Packed with information
Running at over a thousand pages, the yearbook covers the whole spectrum of the continental game. There is full-colour coverage of all UEFA competitions backed with official statistics, from UEFA EURO 2008™ and the UEFA Champions League to women's, youth and futsal events. Each of the 53 UEFA member associations has its own chapter containing a narrative review of the season and statistical analysis of the national team and all top-division clubs. Final league tables, top-scorer listings and domestic cup information are also included. The top 100 players of the season chapter is also sure to stimulate debate among readers.
Sir Alex's approval
In his foreword, Manchester United FC manager Sir Alex Ferguson called the yearbook "a magnificent work of reference". He continued: "Page by page, you can track how clubs and national teams have pursued their objectives and succeeded or failed to live up to expectations which vary a great deal. [United] were fortunate enough to win the domestic title and to be champions of Europe. The objectives at other clubs may focus on promotion, staying in the top division or qualifying for Europe – and this book helps to tell all those stories."
The first edition of the European Football Yearbook was published back in 1988 but Mike Hammond, the book's editor throughout its lifespan, believes the 2008/09 edition is the best yet. "I am delighted with this year's edition – the second produced in association with uefa.com," he said. "While I was very proud of the 2007/08 edition, I believe we have made several significant improvements this year – both in terms of design and ease of reference. All in all, I think this is the best European Football Yearbook yet. There is something in it for everyone, from the dedicated professional to the casual European football fan."
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