Football is a game of opinions. Alan Hansen knows this only too well. In his long, distinguished career as a player he had to face critism from the media. Now the boot is on the other foot and Hansen earns a living as one of football's most outspoken and popular pundits. His keen tactical understanding of the game has made him a favourite on BBC TV's Match of the Day, Grandstand and Sportsnight.
Alan Hansen is one of the most successful British soccer players of all time. In 1986 he captained Liverpool to a historic double, and he is the only person to have won all the honours available at the club level at least twice. In A Matter of Opinion he looks back at fourteen victorious years at Anfield, during which Liverpool won eight league championships, eight Charly Shields, four League Cups and three European Cups. Hansen focuses on the highlights and the inspirational characters - Paisley, Fagan, Daglish, Rush - who were so instrumental in building the club's international success, and on the darker days at Heysel and Hillsborough, reflecting on the impact both incidents had on his life and on the future for spectators of the game.
Hansen's playing career ended in 1991 with a knee injury. He explains his reason for not wanting to stay in the game, revealing a surprising lack of self-confidence. He shares his views on the current state of the game, looking at the pressures on players, and salaries and football finance. If he were starting out now which are the teams he would want to play for? And those he wouldn't? Which managers and players does he respet? Why does he admire Wimbledon above all other home teams?
Alan Hansen's informed commentary and forthright opinions place him perfectly to give an acute perspective on the game today and the future for British football. His autobiography is as uncompromising as the man himself.
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