Over 25 years have passed since football picked itself up after the second World War; twenty-five years in which many fine teams have come and gone at all levels of the game.
John Motson, journalist and broadcaster, traces the development, tactics and achivements of ten of those teams. He recalls the astonishing impact the Hungarians of the early 1950s made on world football; follows the progress of the Brazilians through six world cups; discusses the qualities of the England team that won the trophy for the first time in 1966.
At club level, he analyses the great European sides of this period – Real Madrid, Celtic and Manchester United. But there is a strong accent too, on the development of British club football, with chapters devoted to Tottenham Hotspur, the first side to do the ‘double’ this century; Leeds United, who Motson describes as the most consistent team of all time; and Arsenal, whose amazing double feat in 1970-71 is closely examined.