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Description - Playing for Uncle Sam by David Tossell

A coach transported to the field in a hearse as he played dead. An English manager taken at gunpoint to an Argentinian jail after trying to sign that country's World Cup captain. The hero of 1966 who talked his team out of going on strike on the eve of a title decider.All are part of the British professionals' story of life in the North American Soccer League in the '70s and early '80s, when everyone - from star turn to unsung journeyman - had the chance to play alongside Pele, Cruyff, Beckenbauer and Eusebio in the greatest galaxy of world stars ever assembled in one league. To mark the 20th anniversary of the NASL's final season in 1984, PLAYING FOR UNCLE SAM recalls the British players and coaches who were part of an organisation that changed the face of football with its shoot-outs, new offside rule and wacky marketing methods. It began with the likes of Stoke and Wolverhampton Wanderers spending a bizarre summer posing as the Cleveland Stokers and Los Angeles Wolves in 1967. And it reached its peak in the late '70s when the NASL, run by a former Welsh international, drew crowds of 70,000 and featured such famous names as Banks, Moore, Hurst and Ball. Rodney Marsh pitched his

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Book Details

ISBN: 9781840187489
ISBN-10: 1840187484
Format: Paperback
Pages: 256
Imprint: Mainstream Publishing
Publisher: Mainstream Publishing
Publish Date: 1-Sep-2003
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Author Biography - David Tossell

David Tossell has more than 20 years experience in sports journalism and is currently the head of European Public Relations for the National Football League (NFL). His previous publications include SEVENTY-ONE GUNS and THE AMERICAN MATCH. He lives in High Wycombe.

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