There would be no Soccer Stories: Anecdotes, Oddities, Lore and Amazing Feats were it not for The Encyclopedia of World Soccer by Richard Henshaw (Washington DC: New Republic Books, 1979). As one embarking on a career as a soccer writer, editor, and publicist, it was important to go beyond how the game was played to get a thorough understanding of its overall structure, milestones, and leading figures. It was read cover to cover, and discovered buried within its 828 pages were what would become several of the remarkable tales that were included in this book.
The Encyclopedia of World Soccer was comprehensive, authoritative, and, unfortunately, ahead of its time: Henshaw’s book, released to an American public just coming to appreciate soccer, was out of print by the early 1980s. There were, however, several other outstanding resources that helped bring Soccer Stories to completion.
The most invaluable tool was, without question, The Guinness Book of World Soccer by Guy Oliver (London: Guinness Publishing, 1995). The first edition, published in 1992, lists basic information on every nation affiliated with FIFA; for every country in Europe and South America, plus the United States, Mexico, and Canada, the book offers