The Big Book of Football


Dive into the wonderful world of football with this essential guide containing everything you’ll ever need to know about the beautiful game. 

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Dive into the world of football with this mega book of everything to do with the beautiful game. Learn all the lingo; meet the greatest players, managers and teams from both the men’s and women’s games; take masterclasses with the pros; wander through the haircut hall of fame; learn the most iconic goal celebrations and more.

Written by the team at MUNDIAL, the celebrated football lifestyle magazine, and filled with fun, colourful illustrations, The Big Book of Football by Mundial covers it all:

  • The basics and the lingo that will have you talking like a football expert in no time.
  • History of football, including how we got from playing with a ball made of feathers to using high-tech footballs, the greatest teams of all time and the evolution of football boots.
  • The great players, including Paolo Maldini, Lev Yashin, Joy Fawcett, Franz Beckenbauer, Johan Cruyff, Michelle Akers, Sir Stanley Matthews and Marta Vieira da Silva.
  • Legendary managers and how they did it – learn the favourite killer formations of greats like Rinus Michels and Sir Alex Ferguson.
  • The big cups, with their histories and greatest players.
  • The world’s most amazing stadiums, including Wembley, Melbourne Cricket Ground and San Siro.
  • Kits hall of fame, from the USSR’s (now Russia) classic red sweatshirt with ‘CCCP’ written across the front to Mexico’s green home shirt with Aztec patterns and the giant face of the Aztec god of death.
  • How to take the perfect shot like Ji So-yun, take the perfect set piece like David Beckham, take penalties like Matt Le Tissier, beat the offside trap like Fernando Torres, do the perfect attacking header like Didier Drogba and more.
  • Weird and wonderful, from the way we describe things that happen in the game (a fox in the box) to the way we celebrate a goal (by pretending to be a robot) or do our hair (shaving it all off except for a triangle at the front).
  • The culture and people surrounding the game, from traditional pre-game food to the referee, commentator and all-important crowd.

This great big book is your essential guide to the wonderful world of football.

Additional information

Weight 0.748 kg
Dimensions 31 × 25.6 × 1.5 cm










796.334 (edition:23)


Children – juvenile / Code: J