Favoring left-field over legend, the book celebrates color-blind referees, colorful commentators, dodgy kits, dodgier haircuts, dangerous goal celebrations, suicidal own goals, pathetic penalty misses, God-fearing goalkeepers, gun-toting fans, and loopy matches involving animals, robots, and Nazis. Recalling the antics of wayward geniuses like Paul Gascoigne, Diego Maradona, and George Best, the book profiles soccer's craziest characters. What possessed a World Cup superstar to kidnap 120 Cameroonian pygmies? Why was a former Southampton full-back offered the throne of Albania? Was a former Everton striker really hung for stealing a sheep in Australia?