Compiled and produced under the auspices of UEFA - the Union of European Football Associations - "The European Football Yearbook 2008-09" contains information on every major match played across the continent in the 2007-08 season at club and international level, right up to the end of June. A statistician's dream, with full details of every European league's premier division - with each club's individual results listed - the numbers are complemented by a seasonal perspective of football in each country. As well as club football, and a foreword by Sir Alex Ferguson, each nation's international progress is also covered, with a list of every player to represent the particular nation and their performance in each game.
Mike Hammond has been producing this massive work of reference for more than 30 years and has watched Europe grow - literally - from 33 nations in the 1970s to the 53 in 2008. He is married and has two children, none of whom he sees much of between the end of each football season and the book's publication.