Geoff Hurst's 50 Greatest Footballers of All Time

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  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2015-04-14
  • Publisher: Icon Books
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Sir Geoff Hurst, MBE, was knighted in 1998 for his contributions to soccer, including his World Cup winning hat-trick for England against West Germany at Wembley in 1966. He enjoyed a season with the Seattle Sounders in the twilight of his career.

In this brilliant new book, Sir Geoff risks controversy as he narrows down soccer's greats—from Maradona to Messi; Beckenbauer to Beckham; Pelé to Klinnsman—to a select fifty. Bringing many firsthand tales of former teammates and rivals, he gives his take on history's greatest players.

Author Biography

Sir Geoff Hurst MBE is the only man to score a hat-trick in a World Cup final – for England in their historic 4–2 victory over West Germany at Wembley in 1966.

Having shown an early flair for cricket – playing a first-class match for Essex against Lancashire in 1962 – Hurst opted for a career in football, and with West Ham United he scored 248 goals in 499 first team appearances. There he won the FA Cup in 1964 and the European Cup Winners' Cup 1965. He was selected by Alf Ramsey to lead England’s attack between 1966 and 1972 – the longest run of any forward under Ramsey, scoring 24 goals in that time. After three seasons with Stoke he finished his Football League career with West Bromwich Albion in 1976.

Hurst enjoyed stints in the USA (Seattle Sounders) and Ireland (Cork Celtic) before returning to England to manage non-league Telford United and then Chelsea, and in recent years he has travelled with the England team. He lives in Cheltenham.

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