Geoff Hurst, the Hand of God, and the Biggest Rows in World Football

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What does Graham Poll, England’s highest profile referee of the last two decades, make of some of the biggest rows in soccer through the years, how and why key decisions were made, and how would different outcomes have radically reshaped soccer history? What was the real reason for the linesman giving Geoff Hurst’s "goal" in 1966 at Wembley? In the infamous Maradona "Hand of God" game, why did the behavior of certain England players influence the decision of the referee? How does Kim Milton Nielson, the official who red-carded David Beckham against Argentina in the 1998 World Cup, view the decision now? And why would Luis Garcia’s goal that knocked Chelsea out of the Champions League not be given today? Framed with other fascinating facts, personality profiles, and colorful anecdotes, these stories and more including the big news from season 2008/09 provide a rich seam of material for Graham Poll.

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Graham Poll has more than 27 years of experience as an FA Premier League and international referee. Mick Dennis is a soccer correspondent for the Daily Express who collaborated with Poll on his autobiography Seeing Red.

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Praise for Seeing Red: 'Poll's fascinating response to years of criticism as one of England's top officials is far more interesting than the standard fare trotted out by most players these days -- it also evokes the rarest of things in a football fan: sympathy for the referee.' FourFourTwo Praise for Graham Poll: 'He's made a real contribution to football with his ability and personality' Sir Alex Ferguson

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Book Description HarperCollins Publishers. Hardback. Book Condition: new. BRAND NEW, Geoff Hurst, the Hand of God and the Biggest Rows in World Football, Graham Poll, Ex-referee and now fearless writer and football pundit, Graham Poll is no stranger to controversy. His latest book is an entertaining and provocative reappraisal of the major incidents in World and English football down the years -- from Geoff Hurst's goal in '66, through Maradona's 'Hand of God' to the infamous Battle of the Bridge in 2009. Graham Poll, England's highest profile referee of the last two decades, refereed over 400 Premiership games, involving more than 1.5 million spectators, and at two World Cups, placing him at the centre of some of the most controversial incidents in football. So what does Poll make of some of the biggest rows in English and World football down the years? Would modern referees have reached different key decisions? What can the game learn from the mistakes of history? In this follow-up book to Seeing Red, Poll's bestselling memoirs, we get an informative, frequently provocative but always entertaining romp through the pages of football history and the major incidents that sent shockwaves through the game. The book revisits in startling clarity all those much talked about football moments that continue to be the topic of pub debate among football fans the world over -- and turns everything on its head. What was the real reason for the linesman giving Geoff Hurst's goal in 1966 at Wembley? In the infamous Maradona 'Hand of God' game, why should the behaviour of Argentine players have helped the ref disallow the goal? How does Kim Milton Nielson, the official who red-carded David Beckham against Argentina in the 1998 World Cup, view the decision now? And was video technology used to 'convict' Zinedine Zidane of his World Cup Final head-butt? Framed with other fascinating football facts, personality profiles and colourful anecdotes, these stories and more -- including football's most recent controversies -- provide a rich seam of material for Graham Poll, in his usual no-nonsense style, to set the topical football agenda and to enrich our knowledge and understanding of the beautiful game. Bookseller Inventory # B9780007313747

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