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The Life of Total Football: The Origins and Development of Football's Most Entertaining Philosophy

James Jackson

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The Life of Total Football tells the story of the origins, history and inspiration behind one of the purest and arguably most-entertaining styles of football in the history of the game. Total Football was the style of play made famous by both Johan Cruyff's Ajax and the great Dutch international side of 1970s in which he starred... but its story starts a long way before then.

The origins of Total Football lie in Scotland in the early 1900s as football was taking its first pioneering steps as a Great British export. Initially finessed in Europe, and in particular Hungary and Austria, as the popularity of football spread; before the style emerged and evolved in South America as the game took hold across the globe. With so many admirers throughout the history of the game, The Life of Total Football explains how it captured the hearts and minds of its most dedicated followers, its many iterations and incarnations, and just why it means so much to so many football fans.

So much more than just a footballing ideal, this is an enthralling in-depth look at the impact, the culture and the influence of Total Football on the game's history.

The author:

James Jackson writes his debut title The Life of Total Football. The Northumbrian author is an avid football fan who writes passionately on the sport, especially when promoting football's culture and ensuring the art of football is never lost. Making a name for himself on various footballing blogs, with his work focusing on highlighting the history of the game; its mavericks and unique characters, and their impact on the culture of football.

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Pitch Publishing
22 x 14 cm
Hardback
240 pages
March 2001
English
9781801501897