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61. Hand of God: The Life of Diego Maradona, Soccer's Fallen Star
by Jimmy Burns
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Asin: 1585742422
Catlog: Book (2001-11-01)
Publisher: The Lyons Press
Sales Rank: 240344
Average Customer Review: 4.21 out of 5 stars
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Hand of God is the definitive biography of one of the greatest players in the history of world soccer, a man who at one time was arguably the most brilliant and most controversial figure in all of sport: Argentina's Diego Maradona. This extraordinary story moves from the slums of Buenos Aires, where Maradona was born in 1960, to the packed stadiums of the United States, where he was ignobly expelled in 1994 after failing a drug test. In his rise to fame - and notoriety - Maradona played for some of the world's greatest teams, leading Argentina to their second World Cup championship in 1986, and captaining Napoli to two Italian League titles. But the pressures of stardom led to a cocaine addiction that caused the charismatic and stormy footballer to womanize, associate with organized crime, and become a pawn in Argentinean political gamesmanship. This revealing examination of a complex sporting genius offers unique insight into a sordid world of exploitation, corruption, and intrigue. (6 x 9, 260 pages,b&w photos) ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars He is the best soccer player the world has ever seen
Maradona is the best there ever was, in his prime years, he was literally unstoppable. Those who say Pele was better are very wrong. Pele was a great player, no doubt, but those were different times, soccer was much easier back then, it wasnt as complicated as it was on Maradona's years, Pele just got the ball and scored, Maradona did much more than that, he was/is a genious on the field, setting up plays and finishing them as well. And to the English who still hate him for beating England on the 86 world cup thanks to the "hand of God", I think you're very jealous because England has never and will never have a player like Maradona..England, Argentina will always be your daddy- some argentinian guy.

5-0 out of 5 stars Hand of God: The Life of Diego Maradona
This is one of the best sports books I have ever read. It gives a detailed look at the worlds greatest ever player from his youth days, to the times where drugs and nightclubbing ruined his life. I found the parts about his time at Boca, and the transfer to Spain very good. Jimmy Burns is a fantastic author and I have read the book he wrote on Barcelona FC, simply entitled Barca. Both are in depth books but learning so much about Maradona was superb. By far and away the best sporting biography I have ever had the hounor to read.

3-0 out of 5 stars Good book, a little hard on Maradona
I really enjoyed this book, it was very insightful in a historical sense as to Maradona's life. I felt it was a little too hard on Maradona. While I don't doubt the excess and lunacy that surrounded Maradona, I feel that he was an unfortunate guniea pig for what global soccer has become. I only wish that more could have been said about Maradona's fantastic play and his human side. Good book overall but temper it with one that paints Maradona in a better light.

4-0 out of 5 stars Er, David Luis...
David Luis, is there a Fox News in Argentina? Pele most certainly played in the 1970 World Cup final. He scored the game's first goal on a dazzling header and later closed out the match by assisting to Carlos Alberto. That's two goals out of Brazil's four, and highlights of those goals are replayed endlessly on television in any football-loving country.
As for the book, it's not pretty to learn what Maradona became. Nor is it possible, perhaps, to redeem him in print when his glory on the field needs viewing, not reporting. (See, David Luis, most people are not afraid to watch a player's highlights. Go ahead, look at those Brazil goals. I saw Maradona's pass to Burruchaga. You can do it.) Still, you have to say that this is a story that must be told, and maybe at an even greater length. Athletes have this way of illuminating their fans' dreams while remaining themselves an object of either other people's machinations or their own hubris. Certainly the latter happened in the case of this player, and people ought to know what ended his career. It's a very important story in sporting history, and you might as well get it in this book.

1-0 out of 5 stars Judge skill
Maradona, without any doubt, was the most talented player to ever walk the face of the earth. Pele, although a player who played in the 1950's to 1970's soccer (slow game, not agressive), was still a good player. Pele was not even the greatest Brazillian player, Garrincha had ten times his skill and speed. In the final for 1970 world cup, the "king" of soccer did not play, oh no! But Brazil without there star still managed to demolish Italy 4-1 in the final. Pele looked so good because he was surrounded by stars. Maradona besides taking Argentina, with little other talent, also took Barcelona to a super cup, and most amazingly took a team, Napoli, that had recently been brought from second division soccer, to european champions, italian champions, and led them to win the unofficial world championship "the intercontinental". Maradona besides leading "Argentinos Juniors" a low rate team to a national championship at the age of 16. also led the Under 23 NAtional team to a world championship. Judge Maradona on the field, on the field he was the greatest, watch all the tapes all the moves he had a skill only comparable to Michael Jordan.
Pele MAY be King, But Maradona IS GOD ... Read more

62. Coaching Advanced Soccer Players
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Asin: 1890946338
Catlog: Book (1999-08-01)
Publisher: Reedswain
Sales Rank: 186831
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This comprehensive book contains 40 excellent drills geared towards players age 16 and older.Included are exercises for passing skill and possession, running with the ball and 1v the keeper, crossing and finishing, long range shooting, defending against opponentswith backs to goal, marking, heading, goalkeeping, supporting, losing a marker and more.A very useful book. ... Read more

63. Effective Use of the Agility Ladder for Soccer
by Peter Schreiner
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Catlog: Book (2003-10)
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The agility ladder maximized speed and reaction, concentration, balance and coordination. This book will help you get the most out of this popular training tool with several tested exercises from coordination training expert Peter Schreiner. ... Read more

64. A Season with Verona: Travels Around Italy in Search of Illusion, National Character, and...Goals!
by Tim Parks
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Asin: 1559706287
Catlog: Book (2002-06-10)
Publisher: Arcade Publishing
Sales Rank: 53272
Average Customer Review: 3.83 out of 5 stars
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4-0 out of 5 stars Love Hate Relationship
I couldn't wait to read Tim Park's latest after reading and thoroughly enjoying his other books on Italian life. To be truthful, I did not know it was all about soccer. Not being a huge soccer fan but being a huge fan of Italian life, I skeptically started the book. It is pure Tim Parks. Wonderful descriptions that put the reader right into the scene. His characters are authentic and his analogies of the game and Italian history and politics insightful. That's the love part. The part I didn't love was his
constant use of Italian profanity. To me it was just too much. Authentic maybe but unnecessary to make his point. A worthwhile read nonetheless.

5-0 out of 5 stars A Fanatic Read
I am crazy about this book. Tim Parks achieves the perfect most compelling balance between passion and reflection. He has captured the voice of a true fan and presents all his feelings and emotions as they surely must be during a game etc. But what I loved so much was how he also had the ability to step out of the stadium and see the game, Italians and especially himself in a more rational and cerebral way. One without the other would have turned this book either into a raving, unfocused cheer for soccer or just another brainy analysis of contemporary culture and sports. But Tim Parks has written such a compelling book about the nature of being a fanatic as well as a dialogue on the what that might mean for him and even us. He is insightful about himself, the game, Italy and blinded about it all at the same time which makes for such exciting reading. I travel to Italy every year for the summer, and this book gave me such wonderful insight as well as a longing to be there a part of it all. I loved this book and now am looking for some team here in the states to become hopelessly a fan for and see if I can lose myself in the game.

4-0 out of 5 stars An Interesting Season
This is a very interesting book for a variety of reasons. The author, Tim Parks, is British, but has lived many years in Verona. He has developed a keen understanding of the passion of Italian calcio (football), along with the more negative facets: bitter provincial rivalries, racism, and the hard-core fan element of the "ultras."

This well-documented and detailed book takes on a different perspective. Parks is an acclaimed published author. He easily could have written a "safe" documentary about life with a professional team. But he chose a different route: he sat with the ultras during home games, and traveled with them on long bus/train rides for away matches. With the exception of one away game when he was the official guest of the team, and another match when he reported the events from the press box. In essence, he was accepted by the most fanatical element of Hellas Verona supporters. Although this provided him with a rare insight, he may have lost his objectivity with such personal involvement.

Hellas Verona has a reputation for having some of the most racist supporters in Italy. Parks spares no details about this volatile subject, but he also explains the bitter historical club rivalries throughout the Serie A. His game summaries are intriguing, and full of local color to keep the reader interested. He is able to describe game action in an appealing fashion, along with the fan reactions that he personally witnessed. Are these descriptions as good as a professional reporter who covers football consistently? No, but he is an excellent writer, and most of all, a fan of the sport. I didn't expect to read game summaries that would parallel the Times of London, BBC, or La Gazzetta dello Sport.

He interviews the fans, as well as the actual team players and coaches. He finds himself being drawn into the lives of the ultras, along with their chants during the actual games. He also has a good understanding of the Italian psyche, whether it be on the field, or away from it. Other reviewers have referenced the book, "The Miracle at Castel di Sangro," by Joe McGinniss. While neither author is an expert on the Serie A, or Italian soccer for that matter, I felt that Parks had a better understanding of the sport. The other author did not grow up in a soccer culture, and his book, while entertaining, is unfortunately reminiscent of the Ugly American attitude. "I've never seen a soccer game before, but I'm going to tell you how to coach the team." Parks doesn't exhibit this approach in this work. While his book may have flaws, he is indeed a soccer enthusiast.

Thank you for the opportunity to review this book.

5-0 out of 5 stars Life on the "curva sud" with a real fan
An English academic, living and teaching in Northern Italy for the past twenty years, Tim Parks offers a colorful, rich, detailed account of a year (2000-01) following his historic local football club, Hellas Verona. This is a week-by-week, blow-by-blow account, up close and very personal. He starts as an interested observer and becomes a believer.

Better that this is written by a man of letters than by a journalist or a sportswriter, Parks at times becomes perhaps literate in studying the passion behind the football fans who seem to live and die by the fortunes of their favorites. Best of all, Parks chose a season that provided a riveting conclusion to a season of ups and downs. Sadly, a quick look at Italy's Serie A standings in early 2003 finds Hellas mired in mid-level Serie B.

Hellas fans are, at times, boisterous, irreverent, profane, vulgar, and, among the hard core, loyal to a fist fight and to a fault. Seeing them week by week, after a crazed introduction on the first, mind numbing rod trip to the south, Parks offers the insight of an Englishman not unfamiliar with football hooligans but also willing to try to understand the mind and life of the devoted Hellas fan.

Enjoy the passion.

5-0 out of 5 stars You'll be gripped from start to finish
Without doubt this is the best football book that I've ever read. Right from the start Tim Parks actually draws the reader into the unfolding drama and story, rather than it just being a case of you reading a book and just taking information in. You'll find yourself eagerly flicking pages to find out what happened next, sometimes I read this book deep (and I mean, deep!) into the early morning rather than put the book down.

Basically this book is all about Hellas Verona football club in Italy, and their battle to stay in the top division in Italy, Serie A. They are one of the most, if not the most, unfashionable clubs in Italy to support, due to the media's overblown coverage of the club's racism problems.

In this book you'll find out about many interesting fans and the sometimes hilarious, sometimes appalling, things they got upto throughout a tense season. It's a totally factual account and that makes this all the more intriguing. If you thought you knew everything about Italian football then take a read of this, you'll be surprised at what really goes on. You thought rivalry was bad in English football!

Not only did Verona have to battle the media and their reputation, but added to that was the fact that they did not have the resources of huge clubs like Inter Milan and Juventus.

Tim Parks wrote this book extremely well, never baffling the reader or losing the plot. It's very enjoyable and added to that you'll learn snippets of the Italian language and all about the Italian way of life.

A superb read. ... Read more

65. Soccer Madness: Brazil's Passion for the World's Most Popular Sport
by Janet Lever
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Asin: 0881338435
Catlog: Book (1995-03-01)
Publisher: Waveland Press
Sales Rank: 338912
Average Customer Review: 4 out of 5 stars
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Lever's interest in Brazilian soccer and her friendship with Pel led to this thoughtful, well-written account of Brazilians' madness for spectator sports. Drawing on interviews with soccer club directors, coaches, players, officials, sportswriters, fan club leaders, and 200 fans, Lever gives readers a fascinating study of people, culture, and politics. She reaches beyond soccer in Brazil to analyze both the appeal and the cultural achievement of spectator sports in all modern societies. Sports, she finds, provide an arena for dramatizing conflicting loyalties while emphasizing the shared interests that make us all alike. ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars Best book available on Brazil
This book is worth reading, mostly because there simply aren't many books about Brazilian football, & you have to know about Brazil if you really want to know about football.
Anyway, as a book about sociology of football, it is not bad. At least, there was quite a large amount of research and it showed. It just feels a bit awkward, because, despite the many years the author spent in Brazil, she wasn't born in a country which likes football. So, sometimes what she wrote sounds a bit funny. ... Read more

66. Teaching Soccer Fundamentals
by Nelson McAvoy
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Asin: 0880118555
Catlog: Book (1998-08-01)
Publisher: Human Kinetics Publishers
Sales Rank: 91870
Average Customer Review: 4.86 out of 5 stars
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As a soccer coach, you need to know how to teach basic skills and run solid practices. Teaching Soccer Fundamentals explains how to maximize young athletes’ learning of essential techniques and tactics through fun and efficient practice sessions.

Including helpful photographs and illustrations as well as instructions that are easy to understand and apply, this book shares more than 30 years of soccer coaching experience. Author Nelson McAvoy offers tips for maintaining kids’ short attention span and methods for boosting participation, including short-sided games. Teaching Soccer Fundamentals will make next season a more rewarding experience for you and your players. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Teach the game
Regardless of whether you know the game, if you want to learn more about how to teach the game, this is the book for you. I grew up playing, but starting coaching was a struggle to get the kids to understand -- until I bought this book 2 years ago. I still recommend it, and I still use it. This shows you what skills to start with and how to progress as the kids catch on. With the philosophies and games in this book you can keep the attention of your team for many many practices.

5-0 out of 5 stars An excellent book for the thoughtful youth soccer coach
Nelson McAvoy is a former rocket scientist who coaches youth soccer. He has thought and learned a lot about HOW kids learn to play soccer, and in this book he tells you about it clearly, entertainingly, and compellingly.

I don't have his experience in coaching kids in the 9-11 year-old range, but I still found the book invaluable, because now I know what I can and can't expect to accomplish with younger kids. I also understand how important it is to be a teacher, and how it can hurt the kids' development if you just "let them play" without introducing the right skills when they are ready to acquire them. Any coach who reads this book and doesn't become that kind of teacher for kids in that critical 9-11 year age group must not have been paying attention!

This one is a keeper.

5-0 out of 5 stars Can't wait to get out there and use this!
Nelson McAvoy briefly coached my sister, and was one of the best even back in the '70s. Every word in this book resonates with the experiences of what works and what doesn't. You'll learn just how much learning to mix in with the right amount of fun, and the book is chock full of drills that will train the players to act like a soccer player without thinking about it. I just know when I get out there on the field armed with this book that the kids are going to enjoy it enough to sign up next year, and are going to learn the game without realizing it because they're having a blast.

5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent for coaches of all age levels
This is the best single soccer coaching book I have.

It is well-written with humor (he confirms something I've always suspected - when you are yelling at the kids during the game, it sounds to them like you're speaking Bulgarian).

I have used more drills and ideas from this book than any single other book.

I highly recommend this one.

4-0 out of 5 stars The Man has a Plan
In his book, Nelson McAvoy offers you a plan on how to teach young players the game of Soccer, rather then another book of drills. Unlike most books, he centers on the development of the child learning capibilities and how they learn to kick a ball. Then he explains how to teach it.

Through a step by step procedures, he develops the laces kick, then the inside of the foot push pass as the child learns how to turn their foot.

The book is filled with enough pictures, practice plans, and games to keep your youth team busy and learning in a fun environment.

I would recommend this book for any coach who is looking for the long term development of the youth player. ... Read more

67. 101 Positive Athletic Traditions: Building Positive Team Legacies
by Bruce Eamon Brown
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Asin: 1585188743
Catlog: Book (2003-12-01)
Publisher: Coaches Choice Books
Sales Rank: 479980
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Traditions help shape and reflect the character of a team—past, present, and future. Traditions refocus the coach and athlete. They give perspective, rekindle the spirit of the past, and remind the coach and player of what is important. Ultimately, traditions produce successful teams, great memories, lasting friendships, and help establish coaching legacies. This thoroughly enjoyable, idea-packed book by NAIA Champions of Character Special Presenter Bruce Brown offers over one hundred examples of positive athletic traditions, including: Traditions to welcome new team members, pre-season traditions, senior traditions, traditions for captains, pre-, post-, and last-game traditions. There are also traditions to involve the community and alumni, and traditions for equipment, facilities, and much more. A great resource for coaches and leaders of any sport or activity. ... Read more

68. Beyond Winning: Memoir of a Women's Soccer Coach
by S. S. Hanna, University Press of Colorado
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Asin: 0870813986
Catlog: Book (1996-12-01)
Publisher: Univ Pr of Colorado
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Average Customer Review: 3 out of 5 stars
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Beyond Winning: Memoir of a Women's Soccer Coach profiles the birth of a small-college program in women's soccer. It also explores the rewards and tensions of the program's first season while commenting on important issues in small-college sports and especially women's sports. ... Read more

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2-0 out of 5 stars Unfocused and unmoving
Dr. Hanna seems to be an interesting and amusing man. It seems he did a good job coaching his team. The memoir has some charm, and is presented with an air of rueful humor. It touches on a broad variety of topics, including (but certainly not limited to) the proper role of a coach and athletics in an academic environment, tension between men's and women's athletic programs, the dynamics of a team with a broad range of talent and experience, some details of the games played in their season, and a lot of light-hearted conversation among intelligent people.

Ultimately, however, it is an unsatisfying read. The author is a professor of English, so I had expected some provocative insights; however, none of the topics were covered in depth or with much creativity. I am left with no new insights into any of these provocative topics, and frankly the conversations and reflections aren't interesting enough to carry the book. This is particularly frustrating because I sensed an excellent work lurking under this treatment. There is some tantalyzing discussion of team dynamics; we are presented with a strongly polarized team in the beginning of the season, and a clearly united team by the end, but given no insight into how the union was forged. Ultimately, a book entitled "Beyond Winning" has to be about people, and the most interesting people in the book -- his team -- are rarely named and for the most part ignored.

I felt as if the book seeks to be everything to everyone, and so fails to be anything to anyone. It's not clear to me who would enjoy this book. Prospective soccer coaches will learn nothing about soccer. Sports fans will learn nothing about athletics. It's not funny enough to read for humor, not charming enough to read for joy, and most damning, no one will learn much about human nature.

3-0 out of 5 stars Indeed a good read.
Let me quote an early assessment by the author himself. It is classic. To wit: "This book deals with an unknown author writing about a little-known college having a losing season in a minor sport played by women." I need add only that it is, indeed, a good read.

4-0 out of 5 stars from a student's POV
Being a student of Dr. Hanna at Geneva College, I can say that he truly puts himself out onto the pages of this work. I am in a class which discusses the book, and Hanna is the same person in the classroom as anywhere else. Always ready to show something new, and smile the whole way through it. Beyond Winning tells a true account of a baseball coach and English professor who gets a job as a women's soccer coach in a small school and has a losing season. What exactly would make anyone want to read that? That question is exactly what made me pick the course and begin reading Hanna's work. See for yourself. ... Read more

69. Soccer Coach's Survival Guide: Practical Techniques and Materials for Building an Effective Program and a Winning Team
by William E. Warren, George D. Danner
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Catlog: Book (1999-04-01)
Publisher: Parker Publishing Company
Sales Rank: 865669
Average Customer Review: 4 out of 5 stars
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4-0 out of 5 stars Very Informative
I found this manual to be informative. The authors knew what they were talking about, instead of being on the outside. They wrote with experience which is helpful to any level of coach and player alike. I really enjoyed reading this manual and will keep it as part of my professional library. ... Read more

70. On Soccer, the Inner Game: Improving Performance
by Sven-Goran Eriksson, Willi Railo, Sven Goran Eriksson, Willi S. Railo, Hakan Matson
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Asin: 1890946664
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Average Customer Review: 4 out of 5 stars
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4-0 out of 5 stars Not just for footballers!
I did not buy this book because I am a footballer, Ive never ever played soccer and probably never will. However I love the game and everything behind "the win". What makes a team win? This book talks about the mental training and attitudes, how we can mentally condition ourselves for a win.
Especially I like the section where they talk about goal setting, this book goes far beyond basic goal setting books or self help books. They really go in depth!
I highly reccomend this book for anybody that plays soccer, works in management, business or plainly is intrested in self help!
Buy and buy it NOW!!!

4-0 out of 5 stars Great book for psychology of soccer
If you are looking for a book with lots of soccer drills and tactical explanations this book has none.

If you are looking for a book to help you get your team out of a rut or a player with a problem than this is a book that you need in your library.

Follow the coach of the English National team as he talks about what he did to have Lazio (not a favorite) win the Italian League.

The book is written with Dr. Willi Railo, a reknown sports psychologist. They write the book as if they are speaking to each other in a conversation and you are basically sitting there. So, it is like you are listening to two people talking about dealing with teams and players in regards to sports psychology.

I once heard a club coach who read this book say that it was an incredible book but how could he use it. In fact, he could in terms of dealing with individual players and teams. Granted we don't have some of the same scenario's to deal with but you can apply many of the applications given.

This book is for the coach who is working with high school and older players, especially female. This is a book where each time you have read it (going on my third time) you will pick up different things and think of a player on your team like that. Or situations with your team that sound familiar.

Enjoy the book! ... Read more

71. The Ultimate Guide to Weight Training for Soccer
by Robert Price, Maryanne Haselow-Dulin, Robert G. Price
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Asin: 1932549234
Catlog: Book (2003-06)
Publisher: Price World Enterprises
Sales Rank: 201683
Average Customer Review: 3.71 out of 5 stars
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The Ultimate Guide to Weight Training for Soccer is the most comprehensive and up-to-date soccer-specific training guide in the world today. It contains descriptions and photographs of over 80 of the most effective weight training, flexibility, and abdominal exercises used by athletes worldwide.This book features year-round soccer-specific weight-training programs guaranteed to improve your performance and get you results.

No other soccer book to date has been so well designed, so easy to use, and so committed to weight training.This book takes you from the off-season to the in-season, and is loaded with dozens of tips and pointers to help you maximize your training and improve your performance.

Both beginners and advanced athletes and weight trainers can follow this book and utilize its programs.From recreational to professional, thousands of athletes all over the world are already benefiting from this book and its techniques, and now you can too! ... Read more

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1-0 out of 5 stars Generic
Weight Training for Soccer? The only place you'll see the word Soccer is on the front cover. The exercises descriptions also need some heavy editing and some of the black and white photos are hard to make out. Misleading.

3-0 out of 5 stars Soccer Specific?
I haven't read every word in this book, but I was disappointed in its lack of soccer specificity (though it claims to be so). I wonder how much of it is identical to the other 30 "Ultimate Guide..." books the publisher publishes. I'm not saying the book isn't a good weight training book, or that I won't benefit by it, it just appears they may be marketing the same content under several titles, making you "think" it was written specifically for the sport. For instance, there is no indication that the author of this one, Robert Price, ever played soccer! I was expecting sections like, "To improve your kicking," or "stretching exercises for goalies," or "strengthening muscles for twisting/turning," etc.

5-0 out of 5 stars Play like Beckham!
This book is great for any soccer player! I recommend it to anyone who wants to increase agility and stamina. This book has improved my game through its various exercises and weight lifting techniques. I highly recommend it to any soccer player at any level. A great buy!!!

5-0 out of 5 stars awesome!
This is the best book I have found of its kind! A workout plan just for soccer players that is clear and easy to understand. You can use this program at any skill level and see results fast. Definitely worth the price - I have introduced this program to my whole team!

5-0 out of 5 stars Money Well Spent!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
I was recommended this book from a friend of mine who is also a soccer nut like myself. I found that this book clearly outlines how the individual player can exponentially increase their level of effectiveness on the pitch. Besides improving my general performance on the field by increasing my level of stamina, strength, and flexibility, I found that this book serves as a very good starting points for players of all abilities and ages.

This book provides advice narrowly tailored towards soccer players. Where other books fail to provide advice about how one can prevent injures and make training fun, this book undoubtedly succeeds!!! Overall, a great buy. ... Read more

72. El Futbol A Sol y Sombra
by Eduardo Galeano
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Catlog: Book (1995-01-01)
Publisher: Siglo XXI Editores, S. A. de C. V.
Sales Rank: 408455
Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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5-0 out of 5 stars love for soccer - El amor al futbol (ambos idiomas)
This book tell us about the real love for soccer, it is incredible how Galeano document history of soccer from a new way to feel it. This is not a simple history of soccer, this is the history of why soccer is the most played sport. Galeano defenitly loves soccer as a graceful and inspiring sprot played by real artists, not as like the most of us, his is fan of soccer beyond his favorite team. Soccer is not only about scoring a goal and wining, it is realy important how you play it.
Full of descriptions of moments in soccer history that show us this.

Galeano no es hincha de su equipo, es fan e hincha del futbol por sobretodas las cosas. Por eso el futbol debe ser hermoso y con pasión. Este libro es una cronografía de los momentos que han hecho historia en el fútbol. Es una recopilación de los momentos que nos enseñan porque el futbol es el deporte mundial. Para Galeano el futbol es más que marcar goles y ganar, es una verdadera fiesta llena de pasión. Este compendio de historias nos transmiten los momentos y personas que nos enseñan esto. Es una exelente manera de re-enamorarse del buen fútbol. ... Read more

73. The Soccer Goalkeeper Training Manual
by Lorenzo Dilorio, Ferretto Ferretti, Lorenzo di Iorio
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Catlog: Book (2004-09)
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This is a complete handbook dealing with the basic principles of goalkeeping technique and the planning of training sessions; it also includes a large number of exercises to help coaches train their keepers to identify and correct the most common mistakes. ... Read more

74. Soccer Drills for Individual and Team Play
by James P. McGettigan
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Catlog: Book (1987-01-01)
Publisher: Prentice Hall
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4-0 out of 5 stars Drills that can be used to correct mistakes
I use this book to come up with drills that will help correct mistakes that happen durring the games. I look for technique specific drills(overlap, cross) and modify to my age group. There is enough options, that a coach shouldn't have a problem with team boredom. This is one of the books that is for the more advanced coaches that want to continue to learn. ... Read more

75. Nutrition for Soccer Players
by Enrico Arcelli
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Catlog: Book (1997-08-01)
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At last a book dedicated to the specific nutrition requirements of soccer players.

Topics covered include: Replenishing fluids, Pre-Match meal suggestions, Diet and Training, Food combinations, Supplements and more. ... Read more

76. Soccer Homework: Skill Drills for 1 to 3 Players
by Charlie Inverso
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Finally, a book for players who want to go the extra mile to improve their game. This book contains several outstanding drills that you can do on your own or with one or two friends outside of the team training environment.
Skill is at a premium in today's game but because of the dominance and time demands of formal team training and the multitude of activities available outside of soccer, youth players often miss out on the advantages of playing soccer on their own.

The importance of ball mastery in soccer is undeniable and the best way to achieve it is through playing as much as possible. This book offers effective and fun skill drills you can use to get your game to the next level. ... Read more

77. Beckham : Both Feet on the Ground: An Autobiography
by David Beckham, Tom Watt
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Catlog: Book (2003-10-01)
Publisher: HarperCollins
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In England, where he spent ten seasons leading his storied club Manchester United and his nation to soccer glory, he is so wildly popular that his countrymen voted him the face they'd most want to see imprinted on their money. (Winston Churchill finished second.) In Japan, where he is worshiped as much for his headline-making fashion trends as for his ability to bend a ball around a wall of defenders, women styled their bikini waxes after the blond mohawk he sported during the 2002 World Cup. And in Spain, within days of his $41 million trade to Real Madrid, his new team received two million requests to buy his number 23 jersey. The legend of David Beckham -- soccer god, global sex symbol, style icon -- has been celebrated around the world, arguably more than Tiger Woods and Michael Jordan combined. Now, with the publication of his long-awaited autobiography, the man who inspired the surprise hit movie Bend It Like Beckham is set to conquer the last remaining outpost where soccer is not a national religion: the United States.

Beckham is a classic rags-to-riches saga: a boy, David, is born to a poor East End London family. He develops prodigious soccer skills, and his parents nurture him until he becomes one of the most gifted athletes of his generation. He grows up to marry Victoria -- a Spice Girl, "Posh" -- and enters a celebrity whirlwind of Princess Diana -- esque proportions. Together, the Beckhams are Britain's new royal couple -- their 240-acre estate outside of London is known as Beckingham Palace -- and their presence at parties or charity events guarantees endless tabloid stories and photos as well as adoring mobs that must be restrained by police barricades. Their life is as much a study in managing fame as it is in sports and pop phenomena.

In Beckham he talks candidly about the pressures of celebrity -- his wife and sons were the targets of a 2002 kidnapping plot; how he balances his roles as a devoted husband and besotted father with his globetrotting existence as an international soccer player; the behind-the-scenes stories of his most memorable career moments, such as the penalty kick against archrival Argentina in the World Cup that redeemed him to a nation who blamed him for their failure in the previous World Cup; the controversy surrounding his move to Real Madrid and the falling out with the man who shaped his career, Manchester United's famously combative manager Sir Alex Ferguson; and, finally, his love of America -- his first son was conceived in and named Brooklyn -- where, like the great Pelé, David can imagine playing out his final seasons.

So much has been written about David Beckham that it's easy to think we know everything about the world's most famous athlete, but only Beckham himself can set the record straight on his beliefs, his dreams, his loves, his fears, and, above all, his sense of who he is. Beckham is an intimate account of an extraordinary life, a life in which, against all odds, he has managed to keep both feet on the ground.

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5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent autobiography even if you dont know soccer
This is a great book about David Beckham. I received it as a gift and what a fine gift. As an American, i dont know that much about soccer but i did find all the soccer stuff very interesting. He was very candid about his life including the death and kidnap threats toward him and his family that he constantly has to deal with. I found him to be an amazing , admirable person and someone whom God has given an incredible talent and athletic ability. This is a great gift for soccer fans, young and old and it is a great gift for anyone who loves autobiographies. I read the British version which is called My Side , hopefully its about the same as this American one.

4-0 out of 5 stars Good insight into Beckham's life at the moment
My review may be a little bit biased because I really like David Beckham, but I thoroughly enjoyed this book. The only reason I'm giving it 4 stars instead of 5 is because I would have a liked a little bit more detail.

I read a recent review on here where someone said they were disappointed that Becks used Americanized language in the book. He should know that there was a UK and a US version of this book released, hence the use of 'soccer' instead of 'football', etc. The UK book is called 'David Beckham: My Side' and is written for the English audience. I also questioned how much of the book was penned by David or the co-author Tom Watt. I can't exactly see Becks sitting down to a computer and writing his memoirs. But who cares - it was written from his point of view and I really enjoyed being able to get inside his head.

I'd say the most interesting parts of the book were his rows with Alex Ferguson, leading to his eventual sale to Real Madrid and his feelings behind his sending off at the 1998 World Cup. I guess I wanted a book that would tell some behind-the-scenes type stuff and those were some of the highlights.

If you like David Beckham, I think you'd enjoy this book.

4-0 out of 5 stars A Page turner!
I got this book because I thought it would be a fun light read. Once I started page one I couldn't put it down! I spent hours reading it! When it was over I was actually sad, because I wanted more. Before this book I liked Beckham, but now I have sooooo much more respect for him. It's nice to see a professional athlete who can write a great book. You gotta read this!

4-0 out of 5 stars Beckham - both feet on the ground
This is a much better book than I expected. It is an easy and interesting read. I am almost ten years older than David Beckham, but I wanted to find out what he is really like (other than what is seen on the soccer field). He does a good job of telling his own story without blowing anything out of proportion. If you like soccer, this is a must read. Enjoy...

5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent!
Beckham is gorgeous and a superb soccer player, but when you read this book, you'll get to know what a great person he is, and you'll love him even more! ... Read more

78. Dutch Soccer Drills: 180 Practice Drills for Developing Creative, Attacking Soccer
by Henny Kormelink
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79. The Soccer Goalkeeping Handbook
by AlexWelsh
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Catlog: Book (1999-01-11)
Publisher: McGraw-Hill
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Sound techniques and efficient decision making are essential to the art of successful goalkeeping. The Soccer Goalkeeping Handbook is the authoritative and comprehensive coaching guide to realizing your top potential in front of the net. In this handbook, author Alex Welsh identifies the essential components of each of the goalkeeper's skills and outlines proven practices and training drills to improve match performance and produce results. Inside you'll find tips and techniques covering a variety of goalkeeping situations, including:

  • Positioning
  • One-on-one situations
  • Distribution
  • Dealing with high crosses
  • Coping with back passes
  • Shot stopping
  • Sweeping up behind the defense
  • Organization at set pieces
  • Saving penalties
Bring peak performance to your game with The Soccer Goalkeeping Handbook.Alex Welsh has coached professional goalkeepers both in England and internationally. Prior to coaching, he enjoyed an 18-year career on the field. Alex is currently a county representative of The Football Association. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars This is an excellent coaching guide.
Alex Welsh, former professional player and coach in England, identifies the essential components of each of the goalkeeper's skills and outlines proven practices and training drills to improve match performance and produce results. Full of technique and tips covering a variety of goalkeeping situations, including: distribution, shot stopping, positioning, saving penalties, and much more!

5-0 out of 5 stars it is good
it is coo ... Read more

80. Science and Soccer
by Tom Reilly, Mark Williams
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Asin: 0415262321
Catlog: Book (2002-08-01)
Publisher: Routledge
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This fully revised and updated edition of the classic text Science and Soccer looks at the application of sports science to the world's most popular sport.It explores the latest scientific research and development in every key facet of the game, including: coaching and training techniques, nutritional programs, injury prevention and rehabilitation, and match analysis.Essential reading for support staff, coaches, physiotherapists and psychologists, the book directly addresses the massive expansion of the game in the US, including important new chapters on talent identification and the growth and development of youth players, as well as new research on women soccer players. ... Read more

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