RE­QUIRED READ­ING

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Goal! Michael Don­ald (Ham­lyn, £20)

Only 57 play­ers have hit the back of the net in a World Cup fi­nal – and this fas­ci­nat­ing ac­count fea­tures an in­ter­view with ev­ery liv­ing goalscorer.

Li­censed by FIFA, le­gends of the game give their ac­counts: from Pele and Mario Kem­pes to Zine­dine Zi­dane and An­dres Ini­esta. Ge­off Hurst says his hat-trick goal in 1966 was a mishit, Italy’s Marco Tardelli ex­plains how he went deaf dur­ing his 1982 goal cel­e­bra­tion, and Jorge Bur­ruchaga re­veals Ar­gentina’s in­spi­ra­tion in 1986: not Diego Maradona, but the Bonnie Tyler track they in­sisted on hear­ing be­fore kick-off. The coach driver was told to slow down to en­sure they heard the full song be­fore ar­riv­ing at the sta­dium.

In to­tal, 34 play­ers give in­ter­views and pose for com­pelling por­trait pho­to­graphs – al­though five of them sadly passed away be­fore the book was re­leased.

If you love the World Cup, there’s a fair chance you’ll love this book.

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