Author(s): Reuel Golden
Game on. A photographic tribute to football's most beautiful era. Pele, the most famous footballer of all time, coined the phrase "the beautiful game," and in the 1970s the game was at its most beautiful, free flowing, and entertaining. Football - or soccer, as many call it - became truly international thanks to extraordinarily talented teams and charismatic players who became the first generation of football superstars, long before David Beckham stripped down to his underwear. This book tackles the global and cultural impact of the game, the memorable fashions, the girlfriends, the cars, the politics, the fans, the hooligans, the passion, the thrills, and of course the sideburns. It's a joint celebration of the world's most popular sport in the sizzling 70s-including the 1970 World Cup in Mexico, the first football championship televised in color, and won by the legendary Brazilian side led by Pele; the 1974 World Cup, dominated by the intense rivalry between the powerful West German side and the "total football" of the Dutch team; the 1978 World Cup, hosted and won by Argentina; and the extraordinary club sides such as Ajax, Bayern Munich, and New York Cosmos. As Liverpool manager Bill Shankley said: "Some people believe football is a matter of life and death. I'm very disappointed with that attitude. I can assure you it is much, much more important than that." Indeed, no self-respecting football fan can possibly continue living without this book. It features photography by Neil Leifer, Jerry Cooke, Harry Benson, Sven Simon, and many others, as well as images from the archives of Ajax, Barcelona, Adidas, Coca Cola, FIFA, and a wide array of international newspapers and magazines. It offers text by award-winning football writers Rob Hughes, David Goldblatt, Barney Ronay. The appendix includes the decade's best goals and jerseys, a football timeline, the stories behind the world's best players, and football in the media.