Little Book of European Club Football by Sean Willis
This book, written by West Bromwich Albion season ticket holder Sean Willis, takes a fascinating look at the history of the major European football club competitions.
It explores their development from tournaments such as the Champions Clubs’ Cup and Inter Cities Fairs Cup up to today’s incarnations that are the Europa League and, the biggest club football competition of them all, the UEFA Champions’ League.
The roots of these are explored up to the explosion in club competition in the 1950s as well as a detailed account of the first, historic, 1955/56 Champions Clubs’ Cup won by Real Madrid. The book then covers all the giants of European club football including Real Madrid’s early dominance, the Ajax total footballing revolution, Bayern Munich and more recently, Barcelona, as well as the various British clubs to have secured European success.
We also learn of the many footballing superstars and non-footballing characters to have graced these tournaments, and several fascinating and, perhaps little known, facts and stories.
This perfect guide to European club football is completed by including all the results of the major club finals.
Greatest Football Clubs – Arsenal by Jules Gammond
The Gunners of Arsenal are not only enjoying the longest spell in the top flight of English football – they have regularly dominated it, with three League and Cup Doubles in living memory and a European Champions League Final for good measure.
One of the most decorated clubs in the history of the game, they have won 40 domestic and 2 European trophies, including 13 First Division and Premier League titles and a record 12 FA Cups. They can also proudly boast an unbeaten season in the Premier League with the legendary team of ‘Invincibles’.
They will doubtless be writing more pages of history at the Emirates Stadium just as they did for nearly a century at Highbury.
This book recalls the greatest managers and players over the years from Herbert Chapman to Arsene Wenger, Cliff Bastin to Thierry Henry, that have ensured that the Arsenal can be rightly be hailed as one of the Greatest Football Clubs in the world.
Greatest Football Clubs – Chelsea by Jules Gammond
This Chelsea edition of the Greatest Football Club series highlights all of the events and players that have shaped the history of this great club in a fascinating A to Z format.
From Azpilicueta to Zola, from Abramovich to Wilkins, none of the legendary people and players are missing.
The fully illustrated book also contains the highest attendances, greatest goal-scorers, most appearances and the Greatest Ever XI as chosen by the fans.
Trivia addicts will not be disappointed as the book lists the most famous fans, the official Players of the Year and every League position since the club was founded in 1905.
Greatest Football Clubs – Liverpool by Jules Gammond
Liverpool F.C. is one of the most successful clubs in the world and has won more European trophies than any other English team with five European Cups, three UEFA cups and three Super Cups. The club has also won eighteen league titles, seven FA Cups and a record eight League Cups.
But the trophies tell only half the story. The club has arguably the most passionate fans in the world and their anthem “You’ll Never Walk Alone” has helped carry the team through the good times and the bad particularly following the 1989 Hillsborough disaster when 96 supporters were crushed to death.
Founded in 1892, the club has played at Anfield in all that time, and enjoyed its most successful period in the 1970s and 1980s when Bill Shankly and Bob Paisley led the club to eleven league titles and seven European trophies.
This fully-illustrated book looks back at all the greatest moments that have shaped the history of the Merseyside club and pays tribute to the great players from the legends such as Kevin Keegan, Ian Rush and Kenny Dalglish to the modern superstars including captain fantastic Steven Gerrard and the fearsome forward Daniel Sturridge.
Greatest Football Clubs – Manchester United by Jules Gammond
When Louis van Gaal arrived to manage Manchester United in May 2014 he described the club as “the biggest in the world“.
He wasn’t mistaken as the club has the largest number of worldwide fans, one of the best-known stadiums, and can include three of the greatest players in the history of the game – George Best, Denis Law and Sir Bobby Charlton – amongst its unique roster of club legends.
It also had in Sir Alex Ferguson, the greatest British manager of all time, whose tally of 38 trophies included 13 Premier League titles and 2 Champions League crowns.
This book offers an affectionate glimpse of the great players to have graced Old Trafford from Duncan Edwards and the Busby Babes through to the modern superstars such as Ryan Giggs, the club’s longest serving player, and Wayne Rooney.
It also lists the tragic events such as the Munich air disaster and the great triumphs such as the club’s first European Cup win at Wembley in 1968 and the Treble of 1999 in which they won the Premier League, the FA Cup and the Champions League.