The 1970s some of the world's first footballing superstars at their peak, with the likes of Pele, Gerd Muller, Johan Cruyff and Franz Beckenbauer all able to flourish during this iconic era.
Never has the term 'the beautiful game', coined by Pele himself, been more appropriate.
This really was the age of some of the most attractive, free-flowing and entertaining football since records began, with this an era of players that modern talents are often compared to.
The Age of Innocence, a joint celebration of the world's most popular sport and an age that defined it, addresses every aspect of the game in the 70s, and from every angle. The distinct fashion sense; the remarkable girlfriends; the outrageous vehicles; the passionate hooligans; the astonishing atmosphere and, of course, the questionable sideburns.
Both the rising international game and the high quality club level are examined in this book. The 1970, '74 and '78 World Cups, won by Brazil, Germany and Argentina respectively, are arguably the three most memorable international competitions in the history of the sport.
There is a look at Pele's masterful performances that led Brazil to a third World Cup win in '70, while the intense rivalry that sparked by Beckenbauer's West Germany is also delved into.
Then we encounter 'total football' and Holland side dominated in '74 but fell at the last hurdle, while Argentina's home soil win in '78 was one of the international highlights of the decade.
A photographic recollection of a memorable age, The Age of Innocence, published by TASCHEN, brilliantly captures the beauty of football in the 1970s.
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