Who Invented the Bicycle Kick?: Soccer's Greatest Legends and Lore

Who Invented the Bicycle Kick?: Soccer's Greatest Legends and Lore

by Paul Simpson, Uli Hesse
     
 

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Published in time for the 2014 World Cup, the ultimate collection of soccer’s greatest lore and legends, illustrated with 100 black-and-white photos, by two of the world’s most knowledgeable soccer journalists.

Who Invented the Bicycle Kick? is a rollicking ride through soccer history that will surprise and delight fans old and new. Veteran

Overview

Published in time for the 2014 World Cup, the ultimate collection of soccer’s greatest lore and legends, illustrated with 100 black-and-white photos, by two of the world’s most knowledgeable soccer journalists.

Who Invented the Bicycle Kick? is a rollicking ride through soccer history that will surprise and delight fans old and new. Veteran soccer journalists Uli Hesse and editor Paul Simpson bring together the sublime feats, legendary personalities, neglected heroes, bizarre twists of fate, and fascinating mysteries that have shaped the world’s most popular game, including:

Who invented the bicycle kick?

Why does a football match last 90 minutes?

Who scored the fastest goal ever?

Which match produced the largest number of red cards?

Why are seven dead cats buried under a stadium in Argentina?

Which country was banned from the World Cup after refusing to play in shoes?

Providing answers to more than 100 questions, Hesse and Simpson explore the beautiful game as never before, shedding new light on legends such as Pele, Maradona, Messi, Beckham, Ronaldo, and Rooney, and uncovering lost histories of international clubs like Manchester United, Chelsea, Aston Villa, Real Madrid, Bayern Munich, and more. Challenging conventional wisdom, and destroying a few urban myths, Who Invented the Bicycle Kick? is a must for every soccer lover.

Editorial Reviews

Sport Magazine
“Simpson and Hesse shatter football myths. ... A mixture of tactical insight, number-crunching, and stories from the archives.”
The Times (London)
“Beautifully crafted . . . demolishes myths with the cold-blooded efficiency of a literary Gerd Muller.”
New York Times
“Perfect for a quick dip, in and out. … Chock-full of nifty tidbits about the game we love.”
Library Journal
05/15/2014
Enough of the social, political, and economic aspects of soccer—this book is fun. In a question-and-answer mode, coauthors Simpson (editor, Champions) and Hesse (Tor!) tackle the burning issues of the game, such as the oddest reasons for stopping play, which match produced the most red cards, and, as promised in the title, who invented soccer's bicycle kick. Answers to these quirky questions run from one to six pages each and explore the sport's history from its origins. The run through the game's past and present includes colorful personalities such as legendary coach Stan Cullis, soccer's "scariest" manager, and Colin Grainger, a 16-year soccer veteran who once shared a stage with the Beatles. The teams, leagues, venues, games, equipment, on-field moves, and records are also here, and all make for a light romp across the world's most popular game. VERDICT With the World Cup just weeks away, this look at the lighter side of soccer is wonderful for serious and casual soccer fans and readers with a passing interest in the spectacle gearing up in Brazil.—Boyd Childress, formerly with Auburn Univ. Libs., AL

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780062346940
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
05/20/2014
Pages:
304
Sales rank:
1,064,260
Product dimensions:
7.80(w) x 5.20(h) x 0.90(d)

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Meet the Author

Paul Simpson is the editor of Champions, the official magazine of the UEFA Champions League. He was the launch editor of Four Two Four magazine.

Uli Hesse has written more than 300 articles for ESPN FC, America's most popular soccer website. He is the author of Tor!, the definitive history of German football.

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