Bild, the German newspaper, are currently serialising sections of the book, and it look set to be one of the best football books of 2017.
Already we know it contains a section on a falling out he had with with Jose Mourinho whilst Ozil was at Real Madrid.
Ozil writes that the current Manchester United manager said:“You think two beautiful passes are enough… You think you’re so good that fifty percent is enough.”
Adding a dramatic tone, Ozil continues, ‘He pauses. Stares at me with his dark brown eyes. I stare back. Like two boxers at the stare-down before the first round. He shows no emotion. Just waits for a response from me. How much I hate him right now. And I love Mourinho actually.’
Ozil then recounts that Mourinho shouted back at Ozil: “Oh, are you giving up now? You’re such a coward. What do you want? To creep under the beautiful, warm shower? Shampoo your hair? To be alone? Or do you want to prove to your fellow players, the fans out there, and me, what you can do.
Terry McDermott is the latest ex-Liverpool player to release a football autobiography in 2017. Terry Mac was scally kid from Kirkby turned multiple European Cup winner. Adopted Geordie. Liverpool legend and scorer of arguably Anfield’s most famous goal. Kevin Keegan’s trusted right-hand man at Newcastle United. And partial to a pint or five and a punt on the horses.
Now, for the first time, the 1980 PFA Player of the Year and Football Writers’ Footballer of the Year lifts the lid on his successes at Liverpool, the near misses at Newcastle, controversies he found himself caught up in and the famous players he shared a dressing room with.
It’s a roller-coaster tale spanning more than half a century that takes McDermott from the high-rise flats of his home town to the pinnacle of European football; from the booze and banter of a Merseyside social club to the madness of a matchday dugout.
A read every bit as thrilling as his FA Cup wonder goal against Tottenham, McDermott’s long-awaited autobiography will appeal to Kopites and Toon fans alike, plus football followers intrigued about one of the most colourful characters in the game.
Like the man himself, Terry Mac: Living For The Moment is cheerful, entertaining and straight to the point.
There will, quite simply, never be another Ronnie Moran.
With 49 years of service to Liverpool Football Club in roles such as player, first-team coach and even caretaker manager, he played a massive part in bringing 24 major honours to the club he grew up supporting. He even had the honour of leading the team out at Wembley for the 1992 FA Cup final.
Shades of Blue tells the story of David’s extraordinary life: his passion for football, the drama of his games and his fight to outrun the shadow of that early abuse. Having spent years feeling that he had to conceal his secret in order to protect his father and his football career, it is only now that David has felt able to give a full and honest account of his life – one with a powerful message that aims to repair the damage at the very heart of the sport.
One of the hardest hitting books of 2017
A book by Leroy Rosenior might not be something people rush out to buy like they will with Mesut Ozil’s autobiography, but give it a chance. this isn’t money, glitz and glamour, of Champions Leagues, World Cups and Balon d’Ors. This is a book wrapped in surviving the racism that was so prevalent in the 80s and 90s.
Rosenior offers a deeply personal insight into the damaging effects of racism in football and in British society as a whole. At a time when the people that run football continue to fumble the ball on issues of discrimination, Leroy draws on his own experience – and that of other high-profile football personalities – to offer practical solutions.
At twelve years old Hope Powell was banned from playing football for her school team simply because she was a girl. Despite that early setback, she went on to break down barriers and to lead a complete transformation of the women’s game from the grassroots all the way to the very top.
With a hugely successful playing career spanning twenty years – including numerous trophies at club level and receiving the first of her 66 England caps at the age of sixteen – Powell was always going to make her mark on the game. Yet it was once she got her coaching badges and hung up her boots that she had the biggest impact.
In Hope: My Life in Football, Powell relives the highlights of a lifelong career in the sport – from her playing days, through her incredible fifteen-year tenure as England manager, to her being the first woman to gain the UEFA Pro Licence coaching qualification, and her time managing Great Britain Women at the 2012 Olympics. A true role model, Powell has constantly commanded respect and refused to accept the prejudice and bigotry surrounding the women’s game. Hers is the inspirational story of one of the most influential figures in world football.