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Balls: Tales from Football's Nether Regions

Brown, Paul

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ISBN 10: 1840189304 / ISBN 13: 9781840189308
Published by Mainstream Publishing, 2004
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Title: Balls: Tales from Football's Nether Regions

Publisher: Mainstream Publishing

Publication Date: 2004

Book Condition:Good

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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?

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Small boys, jumpers for goalposts. Enduring image isn't it? But the so-called beautiful game is rarely so innocent, so clean-cut, or so damned romantic. Behind the dreamy facade of the world's favourite sport lies a superfluity of madness, badness and plain stupidity.

Balls is an eclectic collection of amazing true stories from the world of football, revealing the bizarre and hilarious reality behind the beautiful game. Favouring left-field over legend, the book celebrates colour-blind referees, colourful commentators, dodgy kits, dodgier haircuts, footballers called 'Primrose', players with prosthetic body parts, dangerous goal celebrations, suicidal own goals, pathetic penalty misses, God-fearing goalkeepers, gun-toting fans, shocking scandals, horrendous tragedies, bung-taking managers, UFO-spotting chairmen, 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 football's most colourful and craziest characters. Who is the former top-flight footballer now living as a fully post-op transsexual? What possessed a World Cup superstar to kidnap 120 Cameroonian pygmies? Which ex-goalkeeper genuinely believes he is the Son of God? Why was a former Southampton fullback offered the throne of Albania? And whatever happened to Maradona's fake rubber penis?

Balls trawls through soccer history and traverses the football world to uncover brilliant tales of footballing insanity. Who was the 19th century David Beckham? Was a former Everton striker really hung for stealing a sheep in Australia? Why did a professional football team deliberately score 149 own goals in one match? What propelled El Salvador and Honduras into a full-scale Soccer War? And does FBI Most Wanted terrorist leader Osama bin Laden really support Arsenal?

Humorous and irreverent, the book collects hundreds of stories together into chapters on sex, drugs, violence, rock'n'roll and more. Balls is an unashamed celebration of the mad, bad and stupid aspects of football - the greatest game in the world.

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