Author(s): Aidan Keir Radnedge
A comprehensive guide to football, from its origins and rules to the top leagues, clubs and of course the international competitions. Photographs of the top players, stadiums and managers are accompanied by infographics and up-to-date stats.From world-class star players to dream teams and memorable matches, 50 things you should know about Football is packed with facts and information about the wonderful world of football. Presented to show the history of the game and how football has developed over time, this book pinpoints the players, games and teams that everyone should know. Starting with historical versions of football, to the invention of the sport as we know it, right up to the modern game and the players of the 2018 FIFA World Cup.
Aidan Keir Radnedge has been a football fanatic since childhood. In his adult life he has worked as a writer on a variety of football magazines, books and as a sports journalist for multiple newspapers. He currently lives in London, England.
INTRODUCTION 4The history of football 6How it all began 8Spreading the word 9Global growth 10Turning hi-tech 12Caps and numbers 13The laws of the game 14Evolution of the laws 16Pitch, kitand equipment 17FIFA 18Discipline 19The game's people 20Managers 22Goalkeepers 23Defenders 24Midfielders 25Wingers 26Forwards 27Skills and tricks 28Tactics 29The global game 30The women's game 32Football for all 34The fame game 36Mascots 37National teams 38Major football nations 40Playing host 42The World Cup 44The EuropeanChampionships 46Copa America 47Other internationaltournaments 48Confederations Cup 49Club teams 50Super clubs 52The Champions League 54Other champions' leagues 56Club World Cup 57English league 58Spain's LaLiga 59Other European leagues 60Leagues around the world 62Places and players 64Stadiums 66Great games 68Wonder goals 69The best players 70Modern icons 72Women to watch 74Strange but true 76GLOSSARY 78INDEX 80