Soccer's Most Wanted™: The Top 10 Book of Clumsy Keepers, Clever Crosses, and Outlandish Oddities

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Potomac Books, Inc., Sep 1, 2001 - Sports & Recreation - 304 pages
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Ernie Brandts of the Netherlands scored a goal for each team and injured his own goalkeeper in a 1978 World Cup match against Italy. Liverpool’s Robbie Fowler was suspended for four games and fined for pretending to snort the white chalk endline while celebrating a goal. In 1970, after El Salvador defeated Honduras in a World Cup qualifying match, the two countries severed diplomatic relations, and a four-day “Soccer War” broke out, in which more than 10,000 people died. A 1995 match in South Africa between the host Moroka Swallows and the Qwa Qwa Stars was delayed after the visiting team accused the host of using magical powers against them.

Soccer's Most Wanted™ features the most outrageous players, the oddest injuries, the strangest matches, the most fantastic finishes, the greatest champions, and the most inept teams. In short, it covers the best and worst moments in the history of world soccer. Die-hard fans as well as newcomers to the sport will enjoy this irreverent guide to soccer trivia.
 

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Contents

In the Beginning
1
Her Majestys Empire
7
Soccers Firsts
11
World Cup Firsts
15
The Only Time It Happened
19
World Champions
23
Im Taking My Ball and Going Home
27
Why Are We Here?
31
No Way to End a Match
141
Injury Time
145
The Generals
149
Animal Farm
153
Celebration
157
Are You Blind?
161
Celebrities
165
Last Line of Defense
169

Gooooooooooal
37
The Mouse That Roared
43
So Close Yet So Far
49
Great Moments in US Soccer History
53
US World Champions
57
NotSoGreat Moments in US Soccer History
61
Not Our Game
65
The Minnows
69
The Other Majors
73
Going for the Gold
77
The Worlds Great Stadiums
81
FixerUppers
87
Great Leagues of Europe
91
Americans Abroad
95
Great Clubs of England
99
Origins
105
Across the Channel
109
Great Rivalries
113
Fan Culture
117
British Hooliganism
121
Fluke Goals
125
Great Victories in Extra Time
129
Fantastic Finishes in International Matches
133
Fantastic Finishes in Club and College Matches
137
International Incidents
173
Behind the Iron Curtain
179
Murder and Death
183
Notorious Matches
187
Protesting Too Much
193
Air Disasters
197
Against All Odds
201
Food for Thought
205
Good OldTime Religion
209
Soccer in Iran
213
Curses Spells and Lucky Charms
217
Suspensions and Banishments
221
Hoaxes Myths and Mistaken Identity
225
Promotional Exercises
229
Security
233
SoccerStyle Kickers
237
Suicides
241
Bad Ideas
245
Strange but True
249
A Kick in the Head
253
Bibliography
257
Index
259
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John Snyder has a master's degree in history from the University of Cincinnati and a passion for baseball. He has authored twelve books on baseball, soccer, football, hockey, tennis, and travel, including Day by Day in Cincinnati Reds History, which he co-authored with Floyd Conner. He lives in Cincinnati, Ohio.

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