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The Expected Goals Philosophy: A Game-Changing Way of Analysing F...
by James Tippett

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English

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November 06, 2019

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<p>The Expected Goals method is football’s best kept secret. The metric gives unparalleled insight into which teams and players are performing at the highest level.<br /><br />Professional gamblers have used Expected Goals to make millions through football betting. Club scouts have used Expected Goals to identify hidden gems in the transfer market. And the media have recently started using Expected Goals to offer more profound insight in their broadcasts.<br /><br />Despite this, most ordinary fans still don’t understand what the Expected Goals method is – or appreciate the significant impact that it is set to have on the sport in coming years.<br /><br />Expected Goals (otherwise known as xG) was originally conjured up by a small corner of the online football analytics community. It didn’t take long for professional gamblers to begin using xG to predict match outcomes. These bettors utilised the Expected Goals method to turn over hundreds of millions of pounds from the bookmakers.<br /><br />Before long, football clubs had caught on to the ground-breaking insight given by xG. Brentford FC were leaders in this field, managing to assemble a Play-Off-reaching squad on a shoe-string budget. In the last five years, the small West London side have turned over more than £100m in transfer profit from their use of the Expected Goals method in player recruitment.<br /><br />More recently, the Expected Goals method has been adopted by the media as a form of insight. Fans are finally catching on to the pioneering means of football analysis. Soon enough, anyone who doesn’t understand the Expected Goals philosophy will be left behind.<br /><br /><br />“This book will make you watch football differently” – Tobias Pedersen<br /><br />“Possibly the most ground-breaking football book ever written” – Football Impact<br /><br />“A brilliant account of the history and future of Expected Goals” – StatShot</p>
WOLFPACK: How to Come Together, Unleash Our Power, and Change the...
by Abby Wambach

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English

Pages

91

Publication Date

April 09, 2019

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<p><b>Based on her inspiring, viral 2018 commencement speech to Barnard College’s graduates in New York City, <i>New York Times</i> bestselling author, two-time Olympic gold medalist and FIFA World Cup champion Abby Wambach delivers her empowering rally cry for women to unleash their individual power, unite with their pack, and emerge victorious together.</b></p><p>Abby Wambach became a champion because of her incredible talent as a soccer player. She became an icon because of her remarkable wisdom as a leader. As the co-captain of the 2015 Women’s World Cup Champion Team, she created a culture not just of excellence, but of honor, commitment, resilience, and sisterhood. She helped transform a group of individual women into one of the most successful, powerful and united Wolfpacks of all time. </p><p>In her retirement, Abby’s ready to do the same for her new team: All Women Everywhere. </p><p>In <i>Wolfpack</i>, Abby’s message to women is:</p><p><i>We have never been Little Red Riding Hood. We Are the Wolves.</i><br /><i>We must wander off the path and blaze a new one: together.</i></p><p>She insists that women must let go of old rules of leadership that neither include or serve them. She’s created a new set of Wolfpack rules to help women unleash their individual power, unite with their Wolfpack, and change the landscape of their lives and world: from the family room to the board room to the White House. </p><p>· <b>Make failure your fuel:</b> Transform failure to wisdom and power. <br />· <b>Lead from the bench:</b> Lead from wherever you are. <br />· <b>Champion each other:</b> Claim each woman’s victory as your own. <br />· <b>Demand the effing ball:</b> Don’t ask permission: take what you’ve earned.</p><p>In Abby’s vision, we are not Little Red Riding Hoods, staying on the path because we’re told to. <i>We are the wolves</i>, fighting for a better tomorrow for ourselves, our pack, and all the future wolves who will come after us.</p>
2019-20 NFHS Soccer Rules Book
by NFHS

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English

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Publication Date

May 21, 2019

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Contains the official rules and case plays for soccer and are designed to explain all aspects of the sport.
The Mixer: The Story of Premier League Tactics, from Route One to...
by Michael Cox

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English

Pages

496

Publication Date

June 01, 2017

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<p>An absolutely essential book for every modern football fan, about the development of Premier League tactics, published to coincide with 25 years of the competition.</p><p>Back in 1992, English football was stuck in the dark ages, emerging from a five-year ban from European competition. The game was physical, bruising and attritional, based on strength over speed, aggression over finesse. It was the era of the midfield general, reducers, big men up front and getting it in the mixer; 4-4-2 was the order of the day. Few teams experimented tactically.</p><p>And then, almost overnight, it all changed. The creation of the Premier League coincided with one of the most seismic rule changes in football history: the abolition of the back-pass. Suddenly defenders had no-get-out-of-jail-free card, goalkeepers had to be able to field and play the ball and the pace of the game quickened immeasurably. Tactics evolved dramatically, helped by an increased foreign influence.</p><p>The Mixer is the first book to delve deep into the tactical story of the Premier League, and take a long view of how the game has developed over the last quarter century. From Ferguson’s directness to Keegan’s relentlessly attacking Newcastle outfit, to Mourinho’s cagey, reactive Chelsea, all the way to Ranieri’s counter-attacking champions, The Mixer is one of the most entertaining, rich and knowledgeable football books ever written.</p>
How To Die Today
by Sebastian Ryall

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English

Pages

100

Publication Date

November 06, 2019

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My story is about submission. Showing you that everything negative that you think you are is just an attachment to thoughts and learning to not identify with them as they are intangible, without substance. It is about emptying your mind and allowing it to fill spontaneously and genuinely with love, making you feel weightless and present in what is real. Being open hearted and receptive to all — never possessing, never judging. Understanding that everything you want you already have. Living in the only thing that exists, which is this moment, and knowing it’s impossible to define yourself in any other way. It’s ultimately about revealing the truth of who you really are.<br />
The National Team (Updated and Expanded Edition): The Inside Stor...
by Caitlin Murray

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English

Pages

372

Publication Date

October 22, 2019

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<p>The U.S. Women’s National Soccer Team has won three World Cups and four Olympic gold medals, set record TV ratings, drawn massive crowds, earned huge revenues for FIFA and U.S. Soccer, and helped to redefine the place of women in sports. But despite their dominance, and their rosters of superstar players, they’ve endured striking inequality: low pay, poor playing conditions, and limited opportunities to play in professional leagues.<br /><br /><i>The National Team</i>, from leading soccer journalist Caitlin Murray, tells the history of the USWNT in full, from their formation in the 1980s to the run-up to the 2019 World Cup, chronicling both their athletic triumphs and less visible challenges off the pitch. Murray also recounts the rise and fall of U.S. professional leagues, including the burgeoning National Women’s Soccer League, an essential part of the women’s game.<br /><br /> Through nearly 100 exclusive interviews with players, coaches, and team officials, including Alex Morgan, Carli Lloyd, Hope Solo, Heather O’Reilly, Julie Foudy, Brandi Chastain, Pia Sundhage, Tom Sermanni, and Sunil Gulati, Murray takes readers inside the locker rooms and board rooms in engrossing detail. A story of endurance and determination, <i>The National Team</i> is a complete portrait of this beloved and important team.</p>
The Club: How the English Premier League Became the Wildest, Rich...
by , Jonathan Clegg

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English

Pages

381

Publication Date

December 04, 2018

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<i>The Club </i>is the previously untold inside story of how English soccer’s Premier League became the wildest, richest, most popular sports product on the planet.<br />  <br /> This is a sports and business tale of how money, ambition, and twenty-five years of drama remade an ancient institution into a twenty-first-century entertainment empire. No one knew it when their experiment began, but without any particular genius or acumen, the motley cast of billionaires and hucksters behind the modern Premier League struck gold.<br /><br /> Pretty soon, everyone wanted to try their luck, from Russian oligarchs to Emirati sheikhs, American tycoons, and Asian Tiger titans. Some succeeded beyond their wildest dreams. Some lost everything. Today, players are sold for tens of millions, clubs are valued in the billions, and games are beamed out to nearly two hundred countries, all while the league struggles to preserve its English soul.<br /><br /> Deeply researched and drawing on one hundred exclusive interviews, including the key decision makers at every major English team, <i>The Club</i> is the definitive and wildly entertaining narrative of how the Premier League took over the world.
How to Be a Footballer
by Peter Crouch

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English

Pages

304

Publication Date

September 06, 2018

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<p><b>**Winner of the 2018 Telegraph Sports Book Awards Sports Bestseller of the Year**</b></p><p><b>'Very funny on almost every page, wonderfully self-deprecating and very sharp on the ludicrous behaviour of the modern player' - <i>Sunday Times </i></b><br /><b></b><br /><b>'The funniest man in British sport' - <i>Metro</i></b><br /><b></b><br /><b></b><i>Featured on BBC Radio 2 with Chris Evans </i></p><p>You become a footballer because you love football. And then you are a footballer, and you’re suddenly in the strangest, most baffling world of all. A world where one team-mate comes to training in a bright red suit with matching top-hat, cane and glasses, without any actual glass in them, and another has so many sports cars they forget they have left a Porsche at the train station. Even when their surname is incorporated in the registration plate.</p><p>So walk with me into the dressing-room, to find out which players refuse to touch a football before a game, to discover why a load of millionaires never have any shower-gel, and to hear what Cristiano Ronaldo says when he looks at himself in the mirror. </p><p>We will go into post-match interviews, make fools of ourselves on social media and try to ensure that we never again pay £250 for a haircut that should have cost a tenner. We’ll be coached and cajoled by Harry Redknapp, upset Rafa Benitez and be soothed by the sound of an accordion played by Sven-Goran Eriksson’s assistant Tord Grip. There will be some very bad music and some very bad decisions.</p><p>I am Peter Crouch. This is <i>How To Be A Footballer</i>. Shall we?</p><p><b>Can’t get enough of Crouch? Tune into <i>That Peter Crouch Podcast </i>on Radio 5 Live</b></p>
ALEX FERGUSON My Autobiography: The autobiography of the legendar...
by Alex Ferguson

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English

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417

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October 24, 2013

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<p>Sir Alex Ferguson's compelling story is always honest and revealing he reflects on his managerial career that embraced unprecedented European success for Aberdeen and 26 triumphant seasons with Manchester United. </p><p>Sir Alex Ferguson's best-selling autobiography has now been updated to offer reflections on events at Manchester United since his retirement as well as his teachings at the Harvard Business School, a night at the Oscars and a boat tour round the Hebrides, where he passed unrecognised.</p><p>The extra material adds fresh insights and detail on his final years as United's manager.</p><p> Both the psychology of management and the detail of football strategy at the top level can be complex matters but no-one has explained them in a more interesting and accessible way for the general reader than Sir Alex does here. </p><p> MY AUTOBIOGRAPHY is revealing, endlessly entertaining and above all inspirational.</p>
Forward: A Memoir
by Abby Wambach

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English

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245

Publication Date

September 13, 2016

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<p><strong><em></em></strong></p><p><em><strong></strong></em></p><p><strong><em>NEW YORK TIMES</em> BESTSELLER</strong></p><p><strong>"Lucid and wrenching...</strong><em><strong>Forward</strong></em><strong> puts [Wambach's] achievement in context with painful and beautiful candor." —NPR</strong></p><p><strong><em>"Forward</em> is the powerful story of an athlete who has inspired girls all over the world to believe in themselves."  —Sheryl Sandberg, Facebook COO, </strong><em><strong>New York Times</strong></em><strong> Bestselling author of </strong><em><strong>Lean In</strong></em> </p><p><strong>“This is the best memoir I’ve read by an athlete since Andre Agassi’s </strong><em><strong>Open</strong></em><strong>.”  —Adam Grant, Wharton professor and </strong><em><strong>New York Times </strong></em><strong>bestselling author of </strong><em><strong>Originals</strong></em><strong> and </strong><em><strong>Give and Take</strong></em></p><p></p><p>Abby Wambach has always pushed the limits of what is possible. At age seven she was put on the boys’ soccer team. At age thirty-five she would become the highest goal scorer—male or female—in the history of soccer, capturing the nation’s heart with her team’s 2015 World Cup Championship. Called an inspiration and “badass” by President Obama, Abby has become a fierce advocate for women’s rights and equal opportunity, pushing to translate the success of her team to the real world. </p><p>As she reveals in this searching memoir, Abby’s professional success often masked her inner struggle to reconcile the various parts of herself: ferocious competitor, daughter, leader, wife. With stunning candor, Abby shares her inspiring and often brutal journey from girl in Rochester, New York, to world-class athlete. Far more than a sports memoir, <em>Forward </em>is gripping tale of resilience and redemption—and a reminder that heroism is, above all, about embracing life’s challenges with fearlessness and heart.</p><p></p>

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