From the days of the game in Ancient China up till the days of the Beckham in their place, football has always been known as a funny old game. In his lively and off-beat study, norman Giller kicks off be examining the origins of football, starting with the argument over whether it was the Chinese, the Romans or the English who invented the game. He leads us decade by decade through the antics of a procession of great footballing characters who have graced (and sometimes disgraced) the national sport. Chronicling the major scandals, the history and the World Cup, this is the Christmas present football fans have been waiting for. 
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