THE NEARLY MEN: THE ETERNAL ALLURE OF THE GREATEST TEAMS THAT FAILED TO WIN THE WORLD CUP by Aidan Williams
The Nearly Men tells the fascinating stories of some of the most revered international football teams of all time.
Through the history of the World Cup there are many sides who thrilled us all with their elegance and style, or who revolutionised the game, only to fail when it mattered most. They are the teams that could, and in some cases perhaps should, have won the World Cup, yet remain memorable for what they did achieve as well as what they didn’t. They all left a lasting legacy, be that of unfulfilled potential, crushed dreams or the artistry they produced that could have seen them prevail. Their exploits and accomplishments are frequently hailed more than those of the winners.
The Nearly Men celebrates these teams: what made them great, what saw them fail, the legacy they left and why onlookers remember them so fondly. It is a tale of frustration and disappointment, but also of footballing beauty and lasting legacy, in homage to the kind of greatness that isn’t defined by victory.
(Publisher: Pitch Publishing Ltd. May 2022. Hardcover: 352 pages)