Next summer sees France host the Euro 2016 soccer championships, the sport s most watched event after the World Cup. This wonderful book is a must for any fan, combining detailed and accurate knowledge of the beautiful game with a witty and insightful commentary on 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 beautiful game. Euro 2016 includes all the fixtures and kick off times dates and times, a guide to the grounds, thoughts on the players to watch, and the all important match and group predictions. Highly recommended for every soccer fan!
Lloyd has been publishing books at the rate of one every 364 days for 20 years. For most of these years he has worked closely with Mr Urbane, Matthew Smith. Starting with a book on teaching using the internet in 1999, they have collaborated on books concerning the football World Cup (2002) and European Championships (2004 and 2016), the global impact of terrorism (2003), and a biography of the world’s greatest ever footballer (2005). Despite writing academically respected tomes on international relations, political theory, environmental politics, democratisation, security studies, foreign policy (and so on) he has never been happier than when Mr Smith dangles a football book in front of him.
So, now shakily established as Urbane’s “sport billy” his latest project offers a sideways, critical and informative look at all the clubs who have ever played in the self-styled ‘best league in the world’: the English Premier League. That turns out to be a majority of the football league. Liaising with fans across the country, and contractually obliged to tone down the digs at Pompey and Man Utd, this promises to be a book for football fans everywhere, especially those wondering what to buy their son, daughter, mother, father, uncle, aunt (etc) for Christmas, 2017.