well and truly on the football at a time when England came close to ending those 30 years of hurt." --Soccer History magazine
"Mark Perryman offers his reading selection for a Summer of Sport. Covers this epic tournament with one eye on the politics and culture of the time too. For thirtysomethings and older a really great read about something England have failed to do this century, make it to a tournament semi-final!" --PhilosophyFootball.com
"Filled me with naïve hope once again that football might indeed come home. Gibbons gets the content just right. The cultural backdrop is neatly tied in without taking the focus away from the boozy brilliance of the football itself. A very enjoyable whizz down memory lane. Reads like beautiful chaos, which beats limp resignation any day." --OfPitchAndPage.com
"Currently devouring When Football Came Home by Michael Gibbons. Full of detail my excited 10-year-old mind didn't process at the time." --The Underdog Blog
"Might be a nostalgia trip but it's rarely rose-tinted. Comprehensively researched and honest to a fault. Plenty of entertaining vignettes about the travails and foibles of the other teams. Shows how spot-on Gibbons was the meat of his subject. Recommended." --When Saturday Comes
"Outstanding. Gibbons' enthusiasm for the period really shines through. The book's real strength is in its meticulous research. In all, it's an evocative and enthusiastic re-creation of a time and a place, delivered in witty and lively prose. This is an unmissable book that anyone interested in the period should cherish." --TheTwoUnfortunates.com
"Gibbons recreates the mood of an optimistic decade on and off the field and how the Venable England team managed to reflect that at times in moments of real expressive quality. Regardless of the result, it still felt that football had come home." - Backpass
"If this was a novel, Gibbons would no doubt have sent England into the final, probably against France. He might have had Paul Gascoigne scoring the winning goal. It is not the author's fault that Gareth Southgate - wonderful guy, great defender, but no penalty-taker - fluffed his lines. But Gibbons definitely does not fluff his lines. Excellent stuff." --Soccerama
"This book is a great look back to a time when the England team gave fans real hope." --The League Magazine
"Helps capture the spirit of the competition staged in England. The author has clearly done his research. Such details may not represent the most significant moments of Euro '96, but their inclusion gives added depth and colour to the book. It's an excellent read, which does justice to both the tournament and the period in England." --EnglandMemories.com
"With a few notable exceptions (George Rinaldi's Calcio's Greatest Forwards, Michael Gibbons' When Football Came Home), the yearly football book schedule doesn't really kick off until the darling buds of May." --Of Pitch & Page
About the Author
Mike Gibbons is a writer and the co-author of the book Danish Dynamite: The Story of Football's Greatest Cult Team. He has also written articles for Eurosport, the Daily Telegraph, The Blizzard and Mundial magazine.
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Nostalgic fare for anyone who remembers Euro 96, and an interesting read for younger folks who want to learn more about a period of time, unlike today, when putting on the three lions shirt was the ultimate for any English professional. (And when music was great!)
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