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  • Published: 15 August 2014
  • ISBN: 9780091959678
  • Imprint: Ebury Press
  • Format: Trade Paperback
  • Pages: 576
  • RRP: $39.99

The Book of Football Quotations




The greatest quotable reference the game has ever had

The greatest football quotations collection ever, now in its ninth edition.
This compilation includes quotes from everyone – Shakespeare to Suarez, Camus to Cantona, Busby to Beckham – who has made an apt, pithy or comical comment about football. And not just footballers and managers either – fans, pundits, groundsmen, directors and wives all get to have their say too. Every subject is covered, from tactical debates to changing lifestyles, to produce a sometimes hilarious and always thought-provoking commentary on the game.

‘My players are always the best players in the world, even if they aren’t’ - José Mourinho

‘He was a quiet man, Eric Cantona, but he was a man of few words’ - David Beckham

‘Sometimes when you aim for the stars you hit the moon’ - Ian Holloway

  • Pub date: 15 August 2014
  • ISBN: 9780091959678
  • Imprint: Ebury Press
  • Format: Trade Paperback
  • Pages: 576
  • RRP: $39.99

About the Author

Phil Shaw

Phil Shaw is a sports journalist who has written for the Independent, Independent on Sunday, Guardian, Observer, Daily Telegraph, Sunday Telegraph, Scotland on Sunday, Time Out and Backpass magazine. He has compiled nine editions of The Book of Football Quotations over the past 30 years, the first five in collaboration with the late Peter Ball. Among the major sporting events on which he has reported are five World Cups and four European Championships. Phil is a native of Leeds and now lives with his wife Julie in Staffordshire.

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Praise for The Book of Football Quotations

“Truly a must... it can make you laugh or cry”

Sunday Telegraph

“It should be on the shelf of everyone who loves football”

The Times

“Shaw has drawn together a fine catalogue of comical observations for a book to which enthusiasts will return regularly for comical stimulation”

Scotland on Sunday

“Shaw has drawn together a fine catalogue of comical observations for a book to which enthusiasts will return regularly for comical stimulation”

Scotland on Sunday


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