World Football Yearbook 2002-2003 Paperback – 12 Aug 2002
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Thousands of football statistics are brought to life with full colour photographs, charts, graphs and diagrams. In-depth special features include 'Football Cities' and 'World Issues', together with information on the top 20 players and top 10 managers of all time.
About the Author
David Goldblatt has a detailed knowledge of all aspects of football and a passionate enthusiasm for the game.
Top Customer Reviews
Do you seriously think you know how and where football was first invented? Think again. Do you really know the history of your own favourite club? You don't know half as much as the guy who wrote this book. Think you can talk sensibly about the greatest footballing nation in the world (ie Brazil) for longer than ten seconds? Exactly. But once you've started dipping into this awesome tome, you'll have the edge on all your mates - that is, until they realise they'd better go out and buy the book themselves.
And whatever you do, don't be put off by the fact it's classed as a 'reference book'. To me, 'reference' sounds stuffy and dry. This book is like Aladdin's cave. Page after page is packed with colour and detail - wonderful photos, illustrations, maps, charts, meticulously researched yet lucid and concise. This is as good as any 'reference' book on footie I can imagine.
But as far as I'm concerned, it ought to be filed under 'action/adventure', because, believe me, it's a gripping read, from kick off right up until the final whistle. There's a storyteller's craft at work here, which draws you in with wit and wisdom, making you think twice about the stuff you thought you knew and firing up your curiosity for the stuff you've never heard of. The specific and bitter rivalries between the major clubs of (say) Glasgow, Liverpool, Manchester, London - they've got all the makings of a major pot-boiler. And don't get me started on the politics of football in Buenos Aires or Brazil.
I've said more than enough. This book is the business. Now, I must stop writing and get back to read some more.
What makes this book great is that it is so easy to pick up as it looks attractive and not list after list of irrelevant information which may be found in other football yearbooks.
It even goes into the more political side of the game and explains how rivalries are found without ever being biast to one side, it takes an objective view and displays the facts in a sensible manner.
If you after a gift for anyone that loves the game, give this a go, you will not be disapointed.
The only thing it doesn't tell the reader is who won the Afghani league, but is anyone interested in knowing that?!?!?
The main business of the book is the presentation of league tables, cup winners and results of important games for all nations affiliated to FIFA. The more important and successful nations are afforded more coverage including pictures and maps of their major football cities and regions (20 pages or so for England, Italy, Spain etc) whilst the smaller countries receive only a small panel of statistical content. There is detailed coverage of the World Cup, European Championships, Champions League as well as the major competitions in which British teams do not compete such as the Gold Cup, the Copa Liberatodores (South American equivalent of the Champions league), the Olympic Games and African Cup of Nations.
What raise this book well above the level of a statistical annual however are the wide range and extremely good reproductions of maps and photographs. These are not just familiar shots of Premiership games and Internationals but an inclusive collection of pictures from the various national leagues featured in the book. The broad collection of maps illustrating the geographical spread of the clubs making up the leagues are supplemented by city maps from the football capitals of the world including London, Buenos Aires, Berlin, Rome and Moscow.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
One word to describe this book - superb. I purchased this book on the strength of the reviews below and have not been disappointed, truly a bible of world football. Read morePublished on 9 May 2003
I keep this on my bedside table. It has been there since I purchased it last September and remains as fascinating to me as when I bought it. Read morePublished on 11 April 2003 by Mr Nick Cooper