- ISBN 9781869509453 / 1869509455
- Title Rivals
- Author Phil Gifford
- Category Biography: Sport
Sports & Outdoor Recreation
- Format Paperback
- Year 2012
- Pages 288
- Publisher HarperCollins Publishers (New Zealand)
- Imprint HarperCollins Publishers
- Language English
- Dimensions 153mm x 234mm x 11mm
'I wanted to punch him in the face. But I was so disgusted with him I couldn't do it. He revolts me.' - Alain Prost. Sport by its very nature breeds competition, and competition breeds rivalries that become the stuff of legend. Phil Gifford explores key battles between New Zealand sportspeople and their international competitors, as well as great rivalries on an international stage. Classic encounters include those between John McEnroe and Bjorn Borg, Sebastian Coe and Steve Ovett, the Wallabies and the All Blacks, Don Revie and Brian Clough, Muhammad Ali and Joe Frazier, Ayrton Senna and Alain Prost, and many more. Told with Gifford's trademark humour and encyclopaedic knowledge of all things sporting, this is a behind-the-scenes look at sport's greatest battles.
Phil Gifford is an award-winning broadcaster, sports journalist, speaker and author. Creator of satirical rugby character Loosehead Len, Phil has hosted No. 1 radio shows and won 14 radio awards over three decades in New Zealand and Australia, and is the author of 17 bestselling sports books.