Rock ‘n’ Roll Soccer (eBook)

The Short Life and Fast Times of the North American Soccer League

Ian Plenderleith, Rodney Marsh

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The North American Soccer League – at its peak in the late 1970s – was way ahead of its time. It was football as performance, played by men with a bent for flair, hair and glamour.

More than just Pelé and the New York Cosmos, it lured the biggest names of the world game like Cruyff, Best, Beckenbauer and the mercurial Rodney Marsh to play football as it was meant to be played – without inhibition, to please the fans.

It experimented with rules and innovations that upset purists, and liberated players from the negative tactics of the muddy, hooligan-blighted grounds of Europe.

Rock ’n’ Roll Soccer reveals in all its glory the colour and chaos of the world’s first truly international league. How it sold itself in a continent unfamiliar with soccer, and how it crashed back down to earth like a rock star’s private jet, bankrupt but laughing all the way.

Ian Plenderleith is a US-based British football writer and journalist. He has been writing about football for the past twenty years for publications including the Guardian, The Wall Street Journal, When Saturday Comes and Soccer America. He lives just outside Washington DC.

Rodney Marsh won nine caps for England between 1971 and 1973 and was best known, in the UK, for playing for Manchester City and Queen’s Park Rangers. In the USA he played for the Tampa Bay Rowdies between 1976 and ’79, later coaching the club after spells coaching New York United and Carolina Lightnin’. He worked as a pundit for Sky Sports until 2005.

‘A hugely entertaining account of the north American Soccer League in its 1970s heyday’Fergus Kelly, Express
‘I don’t normally plug books here but the one I’m currently reading, called Rock’n’Roll Soccer by Ian Plenderleith, is a hugely entertaining account of the north American Soccer League in its 1970s heyday.’Fergus KellyDaily Express
‘Rock ‘n’ Roll Soccer is a compelling yomp through the tales that really made the NASL unique, from the 35-yard-line shootout tiebreaker to the Minnesota Kicks’ legendary tailgates. There’s been nothing like the NASL since, and Plenderleith captures it very well indeed.’Inbedwithmaradona
‘Ian Plenderleith’s rip-roaring Rock ‘n’ Roll Soccer is an account of the 1970s North American Soccer League which serves as a warning of what happens when football chooses to be simply a branch of a global entertainment industry and forgets where it came from on the way.’Mark PerrymanBeyond the Froth
‘This gem of a book is an excellent cultural document of sports and deserves to be read widely (and enjoyed) by even the most jaded of footy fans.’Cliff ShepardBertrams Magazine Review