“…300 pages of jaw slackening magnificence. The photographs alone, many of which you won’t have seen before, make this truly majestic beast of a tome a worthy purchase…”
“These scenes serve as a grainy love letter to a bygone era of the world’s most popular sport.”
“The hardcover book is a vivid, photographic tribute to the world's most loved games and a throwback to an action-packed decade. A must-have for any soccer fan…”
“Cigarettes on the pitch, silk shirts, monster moustaches – get lost in the lifestyle of the first football superstars during the manliest era the pitch has ever seen.”
“What a wonderful book!… The Age of Innocence. Football in the 1970s documents an era when football liberated itself from its social shackles to become widely popular: glamorous and wilful, sexy and wealthy… These photographs mainly depict the innocence of those days, the magic and the strength of the pioneers, and today have a stunning patina.”
“Pele, Mr Georgie Best, brute force and Brut cologne… a new book captures 1970s football in all its glory.”
“The Age of Innocence is an immersive book worthy of any coffee table.”
It is an ideal gift for anyone nostalgic for the magic of Best Cruyff, Beckenbauer, Moore and Pele.”
“The Age of Innocence: Football in the 1970s is a photographic tribute to ‘football’s most beautiful era.’ It brings together striking images from the epic matchups of the decade, interspersed with scenes of the lifestyles, fans, fashions, cars, and hair of some of the original soccer superstars.”
The Age of Innocence. Football in the 1970s
A photographic tribute to football's most beautiful eraIt was Pelé who coined the phrase “the beautiful game”, and in the 1970s the game was at its most beautiful, free-flowing and entertaining. Football became truly international thanks to extraordinarily talented teams and charismatic players who became the first generation of football superstars, long before David Beckham stripped down to his underwear.
This book tackles the global and cultural impact of the game, the memorable fashions, the girlfriends, the cars, the politics, the fans, the hooligans, the passion, the thrills and, of course, the sideburns. Winner of the Best Illustrated Book at the British Sports Book Awards, it’s a joint celebration of the world’s most popular sport and the sizzling 70s – including the 1970 World Cup in Mexico, the first football championship televised in colour, and won by the legendary Brazilian side led by Pelé; the 1974 World Cup, dominated by the intense rivalry between the powerful West German side and the “Total Football” of the Dutch team; the 1978 World Cup, hosted and won by Argentina; and the extraordinary club sides such as Ajax, Liverpool, Bayern Munich, and the New York Cosmos.
The Age of Innocence features photography by Neil Leifer, Peter Robinson, Gerry Cranham, Terry O’Neill, Volker Hinz, Jerry Cooke, Harry Benson, Sven Simon, and many others, as well as images sourced from archives all over the world, and essays from award-winning football writers Rob Hughes, David Goldblatt, Brian Glanville and Barney Ronay.