Who Invented the Bicycle Kick?: Soccer's Greatest Legends And Lore by Paul SimpsonWho Invented the Bicycle Kick?: Soccer's Greatest Legends And Lore by Paul Simpson

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

byPaul Simpson

Paperback | May 20, 2014

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"Chock-full of nifty tidbits about the game we love.” — New York Times

Discover 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. 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.

Paul Simpson is the editor ofChampions, the official magazine of the UEFA Champions League. He was the launch editor ofFour Two Fourmagazine.
Title:Who Invented the Bicycle Kick?: Soccer's Greatest Legends And LoreFormat:PaperbackDimensions:304 pages, 8 × 5.31 × 0.68 inPublished:May 20, 2014Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0062346946

ISBN - 13:9780062346940

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from it's called a Chilena It's often more interesting to read about soccer than watch it (sort of like baseball in that way). These odd facts and happenings explained in a light refreshing writing style are perfect for any soccer fan. Like who knew the old Dallas Cowboys' kicker Toni Fritsch once scored a goal vs. England at Wembley? Oh, in case you're wondering who invented the bicycle kick, a Chilean did hence the Latin American term for it--the Chilena.
Date published: 2016-11-14

Editorial Reviews

“Wonderful for serious and casual soccer fans. … This book is fun. … Simpson and Hesse tackle the burning issues of the game.”