Football Books

  • Leading - Hardback - 9781473621176 - Alex Ferguson
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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.
  • ASMGN
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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victory, assesses both the players who made the final squad and those who lost out and, with the help of previously unpublished photographs, provides a unique chronicle of professional football over fifty years ago.
  • ALOYO
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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.
  • AOKPD
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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.
  • APDEU
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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.
  • ABTJX
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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?
  • AQIFY
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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.
  • BSZLW
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    A yearbook of both domestic and international football in Europe during the 2017/2018 season. Includes full line-ups and statistics for the international matches played by all 55 UEFA countries together with 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 and top goalscorers for each country, results of every top division game and a final League table for the past season, information about each National Cup Final, player listings for the top division clubs and some other statistics. Finally, this book contains full line-ups statistics for every game played in the UEFA Champions League and the UEFA Europa League 2017/2018.
  • BLNLR
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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.
  • AXJGC
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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.
  • BGZIQ
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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.
  • BRZKE
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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.
  • BWMBN
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    The Official History of the FIFA World Cup Book, revised and updated to include a full report on the outstanding FIFA World Cup 2018 Russia, is an authoritative and comprehensive review of the 21 FIFA World Cups to have taken place since the inaugural tournament in 1930. Packed with stunning photography, exclusive interviews of the biggest stars of each edition, unique official documents and statistics, it is a must read football fans worldwide. In this unique book you can read the stories behind the scenes, as well as the events and the most famous incidents. It features the biggest stars and many previously unknown ones too, all with a unique global point of view.
  • BUZWA
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    All About Pressing in Soccer provides a detailed look at the history, theory, and practice of pressing in soccer. With this comprehensive resource, the coach and player will improve their understanding of the game, making them stronger and more successful as a coach or player. Beginning with a look at the history of pressing, the reader will gain background knowledge crucial for understanding the theory behind pressing, which is presented in the following section. Once the reader understands the why and the how of pressing, he will be able to use the practical techniques presented in the third section. With this book, the reader, whether a coach or a player, will have all the tools necessary to implement a strong pressing tactic in the game, giving them that necessary edge over their opponents.
  • AHYYL
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    Liverpool Football Club is England's most successful club with eight European cup victories (five in the European Cup, three in the Fairs/UEFA Cup), plus 18 League titles, 15 FA Charity/Community Shields, eight League Cups, seven FA Cups and three UEFA Super Cups. The club's home ground, Anfield, is populated by of some the most famous and knowledgeable fans in the world. The Treasures of Liverpool FC celebrates this great club in a unique way, comprising a running history of the club, features of Liverpool FC greats and a portable museum in the shape of more than 60 items of memorabilia, some of which are removable mementoes. Co-written by a veteran Liverpool Echo journalist and the curator of the Anfield Museum, in association the club and fully authorised, this book is the perfect addition to the shelves of every Koppite.
  • BXJTI
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    'While the beautiful game has taught me a lot, becoming King of the Jungle got me thinking ... I've had quite a life outside of football too. THE WORLD ACCORDING TO HARRY is my take on the important things -- from what makes true team spirit and not forgetting your East End roots, to the joys of jam roly-poly and knowing how lucky I am to have met a girl like Sandra. I can't claim to be clued up on showbiz, but I'm certainly not short of a story or two. I went from causing mayhem at school to the heights of the premiership to lying in a coffin with a load of rats on national television. Life has its high points and there are always rough patches, but I'm still loving every minute. These are my lessons, laughs and legendary tales from my time in football but also as an ordinary bloke who can't even work a pressure washer properly.'
  • AUZFP
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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.
  • AUQKF
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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.
  • BQGDA
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    The Beautiful Badge tells the fascinating story behind the UK's football club badges, from 1860s hand-embroidered symbols on home-knitted jerseys to today's multi-million pound brands. The book not only covers hammers, cannon and Liver birds but also reveals the link between Peterhead FC and Viz comic; which TV celebrity designed Aldershot Town FC's badge; and whose GBP10 doodle became the opposition's badge. Some clubs have sported ten or more different badges over the decades, ranging from their town's coat of arms to cartoon insects and initials. Promotion, moving to a new stadium or an owner with controversial views often results in a new badge. The book plots the influence of fashion, technology and fans, and investigates the tensions between clubs and supporters over changes to their beloved badge. Do you know why your club's badge looks the way it does? The Beautiful Badge is essential reading for football enthusiasts, historians, designers and anyone who enjoys putting their feet up in the boot room.
  • BSXRH
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    In 1943 The West Point basketball team, the Cadets, had only managed a 5-10 record, and for the 1944 season coach Ed Kelleher's hopes in reversing Army's fortunes rested on his five starters. They consisted of three seniors - team captain "Big Ed" Christl, John "Three Star" Hennessey, and class president Bobby Faas - and two juniors, Dale Hall and Doug Kenna. At the academy, Kelleher molded his cadets into a new kind of team, and, as the new season opened in January of 1944, Kelleher's strategy paid handsome dividends. By the end of January, West Point was 6-0; by the end of February, the team boasted a 13-0 record. Of course, during those weeks, it only took a glance at the newspaper headlines to be reminded that there were far bigger contests than intercollegiate basketball afoot in the winter of 1944. The cadets would not be able to play in the NIT or NCAA national tournaments for a likely national championship. The world was at war, and the U.S. Army needed its finest on the front line more than on the court. Just after their incredible basketball battles ended, the three seniors were about to enter other battles. Hennessey endured months of front-line fighting, battling from the waist-deep snow of Alsatian forests to the bombed-out rubble of German cities. Christl, a fearless forward observer for his field artillery battalion, made it all the way to Austria, where he would lose his life in the final week of the war in Europe. Three months later, Faas was shot down over Japan and forced to bail out over the Pacific Ocean. Coach Kelleher would die overseas on his own special assignment with the Army. In the years that followed, the Army's basketball team would never again have a chance to again play in the NCAA tournament and, in the modern era, few remember West Point's perfect 1944 season. Although West Point's home basketball court is named the Edward C. Christl Arena, and the National Invitational Tournament's trophy is named after his coach, Edward A. Kelleher, too few people fully appreciate why. But after reading Their Greatest Season, they will.
  • BTAKO
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    "I came like a hero. I left like a legend." Zlatan Ibrahimovic From Malmo, to becoming the Ligue 1's highest ever goal scorer with Paris Saint-Germain, before on further triumph at Manchester United. ZLATAN IS FOOTBALL!
  • BRQRO
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    'It's been the basis of my work since 1971. It's the internet between covers' John Motson 'The definitive chronicle of changing times for so many who love the sport' Ian Herbert, Daily Mail 'The Yearbook stands for authority and integrity' Martin Tyler 'The first reference book you should turn to' Daily Telegraph The Football Yearbook 2018-2019 in association with The Sun is the market-leading book of football statistics, featuring 1,056 fact-filled pages with everything you need to know about domestic and international football. This 49th edition of the football bible brings you all the Premier League, Football League, Champions League, Europa League and World Cup facts and figures. It never fails to deliver with unrivalled stats and information including a comprehensive season-by-season players' directory with an invaluable A-Z of all entries; the most informed stats for English, and Scottish league and cup matches and English and Scottish important dates at home and abroad for the 2018-2019 season. As ever, this is the first reference book you should turn to.
  • BRHVN
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    Why does football matter so much? Why is the mood of those who support it tethered to the performance or the results of their team? Why do people, otherwise intelligent and rational, become compulsively passionate about it? And why, more than ever before, do we identify the success of cities - as they identify themselves - through their football club? Over the course of a year, Duncan will unpack the reasons why football is always more than just a game, and far from nostalgia this is a modern book for the modern reader. The landscape has changed so much, and football fans have never had it so good. Part memoir, part polemic, Duncan will explore why the mood of those who support football are tethered to the performance of their team, intercut with judicious slices of memoir and reminiscences about the players managers of his past, including everyone from Ramsey to Stein, Paisley to Daglish; Lineker to Shilton, Gullitt to Maradona and Cryuff and Gascoigne, Clough.
  • BSAJY
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    The Ultimate Encyclopedia of Football is the ultimate celebration of the most popular sport on the planet. This comprehensive and fully illustrated book is written by one of the world's leading football writers and describes the history and development of the game, its legendary players, clubs and international teams, notable coaches and stadia. There is also in-depth information on the major competitions at both national and club levels. Each entry comes with graphical statistical information to show the greatest achievements of each player, club or nation. It even includes the action and results of the 2017/18 season and the 2018 FIFA World Cup.