The Reading List: The European Cup
Friday 27 May 2011
50 Years of the European Cup and Champions League by Keir Radnedge, £25
A complete history of the tournament, from its inception in 1955 to its 50th anniversary in 2005. Including an interview with a legend from each era and a full statistical analysis of each tournament's final, from the Lisbon Lions in 1967, the tragedies of Munich and Heysel, and the advent of the Champions League in 1993.
The Beautiful Games of an Ordinary Genius by Carlo Ancelotti, £16.99
Upon arrival at Chelsea in 2009, Carlo Ancelotti remarked: "I am here to win the cup with big ears." We now know that dream will not be realised, but Ancelotti's obsession with the European Cup runs deep. As a player, he saw his beloved Roma lose on penalties to Liverpool and rubber legs Bruce Grobbelaar at the Stadio Olympico in 1984, before back to back successes came with Milan in 1989 and 1990. He repeated this success in 2003 and 2007 as a manager, becoming one of only six men to win the trophy both on and off the pitch.
The Team That Wouldn't Die by John Roberts, £8.99
A well-respected former sports writer for the Daily Express, Daily Mail, Guardian and The Independent, John Roberts' 1975 book remains the pre-eminent work on the Munich air disaster of 1958. Complete with interviews from the survivors and relatives of the deceased. As well researched as it is poignant
The Damned United by David Peace
The European Cup is an ominous, if not prominent, presence in David Peace's story of Brian Clough's ill-fated 44-day tenure of Leeds United. Clough's determination to beat Don Revie's Leeds United causes him to play a full-strength team the game before Derby County's second-leg European tie against Juventus, a game they go on to lose. The novel charts his rapid decline at Leeds, which went on to reach the 1974 European Cup final.
Europe United: A history of the European Cup/Champions League by Andrew Godsell, £17.99
This gives every result ever recorded in the competition (up to 2005) and includes more statistics than you could shake a stick at.
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Arts & Ents blogs
- 1 'Kidnapped boy may have been abused and murdered by VIP paedophile ring,' say police
- 2 Ridley Scott on Exodus, Gods and Kings casting: 'I'm not going to get it financed if my lead actor is Mohammad so-and-so from such-and-such'
- 3 Girl, 7, gets Tesco to remove 'stupid' sign suggesting superheroes are 'for boys'
- 4 This letter from a reader explains why women can’t play football
- 5 'You should come to my house and eat cheeses with me': 4-year-old sends adorable love letter to girl at school
I'm A Celebrity 2014: Jungle security stepped up after murder and 'suspicious death' close to camp
This house and dental clinic 'piled up like bricks on the brink of collapsing' is why Japan wins at architecture
Ridley Scott on Exodus, Gods and Kings casting: 'I'm not going to get it financed if my lead actor is Mohammad so-and-so from such-and-such'
Marilyn Manson denies involvement in shocking Lana Del Rey rape video
There's a Good Girl exhibition: How female creatives are changing the way women are portrayed in advertising
Ukip says babies born to immigrants in the UK should be classed as migrants – which would include Nigel Farage’s own children
Rochester by-election: Ukip gains second MP as Tory defector Mark Reckless holds seat
'Beast of Bolsover' Dennis Skinner takes Ukip MP Mark Reckless to task moments after he is sworn in
The young are the new poor: Sharp increase in number of under-25s living in poverty, while over-65s are better off than ever
Tamir Rice: 12-year-old boy playing with fake gun dies after being shot by Ohio police
Exclusive: UK approved £7m Israeli arms sales in six months before Gaza conflict