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    1. Against the Odds: Riding for My Life
    by JerryBailey
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    Asin: 0399152733
    Catlog: Book (2005-04-21)
    Publisher: Putnam Adult
    Sales Rank: 5374
    Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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    A remarkable narrative of failure and redemption, the fiercely candid autobiography of the world's greatest jockey, depicting not only the intenseinside story of professional racing but his greatest victory of all-against himself.

    I had hit bottom. My descent into alcoholism had been slow, but now I was lying at the bottom of the ocean, searching for a ray of light. I needed to breathe again. I needed to live again. . . . It was up to me.

    He is considered the leading rider of his era, one of the greatest jockeys ever to break from the starting gate. He has won every major race there is, and then won it again; set earnings and stakes records; and entered the Racing Hall of Fame. But none of it was possible until he defeated his demons.

    Astonishingly frank and vividly detailed, Against the Odds chronicles the making of both a man and a champion: the years of drinking, cruelty, anger, despair; the moment of truth, with the help of his wife, Suzee; the dramatic rise to the top. It takes us into the racing world as only someone who has lived it can-the joys and dangers, the adrenaline highs and controversies, from the stables to the stretch drive. It is a new classic of the literature.
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    5-0 out of 5 stars No Formula Here
    This isn't the story of a great jockey. That would be pretty formula. This is the story of a jockey who somehow beat the odds to achieve greatness. That's what makes it a great book. Somewhat like "My Fractured Life", "It's Not About the Bike" and "The Secret Life of Bees", this is an amazing story that celebrates the flawed heroes among us and takes the reader's emotions for a ride that few have experienced and you can't help celebrating.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Great to the Finish
    There are two books that I had been hearing a lot about and so I ordered them. One of those books was Against the Odds by Jerry Bailey. The other book was My Fractured Life by Rikki Lee Travolta. Of the two, My Fractured Life immediately jumped to the lead in the race of favorites. Against the Odds is a strong contender in its own right though and ran a strong second. It has strength of spirit and courage over addiction that makes it lift off the page. It was a nice Perfecta of weekend reading. Other recent considerations included Simon Lazarus, Nightmares Echo, Mermaid Chair, The Glass Castle, and Smashed. ... Read more

    2. Fever Pitch
    by Nick Hornby
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    Asin: 1573226882
    Catlog: Book (1998-03-01)
    Publisher: Riverhead Books
    Sales Rank: 6680
    Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars
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    In the States, Nick Hornby is best know as the author of High Fidelity and About a Boy, two wickedly funny novels about being thirtysomething and going nowhere fast. In Britain he is revered for his status as a fanatical football writer (sorry, fanatical soccer writer), owing to Fever Pitch--which is both an autobiography and a footballing Bible rolled into one. Hornby pinpoints 1968 as his formative year--the year he turned 11, the year his parents separated, and the year his father first took him to watch Arsenal play. The author quickly moved "way beyond fandom" into an extreme obsession that has dominated his life, loves, and relationships. His father had initially hoped that Saturday afternoon matches would draw the two closer together, but instead Hornby became completely besotted with the game at the expense of any conversation: "Football may have provided us with a new medium through which we could communicate, but that was not to say that we used it, or what we chose to say was necessarily positive." Girlfriends also played second fiddle to one ball and 11 men. He fantasizes that even if a girlfriend "went into labor at an impossible moment" he would not be able to help out until after the final whistle.

    Fever Pitch is not a typical memoir--there are no chapters, just a series of match reports falling into three time frames (childhood, young adulthood, manhood). While watching the May 2, 1972, Reading v. Arsenal match, it became embarrassingly obvious to the then 15-year-old that his white, suburban, middle-class roots made him a wimp with no sense of identity: "Yorkshire men, Lancastrians, Scots, the Irish, blacks, the rich, the poor, even Americans and Australians have something they can sit in pubs and bars and weep about." But a boy from Maidenhead could only dream of coming from a place with "its own tube station and West Indian community and terrible, insoluble social problems."

    Fever Pitch reveals the very special intricacies of British football, which readers new to the game will find astonishing, and which Hornby presents with remarkable humor and honesty--the "unique" chants sung at matches, the cold rain-soaked terraces, giant cans of warm beer, the trains known as football specials carrying fans to and from matches in prisonlike conditions, bottles smashing on the tracks, thousands of policemen waiting in anticipation for the cargo of hooligans. The sport and one team in particular have crept into every aspect of Hornby's life--making him see the world through Arsenal-tinted spectacles. --Naomi Gesinger ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars Beware What This Book Might Do To You
    I've been meaning to write a review of this book for a long time, but since Nick Hornby reawakened in me many of my childhood sports fan obsessions when I read it for the first time in 1999, I've been too busy. Not only did "Fever Pitch" remind me how irrationally and how much I loved my own hometown team (the heartbreaking Boston Red Sox) but he turned me into a fan of English football and his own Arsenal Gunners to the point where I follow them daily on ESPN's soccernet, LISTEN (!?) to them on internet radio broadcasts and have even gone to two games in London over the past two years. It's sick really, and I suppose it's not the kind of thing Hornby would have wanted when he wrote this quintessential memoir of growing up a soccer fan in England, but I've enjoyed it

    "Fever Pitch" is an obsessive's tale as much as it is a fan's story, and so should appeal to the same wide audience that enjoys his excellent novels (It was my love for "High Fidelity" that sent me straight to this book). It is a memoir of surprising depth considering how it is organized only by the dates of soccer matches between 1968 and 1991, and it makes perfect sense that Hornby, or any true fan, should see the rest of his life (parents' divorce, his own education, romantic and career trouble) primarily as it relates to the team he spends so much time, money and psychic energy on.

    The irony, for me, was finding out after I read "Fever Pitch" for the first time that Arsenal was one of the top teams of the last decade in England, so Hornby at least gets to feel the joy that we Red Sox fans are still waiting for. Sure, we're ecstatic the Pats won the Super Bowl, but our lives will change forever when Boston brings home the World Series. But after "Fever Pitch," I'll remember to laugh like the rest of the world laughs when American sports leagues crown their title-holders "world" champions.

    5-0 out of 5 stars For sports fans, obsessives, and everyone else
    I assume this book would be a joyous, justifying experience for a devoted fan of any sport - "I'm not alone!" - and I can assure you that it's a fun, educational read for someone who has no interest in any sport. It's a look at the way fanship can be created by, and in turn create, a person's life, and as such should be required reading both for fans themselves and for the people who can't understand them. In other words, if you completely understand why an important win could turn your entire life around, or why you would have to miss your sister's wedding if it coincided with a game, Fever Pitch is for you. And if you don't understand this at all, the book is also for you.

    Now, having said that, there are a few problems with this book for Americans who don't know much about football. (You know, soccer, not American rules football.) If you don't know thing one about the game, you can still read the book, but you won't understand big chunks of it. Hornby either never expected this book to be published in America, or he can't imagine an audience that isn't intimately familiar with football argot. (And, having read the book, I'm betting on the latter.) So you'll need either to read a book about football before you read Fever Pitch, or to have on call a person who knows football. As it happens, I had both. I read the decent book The Miracle of Castel Di Sangro before Fever Pitch, so I knew about, for example, relegation and promotion. And I happen to know a person who watches football. And still I didn't get everything; what the heck is the Arsenal offside trap? What was the Ibrox disaster? (Double whammy, since apparently it also happened before I was born.) What's the penalty spot? I don't know, and Hornby didn't take the time to tell me. So - not perhaps the best book to introduce you to football.

    Still, this a fascinating book, a book that contains a wealth of self-knowledge for the obsessed and astonishing revelations for everyone else. Read it. If nothing else, you'll learn that the person in your life that you thought was as obsessed with team X as it is possible to be is merely a fly-by-night fan.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Fever Pitch by Nick Hornby is one of the best football books
    Fever Pitch by Nick Hornby is one of the best football books around. But it is about much more than football, it gives a rare glimpse into the psyche of the British football fan. In his book, football is a metaphor for all aspects of life, romance, family, and career. Hornby¡¦s amusing narratives perfectly encapsulate the unique relationship a football fan has with their favorite team. Even as a Manchester United fan I find it fascinating to read about his obsession with and dedication to Arsenal.
    At the most superficial level, this book provides a very detail account of Arsenal from the late 60s through the beginning of the 90s, and the increasingly violent behavior by football fans during the late 70s and early 80s, and the negative impact it had on his feelings for the games.
    Hornby describes vividly how his life was related to Arsenal's achievements. When Arsenal was doing good, Hornby was doing good. When Arsenal was having an off-season, Hornby fell into depression. It is interesting to observe the development of Hornby's obsession, because it can happen to anyone. With the backdrop of his often witty accounts of Arsenal games, Hornby talks about how his life evolves with his family, his girlfriend, and his students. Football is like a common world language, and Hornby uses it to interact with his students. And watching football with his father was one the highlights of his childhood.
    Every game has an analogy in life for the football fan. For Hornby, a tight game ending in defeat is a painful reminder of a break with his girlfriend.
    While this obsession with football is almost innate, sometimes Hornby felt immature, especially when he was unable to control his overwhelming passion for the game in front of his students.
    In humorous pros Hornby highlights how football and life come together on the pitch and is definitely worthy of reading.

    4-0 out of 5 stars black and white and read all over
    This is a cool book, and a very good book, but a tiny little "je ne sais quoi" keeps me from giving it that last and final fifth star.

    To summarize the book superficially in a sentence, it's an autobiographical retelling, in a very witty first-person voice, of the author's (London journalist Nick Hornby) lifelong love of soccer and his passion for the English pro soccer team Arsenal (which plays in London). Thrown in are side stories about his boyhood, his relationship with his parents, and his posse of friends, love interests, and workmates who either do or don't share his love of the sport.

    One problem for North Americans is that this is a truly English book, in that it contains tons of references to little villages in England, little UK customs, judgments and descriptions of London neighborhoods, etc., that left me feeling like a Yankee hick who'd never left the trailer park. Indeed, that is my problem and not the author's, but North Americans who don't know English culture well will feel lost at times.

    Another problem is that the book, like the TV show "Seinfeld," isn't really about anything. Sure, there's a lot of chatter about soccer, but not in any sort of methodical or educative way. It's basically a willfully disorganized diary about 20 years in the life of a clever, witty Englishman (from about age 10 to about age 30) who allows soccer to dominate his worldview and, alas, his whole life. It comes down to the amusing musings of a 30-something Londoner, which makes the book fascinating but not monumental.

    The obsession with soccer is the strength and the weakness of the work. If you want to learn about English pro soccer, you will be disappointed. If you want to learn first-hand, from a very imaginative and clever soul, about what it was like for one particular person to grow up soccer-mad in southeastern England the 1970's and 1980's and how it impacted the rest of his life, then this is the book for you.

    I'm a big fan of Nick Hornby, and a better book of his, and a better "starter book" for him, is "High Fidelity."

    2-0 out of 5 stars Painfully, painfully boring
    This book was extremely pointless. Since each entry is a memory, they are written like them so they don't have an insteresting story-telling narrative. Also, some of the entries were just how the game was played and who won, with absolutely nothing interesting to say. And that for 300 pages, completely redundant. This book has no beginning, middle, or end. Just entry after entry of complete pointlessness. Now, it may be because I am not interested in sports, but this is just a football (soccor) journal and nothing more. Hornby was able to shove in a little bit of angst and childhood problems, but it is not nearly significant enough to keep the reader interested.

    Though the book had some very funny parts, it doesn't make up for the ennui I experienced while reading this book. You know, they made a movie out a this.....HOW?!! It barely works as a piece of fiction or reference book...but a movie?! Jesus. I'm sorry but this was one of the most boring books I've ever read. ... Read more

    3. How Soccer Explains the World : An Unlikely Theory of Globalization
    by Franklin Foer
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    Asin: 0066212340
    Catlog: Book (2004-07-01)
    Publisher: HarperCollins
    Sales Rank: 1795
    Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars
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    The global power of soccer might be a little hard for Americans, living in a country that views the game with the same skepticism used for the metric system and the threat of killer bees, to grasp fully. But in Europe, South America, and elsewhere, soccer is not merely a pastime but often an expression of the social, economic, political, and racial composition of the communities that host both the teams and their throngs of enthusiastic fans. New Republic editor Franklin Foer, a lifelong devotee of soccer dating from his own inept youth playing days to an adulthood of obsessive fandom, examines soccer's role in various cultures as a means of examining the reach of globalization. Foer's approach is long on soccer reportage, providing extensive history and fascinating interviews on the Rangers-Celtic rivalry and the inner workings of AC Milan, and light on direct discussion of issues like world trade and the exportation of Western culture. But by creating such a compelling narrative of soccer around the planet, Foer draws the reader into these sport-mad societies, and subtly provides the explanations he promises in chapters with titles like "How Soccer Explains the New Oligarchs", "How Soccer Explains Islam's Hope", and "How Soccer Explains the Sentimental Hooligan." Foer's own passion for the game gives his book an infectious energy but still pales in comparison to the religious fervor of his subjects. His portraits of legendary hooligans in Serbia and Britain, in particular, make the most die-hard roughneck New York Yankees fan look like a choirboy in comparison. Beyond the thugs, Foer also profiles Nigerian players living in the Ukraine, Iranian women struggling against strict edicts to attend matches, and the parallel worlds of Brazilian soccer and politics from which Pele emerged and returned. Foer posits that globalization has eliminated neither local cultural identities nor violent hatred among fans of rival teams, and it has not washed out local businesses in a sea of corporate wealth nor has it quelled rampant local corruption. Readers with an interest in international economics are sure to like How Soccer Explains the World, but soccer fans will love it. --John Moe ... Read more

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    3-0 out of 5 stars This is very familiar ground
    Foer is an excellent writer, and for those who aren't familiar with the history of the sport this is an excellent introduction. For those who are already well-read on football, much of this will be too familiar. The religious and political context of the Celtic v. Rangers rivalry, the laughable corruption of Brazilian football, and basically every other story in this book has already been covered by other writers. Though the globalization theme tries to bring a new perspective to these old stories, it just feels gimmicky. If you've already read Simon Kuper's FOOTBALL AGAINST THE ENEMY you'll regret spending your money here. If you haven't read Kuper's book, but you're interested in the sport, buy it immediately. This is light reading designed for those who know nothing about the sport's history. For those looking for more depth and more entertainment, skip this and go straight to Kuper, David Winner's BRILLIANT ORANGE, and Alex Bellos' FUTEBOL: SOCCER, THE BRAZILIAN WAY. All three are excellent, entertaining, and provide more insight into the topics Foer touches on. To summarize: the typical American reader with limited soccer knowledge will enjoy this, those with real interest in the subject would do well to move on to more meaty fare.

    3-0 out of 5 stars This is well-trod ground
    Foer is an excellent writer, but for football fans who read a lot about the sport, much of this will seem overly familiar. Though he does his best to bring a new perspective to these stories, his focus on globalization still ends up feeling gimmicky. The religious and political aspects of the Celtic v. Rangers rivalry, the ludicrous corruption of Brazilian football, and many of the other stories here have been well-covered by writers like Simon Kuper, Alex Bellos and others. While I think Foer's name and reputation might help introduce non-fans to some of football's fascinating history--and that's a good thing--football fans who are well-read on the topic will wonder why Foer bothered writing what's already been written. For an introduction to the history of the sport, this isn't bad at all, but Kuper's book is better. Those who are truly interested should skip this and read Kuper's FOOTBALL AGAINST THE ENEMY, David Winner's BRILLIANT ORANGE, and Alex Bellos's FUTEBOL: SOCCER, THE BRAZILIAN WAY. This is not a bad book, but there's nothing new here and other writers have said it better.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Game Tours
    This is a strong work. Like J.C. Hallman's "The Chess Artist" for Chess and Stephan Fatsis' "Word Freak" for Scrabble, Foer goes on a world tour via soccer that ultimately says more about the world than it does about soccer, addressing things like peoples' tendency to obsess, exhibiting a cult-like fascination with games and sports. Soccer is the vehicle here, and the book is well worth its world-wide ride.

    5-0 out of 5 stars YOU CAN'T PUT IT DOWN
    The reviews will tell you how insightful this book is, and how much it has to say about the way we live now. All of that is very true. But what distinguishes this book is how damned entertaining it is. Foer's chapters---each takes place in a different part of the world, and uses soccer to address a different aspect of globilzation---are suspensful, and often hilarious. The is the perfect book for a long plane flight, or a rainy afternoon, or a day on the beach. I loved it.

    5-0 out of 5 stars A great book!
    This book is one of the most keen, interesting, and breathtaking reports on our world. While, you have to understand and like soccer to really enjoy the book, even for non-soccer fans, it will be an unforgettable experience. ... Read more

    4. Great Soccer Drills : The Baffled Parent's Guide
    by ThomasFleck, Ronald W. Quinn
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    Asin: 007138488X
    Catlog: Book (2002-06-25)
    Publisher: International Marine/Ragged Mountain Press
    Sales Rank: 15902
    Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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    A games-based alternative to tedious rote exercises, guaranteed to keep practices fun, engaging, and productive

    Great Soccer Drills provides soccer coaches with a great way to make every soccer practice active, fun, and productive. Coaches get 125 games guaranteed to keep kids moving and excited while teaching them basic skills, sharpening their reflexes, and building their confidence and decision-making ability. Written by two of North America's foremost names in youth soccer coaching, it also includes guidelines on how to create just the right blend of drills to hold the attention of six- to twelve-year-old players.

    Great Soccer Drills can be used in conjunction with the bestselling Coaching Youth Soccer: A Baffled Parent's Guide or as an excellent stand-alone resource for spicing up any practice.

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    5-0 out of 5 stars Comprehensive, not just drills
    As a great follow-on to the original "Baffled Parent" beginner book from Bobby Clark, this one is much more than just practice games. It contains the type of wisdom you will hear in the USSF "D" and NCSAA Regional Diploma courses, so that the novice coach has more to go on than simply doing some game because it's in the book. It should help him/her to structure practices that make the players think, keep them active, and work towards a theme. It goes beyond telling them not to do the three "L"s (laps, lines, lectures) and gives them some tools so they know what they should do instead. I'm buying 150 of them for the coaches in our rec program. Also recommend the McAvoy and Luxbacher books.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Great stuff!
    Don't let the title fool you. This is a great book for coaches who want to have fun at their practices and games that teach skills. Use the games at the beginning of practice and the kids will have fun, pay attention and improve. ... Read more

    5. The Champion Within
    by Brett Whitesell
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    Asin: 1887791078
    Catlog: Book (1999-08-01)
    Publisher: JTC Sports
    Sales Rank: 20600
    Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars
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    The most comprehensive book on women's soccer ever compiled. Contributions come from every member of the World Cup Champion U.S. Women's National Team, including Michelle Akers, Brandi Chastain, Briana Scurry and a foreword by Mia Hamm. ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars Graduate Studies
    Absolutely the best book I've ever read on coaching. This is not soccer 101. It's 451G. I found things in the Psychological Section that I've never seen anywhere else. Dittos for the chapter on Reserves(Subs). The sideboxes, written by the leaders in the sport, really add a personal touch that any young player should be able to relate to. Absolute must read for any player that is serious about the game.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Wanna be a better coach? This book is "the one."
    Didja see "The Matrix"? When Neo saves Trinity from the helicopter crash, and then the Operator says, "He is the one." That's how I felt about this book. Every page has useful information. How to be competitive. Sports psychology. Fitness drills. Tactics. Inspiring quotes from current and previous National Team members. Practical information on sports injuries. An essay on how to watch a soccer game (an important skill in itself for developing players). On and on. I lost sleep reading this book. Probably 30-40% of this book is appropriate for a player or coach in any sport, but there is plenty of soccer-specific information also. I am very happy with my purchase.

    5-0 out of 5 stars A great insight into the National Team's training model
    The most insightful book on what makes or made the US Womans National Team such a success. Great read for Club Directors and Coaches alike to develop their own program based on a proven training model.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Outstanding For All Soccer Coaches
    Read this over a year ago and re-read recently. In concert with Anson Dorrance's Training Soccer Champions, this is really a terrific book for all soccer coaches - men and women. Very inspirational and informative.

    5-0 out of 5 stars The Greatest Soccer Book Ever
    Lauren Gregg's "The Champion Within" is filled with realistic knowledge about how to become the best soccer player you can be. This nonfiction book contains inspiring insights from current and previous National Team members. Lauren uses experts in each field to handle ever aspect of the game of soccer. It is also full of special lessons for the athlete and coach. The champions reveal their secrets, how they organized their training and the challenges they overcame along the way. Every page has useful information, like how to be competitive, sports psychology, fitness drills, and tactics. Carin Jennings Gabarra's describes the quatlities of a champion, "A champion is someone who trains when no one is watching," (Gregg xvii). This is just one of many inspiring quotes writen by the leaders in the sport, which really add a personal touch that any young player should be able to relate to. Lauren's belief, and the premise behind successful teams,is that players have a responsibitlity for their own developlement. In her book she provides essential information about training that can be done on your own. It is a comprehensive and innovative soccer training book, desighed specifically for the athlete. The theme is about taking responsibility for perosnal development, that the ability and responsibility for greatness rests with the individual player.
    For me this book was hard to put down. I lost sleep over this book. "The Champion Within" is by far the best instructional and inspirational guide to the game of soccer I have ever read. It lets you know that with hard work and dedication you can achieve you goals no matter how high they may be. The book also lets you know what kind of hard work and dedication you must have depending on what you are striving for. I will remember and apply the information in this book in my daily life. I cannot think of one thing I would change from how Lauren Gregg constructed this book. For me, it is absolutely perfect in every aspect.
    If you are serious about playing or caoching soccer this is a must read. Probably 30-40% fo this book is appropriate for a player of caoch in any spor, but there is definately plenty of soccer-specific information also. "The Champion Within" is a book for the individuals who are willing to work hard to succeed. This book enpowers players to organize their environments, make approriate choices and understand the scope of what is involed in training for excellence.Lauren Gregg's "The Champion Within" is filled with realistic knowledge about how to become the best soccer player you can be. This nonfiction book contains inspiring insights from current and previous National Team members. Lauren uses experts in each field to handle every aspect of the game of soccer. It is also full of special lessons for the athlete and coach. The champions reveal their secrets, how they organized their training and the challenges they overcame along the way. Every page has useful information, like how to be competitive, sports psychology, fitness drills, and tactics. Carin Jennings Gabarra describes the qualities of a champion; "A champion is someone who trains when no one is watching," (Gregg xvii). This is just one of many inspiring quotes written by the leaders in the sport, which really add a personal touch that any young player should be able to relate to. Lauren's belief, and the premise behind successful teams, is that players have a responsibility for their own development. In her book she provides essential information about training that can be done on your own. It is a comprehensive and innovative soccer training book, designed specifically for the athlete. The theme is about taking responsibility for personal development, that the ability and responsibility for greatness rests with the individual player.
    For me, this book was hard to put down. "The Champion Within" is by far the best instructional and inspirational guide to the game of soccer I have ever read. It lets you know that with hard work and dedication you can achieve you goals no matter how high they may be. I will remember and apply the information in this book in my daily life. I cannot think of one thing I would change from how Lauren Gregg constructed this book. For me, it is absolutely perfect in every aspect.
    If you are serious about playing or coaching soccer, "The Champion Within" is a must read. Probably 30-40% of this book is appropriate for a player or coach in any sport, but there is definitely plenty of soccer-specific information also. "The Champion Within" is a book for the individuals who are willing to work hard to succeed. This book enpowers players to organize their environments, make appropriate choices and understand the scope of what is involved in training for excellence. ... Read more

    6. Coaching Youth Soccer: A Baffled Parent's Guide
    by BobbyClark
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    Asin: 0071346082
    Catlog: Book (1999-07-19)
    Publisher: International Marine/Ragged Mountain Press
    Sales Rank: 10893
    Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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    Written by soccer great and championship Stanford coach Bobby Clark, COACHING YOUTH SOCCER: THE BAFFLED PARENT'S GUIDE tells you how, starting at point zero, an uninitiated coach can meld kids into a team and help them enjoy one of the most rewarding experiences of their youth. (In the end, you may be the one who reaps the biggest reward, as you watch kids learn and grow in an experience they'll treasure for a lifetime.) ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars The first book you should buy on coaching soccer
    Coach Clark tells you what you need to know, and how to make your players have fun. Which is why they're playing soccer, right?

    We tried out Bobby Clark's methods starting halfway through a rather disappointing season, and saw it start to pay off within 4 weeks. Our kids stopped looking at the ball in games and started going after it instead, and they were clearly having more fun in practice. Even if you don't use exactly his drills - and he has some excellent ones - you can and should apply his philosophy.

    This is a good book for anyone's soccer library, but is particularly helpful for new coaches and coaches of younger players.

    5-0 out of 5 stars A fantastic start!
    Bobby Clark should write books for a living - not coach soccer. His writing style is engaging, and his grasp on a child's psych is excellent. Using this book as a guide helped us see vast improvements in our kid's skills on a weekly basis. As a first year coach (teaching first year soccer players) Coaching Youth Soccer was a life-saver!

    I've already purchased or recommended this book for three other coaches. If your baffled, you won't be for long. This is the book to start out with.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Coaching Bible!
    This should be mandatory reading for ALL youth team coaches, at all levels! This is the BIBLE for coaches...and many other youth sport coaches would gain a lot of wisdom reading Clarks ideas!!!

    5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent and fun training games!
    I had seen this book on the shelf at B/N several times, but never pulled it off the shelf, as I am not a 'Baffled Parent', but coach H.S., premier, travel soccer. I attended a clinic given by Coach Clarke, and a fellow coach showed me the book. Inside are GREAT games for kids to enjoy! This is what you're looking for, whether you're a first time coach, or a coach who wants to loosen up practice for the more serious players.

    On the back cover it states, 'Be the coach you wanted to play for'. Well here it is. Kids LOVE the games and they'll be showing up to practice running and smiling!

    5*'s aren't high enough. Also recommend the second book by Tom Fleck and Ron Quinn

    5-0 out of 5 stars Great Book
    I was drafted to coach my daughter's soccer team (1st and 2nd grade), this book has been invaluable. I played soccer in high school, thus I knew the traditional drills. I was completely unaware of all the fun games that could be used to team the sport. This is the only book you need to plan fun practices. The 6 and 7 year old kids do not get the full benefit of some of the games because they are just learning to play soccer, after all some still don't know right from left. The practice plans work very well, keeps them fun, and the kids do learn. Highly recommended. ... Read more

    7. Offside: Soccer and American Exceptionalism.
    by Andrei S. Markovits, Steven L. Hellerman
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    Asin: 069107447X
    Catlog: Book (2001-05-01)
    Publisher: Princeton University Press
    Sales Rank: 95504
    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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    Soccer is the world's favorite pastime, a passion for billions around the globe. In the United States, however, the sport is a distant also-ran behind football, baseball, basketball, and hockey. Why is America an exception? And why, despite America's leading role in popular culture, does most of the world ignore American sports in return? Offside is the first book to explain these peculiarities, taking us on a thoughtful and engaging tour of America's sports culture and connecting it with other fundamental American exceptionalisms. In so doing, it offers a comparative analysis of sports cultures in the industrial societies of North America and Europe.

    The authors argue that when sports culture developed in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, nativism and nationalism were shaping a distinctly American self-image that clashed with the non-American sport of soccer. Baseball and football crowded out the game. Then poor leadership, among other factors, prevented soccer from competing with basketball and hockey as they grew. By the 1920s, the United States was contentedly isolated from what was fast becoming an international obsession.

    The book compares soccer's American history to that of the major sports that did catch on. It covers recent developments, including the hoopla surrounding the 1994 soccer World Cup in America, the creation of yet another professional soccer league, and American women's global preeminence in the sport. It concludes by considering the impact of soccer's growing popularity as a recreation, and what the future of sports culture in the country might say about U.S. exceptionalism in general. ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars American Soccer's Missed Opportunities & Untapped Potential
    For those of you who always wondered why soccer never established itself as one of the dominant sports in America,this is your explanation.

    This is an excellent book for soccer fans, sports fans in general, and even social scientists (but you don't have to be a political sociologist to get tremendous insight out of this book).

    There are chapters on:

    Sports as Culture in Industrial Societies

    The concept of "sport space" and how both baseball and football have made it very difficult for soccer to becomone one of the "big 3" sports.

    A tantalizing set of missed opportunities in the 1920s when soccer could have established a much stronger presence. Not to mention the destructive role that college soccer, and particularly the NCAA has had from the beginning on the development of soccer.

    The modification of American "sport space" in the 2nd half of the 20th century when pro football displaced college football as the dominant form of that sport, as well as the development of the NBA and the spread of the NHL. All of these inhibited development of soccer in that era.

    The ambiguous role of the NASL and its positive and negative impact on MLS.

    The impact of the 1994 World Cup; and

    The coverage of the 1998 World Cup by the American media.

    The authors examine the American sporting structural foundations that have inhibited soccer from taking its place as a dominant pastime -- such as baseball or American football. But rather than asserting that these dominant positions of team sports "invented here" will remain for the forseeable future -- at soccer's expense -- the authors are wise to mention such factors as globalization and and latino influence in the US that may make the 21st century a more vibrant "sport space" for soccer than was the 20th.

    In short, this is an exceptional piece of sports analysis that all serious soccer fans should devour.

    5-0 out of 5 stars great but lengthy
    Be prepared that this tome has a lot of unnecessary intellectualizing (I did not get why the author used some Austrian references when, let's face facts, Austria have not been a world power in soccer since the '20s and '30s. The footnotes alone are a book in itself.

    Despite this academic approach this book is beyond brilliant in its analysis of North American sports--yes, it's not just about soccer but places soccer in the context of how it has struggled to establish itself at the pro level in North America and explains why.

    For those of us who love all four major sports . . . and soccer, it is an eye-opener to learn about how soccer was a fairly established sport in America but blew its advantage just as baseball and college football took over.

    A definite great read but could have used a better editor to slash and burn much of the lengthy overworking of some points.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Brilliantly researched, not sure about premise
    Books on American soccer (and, good grief, there aren't many to choose from, folks) tend to consist of little more than statistical abstracts or how-to-play coaching guides. Narratives tracing the game's development are few and far between, and for that reason alone we should be grateful for this book. The history of the American game is in the hands of too few people, and the story of its development (or the lack of it) is often unfamiliar to even the most devoted fan.

    If I understand Markovits's premise correctly, the reason why there is no soccer in America is because it cannot find room in America's crowded three-and-one-half sport "space." This I find hard to accept. Almost certainly, there are many reasons why soccer has never been embraced by America, "sport space" amongst them. Patriotism and xenophobia, ignorance, incompetence and lack of vision, conflicting interests, and just plain bad timing have surely made significant contributions, too. One only has to read much of what Markovits and Hellerman have written to see this.

    I really enjoyed reading this book, particularly its attempt to compare the development of soccer with that of America's other major team sports. It may be an academic work, but it's hardly excruciating to read, and its truly international perspective (rare in American sports books) makes it essential reading for anyone curious as to the game's failure to take hold in the U.S. The painstaking research and careful annotation is also worthy of mention and will be useful to future writers.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Fascinating study
    If you're not enamored of academic language, consider this fair warning: It's loaded with it. But this book is one of those rare cases in which wading through the jargon is worth it. The two scholars involved use the tools of the academy to great effect here, explaining the role of sports in creating an American identity. American football and baseball weren't blatant attempts at nation-building (unlike, say, Irish football and hurling), but they served that purpose quite well.

    This is indeed a powerful read for non-soccer fans as well. Ivory tower-dwellers drawn by the "American Exceptionalism" part of the title will get an eye-opening look at sports and American life.

    Oh -- and soccer fans will consider it a good read as well, especially if you're curious about the game's history in the U.S.

    5-0 out of 5 stars For the couch potato with the active mind
    If you're puzzled about why the country that dominates every other aspect of popular culture -- from fast food through Hollywood movies to rock 'n' roll -- lags behind the rest of the globe when it comes to the world's most popular mass sport, this is the book to read.

    Andy Markovits dispenses in short order with all the cliches you've heard the sports pundits offer up by way of "explanation" for why soccer has not (yet) caught on in the U.S.: It's NOT because Americans are impatient with low-scoring games, or because kicking a ball down a field lacks strategy or skill, or because there's something about soccer that's incompatible with the American "character."

    The real explanation has to do with the history of mass sports -- how marketers in both Europe and America took games played by gentlemen on college campuses or in local amateur clubs and turned them into popular, professional competition for paying (and, since television, watching) fans. It's not the "soccer moms" and Little League dads who determine whether a sport takes off: it's the franchises who organize consumption for the couch potatoes.

    Markovits shows how the market for mass sports was already carved up among baseball, American football, and basketball when soccer tried to take root here. He doesn't downplay the growth areas that do exist for soccer in the U.S. -- in women's competition (where the U.S. leads), in colleges, and among new immigrants. But he's realistic about what it would take (such as a US team making it to the finals in a World Cup match) for soccer to break into America's already crowded "sports space."

    One of the great things about this book is the author's enthuasiasm for ALL manner of sports. Andy Markovits is a big-time soccer fan, but he also loves to watch NFL and Big Ten football, NBA and NCAA basketball, the Yankees and the World Series. Because he understands what's exciting and graceful about all these games, he's able to dismiss all the anti-American and anti-European prejudices that dominate discussions about comparing sports.

    In this book, you'll not only learn about the history of soccer; you'll also learns some things that Ken Burns didn't get around to telling you about baseball, or about why we can "blame Harvard" for writing the rules that made American football differ from its English cousins (rugby and "Association football" or soccer). ... Read more

    8. Soccer for Dummies
    by MichaelLewis, AlexiLalas
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    Asin: 0764552295
    Catlog: Book (2000-05-17)
    Publisher: For Dummies
    Sales Rank: 59625
    Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars
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    “Entertaining, very informative, and essential for parents, fans, and players.”
    —Tony DiCicco, Head Coach, 1999 Women’s Cup Champions

    “Two thumbs up.... This book will broaden your knowledge of the game.”
    —Ron Newman, all-time winningest American Soccer Coach

    “This book will help people to understand why soccer is the world’s sport and why we love it so much.”
    —Tiffeny Milbrett, Forward, U.S. Women’s National Team

    “Fans will love it, and those who want to become fans will devour it.”
    —Bob Ley, ESPN/ABC Broadcaster

    Simplicity alone doesn’t explain soccer’s enormous popularity worldwide. Soccer is a game that can be as frustrating as golf, as physical as football and hockey, as sporadic as baseball, and as graceful as basketball. It can also be addictive. Whether you are a youth league player, a soccer parent, or a World Cup fan, here, at last, is the book you’ve been waiting for. Written by New York Daily News soccer columnist Michael Lewis with the full support and participation of the United States Soccer Federation, Soccer For Dummies shows you how to:

    • Get a handle on soccer rules and regulations
    • Learn the basic moves and plays
    • Improve dribbling, passing, and other basic skills
    • Find a league to play in
    • Coach kids effectively
    • Get more out of the game as a spectator

    Featuring expert tips from U.S. Men’s and Women’s National Soccer Team stars and packed with hundreds of action photos and illustrations, Soccer For Dummies is the ultimate beginner’s guide to the sport. You’ll discover:

    • The where and wear of soccer
    • Laws of the game
    • Footwork, passing, shooting, receiving, goal tending, and other game fundamentals
    • Staying in soccer shape
    • Teamwork and strategy
    • Coaching youth soccer
    • Everything the informed spectator should know
    • The current state of soccer at all levels from youth leagues to geriatric leagues

    Get Soccer For Dummies and get the lowdown on the world’s most popular sport from some of its most celebrated players. ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars Great intro
    This is a book, especially for parents who are trying to figure out the game and people who'd like to learn more about it.

    1-0 out of 5 stars A complete waste of time
    This is the first time I have reviewed a book for Amazon. I am doing this because I consider this book to be 100% garbage.

    If you are looking for a book full of annoying cross references (i.e. see page 118; see page 73) and for a book which repeats the same quotes or phrases in different chapters (was there really no editor?) BUY THIS BOOK.

    Also, if you are looking for cheap tid-bits and trivia about the US women's soccer team (was it really necessary to write three times about one female ripping her shirt off after a goal?) BUT THIS BOOK.

    If you want to have a general overview about the rules of Soccer but want nothing of strategy, technique, training, then BUY THIS BOOK. (or why not just go to the FIFA website and download the same rules which make up 50% of this book)

    But if you want to learn how to play or coach soccer, forget it. This book is a COMPLETE waste of time.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent intro for newcomers; solid content for veterans
    Carries on the excellent tradition of the "for dummies" books: offers solid content and information for veteran soccer afficionados while organized as a well-written, well rounded introduction for the novice. Gives comprehensive overviews about all aspects of the game -- rules, strategies, the world of professional soccer (the leagues, tournaments, events), as well as an excellent history of the game and its development. It's refreshing to see a book for newcomers that doesn't strip things down - there is a wealth of well-researched information here that is useful for the experienced fan or participant.

    1-0 out of 5 stars terrible...some basics but no tactics
    If you have never played soccer this book might be 'just' OK for you. The book gives some basics of the game but then completely skips tactics and goes into all the different league types in the USA and the 10 best world players and than 10 best US players and then does reviews of certain great games. But once it lists the basics it misses tactics and goes straight to soccer History. If you play the game try the 'usborne soccer school' booklets instead. They're short but at least well written. I've bought 10 'For Dummies' books and have never been disappointed till now!

    This is the best soccer guide I've found yet! It begins with basics (rules, positions, equipment) that really helped this soccer dummy feel at ease with the game. It progresses through the fundamentals to excellent instruction on preparing and coaching, and includes additional information that will make the game more enjoyable to watch as well. The 28 chapters and two appendices are well organized into seven sections: Getting Started, Fundamentals of the Game, Calling All Soccer Moms and Dads, A Spectator's Guide, From Saturday Soccer to the World Stage, The Part of Tens (which includes several soccer "top ten" lists that help you "talk the talk"), and Appendices (a glossary and a list of soccer associations). The book is well illustrated with all the photos and diagrams needed to learn to perform those essential, parental soccer duties. It also includes useful annotations of tips and warnings (injury prevention, player's tips, etc.) you need to know. The 16-page index allows this book to be useful as a field guide as well. As a soccer-challenged father with four daughters, I love this book. It is helping turn what was a chore into quality time with my girls. ... Read more

    9. Vision Of A Champion
    by Gloria Averbuch, Anson Dorrance
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    Asin: 1932399100
    Catlog: Book (2005-02-28)
    Publisher: Huron River Press
    Sales Rank: 274217
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    10. The Game of Their Lives: The Untold Story of the World Cup's Biggest Upset
    by Geoffrey Douglas
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    Asin: 0060758775
    Catlog: Book (2005-04-01)
    Publisher: Perennial
    Sales Rank: 32215
    Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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    4-0 out of 5 stars Not Many Options
    I would recommend this book a US soccer fan that may only know the final score for this historic game.This book does describe the state of US soccer in the 50's.For example, some people may not be aware that there is a national club championship open to all US teams (the National Challenge Cup, today this cup tournament is called the Lamar Hunt US Open Cup).This team was made up of players that came from some of the teams that won the cup such as Simpkins-Ford (1948 & 1950 with Gino Pariano, Charlie Colombo, Frank Borghi, and Frank Wallace) or New York Brookhattan (1945 Joe Gaetjens team).For the die hard soccer fan this book needs more details on how this team won its spot in the World Cup.Also, there really is not enough detail on the game itself, which may be a result of the dearth of information even at the time (still there is enough there to get your hear pounding and help the reader imagine the excitement of the game).Considering how the English team felt humiliated by result they sure did not want to discuss the game and the US press could hardly care any less.Also, it would be nice to have the perspective of the English players; however, that was not the writer's purpose.This is a story about the men who played the game because they loved it.There needs to be a more detailed treatment of these men and specifically Joseph "Joe" Gaetjens.That being said there is not much out there on the subject and this is still an enjoyable story of perseverance.I hope this book and the upcoming movie bring more people to examine this

    4-0 out of 5 stars More than just the game!
    I can understand those who want more about the soccer than the team members.But consider that this book isn't just about the upset, it's about the people who made it happen.It's as much about the social history of the team as anything else.Could the author have spent more time following up reserves and scouring the globe for accounts of the game?Probably.

    But I think the story would suffer for that.Could someone write a focused, technical account of the game and the 1950 World Cup?Probably.But the social and personal contexts enrich the story.It could stand to be a little longer, and perhaps fleshing out the other team members would help in that regard.But what there is of this book is more interesting because we're given background.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Interesting, but not the Definitive Story
    The US team's 1-0 defeat of England in the 1950 World Cup in Brazil, considered the greatest upset in soccer history, is given a somewhat haphazard treatment here by journalist Douglas. Chapters concerning the flow of the game are dwarfed by much longer chapters on the lives of the eleven players and the ethnic neighborhoods they came from. The preponderance of material is about the five who were still alive in early 1990s, when the author was able to interview them. Douglas spends a great deal of time with these men, devoting great swathes of the book to their reminisces about the neighborhoods in St. Louis, Philadelphia, and Massachusetts they came from and how those neighborhoods have declined in recent decades.

    While the stories of men who clearly played for the love of the game is sort of interesting, there's not enough about how the team of amateurs and semi-pros was cobbled together and managed to advance to the World Cup. Douglas's description of the flow of the game is able enough, but the analysis is somewhat hazy. Too much-from the miracle US goal, to England's inexplicable inability to finish-is left hazy and unexplained. Interviews with surviving English players might have added a great deal. Clearly, the definitive book on the 1950 upset has yet to be written.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Excellent within its scope
    The book weaves together a description of the game with the lives of the five surving members (out of eleven) who took the field that day. And thus, is truly a human interest story - we get to know the lives of these five men and what shaped them before and after in detail.

    That said, I must note the limited scope of the book. Its small size (only 145 pages, no index and a few photos)and its lack of detail regarding the deceased members, the substitute players and the rest of the tournament leave an opening for someone to write, perhaps, a companion book to this. Certainly, the comprehensive version of this story has yet to be written.

    1-0 out of 5 stars A historic sporting event that reads more like a soap opera
    It is very evident that the author is not familiar with the game of Soccer. He has written a book that simply accounts lives (that are nothing short of boring)with a Soccer game thrown in on the side. This is ok forthe Oprah show but not as a book recounting a greatsporting upset.Itwould been have far more interesting if the book explained in detail thethen current global state of the game , andsome history of the U.Snational team up until that time.How did they get entry to the World Cup?were there qualifying games?Give more analysis to the actual game. Werethere any more goal chances for the U.S. did the English control the gamefor long periods?The book also does not give enough attention to theactual 1950 finals themselves. In short a disappointing book ... Read more

    11. Among the Thugs
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    Asin: 0679745351
    Catlog: Book (1993-06-01)
    Publisher: Vintage
    Sales Rank: 34944
    Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars
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    The acclaimed bestseller (over 63,000 copies sold in paperback) now reissued with a new cover.

    What kind of man spends his Saturday afternoons with people named Bonehead, Paraffin Pete and Steamin’ Sammy? Bill Buford’s acclaimed Among the Thugs is a book about the experience and the attractions of crowd violence.
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    5-0 out of 5 stars Football violence, just crowd culture ?
    It was Bill Shankly, ex Liverpool manager, who said "Football is'nt a matter of life and death, it's more important than that". This book goes someway to capture the passion and importance of Football in English culture, and the extreme lengths that some so called supporters go to feel that they belong. As a true English Football supporter, I felt somewhat annoyed that readers of the book from other countries would feel that all English Football supporters behave in this manner, this is NOT true. But this book does accurately portray the minority who caused and still cause the atrocities described. The book works on two levels, to shock with horrific stories of brutal violence, and at a much deeper level to explain crowd behaviour and how this can be manipulated. Overall this is a valiant attempt by an American to explain English Football violence, which to my suprise was successfull.

    4-0 out of 5 stars The View From Inside the Mob
    Bill Buford is now fiction editor for The New Yorker. But for many years he lived in Cambridge, England, where he revived the literary quarterly Granta and brought it to prominence. While residing in Britain, he became fascinated with soccer hooligans, who visited a dreadful wave of violence on cities all over Europe in the 1980s.

    There's much to commend Buford's book. The portraits of the people he comes to know are pointed, vivid, and well rounded. He's particularly able as a narrator of violence, carrying the reader along for page after page of his accounts of riots forming and then "coming off."

    Much of what's interesting about the book is Buford's account of his own recognition of the inner thug, so to speak. When he begins his story, Buford is full of smug generalities and facile answers. He's sure he knows who the thugs are -- young, unemployed, uneducated yobs -- and why they're wild in the streets -- social protest. Then he begins to meet some of them and enter their social sphere, and realizes he's wrong. Many of them are older than he'd thought, family men with children and decent jobs. They're not protesting anything -- they're fighting because it's fun. And as he gains acceptance among them, Buford realizes that he, too, feels an atavistic thrill when the combat begins.

    English readers have suggested that Buford may have been taken in a few times by Brits having some fun with a gullible Yank. That might well be, but most of the book is an eyewitness account. Compelling reading.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Good Social Commentary
    I thought this book would simply be a blow-by-blow recitation of the crimes and violence perpetrated by Britain's soccer "hooligans." I was very pleasantly surprised that it turned out to be much, much more. Mr. Buford gives a very nice discussion of the crowd mentality and explains from a first-hand perspective how quickly a large event can turn violent. He also does a nice job of explaining how the social environment in Britain led to the conditions that allowed large number of disaffected young men with few other outlets for their frustrations than Saturday games and riots.

    3-0 out of 5 stars Being a Thug
    Very interesting, if a little unfocused, book. I recall the 1980s when English fans seem to be the rampage when ever they leave the country. One of the benfits of football becoming more upmarket is that most of this violence is now just history.
    The book starts great, but towards the end it becomes repetive and I had less and less interest in the characters.
    While not the sociological explanation for the fan violence, it does at times give us a sense of atmosphere in the bars and stadioms, and especially in the streets.

    4-0 out of 5 stars An excellent primer
    It seems to happen every year. We are presented with stories of violence from across the Atlantic as large groups of football "supporters" clash with each other on game day, ferociously fighting each other in an apparent attempt to proclaim their team superior. But aside from what we are shown on television - young men, rioting, destroying property, beating each other senseless - we know very little about what makes it all happen.
    Bill Buford has attempted to answer this question in "Among the Thugs."
    What he has produced is an excellent account of what takes place on the weekends during football season. Buford has gone to great lengths to make this book as informative, detailed, and objective as possible. He touches on everything, from the semi-organized structure of each group of "supporters," to the rituals they partake in prior to the beginning of the game, and even the famed terraces of the football ground. Included among the accounts of the violence are Bill Bufords own analysis of the "lads" he encounters, the dynamic of large groups, and what causes groups to become violent in the first place. Coupled with great narration and sarcastic humor, this book makes for a great read.
    There is, however, one drawback. Mr. Buford does not spend much time on why exactly these "supporters" engage in violence. He offers a few suggestions - social protest, dangerous nationalism, among others - but eventually concludes that it is simply due to boredom, a conclusion that leaves one with a sense that they haven't been told everything.
    It is this reason alone that I suggest that this book as an excellent primer for those interested in football violence. It's certainly not an exploration of generalized crowd violence, but I do not think that it is meant to be. Overall, this is a good book. ... Read more

    12. Go For the Goal : A Champion's Guide To Winning In Soccer And Life
    by Mia Hamm, Aaron Heifetz
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    Asin: 0060931590
    Catlog: Book (2000-08-01)
    Publisher: Perennial Currents
    Sales Rank: 1343
    Average Customer Review: 4.67 out of 5 stars
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    "When I was playing, they said soccer was a man's world and that women should remain on the sidelines. All I can say is I'm glad I never had to go up against Mia Hamm."
    -- Pelé

    For the more than seven million girls -- from knobby-kneed tykes to high school and college stars -- who are tearing across the of country chasing a soccer ball and dreams of glory, there is one name that eclipses all others, male or female: Mia Hamm. With her cheetahlike acceleration and lightning-bolt shot, Hamm has broken nearly every record in her sport, while galvanizing a whole generation of fans and players.

    Go for the Goal is not only the inspiring story of how a tiny suburban sprite became a global terror with a ball (and the world) at her feet -- it's also a step-by-step or dribble-by-dribble guide for any kid with the all-American dream of making the team and becoming a champion.

    Filled with personal anecdotes and fully illustrated with both action and instructional photographs, Go for the Goal shows readers exactly how to master the silky skills and techniques that have made Hamm and her teammates the finest women's soccer team in the world.

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    5-0 out of 5 stars Mia Hamm-SoccerPlayer/Writer
    Mia Hamm's book, "Goal For The Goal," is the best book I have read. It helps all soccer players improve their game, by showing training drills and it has great advice that motivates players. Mia Hamm and the rest of the Women's National team are my role models. Mia Hamm, to me wrote this book perfectly, and anyone who wants to play soccer or plays soccer already should read this book. It will inspire you to do so much more than you already can do.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Attention all Mia Fans
    I am a total Hamm Fanatic, and I simply adore Go For The Goal. Whether you pray to Mia, or you have never heard about her this fantastic book offers something for you. Mia talks about her early life and career, how after her brother Garret died she scored in honor of him, the friends like Tisha she met allow the way, and all about the ups and downs of being a pro soccer player. Then there are tips, drills, and skills. With easy intruction you can ecome a better soccer player from reading. This unique and emotional book will defaintly bring you closer to your favorite superstar- MIA HAMM! - I personally guarantee it, DUDE

    2-0 out of 5 stars Not that good
    Personally, I found this really boring. I'm not really sure what I just read. I was kind of hoping that there'd be some personal insight because Mia Hamm is a facsinating person. When I finished I really wasn't inspired, or informed, or anything. I was just bored. There are better books out there, this one isn't really worth your time.

    2-0 out of 5 stars Go For the Gloat
    This book was very disappointing. It is defintely not any type of guide for winning in soccer or life. I really felt this was really more about Mia gloating about how good she is rather than how she got there or sharing any insight into what it takes to win. It is not hard to win in soccer if you are surrounded by all those good players and she didnt really share any personal insight other than she was a military brat.

    I cant say I would be inspired by this book either... this is not an autobiography, its not a guide to how to play good soccer, its more about how many times she can take credit for a goal or assist....

    5-0 out of 5 stars Numba 1 Baller in the world!!!
    This book is about Mia Hamm and her accomplishments throughout her life. The main character is Mia Hamm and at the end it talks about her U.S.A. team and players. Mia Hamm did have many adventures before becoming what she is today. Like working hard and not letting anything break her concentration. Mia also went through many obstacles in her life to become what she wanted to be, A Professional Soccer Player. Obstacles contain trying to show her ability and skill by playing against players older than her, getting into the University of North Carolina, and getting accepted by the U.S.A. coach. My favorite character is Mia, because to me she is the best soccer player, a good role model for kids, and the number one goal scorer! I can relate Mia Hamm. She started playing soccer when she was very little and she kept forcing herslef to become the best. I am doing the same thing, because I started playing when I was vety little, and I want to become the best. I look up to Mia. I also feel some of the things that Mia did. I felt that I couldn't do cetain things and that I was scared of playing against older girls than me.

    I really love this book a lot. The whole book was my favorite. In other words every single part of this book I loved!

    I would highly recommend this book, because it is very interesting, and it incourages soccer players to never give up on their dream. A type of person that would realy like this book would be of course A SOCCER PLAYER!!! ... Read more

    13. National Pastime: How Americans Play Baseball and the Rest of the World Plays Soccer
    by Stefan Szymanski, Andrew Zimbalist
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    Asin: 0815782586
    Catlog: Book (2005-04-01)
    Publisher: Brookings Institution Press
    Sales Rank: 5590
    Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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    National cultures are built around national pastimes.How we play helps define who we think we are.This is the story of two great sports—America’s game, and the world’s game.

    Baseball is America’s game, a national obsession that remains largely North American, even though it bills its championship as the World Series.Soccer is the world’s game, a sport over which no nation can claim ownership.Its World Cup is truly international and the ultimate yardstick of national self-esteem.National Pastime is the first in-depth cross-cultural comparison of these sporting passions and the mega-businesses they have become.

    In National Pastime, Stefan Szymanski and Andrew Zimbalist examine how organizational structures have made Major League Baseball a profitable business (notwithstanding common claims made by the owners) while soccer leagues around the world struggle to break even.They weave a rich variety of stories, anecdotes, and photos into their account of how these games became businesses, and how these businesses have adapted to the demands of fans.The authors show how early administrators of baseball and soccer leagues were influenced by the parallel developments of each sport and, in particular, how the concept of the league was invented by American baseball and transplanted first to English soccer, and then to the rest of the world.

    In their final chapter, the authors discuss the lessons that baseball and soccer can learn from each other today.In some cases, they argue for radical restructuring, and they offer a blueprint for reform.Szymanski and Zimbalist show how a careful understanding of one sport can provide useful insights into the specific challenges facing the other.

    This engaging and readable book will entertain history buffs and sports fans alike, while providing participants and analysts with important insights.Even the most knowledgeable fans will learn a great deal about why their beloved sport developed along certain lines, and how it could be improved.Some fans may even discover that what they’ve been missing out on across the Atlantic—as the authors note, seeing the world through someone else’s eyes can be instructive and rewarding… not to mention fun. ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars How good was this?
    This book was absolutely amazing. I loved it, an easy read through and through. Szymanski and Zimbalist as economists explain wonderfully why soccer is so much more popular than baseball, and you can understand everything, there was not a weak point. I would strongly reccommend this book to anyone, an amazing read ... Read more

    14. Beyond Soccer: The Ultimate Goal
    by Rich Daughtridge
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    Asin: 1581580703
    Catlog: Book (2003-07)
    Publisher: McDougal Publishing Company
    Sales Rank: 640886
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    Daily devotional book written to encourage Christian growth through the sport of soccer.

    With the explosion of soccer in the United States and the excitement surrounding the recent 2003 FIFA Women's World Cup, the newly released devotional book, Beyond Soccer, is poised to make a difference in the hearts of soccer fans everywhere!

    For Players and Coaches:

    Beyond Soccer is written for players of all ages, as well as for soccer coaches.Each devotional offers a practical Player's Tip-of-the-Day and an information-packed Coach's Tip-of-the-Day.

    About the author:

    Rich Daughtridge currently plays professional indoor soccer for the Baltimore Blast of the Major Indoor Soccer League ( began his professional career with the Hampton Roads Mariners and also played for the Charlotte Eagles, a division of Missionary Athletes International.Rich has also coached various youth soccer teams and at the college level for Washington and Lee University as the team's assistant soccer coach. ... Read more

    15. Coaching Soccer
    by Tim Schum, National Soccer Coaches Association of America
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    Asin: 1570280940
    Catlog: Book (1998-05-11)
    Publisher: McGraw-Hill Companies
    Sales Rank: 494034
    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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    Fundamental skills, offensive and defensive strategy, team offense and defense, conditioning and motivational techniques--every conceivable aspect of the game is discussed in this official coaching handbook from the National Soccer Coaches Association of America. Never before has so much information by so many renowned soccer authorities been collected in one volume. The National Soccer Coaches Association of America wa formed in 1941 and its mission today is the same one set forth by its founding members in New York: to promote the sport of soccer in the United States, while at the same time providing an educational environment for individuals at all levels of the game to improve their coaching skills. It is their belief that better coaching will improve the play of the sport in this country. The NSCAA membership has grown to more than 11,000 coaches nationwide, male and female, from the youth level to the collegiate ranks. ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars Worth reading and rereading
    This is the only comprehensive book that I keep coming back to again and again. A cornerstone for your library.

    4-0 out of 5 stars A good compilation of insights
    This book is a series of articles on widely varying topics related to soccer, authored by many different coaches and prominent personalities in the sport. The book covers virtually everything from elementary concepts (shooting, passing, etc.) to more advanced topics (zonal defending, wing play, interval training) and everything inbetween (restarts, goalkeeping, nutrition, even sportsmanship). The book provides an excellent overview of many topics, and includes activities with diagrams for most concepts. I am involved in coaching from u9 to the collegiate level, and have found this book a valuable resource. My only complaint is its organization; the book contains a short biographical statement for each contributor (all listed in one location), but there is no index, which makes it somewhat difficult to find information on a specific topic, such as 1 v. 1 defending.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Fair but appealing as a Toolkit
    I found this book good for the specific lessons it contained, not for the layout or cohesiveness. Basically it is a set of articles/chapters published by individuals who coach soccer, so the point of view is useful if not only limited to the USA's point of view (we have never had a extremely successful program w/ the exception of the WWC). Some of the names are more credible than others. The specific sections can give great information about the less appreciated aspects such as nutrition, soccer-specific exercises, goalkeeping, one-on-one challenges, etc.

    5-0 out of 5 stars The Soccer Coaches Bible
    This book is without a doubt a must have for serious soccer coaches. It has more than just drills and diagrams. The book contains many different successfull coaches writings. I have been searching for a "complete coaching book" and this is it!

    5-0 out of 5 stars This is a great book.
    This is a great book. Article format with just about every conceivable topic covered in some detail. Drills, tactics, philosophy, psychology, team management. Everything. Well worth the price and should be on every intermediate to advanced coach's shelf. My copy is dog-earred! ... Read more

    16. The Coaching Philosophies of Louis van Gaal and the Ajax Coaches
    by Henny Kormelink, Tjeu Seeverens
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    Asin: 1890946036
    Catlog: Book (1997-08-01)
    Publisher: Reedswain
    Sales Rank: 75868
    Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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    Louis van Gaal, Frans Hoek, Co Adriaanse and fitness coach Bobby Haarms discuss their training methods and philosophies in this book full of creative ideas for soccer coaches at any level. ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars Louis van Gaal: Genius
    During the late 1960's and early 1970's Rinus Michels and Ajax took flowing, attacking soccer and turned it into a science. This science has become widely known as 'Total Football.'

    The fortunes of Ajax and the Dutch national team have always been inexorably linked. As it was in the 70's, 80's, and 90's Ajax's stars of today are the Dutch international stars of tomorrow: Cruyff, Van Basten, Kluivert etc.

    In the early 1990's Louis Van Gaal and his staff took over at Ajax, reshaping the team, and in less than six years conquered Europe with what was essentially a youth team. Many of these former Ajax stars have gone on to become the backbone of the Dutch national team, and are among the world's best players.

    Kormelink and Seeverens,' 'The Coaching Philosophies of Louis van Gaal and the Ajax Coaches,' is a wonderful book, that details Louis van Gaal's time at Ajax, including system/tactics, drills/training, youth development, goalkeeping and general philosophy. This book takes you behind the scenes of one Europe's most influential and respected clubs, allowing the reader the unique experience of critically observing Ajax through eyes of one of football's greatest minds. Van Gaal and his staff meticulously dissect all aspects of the Ajax system from the ground up, providing coaches, players and fans with an indispensable guide to attacking football.

    Litmanen, Kluivert, Davids, Overmars, Kanu, Seedorf, the De Boers, Rijkaard, Van der Sar, Blind etc, all make an appearance, and Van Gaal's comments on their abilities, strengths and roles within the system make for some excellent reading. One of the most fascinating parts of the book from a fan's perspective, is Van Gaal's incredibly detailed account of Ajax's preparations for the Champions League final against AC Milan. He takes you through drills, training, tactics, even the warm up --not to mention the game itself, with the thoroughness one would expect from one of football's perfectionists.

    Ultimately this is a book of philosophy and ideas, and is among the very best (of the many) football books I've read. Interestingly enough, it's also extremely accessible. While coaches at all levels will find it an extremely valuable resource, players and fans will find it equally informative. I highly recommend it to all fans of Dutch soccer and attacking football.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Offensiv soccer when it`s best !!
    This a Bibel for all people, that likes Ajax Amsterdams 4-3-3 soccer. You simply become glad for Van Gaals`, and the others Ajax coaches way to think about the greatest sport, soccer !!

    5-0 out of 5 stars easy scoring
    great subject,lot's of jari,and no adze's at all. makes me feel melancholic considering the lame results of ajax nowadays. But it remains to be the best club in the world so we have rank this book in importance above (for example) the work shakespierre or goethe ... Read more

    17. Training Soccer Champions
    by Anson Dorrance
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    Asin: 1887791027
    Catlog: Book (1996-06-01)
    Publisher: JTC Sports
    Sales Rank: 306565
    Average Customer Review: 4.88 out of 5 stars
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    5-0 out of 5 stars Future of Coaching
    I've only coached men's college teams, but I'm convinced Anson's principles represent a foundation for the future of coaching -- for athletes of either sex. Competition is fun and practices need to be fun. The days of drill sergeant as coaching model are over.

    Kids from most countries now have hundreds of choices in terms of different sports and entertainment. Every minute of practice needs to be fun or they'll do something else. And it's only going to get worse.

    Obviously the "competitive caldron" can create women's US college soccer champions (UNC won the title again in 2000), but it may also be our best chance to lure the upcoming Sega generation into team sports.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent soccer ideas for all soccer coaches
    This book is an excellent guide for ways to develop your soccer team and take them to a new level. This is more for advanced coaches, but I think beginning coaches can utilize these techniques also. Covers great program building techniques for youth boys and women of all levels. Great resource for all soccer coaches.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Best coaching bug I have read
    I am not a soccer coach. This book was recommended to me by a volleyball coaching mentor. He recommended it and said it was the best coaching book he had ever read.... I agree.

    There is not doubt why Anson Dorrance is one of the best soccer coaches in the world. His insights into success with female athletes is extremely helpful and I recommend this book to anyone who wants to be a better coach, period.

    5-0 out of 5 stars The best overall book for coaching women!
    I think that this book is the finest book (to date) on coaching the female athlete at the highest levels. In my time as a NCAA Div. II women's soccer coach, a girls high school coach, and premier level girls soccer coach, I have found Dorance's theories and models to be highly useful. This is NOT a book for the recreational coach. The focus of the book is the philosophy and foundation of creating soccer champions.

    Anson's insight into the mind of the female athlete is not only clear and concise but, it is uncanny as well. I have found the ideas in his book have led me to a better understanding of my own players. This understanding has helped me form a consistant winning program where ever I have coached.

    I would highly recommend this book to any individual who is looking for more theory and philosophy to coaching. This book is not a daily practice guide with drills and games, rather it is an excellent source for building a successful women's soccer program.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Probably great
    I haven't read the book, but Anson was my coach in the first year of Chapel Hill's youth soccer league (I think it was the Carolina Blues team of the Rainbow league) way back in the 70's. I remember very well how intelligent and focused he was. He didn't yell much, but what he did say was always on point. (Moreover he learned to pitch his voice to a timbre that you could ALWAYS hear through all the screaming!) When people talk about Anson, they always quote zillions of his amazing stats, his w/l records, undefeated games, etc, and sometimes I wonder if people think winning is the proof of good coaching, or even of good playing. Sure, it's fun to win, but I've played and coached a fair amount of soccer since then, and probably lost more than I've won, but as I heard Anson said once, 'Never say die', and that's the truth. Of all the games I've played and coached, the ones I remember with the most joy were the ones we lost against hopelessly stronger opponents - yet we played the games of our lives, we never gave up, and in one memorable instance our first-year team of little guys held the mighty perpetual champions of our region to a single lucky goal scored in the final minutes. I've always tried to practice the style that I attribute to him - remembering that soccer is supposed to be fun, that it can be beautiful, and that you only truly lose when you give up. Or maybe that was Kip Ward who said that?! Anyway, you should buy this book. I might even buy it myself. ... Read more

    18. The Beautiful Game : Sixteen Girls and the Soccer Season That Changed Everything
    by Jonathan Littman
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    Asin: 0380808609
    Catlog: Book (2000-09-01)
    Publisher: Perennial
    Sales Rank: 41512
    Average Customer Review: 4.57 out of 5 stars
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    Once nobody noticed Santa Rosa's Thunder. They were a ragtag team of girls who wanted to play soccer, and no one took them seriously. Their male coach expected little from his "ladies, " and their mediocre performance convinced them he was right.

    Then a kind of miracle happened. Emiria Salzmann, Thunder's new coach, a top player herself, knew what it took to win--discipline, relentless drills, thigh-burning sprints, and an inspired passing game. The girls hated it, but their coach never let up. Tough and determined, she showed them what it felt like to be winners--and they loved it. As the momentum grew with a string of victories, the girls thrived on the competition, believing they had the right stuff to become champions.

    They were right! With spirits soaring, Thunder won its league on the last day of the season and headed for the state cup, emerging not just as powerful athletes but as strong, confident, emotionally healthy human beings--champions in the game of soccer, and in the game of life.

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    5-0 out of 5 stars If you love soccer, you'll love this book.
    This book is for anyone involved with soccer, especially parents that have kids playing on travel soccer teams. I could relate the stories in this book to my daughter's soccer team. Jon did a great job writing about the team's goals and their accomplishments. I would also recommend this book to parents and their kids that were considering getting involved with travel soccer. "The Beautiful Game" was very enjoyable to read. Jon thanks for writing this book.

    5-0 out of 5 stars I highly recommend this book for Youth Soccer Coaches!
    This was a book that I couldn't seem to put down. I have coached competitive soccer teams for a number of years, and this is the best work I have ever seen. It captures the essence of what the girls are thinking/feeling. There is such a fine line between pushing too hard, or not hard enough. A coach can only go with their heart and hope that it leads them true. Emiria seems to have been like all of us, you make mistakes as you gain experience, but you learn from them and go on. I recognized so many of my own players in the descriptions of the girls of Thunder. I think that this is a major charm of the book, that it rings so true. My congratulations to Mr. Littman, a truly fine work that I will read many times over the years, and that I will certainly recommend to everyone I know in sports.

    5-0 out of 5 stars I was there.
    I am the mom of one of the players and have just recently re-read this book about my daughter's team. Looking back on our Thunder experience, I know that it was a unique, almost surreal experience. At the time, we knew it was special but of course, you can't fully appreciate it until it is over. After winning State Cup, Thunder continued to grow and develop as a team, winning several major tournaments and getting back to the State Cup finals in 2000 only to lose to the Placer Sharks. I still see many of the girls and most agree that Thunder was an experience that shaped their life. It wasn't just the soccer or the incredible success the team had, it was more than that. It was the relationships, the experience, and the unique bond that is formed when a group comes together with a unifying goal. It is that undefinable, special something that takes just a talented team and makes it into a great team. So, for those readers that wonder, did it work out okay? I think, for the families that I am close, that yes, yes it did. We are better for the experience.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Inspiring, Amazing
    This was one of th most fantasic books I have read in a while. It show how deticated you have to be to go all out in a sport and how good you can get if you have a good coach. I read the book, and a year later I got a really tough coach. I was temted to quit the team because of the endless running but I remembered how much the coach in this book put the tea through and how far they got, and I kept with it. I have gotten really far and I am still on the team. This is the most wonderful and well written book about teen soccer out there.

    2-0 out of 5 stars Disappointing Beauty
    I am a girls high school and club coach and I had high hopes for this book, maybe for inspiration, maybe for insight or ideas on how to train my players. I came out with neither. This is a typical story of undisciplined kids that get someone to discipline them and then they become successful. It is very, very close to the same story line and tactics in the movie Hoosiers, only with a young girls soccer team. It does throw in some interesting perspectives about club team rivalries and California soccer, but they are not relevant to other states soccer experience. The types of teams and seasons overlapping do not happen in any state around me.

    I agree with a previous post that if it was told 5 years after the season and through the eyes of the players it might be a little better. But we never relly know how it affected the kids. How did it help them? How did it help them mature as adults? Where are they now?

    Most important to me is the impression this might leave for other coaches. This is not necessarily the best way to deal with a girls team. Sometimes it works, others it doesnt. I hope this does not encourage all coaches to do this with girls teams...

    The positive about his book is in the things parents could learn from this book. I did think the dealing with parents and the attitudes of some parents was humorously accurate. I would suggest all soccer parents read this book and I would suggest players might learn some from this book. But it really could have been alot better... ... Read more

    19. The Principles of Brazilian Soccer
    by Thadeu Goncalves
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    Asin: 1890946060
    Catlog: Book (1998-04-01)
    Publisher: Reedswain
    Sales Rank: 540081
    Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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    The emphasis is on the unique Brazilian approach to technical skills training, their concentration on fitness and elasticity and their tactical approach.
    Includes chapters on: Player Management, Fitness Training, Seasonal Planning, Technical Skill Development and Tactical Principles.
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    5-0 out of 5 stars Insightful discussions of Brazilian soccer philosophy
    Jose Thadeu Goncalves has played professional soccer in Brazil for five years and holds a Brazilian National Coaching License. In The Principles Of Brazilian Soccer, Goncalves effectively collaborates with Professor Julio Mazzei is an authoritative study of how technical skills at soccer develop. The Principles Of Brazilian Soccer meticulously examines the tactical principles the game, including insightful discussions of Brazilian soccer philosophy, methodology, coaching approaches, and more. The Principles Of Brazilian Soccer is a detailed and exceptional guide recommended especially for advanced soccer players seeking to improve their performance, as well as coaches and fans. Black-and-white diagrams illustrate some of the more complex plays, strategies, and issues. ... Read more

    20. Soccer : How to Play the Game-The Official Playing and Coaching Manual of the United States Soccer Federation
    by Dan Herbst
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    Asin: 0789303388
    Catlog: Book (1999-09-18)
    Publisher: Universe Publishing
    Sales Rank: 212523
    Average Customer Review: 4.09 out of 5 stars
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    Soccer continues to grow in popularity in the United States, with another huge surge thanks to the U.S. Women's Team winning the World Cup in 1999. But players can only be as good as their coaches, and coaches are always looking for help. Soccer: How to Play the Game contains detailed information on necessary skills, from basics like dribbling the ball and throw-ins to advanced skills like sliding tackles and goalkeeping. Each is presented separately, with photographs and drawings of a player executing the skill, advice on how to perform it and when to use it, and most common mistakes. Over 100 practice games, coded for different player ages and levels of instruction, are also outlined to help players develop their technique. Throughout the book, the authors stress the need to create a positive environment in practice and encourage creativity as well as technical correctness. Most importantly, the authors understand that kids are not just small adults--and they back up their understanding with advice on how to help kids fall in love with "the beautiful game." Published under the auspices of the United States Soccer Federation, Soccer: How to Play the Game will inspire coaches and players alike. --Sunny Delaney ... Read more

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    I LOVE this book.... I am a player and a refferee and I really loved this book... as a refferee I have alot of troble with coaches because they don't understand alot of the laws of the game and this book goes over the basic laws of the game and has helped that alot... it has tranning sessions that have been very helpfull as a player... Its just a great book

    5-0 out of 5 stars Great book for developing a positive coaching philosophy.
    IF YOU ARE A YOUTH SOCCER COACH IN THE US, THEN YOU SHOULD OWN THIS BOOK!! (and then attend your state soccer association's coaching certification classes).

    This book is the most complete, well organized collection of soccer coaching information that I have in my library. True, if you're looking for tactical depth, there are better texts available, but that's just it - unless you're coaching a high-level U-15 team or older, you shouldn't be burdening your players with heavy tactical instruction. LET THEM LEARN FROM THE GAME!

    What you do get is: - a great section on coaching philosophy - information on preventing and treating injuries - a section on teaching proper technique - a section on how to structure a productive practice - a set of exercises and games that are ready for you to insert into your next practice.

    Even the best intentioned coach can do damage to his/her players by over-instructing and judging his/her performance based on the number of wins his/her team has racked up in a season. Read this book and start measuring your sucess by how much your worst player has improved and how much your players look forward to your next practice.

    Bravo to the USSF for finally publishing a text that not only covers the "nuts and bolts" but also provides coaches with a philosophy that will continue to nurture the growth of the sport in our country.

    4-0 out of 5 stars A good book!
    How to play soccer is a good book. It teaches most of basic techniques separately, like dribling, heading goalkeeping. But it does not teaches exercises to achieve strength, speed and agility. It is good for coaches who want to train their team to better football. It may not be as good for players who are learning individually.

    1-0 out of 5 stars WATCH OUT!
    There are many errors of technique taught here (for example, goalie hand positions). Not a good book.

    3-0 out of 5 stars It's nice but...
    If you're looking for a coaching book, this is very good, but there are better. For instance - any title by Joe Luxbacher. ... Read more

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