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121. Life Lessons from Soccer : What Your Child Can Learn On and Off the Field-A Guide for Parents and Coaches
by Dr. Vincent Fortanasce
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Asin: 0743205758
Catlog: Book (2001-10-02)
Publisher: Fireside
Sales Rank: 535615
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Parent-tested and approved by the American Youth Soccer Organization (AYSO), this indispensable book by a parent, coach, and doctor shows soccer moms, dads, and coaches how to encourage children to look beyond winning and to turn every game and practice into an opportunity to teach life lessons.


Dr. Vincent Fortanasce applies his expertise in child development to guide parents and coaches on:

  • Emphasizing fun over performance and morality over victory
  • Understanding the way kids think and their capabilities at each developmental stage
  • Controlling their own touchline behavior
  • Instilling character, conscience, and courage in every player, regardless of talent


    In Life Lessons from Soccer, Vincent Fortanasce celebrates the enchantments of soccer as a learning ground for family values and life lessons -- and for becoming closer to your children on and off the field. ... Read more


  • 122. Motson's National Obsession : The Greatest Football Trivia Book Ever
    by Adam Ward, John Motson
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    Asin: 1860746012
    Catlog: Book (2004-09-09)
    Publisher: Sanctuary Publishing
    Sales Rank: 94220
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    English soccer fans from Cape Town to Chicago follow their teams religiously. This all-inclusive guide - featuring John Motson, a highly esteemed international soccer commentator - puts a feast of facts and trivia at the fingertips of North American fans, divulging all that's weird and wonderful about the English game: Where all the famous Celtic 'Lisbon Lions' were born in Glasgow; why the England team gave the Nazi salute in 1938; quotes from Sven Goran Erikson, the England team manager; and commentary on how Americans view the game. This complete guide on English soccer includes quotes, table, figures, and illustrations. ... Read more


    123. Dutch Soccer Drills Volume II
    by RichardKentwell
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    Asin: 1570281165
    Catlog: Book (1998-05-11)
    Publisher: McGraw-Hill
    Sales Rank: 243638
    Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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    Once again the best coaches of Europe have contributed drills to elevate your players to their highest ability. Focusing on combination plays and small sided games, this book is designed to channel individual skills into game situations.Each drill features an objective, clear instructions, easy-to-follow organizational factors, a diagram, possible variations, and coaching points--everything coaches need to refresh their practices and keep players motivated.Dutch Soccer Drill, Volume II is a must-have reference for coaches who want to help players make the transition from practice field to playing field.About the Author Richard Kentwell is a licensed English F.A. Coach with over 25 years of coaching experience. The author of five books and numerous articles, Kentwell earned his masters degree in education from Boston University with a specialization in human movements. He is a director of the British American School of Soccer and president of Reedswain, the coaching video and book specialists. ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent Resource
    This is an excellent source of reference for getting the team ready to play in game situations. Variations of countless drills helps to keep practices fresh and fun for both players and coach.

    Highly recommended ... Read more


    124. Let The Kids Play: 80 Exciting Soccer Training Sessions
    by Andrew Donnery
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    Asin: 1591640881
    Catlog: Book (2005-05-01)
    Publisher: Reedswain
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    125. Goalkeeping Drills
    by Gerd Thissen, Klaus Rollgen
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    Asin: 1890946400
    Catlog: Book (2000-01-01)
    Publisher: Reedswain
    Sales Rank: 1210938
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    Soccer goalkeeping requires good tactical understanding and good physical fitness. This book contains drills intended to improve these individual key aspects of goalkeeping. Each drill is accompanied by a detailed description, a list of the main aspects being trained, and a series of diagrams showing each phase of the exercise.

    Topics covered in Volume One include:
    Handling the Ball
    Warming Up
    General Exercises
    Catching Technique
    Agility
    Endurance
    Take-Off Strength
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    126. 'No One Likes Us, We Don't Care' : The Myth and Reality of Millwall Fandom
    by Garry Robson
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    Asin: 1859733727
    Catlog: Book (2000-07-01)
    Publisher: Berg Publishers
    Sales Rank: 745615
    Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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    No one likes us, we don’t care’ is the anthem of the most notorious fans in British football.But little is known about the actual people who generated and continue to maintain this most infamous of working-class subcultures.In addition to the voices of the fans themselves, this book provides a rich and original account of the historical background, social sources, expressive culture and ritual practices of Millwallism, a far more complex, meaningful and anthropologically compelling phenomenon than the media stereotypes suggest.The author argues that Millwall functions in the popular consciousness as a powerful symbol: specific understandings of ‘football hooliganism’, working-class masculinity, and violent ‘neo-fascism’ are triggered by its use in the media and in everyday social interaction. There are, it follows, few social groups as heavily mythologized as Millwall fans.Further, the generation and maintenance of this myth has significance far beyond the club itself, and is rooted in the meanings attached to working-class identities and modernity, masculinity and the body.This book will be essential reading for anyone interested in Millwall, the issues of ‘football hooliganism’ or working-class masculinity, sociology, anthropology, or sports studies.

    Shortlisted for the Philip Abrams Memorial Book Prize 2001
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    4-0 out of 5 stars Millwall at the New Den
    Gary Robson's anthropological picture of this infamous South London club provides a rich incite into the lives of fans, historical background and social practices of Millwall followers."No one Likes us, we don't care," the anthem of the club, is an appropriate title for this book.Robson attempts to go behind the mythologies and media stereotypes of fans as unreconstructed neo-fascist hooligans, and attaches more significance to working class identities.Robson, has managed to do a detailed piece of research into working class male culture without boring the reader to tears with academic jargon, and the early chapters of the book are particularly fascinating.The voices of South East Londoners shout out at readers off the page, and records urban memories of the Old Den and the move to the New den.Any football fan who finds this book will not be disappointed. ... Read more


    127. Score!: Soccer Tactics & Techniques For A Better Offense
    by Wiel Coerver
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    Asin: 0806909765
    Catlog: Book (1995-05-01)
    Publisher: Sterling Publishing
    Sales Rank: 307927
    Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars
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    Now any player can be the goal-scoring star of a soccer game -with the help of Wiel Coerver, a former top professional player and winning manager. Watch kids on the soccer field illustrate all the skills needed for good offensive play. Find out how to get a feel for the ball, control it while moving, and practice basic foot and body movements, passing, dribbling, kicking-and of course shooting. Coaches especially will love the fun skill-building games for various numbers of players.192 pages (all in color), 8 1/2 x 11 3/4.
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    2-0 out of 5 stars what?
    Well, I thought this should be a good book. It is not. All pictures that look like isolated freeze frames from a movie with zero intelligible explanation. For example, the "double scissors" is illustrated by about 30 pictures of a kid standing around a ball. A thumbnail text accompanies this, explaining nothing. Too bad, but this is a book that is simply incomprehensible. Well intentioned though. Much better books on coaching fundamentals are out there.

    3-0 out of 5 stars Get the video (5 stars) 123 Goal
    The video is excellent for teaching ball feeling, fast footwork and finally dribbling moves. This will enable the coach to have players who are comfortable on the ball and can play possession soccer. Get the video (5 stars) as the book does not explain or show (despite copious use of color pictures) clearly how to do most of the excercises.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Well Done, Mr.Coerver
    Wiel Coerver has certainly proved that he is, once again, is truly the master coach of ball control. the drills in this book certainly outrank the drills I've seen in other books, and if you want visual layouts, this book is for you. Now on to the more critical part of my review.

    First of all, the reason why I gave this book 4 stars instead of 5 is that this book does not live up to what it was meant to be. I read in other reviews that this book was meant to teach one-on-one moves and creative dribbling, but instead, I found the information to be very basic. Moves such as the Cruyff Turn, the Rivelino(scissors fake), and the basic feints and fakes were basic moves usually taught in other books. (For REAL soccer moves, check out Play The Brazilian Way: By Simon Clifford. )

    Second, this book has a little too much visual attention drawn to it and too little text explainations. The only explainations of a certain drill or technique is described in usually a sentence or so, as headings in a line of images. To me, this is barely sufficient, for the images take up at least 4/5 of the book.

    However, despite all the gripes above, I found the book to be an interesting read, and a perfect way for beginners to get a feel for the lost art of creative dribbling. The drills are perfect for coaches who want to emphasize on ball control, thus making this a great all-around reference.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent for a person who has to train alone
    This book helped me improve from a kick & run player to a more sophisticated ball player. Unfortunately, I got this a bit late, when I was 30 years old. Now I have mastered the drills and practice them almost daily. When my fitness is OK I can execute these drills in a game situation. I a getting my son to learn these skills, hopefully he will be a better player then me.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Great ideas, needs clarification; get the tapes

    I think it is important to put the Coerver Method into its proper context.

    It cannot be emphasized enough that Coerver's ideas have transformed the thinking of soccer coaching worldwide over the last twenty years. His methods are endorsed around the world, and by some of the best coaches in the U.S. (e.g., Anson Dorrance of UNC, originator of the "Win Forever" slogan of U.S. women's soccer - you must read his book if you coach girls/women's soccer). Licensed Coerver Coaching youth soccer camps abound, and many of the better soccer camps have incorporated elements of the Coerver Method into their training.

    What gave Coerver his start was the trend for European soccer in the late 1960's on through the early 1980's to develop into a sterile, defensively oriented passing game. Teams that had gifted ball control artists were routinely strangled by the tactic of heavy fouling. The concept of "direct soccer" was developed to use as few passes as necessary to put players into scoring position.. Although highly useful as a tactic and style of play, used to the complete exclusion of developing ball control skill, it quickly degenerated into simple "kick and run" soccer. The English version of this became known as "English long ball".

    Fortunately for world soccer, over the last fifteen years, by making a series of rules changes, FIFA has worked at both encouraging a more offensively oriented style of play and discouraging excessive fouling. FIFA came to realize that people the world over (not just Americans) hated having to watch boring soccer. Individual style and flair have reappeared in world soccer as South Americans, Africans, and Eastern Europeans have spread out to teams around the globe..

    There continue to be proponents of the "kick and run" style of soccer coaching, especially in the United States. There is a simple reason for this. Due to the lack of an established soccer culture in this country, it takes an enormous amount of team practice time to train even one player how to properly execute soccer moves. There is just so much that a team coach has to do already to get his team ready that there is simply not much time left to devote to practicing soccer moves. It is much easier for a team coach saddled with highly athletic but relatively less skillful players to win games by playing "direct soccer" or some other version of "kick and run" soccer. Getting players to perfect one or two moves at the youth level is about all that can be reasonably expected, given the fact that most youth club teams practice only two to three times a week.

    If a player wants to progress at a greater rate, the players and their parents must have the dedication to go out and practice more frequently. A team coach can only show his/her players how the moves work, but the players must find the extra time to go out and practice on their own, or with their parents, siblings, or friends. In countries with established soccer cultures, that is exactly what happens, and that is how the really great world class players develop.

    "Kick and run soccer" works until a team that only knows how to play this way runs up against another team that can both pass AND do moves. The team with the moves will win most of the time.

    I always like to compare the situation with U.S. soccer to the situation with U.S. basketball. Basketball is one sport where the rest of the world has pretty much caught up to the U.S. in tactics and coaching, and yet American basketball players remain superior in one area still, and that is in doing one-on-one moves to beat an opponent. These moves give an extra dimension to American basketball players that other countries simply can't match. Why don't other countries just teach their players how to do these basketball moves? Well, I'm sure they do, but, if you've ever watched the movie "Hoop Dreams" you will realize that the terrific basketball moves of American players are developed at an incredibly early age, out on the playgrounds, with weekly and daily episodes of one-on-one scrimmages. The intense culture of basketball that exists in the U.S. is what allows for such development. Eventually, by the high school ages, the speed of execution of these moves is just phenomenal, something that players in other countries that start basketball later (and don't practice as often) can't match. Not surprisingly, the basketball teams of other countries play mostly a game of "pass and shoot", just like American soccer tends to play "kick and run". Rarely do you see the artistry of a Michael Jordan or an Allen Iverson going one on one and beating his opponent with either a drive to the basket or a late dump off pass to an open teammate.

    Okay, enough philosophizing, back to the book.

    I view the Coerver books and videos now as only an inspirational starting point for ideas, not as a cookbook recipe for success. There are simply too many moves, lumped together in too much of a jumbled fashion, to give a soccer coach a clear outline of how to proceed. Some important concepts are simply not detailed in the core Coerver books and videos. Without meaning to sound like I know better than the Coerver Coaching staff, here are some of the things that I've discovered on my own:

    1. A number of the moves described in the Coerver books and videos just won't work very well in reality, especially the ones that don't move the ball and take a long time to unfold (e.g., the double scissors move). At advanced levels, defenders are trained to keep their eyes on the ball, to ignore the body feints, and to go for the ball if need be with a slide tackle that will take out the offensive player if he happens to touch the ball past the defender. Rarely do you see the more complex moves used at the very highest levels of professional soccer

    2. Each soccer move works best only for certain situations, which can be categorized by the direction that the defender is coming at the offensive player, relative to the position of the offensive player and the location of the ball. This is an organizational concept that is missing from Coerver's teachings. As it turns out, the bulk of the moves in the Coerver books and videos are designed for getting an opening past a defender in direct head-on confrontations. Turn moves (for a defender coming from behind) and stop and go moves (for a defender running side by side) are also very useful, but are not covered in any detail by the Coerver books and videos.

    3. Players blessed with exceptional speed and quickness don't need to learn fancy moves. They can make one or two very simple moves (e.g., the left footed inside and outside cut moves of Maradona) work for them ALL THE TIME because of the speed, balance, and timing of their execution. Such players only get slowed down if you try to teach them too many of the complex moves. This would be like teaching Nolan Ryan in his prime how to throw the knuckleball and screwball, instead of just letting him use his fastball.

    4. Learning the moves should be coupled with shooting/passing drills for timing and accuracy. At advanced levels, doing a move will often not spring the offensive player completely free but will only give him/her a half step opening in which to let loose either a pass or a shot on goal. The defensive marking at advanced levels is so tight that doing a move is often necessary just to get off a pass (hence the need for learning moves!). Moves are also an important part of developing shooting touch. Frequently, the setup to a shot on goal requires that the player do a move to get an opening against a defender.

    5. The Coerver teachings deal with only one aspect of ball control - that of using dribbling skills to beat an opponent one on one. There are a lot of other important ball control skills that need to be practiced extensively as well, such as trapping balls from every height and direction, heading the ball, and developing shooting/passing touch. Watch the best players in the world at the World Cup. See Romario score against the Netherlands (1994) with a one-touch half-volley shot, taken at a full sprint, with a world-class defender glued to his side barely six inches behind him, off of a flighted crossing pass that only he could reach. Beautiful soccer, a skill both conceptually simple and difficult to master, executed with tremendous precision and speed, under enormous defensive pressure. He probably had practiced this several thousand times before in his lifetime, to reach this level of perfection, to score that one goal.

    I could just go on and on. It is crucial that these moves and skills be taught at the earliest age possible. With practice, children have the coordination to do simple cut moves already by the age of 5 or 6. If a soccer player has not learned moves by age 12, he or she will not likely have ... Read more


    128. 300 Innovative Soccer Drills: For Total Player Development
    by Roger Wilkinson, Mick Critchell
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    Asin: 1890946362
    Catlog: Book (2000-06-01)
    Publisher: Reedswain
    Sales Rank: 267855
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    Full of innovative drills designed to teach players skillsand tactics while building the necessary physical conditioninglevel required in the modern game of soccer, Innovative SoccerDrills is suitable for the player, parent and coach at thejunior league and junior high school level.

    AUTHORBIOs: Roger Wilkinson is currently employed as the New Zealandunder-20 coach and the technical director of New Zealand Football.Mick Critchell serves as the coach to Farnborough Town FootballClub and works as a fitness adviser. ... Read more


    129. 101 Youth Soccer Drills : Age 7 to 11
    by Malcolm Cook
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    Asin: 1890946222
    Catlog: Book (1999-08-01)
    Publisher: Reedswain
    Sales Rank: 474896
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    Provides drills for the safe and proper technical development of players ages 7-10.

    Includes drill for: Warm-Up, Ball Control, Kicking Techniques, Passing, Dribbling, Goalkeeping and Warm-Down. ... Read more


    130. Attacking Soccer: A Tactical Analysis
    by Massimo Lucchesi
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    Asin: 1890946710
    Catlog: Book (2001-12)
    Publisher: Reedswain
    Sales Rank: 537997
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    Description: This book examines match strategies for creating goal scoring opportunities out of the following systems of play: 4-4-2, 4-3-3, 3-5-2, 4-3-1-2, 4-5-1.

    For each system, the author discusses the strategy, tactics, system and schemes of play as well as the technical, tactical and physical characteristics of the players who use the system. Several situational attacking schemes are also presented using clear diagrams and detailed descriptions. ... Read more


    131. Select Soccer Drills
    by John A. Reeves, J. Malcolm Simon
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    Asin: 0880114088
    Catlog: Book (1990-09-01)
    Publisher: Human Kinetics Publishers
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    America's best soccer coaches share their favorite drills with you in Select Soccer Drills. Widely known soccer coaches John Reeves and Malcolm Simon have compiled 125 drills from successful male and female coaches--national champions, coaches of the year, national and international leaders. The result is a convenient, easy-to-use guide for every coach, whether you're a novice or a seasoned pro.

    Select Soccer Drills gives you a wealth of new ideas to help keep practices productive and players motivated, whether you're supplementing your current drills or building a complete program. The 125 drills cover every aspect of the game, and many include variations that you can use to prepare for different situations or to adapt the difficulty to your players' abilities.

    The drills develop not only your players' basic skills, but also their ability to handle real game situations. These drills will help them start to think like soccer players.

    Select Soccer Drills is easy for coaches from youth to college leagues to use. Each drill is fully diagrammed and presented in an easy-to-read manner that shows you at a glance

    * what skills or movements are emphasized,

    * the recommended playing area,

    * how many players are needed, and

    * what equipment is necessary.

    Plus, the book's unique Drill Finder chart makes it fast and easy to find exactly the drills you need to emphasize important skills.

    Every coach, teacher, and camp director will want a copy of Select Soccer Drills. It's an invaluable reference that makes it easy for you to plan practices and helps you develop strong, well-rounded players. ... Read more


    132. Advanced Soccer Drills
    by Colin E. Schmidt
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    Asin: 0880116145
    Catlog: Book (1997-01-01)
    Publisher: Human Kinetics Publishers
    Sales Rank: 168758
    Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars
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    To be competitive on the soccer field, players need strong technical skills and good tactical sense. Now even experienced players can raise their performance another notch with these 69 challenging practice drills. You’ll find drills to

    • develop the ability and confidence to handle defensive pressure,

    • improve field vision and decision making,

    • master advanced skills to use in specific game situations, and

    • apply these skills successfully within a team framework.

    The drills in this book go beyond the basics—they’re more challenging and more fun. And they’re organized according to specific objectives, with a drill finder to help you select the drills that work on the areas you want to improve. Each drill is presented in a two-page format with complete instructions, key points, and a clear diagram.

    Better practice means better performance. Advanced Soccer Drills is the perfect practice tool for developing the high-level skills and soccer sense needed to excel. ... Read more

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    4-0 out of 5 stars Pretty good book for collage and high school coaches
    The entire book is filled with all kinds of drills (most of them are very creative but there are some that are imposable to acheive or exsecute; there are few drills that I would not recommend to a coach). If you're not a coach this book is NOT for you!!!

    3-0 out of 5 stars Another pattern book of soccer drills.

    This book is similar in concept to the book "Dutch Soccer Drills Vol.I" by Richard Kentwell, which I also reviewed. The fundamental comments and criticisms that I made in that review about training for soccer by running such rigid patterns apply to this book as well. This book also does not have hardly anything in the way of tips on basic techniques for ball control.

    There are several reasons why I give this book a slightly higher rating: First, the diagrams of the drills are more simply laid out and are easier to understand - and so if your soccer training philosophy actually includes running such rigid pattern drills, this book might actually be a useful guide for such training. Second, many of the diagrams simply describe how to lay out a simple "skill" type of drill to practice a particular type of skill, rather than running a complex pattern drill. Third, the book has some interesting comments about how the ODP (Olympic Development Program) selection process is run (at least by Schmidt et al in his region). Fourth, the commentary accompanying each drill is better written and tells you what each drill is actually supposed to teach. ... Read more


    133. The Glory Game
    by Hunter Davies
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    Asin: 0809293323
    Catlog: Book (2001-10-03)
    Publisher: McGraw-Hill/Contemporary Books
    Sales Rank: 144049
    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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    The classic inside view of soccer

    Hailed as probably the best book about soccer ever written, The Glory Game gives a unique insight into the inner workings of a major-league soccer club. Author Hunter Davies was allowed unparalleled access to the inner sanctum of a top professional soccer team, the Tottenham Hotspur (Spurs), and his pen spared nothing and no one. This 30th-anniversary edition will appeal to new and enthusiastic audiences. ... Read more

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    4-0 out of 5 stars Lots of guts and glory for little pay
    For the football fan, this is a classic work. Perhaps most compelling is the time capsule it represents, back to a simpler age for football, before advertising, television, marketing and crass commercialism took hold. The book is now thirty years old. Updated in the late 1990s Davies adds information on the team members, twenty-five years after they won their national cup. The reader can only marvel at how much things have changed in world football since this book emerged. Back then, an apprentice might earn [very]little...Even though that amount went a lot further back then, it was a pittance. Players were recruited at about age 13 from local teams. The glory, not the cash, earned their attention. Training consisted of some jogging, minimal weight training and drills in the basics. It was a pretty simple, and certainly unglamorous routine, ten months of the year. Medical care seemed primitive, some based more on superstition than science. Veterans would decry the lack of guts from some of the players, and the absence of grounding in the key, basic skills, e.g., ball trapping. But what a life it was! From the players' bios, it is clear that the alternative would have been to work the mines, unload ships, or collect garbage. Football was a joy! And even then, the players from the middle of the century would probably think those of the 1970s had it pretty soft.

    Chapters cover several players, the manager, the early version of English hooligans, key games, a doting, almost sinister fan, and the club directors, in relatively brief, insightful and not-too-critical prose. The appendices include a study of the team's set plays and shows with statistics for the year how critical these 'dead ball' moves were to the success of the team. Brief surveys of player attitudes, life history, family, and hobbies offer a superficial profile of the club. We catch a glimpse of lives, from dads changing nappies to a manager's busy schedule, yet I felt more empty at the end than moved.

    Tim Parks and Joe McGuinness have made more recent, intensive attempts to cover this same ground: a year with an Italian football team, up close and personal. A modern version of 'Glory game', featuring Man United (see, for instance, "Manchester Unlimited"), would offer stark contrasts, like Michael Lewis' recent book on American baseball.

    5-0 out of 5 stars First Of A Kind
    The Glory Game was published in 1972. It has, as the author notes in his introduction to the 1999 edition, been in print every since. The book tells the story of the 1971-72 season of the English football team the Tottenham Hot Spur Football Club. This is the prototype of many such team stories that have followed. The book succeeds because it tells the story of not only a team in the collective sense but of the individuals that made it.It also presents to the present day fan of the cash saturated Premier League a study of almost sociological precision of an era in English football which, although only thirty years in the past, is now "your father and granfather's football."The players are fairly and insightfully treated. The book is in sum their stories and the stories of their competitions. The book is complete with appendices of team plays,player's attitudes, qualities and what the players did upon retirement.The treatment of the players and coaches is far from dull or superficial.In fact the revealing nature of the book created quite a contrversy when it was published. Its insights are enjoyable reading and tell a true team story. ... Read more


    134. The Science of Soccer
    by John Wesson
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    Asin: 0750308133
    Catlog: Book (2002-09-01)
    Publisher: Institute of Physics Publishing
    Sales Rank: 365958
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    135. David Beckham : Made in Manchester. An Unofficial Photographic Record
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    Asin: 0954684303
    Catlog: Book (2004-10-15)
    Publisher: Dewi Lewis Media
    Sales Rank: 369727
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    This extraordinary book charts David Beckham's rise to celebrity during his years in Manchester.

    At the age of 3 David Beckham's parents gave him a Manchester United shirt as a Christmas present, beginning a relationship with the club that was to last a quarter of a century. He signed schoolboy terms in May 1988, eventually joining United as a trainee in July 1991 and moving up to Manchester to begin what was to become an extraordinary story.

    From relatively early days, right up to his departure for Real Madrid, Eamonn and James Clarke, the Manchester paparrazi, have recorded his unofficial story-even before he came to prominence as a player and well before his meteoric rise to iconic status.

    They were there when he was a young player finding his feet at the club, there to see him out and about with girlfriends or team colleagues, there when "Posh Spice" arrived on the scene, and there to see him becoming a proud father and family man.

    And they were the first to photograph him, with the cut above his eye, walking in Manchester after the boot-kicking incident with Sir Alex Ferguson, when it began to dawn on everyone that David Beckham's time at Manchester United was almost over.

    In an introductory text, and through extended captions, Eamonn and James Clarke describe their work and encounters with David Beckham. The two brothers have worked as the Manchester paparrazi for the last 10 years. Their images appear regularly on the front pages of the press in the UK as well as internationally in magazines.

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    136. Manchester United in Europe: Tragedy, Destiny, History
    by Ken Ferris
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    Asin: 1840187727
    Catlog: Book (2003-10-01)
    Publisher: Mainstream Publishing Company, Ltd.
    Sales Rank: 788197
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    137. The World's Game: A History of Soccer (Illinois History of Sports)
    by Bill Murray
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    Asin: 0252067185
    Catlog: Book (1998-01-01)
    Publisher: University of Illinois Press
    Sales Rank: 238847
    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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    Soccer, one of the most popular games in the world, is played by many and is supported fanatically by millions. So, how did this sport come about? What were its origins? Why has it flourished for so long? Bill Murray, an Australian sports historian, answers these questions and many more as he persuasively presents the case for why soccer is the premier sport of the world.Tracing the history of the organized game--from its origins as a leisure pastime for private-school alumni in London in 1863 to the World Cup held in the U.S. in 1994--Murray commentates on the evolution of soccer from past to present. Attention is paid to all aspects of the game, ranging from America's ambivalent attitude toward professional soccer to the progress of the women's game to the threat of hooliganism. The ground covered is vast, but Murray's readable style will be appreciated by anyone who has a passion for the game, and will inspire interest in those who know little about it.--Jeremy Storey ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars A great overview of soccer history.
    Unlike other soccer books which can be narrow in scope and range, Murray's book attempts to take us beyond the borders of South America and Europe and examines soccer all over the world. It also examines political and social affiliations attached to the game. The appendix has major soccer disasters covered,tragedies involving players,major soccer grounds,FIFA membership,Soccer at the Olympic Games before 1930,The Growth of the World Cup,and The Growth of Various Youth Tournaments. It also has a useful Glossary which is a must for any observer, casual or hardcore fan of the game. It would be a good introductory book for someone learning about soccer history because it has plenty of useful anecdotes that illustrates the game's colorful and controversial history.

    4-0 out of 5 stars This book was great!
    After having played soccer for years, it was amazing to see how much I didn't now about the history of the sport. Now that my daughter is absorbing everything soccer, this book has helped. She is preparing to do a report on soccer and it's history. I am sure she'll do great! ... Read more


    138. Beckham: My World
    by David Beckham, Dean Freeman
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    Asin: 0340792701
    Catlog: Book (2002-07-01)
    Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton
    Sales Rank: 156364
    Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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    5-0 out of 5 stars excellent
    i was so happy when i purchased this book. Infact, i would have paid almost anything for it...could not put it down for 1 second. the text was extremly insightful and what was even better was the added photos...Defintely would reccomend this biography to everyone!!!!!!

    5-0 out of 5 stars Magnificant
    I have just recently become a daivd beckham fan so i purchased this book and to my surprise it was one of the best biographies i have ever read. David talks about not only his love for his family but his feelings about man. united and england soccer. This is a must buy for all soccer fans!

    5-0 out of 5 stars Beckham lovers will love the book! Even Beckham haters!
    My mother brought me this book in England just recently. I've wanted to have the book since it was first released, but its rather expensive if you buy it in Indonesia.
    I have been an England fan, a Man United fan, and a Beckham since I was in secondary school 8 years ago. I knew Beckham since he was in the youth club. I lived in England at that time.
    I think the book is excellent. The photos are too. I already knew a lot a bout Beckham, but since I read the book, I found out new things that made me respect him even more. He really loves his family and ofcourse football. Hes a real professional! For those of you who are Beckham fans, reading this book is a must! For those who aren't or are even Beckham haters, you'd definitely change your opinion about him. Salute!!

    Alfatih Gesuan Panananjung

    5-0 out of 5 stars Nice book! Worth buying!
    I bought this book in harcover edition via the amazon.uk.co for the reason that it's cheaper to buy from the UK instead of the US. I'm not an American, and either am I a football fan but after reading this book, I think I'm becoming addicted to football games. If you ever know something about Beckham you might know him as the husband of a Spice Girl/Victoria, but there are something more than that. You see this book, and youknow that there's something special towards Beckham. His determination for love and for football is amazing. The book "My world" tells you all because it's only written by Beckham himself. It shows us a intimate look inside Beckham's life. Though it's not that NEW you know, but it's still so great. With the pictures and the words inside this book, you'll know who Beckham is, or who Beckham TRULY is. ... Read more


    139. Sweet Charlie, Dike, Cazzie, and Bobby Joe: High School Basketball in Illinois
    by Taylor H. A. Bell
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    Asin: 0252071999
    Catlog: Book (2004-10-01)
    Publisher: University of Illinois Press
    Sales Rank: 32426
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    140. Winning Soccer for Girls (Winning Sports for Girls (Hardcover))
    by Deborah W. Crisfield, Mark Gola
    list price: $35.00
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    Asin: 0816046182
    Catlog: Book (2002-03-01)
    Publisher: Facts on File
    Sales Rank: 844941
    Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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    5-0 out of 5 stars This book is great!
    This book is the perfect guide for girls who have been playing soccer for years, or who are just learning to play (like me.) The pictures helpto show the different positions, drills, & techniques, and it's written ina way that everyone can understand. Highly recomended! ... Read more


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