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The Blizzard - The Football Quarterly: Issue Twenty Seven
by , Priya Ramesh

Language

English

Pages

309

Publication Date

December 12, 2017

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First published in December 2017, Issue Twenty Seven contains 22 articles in 7 sections, including: Tom Williams speaking to Gary Lineker about his time at Barcelona and his tempestuous relationship with Johan Cruyff; Toke Theilade on the story of the first American footballer to play in Russia; James Montague on how Miodrag Belodidici escaped Romania to win the European Cup for a second time, Andrew McKirdy on Subbuteo and more.
Brave New World: Inside Pochettino's Spurs
by Guillem Balague

Language

English

Pages

353

Publication Date

October 26, 2017

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<p><b><i>The exclusive behind-the-scenes story of the Mauricio Pochettino revolution at Spurs, told in his own words</i></b></p><p><b>The <i>Sunday Times</i> Bestseller</b></p><p>'An unparalleled insight into one of the most exciting managers currently working in football' <i>Independent</i></p><p>Since joining the club in 2014, Mauricio Pochettino has transformed Tottenham from underachievers into genuine title contenders. In the process, he has marked himself out as one of the best young managers in the world, more than holding his own against the Premier League's established heavyweights. He has done so by promoting an attacking, pressing style of football and by nurturing home-grown talent, fully endearing himself to the Spurs faithful along the way.</p><p>Guillem Balagué was granted unprecedented access to Pochettino and his backroom staff for the duration of the 2016-17 season, and he has therefore been able to draw on extensive interview material with Pochettino, his family, his closest assistants, players such as Dele Alli and Harry Kane, and even a very rare conversation with Daniel Levy to tell the manager's story in his own words. From Pochettino's early years as a player and coach to his transformation of Tottenham into one of the best teams in England, the book uniquely reveals the inner workings of the man and of his footballing philosophy. It also lays bare what it takes to run a modern-day football team competing at the highest level over the course of a single campaign. The result is the most comprehensive and compelling portrait of a manager and of a club in the Premier League era.</p>
Under the Lights and In the Dark: Untold Stories of Women’s Soc...
by Gwendolyn Oxenham

Language

English

Pages

320

Publication Date

July 06, 2017

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<div>In 2004 football author, journalist and award-winning documentary maker Gwendolyn Oxenham played <i>futebol feminino</i> for Santos FC, Brazil. The team hitchhiked to practice, shared their field with a horse and wore hand-me-downs from the men’s team.</div><br /><div><br /><br /></div><br /><div>If this was Brazil, the mecca of <i>futebol</i>, what did the women’s game look like in other countries?</div><br /><div> </div><br /><div><i>Under the Lights and in the Dark </i>takes us inside the world of women’s football, following players across the globe, from Portland Thorns star Allie Long, who trains in an underground men’s league in New York City; to Fara Williams, who hid her homelessness from her teammates while playing for the English national team. Oxenham takes us to Voronezh, Russia, where players battle more than just snowy pitches in pursuing their dream of playing pro, and to a refugee camp in Denmark, where Nadia Nadim, now a Danish international star, honed her skills after her family fled from the Taliban.</div><br /><div> </div><br /><div>Whether you’re a newcomer to the sport or a die-hard fan, this is an inspiring book about stars’ beginnings and adventures, struggles and hardship, and, above all, the time-honored romance of the game.</div>
Soccer iQ: Things That Smart Players Do
by Dan Blank

Language

English

Pages

136

Publication Date

March 05, 2014

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An Amazon best-seller and an NSCAA Soccer Journal Top 5 Book of the Year!<br />In a world saturated with books about how to coach soccer, Dan Blank finally gives players a book on how to think it. Standing on two decades of collegiate coaching experience, Blank has cataloged soccer's most common mistakes and provides simple, connect-the-dots solutions to help players solve their soccer problems. Soccer iQ is soccer's first text book for players; an almanac of smarter soccer decisions intended to flatten out the learning curve. It covers everything from hunting rebounds to the value of the toe-ball; from playing in the rain to the world's dumbest foul. Blank tells his story from the familiar and humorous voice of a coach who has endured years of stress at the hands of his players. Written in plain-spoken language, Soccer iQ is an easy read and a quick-fix to the most common yet critically important soccer problems.
Inverting The Pyramid: The History of Soccer Tactics
by Jonathan Wilson

Language

English

Pages

466

Publication Date

November 05, 2013

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<div>“An outstanding work … the [soccer] book of the decade.” —Sunday Business Post<BR><BR><I>Inverting the Pyramid</I> is a pioneering soccer book that chronicles the evolution of soccer tactics and the lives of the itinerant coaching geniuses who have spread their distinctive styles across the globe. <br /><BR>Through Jonathan Wilson's brilliant historical detective work we learn how the South Americans shrugged off the British colonial order to add their own finesse to the game; how the Europeans harnessed individual technique and built it into a team structure; how the game once featured five forwards up front, while now a lone striker is not uncommon.<br /><BR><I>Inverting the Pyramid</I> provides a definitive understanding of the tactical genius of modern-day Barcelona, for the first time showing how their style of play developed from Dutch “Total Football,” which itself was an evolution of the Scottish passing game invented by Queens Park in the 1870s and taken on by Tottenham Hotspur in the 1930s. Inverting the Pyramid has been called the “Big Daddy” (Zonal Marking) of soccer tactics books; it is essential for any coach, fan, player, or fantasy manager of the beautiful game<BR></div>
Das Reboot: How German Soccer Reinvented Itself and Conquered the...
by Raphael Honigstein

Language

English

Pages

288

Publication Date

October 06, 2015

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<div><B>“A beautiful story, expertly told.” —Per Mertesacker, Arsenal defender and member of the German national team, winners of the 2014 World Cup</B><BR><BR>Estádio do Maracanã, July 13, 2014, the last ten minutes of extra time in the World Cup Final: German forward Mario Götze jumps to meet a floated pass from André Schürrle, cushions the ball with his chest, and in one fluid motion volleys the ball past the onrushing Argentine goalkeeper into the far corner of the net. The goal wins Germany the World Cup for the first time in almost thirty years. As the crowd roars, Götze looks dazed, unable to comprehend what he has done.<BR><BR>In <I>Das Reboot</I>, Raphael Honigstein charts the return of German soccer from the dreary functionality of the late 1990s to Götze's moment of sublime, balletic genius and asks: How did this come about? The answer takes him from California to Stuttgart, from Munich to the Maracanã, via Dortmund and Amsterdam. Packed with exclusive interviews with key figures, including Jürgen Klinsmann, Thomas Müller, Oliver Bierhoff, and many more, Honigstein's book reveals the secrets of German soccer's success.</div>
No Other Home: Living, Leading, and Learning What Matters Most
by , Patrick Regan

Language

English

Pages

224

Publication Date

November 07, 2017

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<DIV>Sporting Kansas City captain Matt Besler has achieved something extraordinary in the least extraordinary way. At every level of his athletic career, Besler has heard the same questions and initial dismissal of his talent. Even as he made his slow, steady progression into the consciousness of his coaches, opponents, and fans, then onto the national and world soccer stage, he heard it still. How does a normal guy like Matt Besler end up playing in the World Cup, one of the most exclusive competitions in international sports?<BR />If it’s true that he’s a rather typical Midwestern guy, it’s also true that Matt happens to be one of the best soccer players in the country. Professional soccer is a bastion for the flamboyant—the lifestyles, the hairstyles, the WAGs, the passionate fans—yet Matt has flourished as the anti-flamboyant. He is preternaturally calm. He is stalwart. He is relentlessly committed to his preparedness and his athletic success. Matt Besler may seem to be Mr. Average, but it is this very characteristic that has made him exceptional.<BR /><I>No Other Home</I> offers an honest, first-person perspective into exactly what it takes to reach the highest levels of the sporting world. Matt shares his stories—from<BR />growing up in a loving but fiercely competitive family, to climbing through the ranks of high school, club, and college athletics, to dealing with injuries and professional<BR />setbacks, and even to his own rather extraordinary experience of becoming a father. The poignant lessons he’s learned so far hold value for soccer fans and nonfans<BR />alike. This is a book to be shared among family members, young and old. And for parents looking for positive influences in professional athletics, they will find no better<BR />role model than Matt.<BR />A portion of the proceeds from the sale of this book will be donated to the nonprofit charity, the BESLER FAMILY FOUNDATION.</DIV>
2017-18 NFHS Soccer Rules Book
by NFHS

Language

English

Pages

207

Publication Date

June 06, 2017

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Contains the official rules and case plays for soccer and are designed to explain all aspects of the sport.
Tom Byer’s Soccer Starts at Home [US]
by , Fred Varcoe

Language

English

Pages

88

Publication Date

April 18, 2016

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I've known Tom Byer for 25 years and over those years we've talked a lot of soccer. In that time, he's focused his coaching skills on children and reached the point where he is, without any doubt, one of the world's leading thinkers on teaching children the technical skills of soccer. This book should be bought by every parent in Britain, Canada and the United States – countries where I've had involvement with soccer – and beyond to understand what a child who likes soccer can learn and how they can learn. It's not a textbook; it's a guide. It's a philosophy that is so basic and so true it's just amazing that it's taking so long to be recognized. Many people in soccer still don't get it.<br />I've been involved in soccer as a player and coach for over 40 years, so trust me when I tell you that this book is gold dust for your kids.<br /><br />Paul Mariner<br />Ex-England international (35 caps)<br />UEFA Cup winner (1981)<br />F.A. Cup winner (1978)
Forward: A Memoir
by Abby Wambach

Language

English

Pages

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>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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