Synopses & Reviews
is the essential guide to 101 of the most storied soccer clubs in the world. The book covers the history of European powerhouses like Arsenal, Barcelona, Bayern Munich, Chelsea, Inter Milan, Manchester United, Paris Saint-Germain, and Real Madrid; historic South American clubs like Boca Juniors, Corinthians, Penarol, and Santos; and rising clubs from Africa, Asia, and America, including such leading MLS clubs as LA Galaxy, New York Red Bulls, and Seattle Sounders. Writing with the passion and panache of a deeply knowledgeable and opinionated fan, Luke Dempsey explains what makes each club distinctive: their origins, fans, and style of play; their greatest (and most heartbreaking) seasons and historic victories and defeats; and their most famous players--from Pelé, Eusébio, and Maradona to Lionel Messi, Wayne Rooney, and Ronaldo.
"By giving quick overviews of the top 101 club teams in the world including the U.S., Dempsey, a U.K.-born journalist and former editor, helps U.S. sports fans new to soccer to make sense of the world of soccer. Along the way, readers may find reasons to support one team or another whether they want to root for a powerhouse (Manchester United or Barcelona, for example); to celebrate their Scot-Irish heritage (Celtic Rangers);to cultivate a fancy for 'Crazy Goats' (Guadalajara); or to avoid a team might have fascist connections (Italy's Lazio; Real Madrid). All the classic stories are here, like Arsenal's miracle victory at Liverpool to win the '88 '89 league championship; but there are also lesser-known tidbits, such as tales about VÃ©lez Sarsfield goalie JosÃ© Luis Chilavert or the exploits of Porto's Rabah Madjer in 1987 European Cup final. Dempsey's prose is a nice mix of flavorful sports-reporting and poetic impressions ('they will always wear yellow and green: a team of nonaggressive but pleasant enough birds, abandoned as they are in a faraway land'), making this an enjoyable and informative collection of vignettes. (Sept.)" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
"Luke Dempsey is one of the funniest, most charming narrative companions I know. This book is the perfect vessel for his genius and one of the world's great reference books. I will keep it next to my television, so that I will have a wholesome way to kill halftimes." Library Journal
"All the classic stories are here [as well as] lesser-known tidbits... Dempsey's prose is a nice mix of flavorful sports-reporting and poetic impressions... Enjoyable and informative." Publishers Weekly
"Succeeds wildly... Dempsey packs a surprising amount of history and information into the scant few pages allotted for each of the teams, a testament to his knowledge and tenacity... [R]eaders even remotely interested in soccer will have a difficult time putting it down." San Francisco Chronicle
"Built on a vault of detail that will impress soccer aficionados, supplying choice cuts of thinking, anecdote and history that can be used to impress when waxing authoritatively on the game...[It's] free from sentimentality, and crafted with a sharp wit." Alan Black
With club soccer exploding in popularity in the United States, here is everything fans need to know.
Written with verve from a passionate fan's perspective, is the essential guide to the 101 most storied club soccer teams in the world--from renowned powerhouses like Arsenal, Barcelona, Bayern Munich, Boca Juniors, Liverpool, Manchester United, A.C. Milan, and Real Madrid to rising American teams like the Los Angeles Galaxy, New York Red Bulls, and Seattle Sounders. The book features you-were-there stories of each team's greatest games, historic moments of glory and disappointment, and most famous (and infamous) players--from Pelé, Maradona, and George Best to Lionel Messi, Wayne Rooney, and Ronaldo in our own time. The book also includes statistics for both the casual fan and the die-hard fan. Set to publish just as the season begins, will be an authoritative, opinionated, and fun-to-read guide to the world's favorite sport.
Everything any fan needs to know.
About the Author
Luke Dempsey is an author and journalist who has written about soccer for a wide range of publications, including Capital New York, the New York Observer, and Howler. A native of England, he lives in New Jersey.