Soccer's Most Wanted™ II: The Top 10 Book of More Glorious Goals, Superb Saves, and Fantastic Free-Kicks

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Potomac Books, Inc., Feb 1, 2009 - Sports & Recreation - 270 pages
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Soccer is the world’s game, more popular than any other sport. Fans fill stadia, and players strive to perform at the highest levels for them. Soccer’s Most Wanted™ II presents more of the best and brightest, funniest and freakiest, and the highs and lows of soccer. It highlights the crazy incidents and interesting bits of trivia that have helped make soccer (football to the rest of the globe) the most-watched sport on the planet.

Everyone remembers the World Cup winners, but what about the best teams who fell just short? And what about the great players who never got to appear on the world stage? Then there is the burgeoning American game, thanks to the steady progress of Major League Soccer and the strides made by the country’s respective national teams.

Jeff Carlisle presents all that and more in fifty top-ten lists chock full of entertaining stories. He covers strange injuries, bizarre bookings, and some of the more colorful feuds worldwide. He discusses the greatest players to travel from the MLS to overseas and lambastes the biggest flops who came to MLS assuming glory and fell flat on their faces. He covers European leagues and players too, from the EPL to Serie A and everything in between. Through it all he presents the game as only a true follower can, with an expertise gained through years of coverage. Soccer’s Most Wanted™ II brings the beautiful game to life!
 

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Contents

In the Beginning American Style
1
The US Open Cup
7
Tales from the Crypt
13
We Knew Them When
19
The Cradle of Coaches?
24
Yanks Abroad
29
Great Moments in Yanks Abroad History
33
MLS Firsts
37
Goalkeeper Gaffes
138
Keepers Who Scored
143
Emergency Keepers
148
Super Subs
152
Most Expensive Players
157
Weird Transfers
162
Infamous Owners
167
Under Pressure
173

Other MLS Milestones
42
Great Moments in MLS Playoff History
47
The Graduates
53
Top MLS Imports
57
Foreign Flops in MLS
62
A League of Their Own
66
World Cup Qualifying Heartbreak
70
Great Players Who Never Played in a World Cup
75
Best Teams That Didnt Win a World Cup
82
Most Capped Men
90
Most Capped Women
95
The Other Competitions
100
Ageless Wonders
105
Precocious Talents
110
Great Keepers
114
Dynasties
119
Size Doesnt Matter
124
The Innovators
128
Ghosts in the Goalmouth
133
Not So Happy Families
177
Divided Loyalties
183
Bizarre Bookings
190
Busted
195
Bizarre Injuries
201
Penalty Kick Trivia
205
Animal House
210
Lies Damn Lies and Urban Legends
215
Match Fixing and Betting Scandals
221
Fair Play
228
The Rogues Gallery
233
Misbehaving Mascots
237
Soccer Celebrities
242
Soccer Cinema
246
Celebrations
251
Bibliography
257
Index
259
About the Author
269
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Jeff Carlisle has quickly established himself as one of the premier soccer writers in the United States. He is a regular contributor to the ESPNsoccernet website and was among the site’s main writers during the 2006 World Cup, when he provided extensive coverage of the U.S. men’s national team. He also covers MLS for ESPN, writing numerous articles about the league’s teams and players. He lives in Menlo Park, California.

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