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Genre: Non-fiction, comedy

Stars: 5

Links: Direct from the publisher, Amazon UK, and Amazon US


The Blurb:


This summer sees France host the Euro 2016 championships, football’s most watched event after the World Cup. This highly entertaining and irreverent guide is a must for any fan, combining detailed and accurate knowledge of the beautiful game with a witty and insightful commentary on the history of the tournament, and the key players, teams, and nations. It tells you everything you need to know about the forthcoming championships, and will have you laughing out loud at the weird facts, stories, and anecdotes surrounding the players and teams taking part in the finals.

Euro 2016 includes all the fixtures and kick off dates and times, an essential overview of the grounds, notes on the players to watch, and the all important match and group predictions. From discussing the chances of England, Wales, Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland, to constantly making fun of Germany, this is the only guide you’ll need to the Euro 16 finals!


My Review:

Forget football, this is comedy non-fiction at its best. With important insights into the qualifying teams, such as their celebrity lookalikes and inappropriate anagrams of player names, this is far beyond a book on football.

Essentially split into two sections, you have a history of the Euros and the qualification journeys of various teams to the Euro 2016 finals with some facts and a lot of (hilarious) opinion, followed by a section on the Euro 2016 teams with a lot of facts (most of which are completely irrelevant to football but incredibly entertaining).

The beauty of this book is that, although ideal for 2016, it’s not exclusively for these Euros – I would happily reread at a completely different time and get just as much enjoyment out of it. If you’re looking for a little light relief with or without a sport theme, look no further!