From detailed breakdowns of the different stages players go through when moving from one club to another, through to definitions of each and every type of shot it’s possible to make in football (the definition for “rammed” is particularly amusing), football is beautifully and lovingly sent up. 07/11/2014 Upd. on 09/11/2014 at 15:48 CET The author, Adam Hurrey, observes that some words are almost solely used in a footballing context; when was the last time you heard of anyone being beleaguered other than an under-pressure football manager? If you’re a football fan – and if you’re not, why are you on this website? – then you will recognise the many, many cliches highlighted in this book. Cleanly and cleverly illustrated, Headline’s nicely presented hardback will make an ideal Christmas gift (that time of year already…) for anyone who enjoys reading about or watching football. Rik Sharma Some of them you shall acknowledge with a knowing nod. Some a snigger. And on a handful of occasions you will laugh out loud, when it’s clear that some of the phrases used about football on a daily basis go beyond trite and silly and belong firmly in a pile marked nonsense.