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From the post room to the board room, everyone thinks they can be the manager. But how do you manage outrageous talent? What do you do to inspire loyalty from your players? How do you turn around a team in crisis? What's the best way to build long-term success? How ...
The Manager: Inside the Minds of Football's Leaders
From the post room to the board room, everyone thinks they can be the manager. But how do you manage outrageous talent? What do you do to inspire loyalty from your players? How do you turn around a team in crisis? What's the best way to build long-term success? How can you lead calmly under pressure? The issues are the same whether you're managing a Premier League football team or a FTSE 100 company. Here, for the first time, some 30 of the biggest names in football management reveal just what it takes. With their every act, remark, and success or failure under constant scrutiny from the media and the fans, these managers need to be the most adroit of leaders. In The Manager they explain their methods, offer lessons they've learned along the way, and describe the decisions they make and the leadership they provide. Each chapter tackles a key leadership issue for managers in any walk of life and, in their own words, shows how the experts deal with the challenges they face in an abnormally high-pressure environment. Offering valuable lessons for business leaders and fascinating behind-the-scenes insights for football fans, The Manager is an honest, accessible and unprecedented look at the day-to-day work of these high-profile characters and the world of top-level football management. Featuring: Roy Hodgson, Carlo Ancelotti, Arsene Wenger, Sam Allardyce, Roberto Mancini, Jose Mourinho, Brendan Rodgers, Harry Redknapp, Sir Alex Ferguson, Walter Smith, Mick McCarthy, Gerard Houllier, Tony Pulis, Martin O'Neill, Neil Warnock, Howard Wilkinson, Kevin Keegan, Dario Gradi, Andre Villas-Boas, David Moyes, Alex McLeish, Hope Powell, Martin Jol, Glenn Hoddle, Chris Hughton, David Platt, Paul Ince, and George Graham.
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15.22 USD

The Manager: Inside the Minds of Football's Leaders

by Mike Carson
Paperback
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Pulled Off at Half-Time is the ultimate collection of hilarious comic offerings delivered by figures in football. No one can dispute that footballers have provided some of the funniest quotes (intentionally or not) in the history of sport. Inspired by England maverick Rodney Marsh's risque exchange with Sir Alf Ramsey, ...
Pulled Off at Half Time
Pulled Off at Half-Time is the ultimate collection of hilarious comic offerings delivered by figures in football. No one can dispute that footballers have provided some of the funniest quotes (intentionally or not) in the history of sport. Inspired by England maverick Rodney Marsh's risque exchange with Sir Alf Ramsey, Pulled Off at Half-Time is packed with more than 750 quotes on all aspects of the game from and about the most famous names in football. Some of the new quotes might include: I might have faults, but I am not a bighead. - Wayne Rooney, as modest as ever! In football, the only game I know is the 90-minutes game. It's not mind games; I don't try to do that - Jose Mourinho ... really? For me it is enough that I have the first and last word. - Jurgen Klopp I think sometimes the best training is to rest. - Cristiano Ronaldo
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17.05 USD

Pulled Off at Half Time

by Stuart Reeves
Hardback
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'What makes a great player? He's the one who brings out the best in others. When I am saying that I'm talking about Billy McNeill.' JOCK STEIN A unique tribute to Celtic's greatest ever player to mark the 60th anniversary of his first appearance for the club. Billy McNeill is ...
Billy McNeil: In Praise of Caesar
'What makes a great player? He's the one who brings out the best in others. When I am saying that I'm talking about Billy McNeill.' JOCK STEIN A unique tribute to Celtic's greatest ever player to mark the 60th anniversary of his first appearance for the club. Billy McNeill is the greatest Celt of all time. He spent his entire playing career at the Glasgow giants and made 790 appearances between 1958 and 1975, winning the European Cup, nine Scottish League Championships, seven Scottish Cups and six League Cups in a glittering career. And it all started on 23rd August 1958 when Billy McNeill made his Celtic debut. Billy McNeill's breathtaking journey through the beautiful game is charted here from his debut against Clyde through the momentous years as player and manager, the highs, the lows, the triumphs, the tears. Sixty years on from his debut, this unique book celebrates the astonishing life and times of one of world football's best-loved personalities with tributes from many greats of the game. Celtic chief executive Peter Lawwell pays his own special tribute to the Parkhead hero along with a Who's Who of the game's royalty. They share their unforgettable experiences and wonderful memories of playing with and against Billy McNeill, one of football's most respected and well-loved men, and talk about him both as a world-renowned footballer and as a genuinely much-admired figure. Packed full of anecdotes and tributes, In Praise of Caesar is a must-read for all Billy McNeill and Celtic fans, and football supporters everywhere. Contributions from: Brendan Rodgers, Sir Alex Ferguson, Sir Kenny Dalglish, Denis Law, Mike Jackson, Steve Archibald, Gordon Strachan, Danny McGrain, Roy Aitken, Paul McStay, Davie Hay, Charlie Nicholas, Frank McAvennie, Pat Bonner, Alex McLeish, Davie Provan, and not forgetting Lisbon Lions Bertie Auld, John Clark, Jim Craig, Bobby Lennox and Willie Wallace.
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30.70 USD

Billy McNeil: In Praise of Caesar

by Alex Gordon
Hardback
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*** Award-winning author of The Nowhere Men, Living on the Volcano and No Hunger in Paradise returns with his magnum opus on the state of modern football *** First he revealed the extraordinary lives of football scouts in The Nowhere Men. Next he unearthed the pressures on football managers in ...
State of Play: Under the Skin of the Modern Game
*** Award-winning author of The Nowhere Men, Living on the Volcano and No Hunger in Paradise returns with his magnum opus on the state of modern football *** First he revealed the extraordinary lives of football scouts in The Nowhere Men. Next he unearthed the pressures on football managers in Living on the Volcano. Then he chronicled the hardships of young players striving to make it in No Hunger in Paradise. Now in State of Play, in what marks the pinnacle of a career investigating the human stories of football, award-winning writer Michael Calvin turns his eye to the biggest story of all - the game itself. From mental health to money, concussion to Champions league, fan-owners to oligarchs, women's football to world cups, Calvin gets under the skin of the beautiful game, and reveals why it is truly the game of our lives. Based on hundreds of hours of interviews with leading figures around the world, from Arsene Wenger to Steven Gerrard, Calvin reveals the winners, the losers, the politics, the pleasure, the hope, and the despair of the world's most popular sport.
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28.99 USD

State of Play: Under the Skin of the Modern Game

by Michael Calvin
Hardback
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Footy fun? Bring it, bro ... From the UK's number 1 football magazine, the very best footy annual is back! Crammed full with fun football trivia, quizzes, games, puzzles, top 10s, cartoons and more, this is the only annual fans of the beautiful game will need. This year's annual will ...
Match of the Day Annual 2019
Footy fun? Bring it, bro ... From the UK's number 1 football magazine, the very best footy annual is back! Crammed full with fun football trivia, quizzes, games, puzzles, top 10s, cartoons and more, this is the only annual fans of the beautiful game will need. This year's annual will also include a section covering the key moments, best goals and much more from the FIFA World Cup. Featuring Gary and all of the MOTD presenters, Paz, Ketch, and the planet's top teams and players, Match of the Day Annual 2019 is the best around - it will be on the top of your Christmas list!
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13.64 USD

Match of the Day Annual 2019

Hardback
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Booked! The Gospel According to our Football Heroes is a funny, fascinating digest of over 120 footballer autobiographies. Authors John Smith and Dan Trelfer have forensically examined the life stories of legends, hard-cases, cult heroes and one or two players they vaguely remember playing for Portsmouth - so you don't ...
Booked!: The Gospel According to our Football Heroes
Booked! The Gospel According to our Football Heroes is a funny, fascinating digest of over 120 footballer autobiographies. Authors John Smith and Dan Trelfer have forensically examined the life stories of legends, hard-cases, cult heroes and one or two players they vaguely remember playing for Portsmouth - so you don't have to. Along the way, they discovered answers to questions they never knew they needed to know. Which coach has a tattoo inked by Mickey Rourke? Which maverick witnessed his gaffer murder an animal in a team talk? Yes, the revelations from this Pandora's Box may melt the reader's face, like at the end of Raiders of the Lost Ark. But they also offer an insight into the strange world that footballers inhabit, using their very own words. What drives star players apart? And what binds them together, beyond an almost universal love of Rod Stewart? Booked! investigates a unique world full of sex, booze, cash, fights, glory, bitterness, fame - and incessant, relentless banter.
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34.11 USD

Booked!: The Gospel According to our Football Heroes

by Dan Trelfer, John Smith
Hardback
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Neymar: The Ultimate Fan Book takes you into the Brazilian football superstar's world like no other book. Filled with facts and stats, and 100 stunning photographs, you will learn about his childhood, growing up in Brazil, his first few years with Santos and then Brazil's national team. Discover how he ...
Neymar: The Ultimate Fan Book
Neymar: The Ultimate Fan Book takes you into the Brazilian football superstar's world like no other book. Filled with facts and stats, and 100 stunning photographs, you will learn about his childhood, growing up in Brazil, his first few years with Santos and then Brazil's national team. Discover how he honed his incredible technique, instinctive eye for goal, ability to sniff out a chance and how he became a global superstar - all by the age of 21. Written in a lively style and filled with fun features, fantastic photographs and enlightening quotes, Neymar: The Ultimate Fan Book celebrates the footballer's greatest moments and most famous goals, including his record-breaking move from Barcelona to PSG, his goal in the final of the 2015 UEFA Champions League final and his stunning efforts as Brazil won the 2016 Olympic Games gold medal. It all gives readers a special insight into how and why Neymar is one of the world's greatest football players.
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13.64 USD

Neymar: The Ultimate Fan Book

by Nick Callow
Hardback
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Whilst corruption and organized crime have been widely researched, they have not yet been specifically linked to sport. Corruption, Mafia Power and Italian Soccer offers an original insight into this new research area. Adopting a psycho-social approach based mainly on Pierre Bourdieu's praxeology, the book demonstrates that corruption and the ...
Corruption, Mafia Power and Italian Soccer
Whilst corruption and organized crime have been widely researched, they have not yet been specifically linked to sport. Corruption, Mafia Power and Italian Soccer offers an original insight into this new research area. Adopting a psycho-social approach based mainly on Pierre Bourdieu's praxeology, the book demonstrates that corruption and the mafia presence in Italian soccer reflect the Italian socio-political and economic system itself. Supported by interviews with security agency officials, anticorruption organisations and antimafia organisations, and analysing empirical data obtained from a case study of 'Operation Dirty Soccer', this important study explains why mafia groups are involved in soccer, what the links are to political corruption and what might be done to control the problem. It also examines the mechanisms that make it possible for mafia groups and affiliates to enter the football industry and discusses how mafia groups exploit and corrupt Italian football. This is important reading for undergraduate and postgraduate students, researchers and academics working in the areas of sociology, criminology, policing, anthropology, the sociology of sport, sport deviance, sport management and organised crime. It is also a valuable resource for practitioners in the football industry.
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196.22 USD

Corruption, Mafia Power and Italian Soccer

by Anna Sergi, Alberto Testa
Hardback
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YouTube is the world's number one video-sharing website, with 300 new hours of video being uploaded to the website every minute, many of which involve the most popular sport in the world - football. Almost every glorious goal, bizarre blunder and ridiculous red card from all around the globe find ...
YouTube Football Fantastic
YouTube is the world's number one video-sharing website, with 300 new hours of video being uploaded to the website every minute, many of which involve the most popular sport in the world - football. Almost every glorious goal, bizarre blunder and ridiculous red card from all around the globe find their way onto YouTube, where they are then enjoyed by football fans everywhere. YouTube Football Fantastic is an expertly curated interactive celebration of these heroic, sometimes hilarious and often jaw-dropping efforts. With on-the-page links to over 300 amazing videos, it showcases the greatest footballing feats ever recorded on the file-sharing site.
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25.58 USD

YouTube Football Fantastic

by Iain Spragg
Hardback
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This ambitious and fascinating history considers why, in the space of sixty years between 1850 and 1910, football grew from a marginal and unorganised activity to become the dominant winter entertainment for millions of people around the world. The book explores how the world's football codes - soccer, rugby league, ...
How Football Began: A Global History of How the World's Football Codes Were Born
This ambitious and fascinating history considers why, in the space of sixty years between 1850 and 1910, football grew from a marginal and unorganised activity to become the dominant winter entertainment for millions of people around the world. The book explores how the world's football codes - soccer, rugby league, rugby union, American, Australian, Canadian and Gaelic - developed as part of the commercialised leisure industry in the nineteenth century. Football, however and wherever it was played, was a product of the second industrial revolution, the rise of the mass media, and the spirit of the age of the masses. Important reading for students of sports studies, history, sociology, development and management, this book is also a valuable resource for scholars and academics involved in the study of football in all its forms, as well as an engrossing read for anyone interested in the early history of football.
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34.11 USD

How Football Began: A Global History of How the World's Football Codes Were Born

by Tony Collins
Paperback / softback
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Updated to include the Champions League Final 2018 It is the intensity of the football, of how the people live football in Liverpool, all the Liverpool fans around the world. It is not a normal club, it is a special club. Jurgen Klopp As innovative as Arsene Wenger and as ...
Jurgen Klopp
Updated to include the Champions League Final 2018 It is the intensity of the football, of how the people live football in Liverpool, all the Liverpool fans around the world. It is not a normal club, it is a special club. Jurgen Klopp As innovative as Arsene Wenger and as crowd-pleasing as Jose Mourinho, Jurgen Klopp is the charismatic German manager who single-handedly overthrew the accepted order in German football, taking Borussia Dortmund from nowhere to back-to-back Bundesliga titles and the Champions League final. He had long been admired in the Premiership and was finally wooed by Liverpool in the belief he could bring back the glory days to the Kop. Klopp is revered as a master tactician with his own unique playing philosophies like counter pressing and spatial geometry. He is loved by his players for his passion and man-management skills, and adored by the media and fans alike for his disarming wit and charm and exciting football on the pitch. Here is the definitive story of Jurgen Klopp - the normal one - and his footballing genius.
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15.34 USD

Jurgen Klopp

by Elmar Neveling
Paperback / softback
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The Racing Post and Racing & Football Outlook's guide to the 2018-2019 football season is packed with useful statistics and information for the new campaign in the UK and top European Leagues. Includes club prospects for the coming season; comprehensive results and form; full fixture list with six year's form ...
Racing Post & RFO Football Annual 2018-2019
The Racing Post and Racing & Football Outlook's guide to the 2018-2019 football season is packed with useful statistics and information for the new campaign in the UK and top European Leagues. Includes club prospects for the coming season; comprehensive results and form; full fixture list with six year's form and results as well as next season's important dates; predictions; individual odds, betting advice and statistics; club pen-portraits; a pools draw chart; complete cup records for 2017/18; and unique statistical data.
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22.17 USD

Racing Post & RFO Football Annual 2018-2019

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In what sense can organized football fans be understood as political actors or participants in social movements? How do fan struggles link to wider social and political transformations? And what methodological dilemmas arise when researching fan activism? Fan Activism, Protest and Politics seeks ethnographic answers to these questions in a ...
Fan Activism, Protest and Politics: Ultras in Post-Socialist Croatia
In what sense can organized football fans be understood as political actors or participants in social movements? How do fan struggles link to wider social and political transformations? And what methodological dilemmas arise when researching fan activism? Fan Activism, Protest and Politics seeks ethnographic answers to these questions in a context - Zagreb, Croatia - shaped by the recent Yugoslav wars, nation-state building, post-socialist `transition' and EU accession. Through in-depth ethnography following the everyday subcultural practices of a left-wing fan group, NK Zagreb's White Angels, alongside terrace observations and interviews conducted with members of GNK Dinamo's Bad Blue Boys, this book details fans' interactions with the police, club management, state authorities and other fan groups. Themes ranging from politics, socialization, masculinity, sexuality and violence to fan authenticity are examined. In moving between two groups, the book explores methodological issues of wider relevance to researchers using ethnographic methods. This is important reading for students and researchers alike in the fields of football studies, regional studies of the former Yugoslavia and post-socialism, political sociology and social movements, and studies of masculinity, gender and sexuality. A useful resource for scholars writing about social movements and protest, or post-socialist subcultural scenes in south-east Europe, the book is also a fascinating read for policymakers interested in better understanding the contemporary (geo)political situation in the region.
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196.22 USD

Fan Activism, Protest and Politics: Ultras in Post-Socialist Croatia

by Andrew Hodges
Hardback
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Published in partnership with The Sun, and packed with stunning photographs, this fully illustrated book will be a celebration and fantastic tribute to the extraordinary achievements of Gareth Southgate, Harry Kane and the young lions that represented us so proudly in Russia. England's World Cup 2018 charts the extraordinary turnaround ...
England's Journey 2018
Published in partnership with The Sun, and packed with stunning photographs, this fully illustrated book will be a celebration and fantastic tribute to the extraordinary achievements of Gareth Southgate, Harry Kane and the young lions that represented us so proudly in Russia. England's World Cup 2018 charts the extraordinary turnaround in the fortunes of the nation's football team, starting with Gareth Southgate's surprise appointment, a difficult qualifying campaign, and a public seemingly uninterested in the fortunes of a young group of `no hopers' who turned into an England team of world-beaters. Featuring new biographies of the entire squad and manager, full length match reports and entertaining features throughout, including THAT shoot-out victory against Colombia - putting to bed years of hurt - the book will be a souvenir and memento of one of the most compelling summers in British sporting history. Written by the Sun team who have been ever-present within the England camp, experiencing the highs and lows of our greatest World Cup performance for nearly thirty years, England's World Cup 2018 takes us right through to the end of the tournament, answering that big question: WILL THE BOYS BRING IT HOME?
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25.58 USD

England's Journey 2018

by The Sun
Hardback
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Burnley On This Day revisits the most magical and memorable moments from the club's illustrious history, mixing in a maelstrom of anecdotes and characters to produce an irresistible Clarets diary - with an entry for every day of the year. From the club's Victorian origins as a Football League founder ...
Burnley FC On This Day: History, Facts & Figures from Every Day of the Year
Burnley On This Day revisits the most magical and memorable moments from the club's illustrious history, mixing in a maelstrom of anecdotes and characters to produce an irresistible Clarets diary - with an entry for every day of the year. From the club's Victorian origins as a Football League founder member to the Premier League era, the Clarets' rollercoaster journey has seen them become one of only four clubs to win every division of the Football League. Revisit the 1914 FA Cup Final when Burnley beat Liverpool in front of King George V. Remember the incredible First Division title wins of 1921 and 1960. Look back at the famous 1987 win over Orient that preserved Burnley's Football League status, and recall the recent fabulous promotions to the Premier League. Timeless greats such as Jimmy McIlroy, Jimmy Adamson and Ralph Coates sit alongside modern-day heroes including Robbie Blake, Ben Mee and Sam Vokes. Read how this club from industrial Lancashire roots fought its way back from near oblivion to sit once more among the elite.
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25.58 USD

Burnley FC On This Day: History, Facts & Figures from Every Day of the Year

by Philip Bird
Hardback
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Mesut Ozil is a midfield magician, casting an elegant spell over opponents and conjuring passes through gaps lesser mortals can't even see. After an eventful sojourn among the Galacticos of Real Madrid he has savoured silverware at Arsenal, while in 2014 he lifted the World Cup with Germany. But his ...
Gunning for Greatness: My Life: With an introduction by Jose Mourinho
Mesut Ozil is a midfield magician, casting an elegant spell over opponents and conjuring passes through gaps lesser mortals can't even see. After an eventful sojourn among the Galacticos of Real Madrid he has savoured silverware at Arsenal, while in 2014 he lifted the World Cup with Germany. But his life and career have been a test of resilience. Growing up in Germany's Turkish community, he faced prejudice from those who claimed his dual identity would prevent him giving his all for the national team. Later came questions over a different type of commitment, the kind levelled against those, like Mesut Ozil, who excel in football's finer arts rather than relying simply on running and ruggedness. He has proved concerns on both these issues lack substance. In Gunning for Greatness, Mesut Ozil reveals the inside stories of his relationships with Jose Mourinho and Arsene Wenger, his quest to help the under-fire Frenchman restore Arsenal's pre-eminence - and how he silenced the sceptics by conquering the world.
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18.75 USD

Gunning for Greatness: My Life: With an introduction by Jose Mourinho

by Mesut Ozil
Paperback / softback
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In The Barcelona Way, sports psychologist Damian Hughes reveals the key principles that have defined FC Barcelona's success and shows how the DNA of a winning team can be successfully applied to any working environment, with dramatic results. 'A powerful book on the important principles of creating a high-performing culture.' ...
The Barcelona Way: Unlocking the DNA of a Winning Culture
In The Barcelona Way, sports psychologist Damian Hughes reveals the key principles that have defined FC Barcelona's success and shows how the DNA of a winning team can be successfully applied to any working environment, with dramatic results. 'A powerful book on the important principles of creating a high-performing culture.' Eddie Jones, England RFU Head Coach FC Barcelona are one of the most successful football clubs in the world. What makes FCB unique is the winning culture that has delivered sustained success for much longer than the customary four-year cycle of an elite team. Lying at the very heart of their success is how they deal with people and the care and attention given to the environment in which those people are nurtured: practices which are of equal relevance to all organizations trying to channel the activities of their talented individuals for the corporate good. The key principles are: Big Picture, Arc of Change, Repetition, Cultural Architects, Authentic Leadership. These are the same principles that are adhered to in successful working environments across any industry. Drawing on interviews with key architects of the culture, as well as his own extensive experience as a sports psychologist working with leading sports and business institutions, Damian Hughes provides unique insights into the crucial issues confronting the modern corporate environment, and shows how the lessons learnt at FC Barcelona can also be applied to develop your own winning culture.
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20.48 USD

The Barcelona Way: Unlocking the DNA of a Winning Culture

by Damian Hughes
Paperback
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In September 1996 a Frenchman, so little known in English football that fans asked Arsene Who? , walked into Arsenal. In the subsequent 22 years as manager he transformed the club. A total renovation of the training, stadium, style, economics of the team and the attraction of a global audience ...
The Wenger Revolution: The Club of My Life
In September 1996 a Frenchman, so little known in English football that fans asked Arsene Who? , walked into Arsenal. In the subsequent 22 years as manager he transformed the club. A total renovation of the training, stadium, style, economics of the team and the attraction of a global audience has taken place under Wenger's instruction. This fascinating era is chronicled from the very beginning with distinctive photographs taken from inside the inner sanctum of the club by official Arsenal photographer Stuart MacFarlane, who has had privileged access for many years. Award winning journalist Amy Lawrence introduces each section to set the scene. This captivating collection of images is captioned with personal anecdotes from Arsene Wenger himself as he reminisces about the significant moments and people that have defined his time at the club.
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34.12 USD

The Wenger Revolution: The Club of My Life

by Amy Lawrence
Hardback
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A massive audience in sitting-rooms, parks and pubs watched England in the 2018 World Cup. Yet as Duncan Hamilton demonstrates with style, insight and wit in Going to the Match, watching on TV is no substitute for being there. Hamilton embarks on a richly entertaining, exquisitely crafted journey through football. ...
Going to the Match: The Passion for Football
A massive audience in sitting-rooms, parks and pubs watched England in the 2018 World Cup. Yet as Duncan Hamilton demonstrates with style, insight and wit in Going to the Match, watching on TV is no substitute for being there. Hamilton embarks on a richly entertaining, exquisitely crafted journey through football. Glory game or grass roots, England v Slovenia or Guiseley v Hartlepool, he delves beneath the action to illuminate the stories which make the sport endlessly compelling. Along the way he marvels at present-day titans Harry Kane, Mo Salah, Kevin De Bruyne and Paul Pogba, reflects on sepia-tinted magicians Stanley Matthews, Jimmy Greaves, Bobby Charlton and Pele, and assesses managerial giants from Brian Clough and Jose Mourinho to Arsene Wenger and Gareth Southgate. The odyssey takes Hamilton from Fleetwood to Berlin, via Glasgow and a Manchester derby, making detours into art, cinema, literature and politics as he explores the game's ever-changing culture and character. The result, like the L.S. Lowry painting that inspired the book, is a football masterpiece.
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42.66 USD

Going to the Match: The Passion for Football

by Duncan Hamilton
Hardback
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Does your life revolve around your football team? Does your team's result on a Saturday make or break your weekend? Would you leave your wife on the day she's due to give birth to go to a cup final 140 miles away? Or miss your daughter's fourth birthday because you're ...
The Team for Me: Fifty Years of Following Hearts
Does your life revolve around your football team? Does your team's result on a Saturday make or break your weekend? Would you leave your wife on the day she's due to give birth to go to a cup final 140 miles away? Or miss your daughter's fourth birthday because you're in Madrid for a UEFA Cup tie? If so, this book is for you. The Team For Me is a personal reflection of the joy and heartache of football from a fan's perspective. Written by a Hearts supporter of 50 years' standing (and occasionally falling over), its tales will hit home among fans of any and every club - from the Saturday-morning feeling of anticipation to regaling your children with what it means to follow your club; from pre-match rituals to hammering your arch-rivals in a cup final. Fans who grew up in the 60s and 70s will also revel in memories of half-time scoreboards, dashing to the local newsagent at 5.30pm on a Saturday for a copy of the ink-stained 'Football Special' edition, and of collecting football cards to swap with your pals.
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28.99 USD

The Team for Me: Fifty Years of Following Hearts

by Mike Smith
Hardback
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'Spellbinding. A gripping account of how the beautiful game got grotesquely ugly. Highly recommended.' Gary Lineker 'Gripping...Bensinger's impeccably sourced account serves as a sharp reminder of the gargantuan levels of largesse and excess during Fifa's bad, bad days - as well as a warning that not enough has been done ...
Red Card: FIFA and the Fall of the Most Powerful Men in Sports
'Spellbinding. A gripping account of how the beautiful game got grotesquely ugly. Highly recommended.' Gary Lineker 'Gripping...Bensinger's impeccably sourced account serves as a sharp reminder of the gargantuan levels of largesse and excess during Fifa's bad, bad days - as well as a warning that not enough has been done to prevent them returning.' Sean Ingle, Guardian 'Bensinger deftly deploys novelistic devices to turn it into a real-life detective thriller...[it] resembles John Grisham' Private Eye The story of FIFA's fall from grace has it all: power, betrayal, revenge, sports stars, hustlers, corruption, sex and phenomenal quantities of money, all set against exotic locales stretching from Caribbean beaches to the formal staterooms of the Kremlin and the sun-blasted streets of Doha, Qatar. In Red Card, investigative journalist Ken Bensinger takes a journey to FIFA's dark heart. He introduces the flamboyant villains of the piece - the FIFA kingpins who flaunted their wealth in private jets and New York's grandest skyscrapers - and the dogged team of American FBI and IRS agents, headed by Attorney General Loretta Lynch, who finally brought them to book. Providing fresh insights on a scandal which has gripped the world, he shows how greed and arrogance brought down the most powerful institution in sporting history. A wild, gritty, gripping, and at times blackly comic story, Red Card combines world-class journalism with the pace of a thriller. Red Card (filmed as Houses of Deceit) will be a major film, produced by Pearl Street Films, the production company owned by Matt Damon and Ben Affleck.
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28.99 USD

Red Card: FIFA and the Fall of the Most Powerful Men in Sports

by Ken Bensinger
Hardback
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'I like nice clothes, whether they're dodgy or not.' David Beckham Author Simon Doonan has two passions in life: Fashion and Football. At one time these two obsessions would have made very strange bedfellows. But times have changed: football and fashion have fallen in love. The unapologetic and unbridled style ...
Saturday Night Fever Pitch: The Magic and Madness of Football Style
'I like nice clothes, whether they're dodgy or not.' David Beckham Author Simon Doonan has two passions in life: Fashion and Football. At one time these two obsessions would have made very strange bedfellows. But times have changed: football and fashion have fallen in love. The unapologetic and unbridled style choices of today's soccer stars offer a fascinating window into the heart of the game. Looking at the beautiful game through the lens of style, Doonan entertainingly explores the magic and madness of this unique culture. Charting football style from its very beginnings, he pays homage to the great style icons of the game, from George Best to Lionel Messi, before turning his gaze to the hair, the tattoos and the cars, not to mention those other style icons of the game: the fans, the managers and, of course, the WAGs. Doonan's laser wit and hilarious observations are complemented by more than 230 photographs, making this a laugh-out-loud read for even the most fickle football fan or fashionista.
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34.11 USD

Saturday Night Fever Pitch: The Magic and Madness of Football Style

by Simon Doonan
Hardback
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One anonymous football fan. 18.6 million confidential documents. This is the explosive story of the biggest leak in sporting history - and the shady underworld of modern football. In 2016, a whistle-blower known only as 'John' started to leak a treasure trove of top-secret files to German newspaper Der Spiegel. ...
Football Leaks: Uncovering the Dirty Deals Behind the Beautiful Game
One anonymous football fan. 18.6 million confidential documents. This is the explosive story of the biggest leak in sporting history - and the shady underworld of modern football. In 2016, a whistle-blower known only as 'John' started to leak a treasure trove of top-secret files to German newspaper Der Spiegel. These documents reveal the clandestine dealings of clubs, players and agents at the highest echelons of international football. And the story they tell is astonishing. From the eye-popping details of player transfers, including Neymar Jr, Pogba and Coutinho, to the loopholes and opaque tax structures that ensure maximum earnings for players and agents alike, this is a tale rife with rapacious greed and questionable deals. At the same time, it is the gripping story of a fan who wanted to free football from its corrupt overlords - and now finds himself on the run.
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22.17 USD

Football Leaks: Uncovering the Dirty Deals Behind the Beautiful Game

by Michael Wulzinger, Rafael Buschmann
Paperback / softback
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Get inside the mind of football's most enigmatic icon. `Zidane is the master' Pele One of modern football's most brilliant players - and one of its most iconic and mysterious figures - Zinedine Zidane's football career is the stuff of legend. A World Cup-winner with France, he became the world's ...
Zidane

Get inside the mind of football's most enigmatic icon. `Zidane is the master' Pele One of modern football's most brilliant players - and one of its most iconic and mysterious figures - Zinedine Zidane's football career is the stuff of legend. A World Cup-winner with France, he became the world's most expensive player in 2001 when he moved from Juventus to Real Madrid for GBP46million, where his exceptional talent earned him a reputation as one of the greatest players of all-time. His playing career concluded explosively when he retired after being sent off for head-butting Marco Materazzi in the 2006 World Cup final. But his football career was far from over. After a spell coaching in Spain, he was appointed manager of Real Madrid in 2015 and immediately demonstrated that his skill as a manager matched his talent on the pitch, leading the team to successive Champions League victories and establishing him as one of the new managerial greats. Rarely speaking to the press, Zidane is known as a man who `speaks only with the ball'. In this definitive biography, Patrick Fort and Jean Philippe take us behind the scenes of his exceptional career, revealing the man behind the legend.

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20.48 USD

Zidane

by Jean Philippe, Patrick Fort
Paperback
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Soccer, the most popular mass spectator sport in the world, has long been a site which articulates the complexities and diversities of the everyday life of the nation. The imaging and prioritization of the game as a `national' or an `international' event in public opinion and the media also play ...
FIFA World Cup and Beyond: Sport, Culture, Media and Governance
Soccer, the most popular mass spectator sport in the world, has long been a site which articulates the complexities and diversities of the everyday life of the nation. The imaging and prioritization of the game as a `national' or an `international' event in public opinion and the media also play a critical role in transforming the soccer culture of a nation. In this context, the FIFA World Cup remains the grand spectacle for asserting the identity of the nation. This book intends to offer eclectic perspectives and discourses on the FIFA World Cup, and to throw light on the changing dimensions of football and sports culture in terms of identity, race, ethnicity, gender, fandom, governance, and so on. On the one hand, it focuses on the significance of the FIFA World Cup for nations in terms of hosting, performance, playing style, and identity formation. On the other, it looks beyond the World Cup to highlight the growing importance of a host of perspectives in sport in general and football in particular with reference to art, fandom, gender, media, and governance. The chapters in this book were originally published as a special issue of Sport in Society.
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196.22 USD

FIFA World Cup and Beyond: Sport, Culture, Media and Governance

Hardback
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For the Summer 2018 World Cup, the ultimate book for soccer fans around the globe! The world will be riveted by the globe's greatest sporting event in summer of 2018 (more than 27 million Americans watched the final game of the last tournament in Brazil). The 2018 edition will bring ...
An American's Guide to the 2018 World Cup: Everything You Need to Know About the Greatest Spectacle in Sports
For the Summer 2018 World Cup, the ultimate book for soccer fans around the globe! The world will be riveted by the globe's greatest sporting event in summer of 2018 (more than 27 million Americans watched the final game of the last tournament in Brazil). The 2018 edition will bring the sports's greatest stars together, but who will take home the trophy favorites Germany, France, Brazil, Argentina? Or a surprise Belgium, Mexico, Portugal, or Colombia? And why is the World Cup the greatest event in sports? Whether you call the game soccer or football, whether you have been watching the game for decades or are new to the joys of the beautiful game, you'll love what Stephen Rea has to say in World Cup Fever. Born in Belfast, and now rooting for Northern Ireland and Chelsea from his home in New Orleans, he breaks down what smart fans should know about the World Cups past and present. Chapters highlight shocking upsets; immortal players such as Pel , Maradona, Zidane, Iniesta, Beckenbauer, Cruyff, and more; and the most thrilling games from every tournament, starting with tales of the thirteen teams that played in Uruguay 1930. With a look at the stars who will light up Russia in 2018 Lionel Messi (Argentina), Cristiano Ronaldo (Portugal), Paul Pogba (France), Neymar (Brazil), Thomas M ller (Germany) this is the perfect read for anyone who believes that the World Cup is bigger than the Super Bowl, World Series, and Olympics combined. Often humorous and punctuated with personal anecdotes, passion, and knowledge, here is the beautiful game brought to life for every fan!
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15.740000 USD

An American's Guide to the 2018 World Cup: Everything You Need to Know About the Greatest Spectacle in Sports

by Stephen Rea
Paperback
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A bestseller in both the UK and the USA on its first publication, this book was the first fully authorised life of world's greatest living footballer. With exclusive access to Pele, award-winning sports writer Harry Harris charts his meteoric rise from humble beginnings in Brazil to his first international at ...
Pele: His Life and Times
A bestseller in both the UK and the USA on its first publication, this book was the first fully authorised life of world's greatest living footballer. With exclusive access to Pele, award-winning sports writer Harry Harris charts his meteoric rise from humble beginnings in Brazil to his first international at the age of sixteen. Superb athleticism, speed of thought and execution, and astonishing ball control helped him become the only player to have appeared in three World Cup-winning sides, and to have scored more than 1,200 goals in his senior career, a feat that is now unlikely ever to be equalled, let alone surpassed. Pele remains the best footballer of all time, despite the extraordinary exploits of Cristiano Ronaldo, Lionel Messi, Neymar, and legends such as Diego Maradona and Johan Cruyff. Now revised and updated to bring the story completely up to date, this is a tribute to a world-class sporting hero, a great sportsman and, to this day, an inspiration to millions.
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15.34 USD

Pele: His Life and Times

by Harry Harris
Paperback / softback
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'Football is a pleasure that hurts' This unashamedly emotional history of football is a homage to the romance and drama, spectacle and passion of a 'great pagan mass'. Through stories of superstition, heartbreak, tragedy, luck, heroes and villains, those who lived for football and those who died for it, Eduardo ...
Football in Sun and Shadow

'Football is a pleasure that hurts' This unashamedly emotional history of football is a homage to the romance and drama, spectacle and passion of a 'great pagan mass'. Through stories of superstition, heartbreak, tragedy, luck, heroes and villains, those who lived for football and those who died for it, Eduardo Galeano celebrates the glory of a game that - however much the rich and powerful try to control it - still retains its magic. 'The Uruguayan whose writing got right to the heart of football ... readers were never in doubt of the warmth of the blood running through his veins' Guardian 'Galeano can run rings round our glamorous football intelligentsia' When Saturday Comes 'Stands out like Pele on a field of second-stringers' New Yorker

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15.75 USD

Football in Sun and Shadow

by Eduardo Galeano
Paperback
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The Man Who Made A Football Club Sir Matt Busby, who took Manchester United to unprecedented glory before seeing the club through profound tragedy, created the global entity that spreads from Old Trafford today. A player with Manchester City and Liverpool before the Second World War, Busby remained at the ...
Sir Matt Busby: The Definitive Biography

The Man Who Made A Football Club Sir Matt Busby, who took Manchester United to unprecedented glory before seeing the club through profound tragedy, created the global entity that spreads from Old Trafford today. A player with Manchester City and Liverpool before the Second World War, Busby remained at the forefront of football through four decades and made an extraordinary contribution to the game in terms of both style and substance. In this definitive biography, Patrick Barclay looks back at Busby's phenomenal life and career, including the rise of the Busby Babes in the 1950s, the Munich disaster that claimed 23 lives and the Wembley victory ten years on that made United the first English team to win the European Cup. Denis Law, Pat Crerand and such other members of that great side as Alex Stepney, David Sadler and John Aston are among the host of voices testifying to the qualities that set Sir Matt apart. This is the story of one of the greatest figures in football history, and of the making of a legacy that will last for ever.

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15.75 USD

Sir Matt Busby: The Definitive Biography

by Patrick Barclay
Paperback
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The World Cup might be over, but it doesn't mean that we can't relive those great four weeks. This was the World Cup of: The EPIC Icelandic Thunder Clap Kylian Mbappe's early entrance into the Football Hall of Fame And of course, the iconic Southgate waistcoat It may not have ...
COPA90: Our World Cup: A Fans' Guide to 2018
The World Cup might be over, but it doesn't mean that we can't relive those great four weeks. This was the World Cup of: The EPIC Icelandic Thunder Clap Kylian Mbappe's early entrance into the Football Hall of Fame And of course, the iconic Southgate waistcoat It may not have come home, but the World Cup has never been so exciting! ----------------------------- You can still get yourself a copy of COPA90: Our World Cup: A Fans' Guide to 2018- the REAL fan's guide to the event of the year. This isn't just about the star players. This is about: * All 32 nations, their rising stars and their biggest legends * Russia's stadiums and cities. The COPA90 team have been there. They know where to go. * The EPIC underdogs * Nightmare performances... Beckham, we're looking at you, mate Here's to Qatar 2022!!
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20.48 USD

COPA90: Our World Cup: A Fans' Guide to 2018

by Puffin
Paperback / softback
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