What You Think You Know About Football is Wrong: The Global Game’s Greatest Myths and Untruths

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Bloomsbury Publishing, Oct 31, 2019 - Sports & Recreation - 240 pages
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Our view of football will never be the same again... Written by a world-respected football historian, this football history/gift title reveals the global game's greatest myths and untruths.

Football has been completely mythologized and many of the things football fans think they know about football and its history turn out not to be true. We want to believe the myths, and so they become accepted. So much football writing is not properly researched, and so the myths get repeated ... again and again and again.

Written by Kevin Moore, the founding director of the National Football Museum (the world's leading football museum), this thoroughly researched and authoritative book will debunk more than 50 of the greatest myths surrounding football. Backed up by the highest level of academic research yet written in an accessible, mass-market style, the book will explore the truth behind many accepted myths. For example, did you know:

· The Germans took football to Brazil, not the English
· Rugby and not football could quite easily have been the world's leading sport
· There are gay professional players ....and always have been!
· Goalkeepers should not dive for penalties
· Football hooliganism did not begin in England
· Shirt colours do make a difference
· Cambridge and not Sheffield is the home of the oldest football club in the world
· Arsenal should not be in the Premier League... they cheated to be there
· The Dynamo Kiev team were not executed after beating a German SS team in 1941
· England did not win the World Cup fairly in 1966 ... but not in the way you think!
 

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Contents

Foreword by John Motson
Foreword by Guy Mowbray
Introduction
The ball did cross the line in the 1966 World Cup Final and we knew this in
Premier League players are not overpaid
Rugby could have been the global football game rather than soccer
English fans do not care about the England team and they never have done
FIFA does not make the rules and never
Soccer and not American football could have been the main winter sport in the
Most fans are not loyal to one club they play the field
Black players are not new in English football
The English didnt spread football to Brazil it was the Germans
Theres no such problem as scoring too early
Cambridge and not Sheffield is home to the worlds oldest football club
Arsenal should not be in the Premier League
Leicester City will never win the Premier League again

England did not win the World Cup fairly in 1966
British players can and have succeeded abroad

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About the author (2019)

Dr Kevin Moore is the founding director of the National Football Museum (the world's leading football museum) and now serves in a research capacity at the Museum. He is on the editorial board of the world-leading academic journal for football, Soccer and Society, and holds key roles at the International Football Institute, the Chinese Football Museum and Indian Sports Museum.

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