Football Books

  • The Vision Book of Football Records 2019 - Hardback - 9781909534872 - Clive Batty
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    Footy facts, stats and trivia all feature in the 10th edition of the popular Vision Book of Football Records.

    Fully up to date include all the action from the incredible 2018 World Cup, this book includes an entry on every English league team, all the Scottish SPL club and major European and world clubs.

    It also covers the quirkier side of the game with a focus on mascots, bizarre bookings and record-breaking goals!
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    Sports fans are counting down the days until this summer's World Cup and what better way to prepare for the feast of football then by reading through the facts, stats and trivia in this goal-den book.

    The perfect companion to the summer's main event, it features photographs of all the players who will be taking part and has in-depth profiles of all 32 competing nations. It also looks at Russia itself, focusing on the stadiums that will host the eagerly anticipated matches.

    It wouldn't be the World Cup without a fixtures and score chart that can be filled in while the tournament is on. This brilliant book also has a TV viewing guide so you know what channel to watch each match on.
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    Discover the history of 'The Beautiful Game' in this lavishly illustrated book.

    Published in 2015, it charts the key events in British football history and will take you all the way back to when players wore tasselled caps and balls had laces through to the multi-million pound, global industry we all love today.

    From the major victories to the most disappointing defeats, the book looks at how British football has changed the world and features archive photography from the Daily Mail.
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    A Chelsea, AC Milan and Netherlands legend, Ruud Gullit's knowledge of 'the Beautiful Game' and his affable manner has made him one of the most popular pundits around.

    In How to Watch Football, he reveals some of the secrets of the sport and invites you to join him in 'reading' a match. He'll tell you why sometimes one striker can be better than three, why the best defenders never need to tackle and even reveals the secret of tiki-taka.

    With years of experience gained from playing, coaching and providing punditry, he also discusses formations, tactical decisions and the hidden patterns you should watch out for in the next match you watch.
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    The most decorated manager in the history of football, it's fair to say that former Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson knows a few things about leadership. In Leading, he reveals the secrets to his success - both on and off the field.

    A truly inspiring read, Sir Alex looks back over his 38 years in management and tells all about the key tools he used to cover everything from tactics to teamwork and hiring to firing. Covering some of the most pivotal leadership decisions he made during his long and successful tenure at Old Trafford, he aims to provide you with the knowledge of what it takes to make it at the top, whatever your career.

    Not only a great read for Man Utd supporters, but also for anyone interested in the psychology of management at the highest level, this is a collaboration with successful businessman Sir Michael Moritz that is full of hints, tips and advice for becoming a champion.
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    The footballing world was shocked and saddened by the death of Dutch legend Johan Cruyff in March this year. Widely regarded as one of the best players of all time, he inspired the likes of Ajax, Barcelona and the Netherlands to glory.

    In his autobiography, My Turn, Johan tells the story of a truly unbelievable sporting career. A player who was synonymous with total football, he helped change the way teams played football and inspired players to break the shackles of convention and play in any position on the pitch. He talks about starting out at Ajax, where he won eight national titles and three European Cups, before moving on to Barcelona, where he quickly won La Liga.

    As well as club success, he also won many individual awards and inspired his country to a World Cup final appearance in 1974. While his playing career went from strength to strength, his off-the-field life was more turbulent - he encountered bankruptcy and was even the victim of a kidnapping attempt. He then followed this up with a trophy-laden managerial career. This is his story in his own words.
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    The essential book on Leicester City FC's incredible 2015-16 season, from the Leicester Mercury's chief football writer Leicester City - a team facing relegation a year ago, priced at 5000-1 to finish top at the start of this season - are currently Premier League leaders. From the Leicester Mercury's chief football writer Rob Tanner, and with unrivalled access to players, staff and fans, 5000-1: The Leicester City Story is Tanner's diary of this astonishing season as it happened, recounting the growing sense of hope and disbelief as the Foxes close in on glory. The story begins with the explosive end of Nigel Pearson's tenure as manager and the surprise appointment of Claudio Ranieri. From the loss of their talismanic midfielder Esteban Cambiasso to the 89th-minute winner against Norwich in February 2016, and the slaying of Tottenham and Manchester City with an unfancied team whose star man Riyad Mahrez cost less than Wayne Rooney earns in a month, it shouldn't have been possible. With incredible insider access, Tanner's book tells the full tale of the Premier League's most remarkable story to date - the dream of anyone who has ever supported an underdog.
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    Leicester City fans have always known that Richard III isn't a hunchback. That is where he keeps his football. The great man's report of the Leicester miracle is the must-read of the year. On 25th March 2015, when King Richard III was reburied in Leicester Cathedral, his beloved football team had just lost 4-3 to Tottenham Hotspurs and were bottom of the Premiership, relegation certainties. Nine days later they beat West Ham 2-1 and have hardly lost a game since. 5000-1 outsiders at the beginning of this season, they now find themselves on the verge of the greatest upset in sporting history. Here, in his own words, King Richard III tells this, the most remarkable sporting story of all from his unique and privileged perspective: the goals, the games, the dressing room banter, he travelled to every match in the owner's chopper. He tells us his version of the Princes in the Tower scandal mulled over during the lost centuries, buried in a municipal carpark while The Foxes languished in the lower leagues; the Jamie Vardy story, from prosthetics factory employee to the most celebrated striker this side of the River Soar; how early season he made the trip to captain Wes Morgan's city centre tattoo parlour to have the club owner's name - Vichai Srivaddhanaprabba - emblazoned between his capacious shoulder blades; Mahrez, the great Muslim dynamo from Algeria, once stuck in the French seventh league; the dark days of the sex video and the late December wobble; the Post Horn Gallop (which reminds him of Bosworth and gets on his nerves); Drinkwater, Albrighton and the great Tinkerman from Italy, all of them heroes of Shakespearean proportions. This isn't a fairytale, this is really happening. From a much loved Royal, the greatest football book ever written.
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    Wembley, 30 July 1966...Geoff Hurst completes his hat trick...England are the World Cup champions. Everyone knows how the story ends, but how did it begin? How did Alf Ramsey assemble an England team to win the trophy for the first, and so far only time? The choice of the final eleven was far from straightforward: in just over three years Ramsey selected no less than fifty players and, at the start of 1966, two of the winning team had still to make their debuts for England. This book charts the chequered path to eventual victory, assesses both the players who made the final squad and those who lost out and, with the help of previously unpublished photographs, provides a unique chronicle of professional football over fifty years ago.
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    Got, Not Got: The Lost World of Leicester City is an Aladdin's cave of memories and memorabilia, guaranteed to whisk you back to Filbert Street's fondly remembered 'Golden Age' of mud and magic - as well as a City-mad childhood of miniature tabletop games and imaginary, comic-fuelled worlds. The book recalls a more innocent era of football, lingering longingly over relics from the good old days - Foxes stickers and petrol freebies, league ladders, big-match programmes and much more - revisiting lost football culture, treasures and pleasures that are 100 per cent Leicester City. If you were a Junior Fox, one of the army of obsessive soccer kids at any time from Gordon Banks lifting the World Cup to the early days of the Premier League, then this is the book to recall the mavericks - Worthington, Weller and Walsh, Lineker, McAllister and Shilton - and the marvels of the Lost World of Football.
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    "Courage is a word that should hang above your bed if you want to be a professional footballer". (Bill Shankly). A football match is never short of commentators, but only those with a real passion for the game can offer truly wise and encouraging words. This collection of quotations from legendary players, managers and trainers paints an inspirational portrait of the highs and lows of the beautiful game.
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    Candid, outspoken and supremely honest, and including interviews with those close to him, #2Sides is Rio's unique story: from his early days in Peckham, through to picking up the Champions League trophy on a rainy summer's night in Moscow, #2Sides is the tell-all account of an extraordinary and controversial life in the game. On winning and losing; on defending and attacking; on Moyes, management and fellow players; on John Terry, lost friendships and ongoing rivalries; on the love and hate of the beautiful game; and on playing for club, country and for yourself - this is a full spectrum of life at the very top of the footballing tree, and a superb retrospective of a truly fascinating career.
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    So who is Louis van Gaal? An inflexible ex-PE teacher who only knows how to act like a dictator or a footballing visionary that has made him one of the greatest ever European managers? Wherever he has gone, Van Gaal has been accused of being a domineering disciplinarian and a control freak. He is certainly, by his own admission, a man who leaves nothing to chance. A disciple in the 1970s of Rinus Michels' Total Football philosophy, he is a fascinating contradiction - an ultra-individualist utterly devoted to the collective effort. He believes in the team over the individual, in always having a plan and a team prepared to follow it. Van Gaal led the young Ajax team he moulded to Champions League glory in 1995, went on to win titles across Europe with Barcelona, AZ Alkmaar and Bayern Munich and served two stints as national coach of Holland. It is a career that has never been short on colour and drama - from fallouts with players to rants at the media wherever he has managed. Dutch football commentator Maarten Meijer's has written the definitive biography of van Gaal - both the man and his methods. It offers the best psychological insight so far - from his earliest roots to his greatest triumphs - into the man given the task of returning the glory days to Manchester United. It also includes new chapter on Louis van Gaal's first season with Manchester United.
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    The dugout was first introduced in the 1930s. Until then, football managers stood by the touchline or, more often than not, sat in the stand, but the new innovation allowed them to get closer to the action, to try to better influence the play. It also pitched them into the heat of the battle, with predictable results. Put a calm, apparently sane manager into a dugout, or technical area, for the ninety minutes of competitive action, and they are regularly distorted into irrational agitators, ready to contest and debate every decision, no matter how minor. Arguing with officials, the opposing coaching staff - on occasion leading to physical confrontation - supporters, and even their own players; gesticulating wildly, often to no great purpose; making scribbled notes, bellowing opinions and bemoaning injustices to anyone who catches their eye. And as the temperature rises, there are the inevitable humorous, and at times simply unbelievable, consequences. Tales From The Dugout is a collection of memories gathered from managers, players, referees and linesmen, supporters and broadcasters which encapsulates the unique environment of the technical area and reveals how even limited exposure to it can transform characters unrecognisably. It gives an insight into the flashpoints and controversies that have erupted over the years, and explains why that small area by the side of the pitch is not a place for the faint-hearted.
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    He may live in Madrid but he continues to make front-page headlines. This is David Beckham's own story of his career to date, for Manchester United, Real Madrid and England, and of his childhood, family and private life. Featuring David's first full account of a turbulent year in Spain, on and off the field, and England's fortunes in Euro 2004. This is Beckham's fascinating life story in his own words. His rise through the ranks at the biggest club side in the world. His complex relationship with United boss Alex Ferguson. The England story, from being vilified by the nation before returning as the prodigal son to eventually captaining his country. His acrimonious falling-out with his manager and departure from Old Trafford in June 2003. And starting a new chapter of his life on foreign soil in the glare of the world's press. Now from Beckham himself, we gain a vivid and eye-opening insight into the family man behind the famous footballer, the international model and fashion leader. He describes how he first met and then married ex-Spice girl Victoria Adams, and the upbringing of their two children Brooklyn and Romeo. How his family's every step is monitored by a posse of newshounds and paparazzi. Also, the influence of his parents, growing up as a shy youngster in the family home, and how their subsequent split affected him. Intimate and soul-searching, this is the real David Beckham like we have never seen before. NEW FOR THIS PAPERBACK EDITION: - Beckham's first season with Real Madrid from within the dressing room, with key stories on the likes of Figo, Roberto Carlos and Zidane. - His exclusive reaction to the sensational allegations about his private life; their effect on his relationship with Victoria and a reappraisal of their living arrangements. - England and Euro 2004: the players' threatened strike in support of Rio Ferdinand; Eriksson as England boss; and all the behind the scenes stories leading up to and including the Finals in Portugal. - One year down the line, does Beckham have any regrets about leaving Manchester United? And is there any truth in the rumours that he is unsettled in Madrid?
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    On January 6, 1975, Nottingham Forest were thirteenth in the old Second Division, four points above the relegation places and straying dangerously close to establishing a permanent place for themselves among football's nowhere men. Within five years Brian Clough had turned an unfashionable and depressed club into the kings of Europe, beating everyone in their way and knocking Liverpool off their perch long before Sir Alex Ferguson and Manchester United had the same idea. This is the story of the epic five-year journey that saw Forest complete a real football miracle and Clough brilliantly restore his reputation after his infamous 44-day spell at Leeds United. Forest won the First Division championship, two League Cups and back-to-back European Cups and they did it, incredibly, with five of the players Clough inherited at a club that was trying to avoid relegation to the third tier of English football. I Believe In Miracles accompanies the critically-acclaimed documentary and DVD of the same name. Based on exclusive interviews with virtually every member of the Forest team, it covers the greatest period in Clough's extraordinary life and brings together the stories of the unlikely assortment of free transfers, bargain buys, rogues, misfits and exceptionally gifted footballers who came together under the most charismatic manager there has ever been.
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    This book contains the complete statistics for all of the matches played by the national football teams of Finland, France, Georgia, Gibraltar and Germany from the first game played by each through to the end of the 2016 calendar year. For each "A" national game it features comprehensive records of the date, venue, referee and attendance in addition to individual player information. The player information comprises the name, numbers of caps and goalscoring records and, in separate sections, overall statistics for players and head-to-head country records.
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    This book provides a full statistical record of the Copa America, the world's oldest continental competition for national teams which is organised by the South American Football Confederation, commonly known as CONMEBOL. Covers every match played in the competition from the very first game in 1916 through to the 2015 Final itself.
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    A yearbook of domestic and international football in Africa during the 2016/17 season. Includes full line-ups & statistics for international matches played by all 56 African countries and basic player information (name, date of birth and club) for those who appeared in these games. For domestic football, this book contains a historical list of champions for each country, a final League table for the past season and information about each National Cup Final.
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    This book is a complete match-by-match statistical record of the European Football Championship from its beginning as "The European Nations Cup" in 1958 through to the Final match of the 2000 series. It details every game played in both the qualification and final sections of the first 11 series of the tournament. A further book covering the later series right up to the 2016 Final which is also compiled by Dirk Karsdorp, is now available.
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    The 30th edition of the ultimate reference on European football, The UEFA European Football Yearbook 2017/18 contains everything that a football fan will need to watch their favourite team or country. Gloriously illustrated with dramatic action photos, artworks and maps, this exceptional volume contains a complete statistical review of the previous season's football at club and national levels. There is a selection of essays on the 100 most dominant players in European football in the past year and a detailed breakdown of each club in the top division of every country's main league. As well as a review of the first part of the UEFA qualification competition for the 2018 FIFA World Cup, the appendix provides a calendar of events for the remaining fixtures, play-offs and the dates of matches in the two main club competitions. If you are a fan of top-flight football in Europe, this is the one book you cannot afford to be without.
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    Barca: The Illustrated History of FC Barcelona is the official celebration of modern football's most dominant team. This club-endorsed book traces the club's history from its formation in 1899, the trials and tribulations of growth, through to the blossoming of the club in the 1960s and its recognition as a super power of modern football. Written in a lively and informative style by a leading Catalan author and illustrated throughout with 200 dramatic action images and rare behind-the-scenes photographs, the book includes profiles of some of the club's legendary players and important figures including Xavi, Messi, Iniesta, Neymar, Suarez and many more. Barca: The Illustrated History of FC Barcelona is a very special book and gives a unique insight into one of the world's greatest football clubs.
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    West Ham United's move to the new Olympic Stadium ended a 114-year stay at the Boleyn Ground. The spiritual home of some of football's greatest heroes: Bobby Moore, Billy Bonds, Trevor Brooking and Frank Lampard were just a few who made their name there, and revelled in its close-knit east London atmosphere. With the club anthem 'Bubbles' ringing around the stands, the Boleyn Ground had a raw flavour of its own. There were unforgettable afternoons fashioned by the club's two greatest managers, Ron Greenwood and John Lyall; fabulous nights under the lights, as the tightly-packed confines of the ground made it the most intense of stadiums; wonderful evenings competing against the best in Europe, such as beating Eintracht Frankfurt on a mud-heap of a pitch. Now it is gone, but the magic, the fervour, the triumphs, the disappointments and the special brand of humour which flourished there is captured here in all its glory. With full access to The Times archives and stunning photographic collection, lifelong Hammers fan John Dillon has penned the definitive history of the Home of the Hammers.
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    The Complete Book of Football captures all of the exciting action, colour and passion of the world's most popular sport, comprehensively telling the story of the game and its greatest exponents. It is packed with information about clubs and players around the world, statistics galore, and hundreds of fascinating archival images, and exciting colour action photographs.The book includes: * The top leagues, including Premier League, La Liga, Major League Soccer, Serie A, Brasileirao, Argentine Primera and Liga MX, as well as up-and-coming leagues; * The most important world and regional competitions, including World Cup, Olympics, Champions League, UEFA European Championship, Copa del Rey, Confederations Cup, Africa Cup of Nations, Copa Libertadores, Copa America, Asian Cup, Women's World Cup; * Profiles of every FIFA club from Afghanistan to Zimbabwe, complete with club logos and colours; * Profiles of national teams, including the star-making clubs like Germany, Argentina, Italy, Spain, Brazil, and Chile; * The Premier League clubs, such as Manchester United, Manchester City, Arsenal, Chelsea, and more; * Profiles of soccer's greatest players, past, present and future, as well as winning, losing and controversial managers; * All of the most important historic and recent results and statistics. The book tells the fascinating story of the game's origins and its circuitous evolution around the world into the game we know and love today. FIFA and simplified rules are included.The Complete Book of Football has 320 pages packed with hundreds of photographs; league and club profiles; player biographies; facts and statistics; coverage of all of the world's major championships; and much more. It is essential for all football fans and no library should be without a copy. Exceptional value, too good to pass up.