World Soccer

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ALWAYS BELIEVE

By Olivier Giroud with Dominique Rouch (Pitch Publishing, £19.99)

Join the former Chelsea and Arsenal striker on a remarkable journey, winning the title with Montpellie­r and trophies in England, before lifting the 2018 World Cup with France. But what about all the sacrifices he’s made along the way, and coping with constant criticism around his selection for the national side? Usually a private person, the Milan star holds nothing back as he shares the highs and lows of a stellar career in a gripping autobiogra­phy.

’71/’72, FOOTBALL’S GREATEST SEASON?

By Daniel Abrahams (Pitch Publishing, £16.99) There was a season when the world’s best footballer­s were all on show at British grounds. Best, Keegan, Charlton and Moore were joined by Beckenbaue­r, Pele, Cruyff and Eusebio, while in the dugouts Clough, Shankly, Revie and Allison duked it out in the closest ever title race. Back in 1971/72 the game was played for the public not TV companies, players shared pints with fans, Roy Race ruled the comic world and videprinte­rs saw football devotees hold their collective breath every weekend.

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