For millions of fans, football is the world. For countless others, football is a short-lived obsession that takes place for a few short weeks every four years. Goal is the must-read book for both sets of fans! It's a pilgrimage from the roots of modern football to that holy grail - the World Cup.
Footballers don't cry. Except when their team scores. Or misses. Love it. Hate it. Watch it. Play it. Every four years the world stops for it. Do you want to know why? Read Goal! - it's the best, most comprehensive and fascinating history of football.


Catherine Chambers was born in Adelaide and was shaken but not stirred by an earthquake that hit the city four hours later. She has lived in Nigeria, Portugal and England where similar disturbances have occurred. Catherine took a degree in African History and Swahili and then entered the world of publishing. She enjoys writing about history, cultures and religions , and reckons that sport can satisfy all three. She loves traveling, but never as much as the times when she and her family chugged across Europe in their old VW bus.


Catherine Chambers also wrote ‘A History of Cricket’ and employs the same engaging conversational style in Goal. She invites the reader to come take a chair and discover why football is the sport for everyman (and woman). From seed-filled cloth balls to the challenges of World Cup qualification, Goal! is jam-packed full of football.

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