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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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<DIV><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.</DIV>
Mind Gym: An Athlete's Guide to Inner Excellence
by , David Casstevens

Language

English

Pages

238

Publication Date

June 24, 2002

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<p><b>Praise for <i>Mind Gym</i></b></p><br /><br /><p>"Believing in yourself is paramount to success for any athlete. Gary's lessons and David's writing provide examples of the importance of the mental game."<br /><br />--<b>Ben Crenshaw</b>, two-time Masters champion and former Ryder Cup captain</p><br /><br /><p>"<i>Mind Gym</i> hits a home run. If you want to build mental muscle for the major leagues, read this book."<br /><br />--<b>Ken Griffey Jr.</b>, Major League Baseball MVP</p><br /><br /><p>"I read <i>Mind Gym</i> on my way to the Sydney Olympics and really got a lot out of it. Gary has important lessons to teach, and you'll find the exercises fun and beneficial."<br /><br />--<b>Jason Kidd</b>, NBA All-Star and Olympic gold-medal winner</p><br /><br /><p>In <i>Mind Gym</i>, noted sports psychology consultant Gary Mack explains how your mind influences your performance on the field or on the court as much as your physical skill does, if not more so. Through forty accessible lessons and inspirational anecdotes from prominent athletes--many of whom he has worked with--you will learn the same techniques and exercises Mack uses to help elite athletes build mental "muscle." <i>Mind Gym</i> will give you the "head edge" over the competition.</p>
Red Card: How the U.S. Blew the Whistle on the World's Biggest Sp...
by Ken Bensinger

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English

Pages

368

Publication Date

June 12, 2018

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The definitive, shocking account of the FIFA scandal—the biggest international corruption case of recent years, spearheaded by US investigators, involving dozens of countries, and implicating nearly every aspect of the world’s most popular sport, soccer, including its biggest event, the World Cup.<BR><BR>The FIFA case began small, boosted by an IRS agent’s review of an American soccer official’s tax returns. But that humble investigation eventually led to a huge worldwide corruption scandal that crossed continents and reached the highest levels of the soccer’s world governing body in Switzerland.<BR> <BR> In <i>Red Card</i>, Ken Bensinger explores the case, and the personalities behind it, in vivid detail. There’s Chuck Blazer, a high-living soccer dad who ascended to the highest ranks of the sport while creaming millions from its coffers; Jack Warner, a Trinidadian soccer official whose lust for power was matched only by his boundless greed; and the sport’s most powerful man, FIFA president Sepp Blatter, who held on to his position at any cost even as soccer rotted from the inside out.<BR> <BR> Remarkably, this corruption existed for decades before American law enforcement officials began to secretly dig, finally revealing that nearly every aspect of the planet’s favorite sport was corrupted by bribes, kickbacks, fraud, and money laundering. Not even the World Cup, the most-watched sporting event in history, was safe from the thick web of corruption, as powerful FIFA officials extracted their bribes at every turn. Arriving just in time for the 2018 World Cup,<i> </i><i>Red Card</i> goes beyond the headlines to bring the real story to light, accompanying the determined American prosecutors and special agents who uncovered what proved to be not only the biggest scandal in sports history, but one of the biggest international corruption cases ever. And it is far from over.
The Mixer: The Story of Premier League Tactics, from Route One to...
by Michael Cox

Language

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>
Soccernomics: Why England Loses; Why Germany, Spain, and France W...
by , Stefan Szymanski

Language

English

Pages

497

Publication Date

April 24, 2018

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<div><b>The 2018 World Cup edition of the international bestseller and "the most intelligent book ever written about soccer" (<i>San Francisco Chronicle</i>) is updated throughout and features new chapters on the FIFA scandal, why Iceland wins, and women's soccer.</b><br /><br />Named one of the Best Books of the Year by the <i>Guardian</i>, <i>Slate</i>, <i>Financial Times</i>, <i>Independent </i>(UK), and <i>Bloomberg News</i><br /><br />Written with an economist's brain and a soccer writer's skill, <i>Soccernomics</i> applies high-powered analytical tools to everyday soccer topics, looking at data and revealing counterintuitive truths about the world's most beloved game. It all adds up to a revolutionary new approach that has helped change the way the game is played.</div><div><br /></div><div>This World Cup edition features ample new material, including fresh insights into FIFA's corruption, the surge in domestic violence during World Cups, and Western Europe's unprecedented dominance of global soccer.</div>
Inverting The Pyramid: The History of Soccer Tactics
by Jonathan Wilson

Language

English

Pages

452

Publication Date

August 14, 2018

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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>
2018-19 NFHS Soccer Rules Book
by NFHS

Language

English

Pages

212

Publication Date

May 13, 2018

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Contains the officials rules and case plays for soccer and are designed to explain all aspects of the sport.
Copa América de fútbol.: 100 años de historia, anécdotas y cu...
by , Daniel Pineda

Language

Spanish

Pages

177

Publication Date

May 19, 2015

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Esta libro reúne los principales datos históricos de los primeros 100 años de la Copa América de fútbol. Anécdotas, fotografías, interactividad y una selección de preguntas, hacen de esta versión un libro divertido, sencillo y un excelente material de consulta para los amantes del fútbol y de la historia.<br /><br />Conozca los marcadores de todos los partidos desde la edición de 1975, los goleadores y mejores jugadores, así como la historia de cada uno de los países en la Copa de naciones más antigua del mundo. Esta Copa ha contado con la gran mayoría de los grandes jugadores de la historia del fútbol, como: Pelé, Maradona, Messi, Francescoli, Di Stéfano, Ronaldo, el pibe Valderrama y Cuauhtémoc Blanco.<br /><br />Ponga a prueba su conocimiento con las trivias al final del libro y conozca los datos mas destacados de las mas de 40 versiones de este torneo.
The Barcelona Way: How to Create a High-performance Culture
by Damian Hughes

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English

Pages

320

Publication Date

August 09, 2018

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<p><b>In <i>The Barcelona Way</i>, 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.</b></p><p>'A powerful book on the important principles of creating a high-performing culture.'<br />Eddie Jones, England RFU Head Coach</p><p>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.</p><p>The key principles are: <b>Big Picture, Arc of Change, Repetition, Cultural Architects, Authentic Leadership.</b> These are the same principles that are adhered to in successful working environments across any industry. </p><p>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.</p>
Masters of Modern Soccer: How the World's Best Play the Twenty-Fi...
by Grant Wahl

Language

English

Pages

255

Publication Date

May 01, 2018

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<b>In <i>Masters of Modern Soccer</i>, <i>Sports Illustrated</i> writer Grant Wahl asks: How do some of the game's smartest figures master the craft of soccer? By profiling players in every key position (American phenomenon Christian Pulisic, Mexican superstar Javier "Chicharito" Hernández, Belgium's Vincent Kompany, Spain's Xabi Alonso, Germany's Manuel Neuer) and management (Belgium coach Roberto Martínez and Borussia Dortmund sporting director Michael Zorc), Wahl reveals how elite players and coaches strategize on and off the field and execute in high pressure game situations.</b><br /><br /><i>Masters of Modern Soccer </i>is the definitive thinking fan's guide to modern soccer. For a supporter of any team, from the U.S. national teams to Manchester United, or any competition, from Mexico's Liga MX to the World Cup, this book reveals what players and managers are thinking before, during, and after games and delivers a true behind-the-scenes perspective on the inner workings of the sport's brightest minds. <br /><br />America's premier soccer journalist, Grant Wahl, follows world-class players from across the globe examining how they do their jobs. This access imbues <i>Masters of Modern Soccer</i> with deep insight from the players on how goalkeepers, defenders, midfielders, and forwards function individually and as a unit to excel and win. Wahl also shadows a manager and director of soccer as they juggle the challenges of coaching, preparation, and the short- and long-term strategies of how to identify and acquire talent and deploy it on the field. <br /><br />A book that will stand the test of time, <i>Masters of Modern Soccer </i>is the most in-depth analysis of the craft of soccer ever written for the American fan. For any fan, player, coach, or sideline enthusiast, this book will change the way they watch the game.

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