Who Invented the Bicycle Kick?: Soccer's Greatest Legends and Lore [NOOK Book]

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The ultimate collection of soccer's greatest lore and legends, by two of the world's most knowledgeable soccer journalists

Who Invented the Bicycle Kick? is a rollicking run through 100 years of global soccer history that will surprise and delight fans old and new. Veteran soccer journalists Paul Simpson and Uli Hesse bring together the sublime feats, legendary personalities, neglected heroes, bizarre twists ...

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

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Overview

The ultimate collection of soccer's greatest lore and legends, by two of the world's most knowledgeable soccer journalists

Who Invented the Bicycle Kick? is a rollicking run through 100 years of global soccer history that will surprise and delight fans old and new. Veteran soccer journalists Paul Simpson and Uli Hesse 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 team was banned from the World Cup after refusing to play in shoes?
  • Who had the most powerful leg in soccer history?

Providing answers to more than 100 mysteries, Simpson and Hesse 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, Barcelona, Liverpool, Arsenal, Real Madrid, Bayern Munich, and more. Challenging conventional wisdom and destroying many urban myths, Who Invented the Bicycle Kick? is a must-read for every soccer lover.

Illustrated with 100 archival photos

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Editorial Reviews

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
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.”
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780062346957
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 5/20/2014
  • Sold by: HARPERCOLLINS
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 304
  • Sales rank: 311,575
  • File size: 13 MB
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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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