Soccer, Passion, Politics, and the First World Cup in Africa
1st Edition Paperback ISBN: 0061984957
Africa United is the story of modern-day Africa told through its soccer. Traveling across thirteen countries, from Cairo to the Cape, Steve Bloomfield meets players and fans, politicians and rebel leaders, discovering the role that soccer has played in shaping the continent. He recounts how soccer has helped to stoke conflicts and end wars, bring countries together and prop up authoritarian regimes. A lively and elegantly reported travelogue, Africa United calls attention to the amazing relationships between people and soccer, and to the state of Africa on the cusp of the biggest moment in its sporting history, the 2010 World Cup.
Ajax, the Dutch, the War
The Strange Tale of Soccer During Europe's Darkest Hour
Paperback ISBN: 1568587236
Presents a history of the Dutch soccer team Ajax during World War II, discussing how the Germans hunted down and eliminated the Jews of the Netherlands including soccer players and how soccer was still played in other European countries during the war.
The Ball Is Round
A Global History of Soccer
Paperback ISBN: 1594482969
Published to coincide with the World Cup preliminaries, a comprehensive overview of soccer around the world traces the history of the world's most popular sport from its earliest origins to the present day, looking at the game in terms of its political, cultural, and social roles in countries around the world. Original.
The Remarkable Story Behind the Sensational Headlines
Paperback ISBN: 1848319134
Mario Balotelli has a reputation like no other in football. Since exploding onto the scene at Inter Milan in 2007, he has won league titles in both Italy and England, moving between Europe's elite clubs with Liverpool his latest stop. Yet for all his undoubted talent, he is better known for his off-field antics
The Beautiful Game
Paperback ISBN: 1781316678
See the world of soccer brought to life with photos, illustrations, and stunning infographics. The Beautiful Game is loaded with facts, stats, profiles on player personalities, bios, history, and much more to make the beautiful game leap out at you like you’ve never seen before. Whether it’s uncovering the most goals scored in an international tournament, or comparing the left-foot of the world's best players, the intriguing, and often surprising, truths of soccer are completely at your disposal. Who has scored more penalty shots, Ronaldo or Messi? Which goalie has the safest hands? Who has received the most red cards? These striking and fun infographics put the game's most intriguing questions to the test.
Both Feet on the Ground
Paperback ISBN: 0060570946
Describes the famous soccer star's disadvantaged East End London childhood, placement at Manchester United at the age of fourteen, record-breaking successes in his first ten years of professional soccer, work as the captain of England, marriage to the former Posh Spice, and his roles as a celebrity and father. Reprint. 60,000 first printing.
Paperback ISBN: 0091884705
George Best was blessed with an extraordinary gift; he brought beauty and grace to soccer never before seen. But he was unable to cope with the success and fame his genius brought and his life story is littered with tales of women, sex and, of course, drink. George Best here tells his own dramatic and inspiring story.
The Boys from Little Mexico
A Season Chasing the American Dream
Paperback ISBN: 080700152x
For nineteen straight years, the all-Hispanic boys’ soccer team from Oregon’s Woodburn High has made the playoffs. As they prepare to make it twenty, one thing will become clear: Los Perros play the beautiful game with heart, pride, and their lives on the line. Their spirited drive gives a rare sense of hope and unity to a blue-collar farming community that has been transformed by waves of immigrants over recent decades, a town locals call “Little Mexico.” Watched over by a south Texas transplant—a surrogate father to half the squad—this band of brothers must learn to come together on the field and look after each other off it. More than just riveting sports writing, The Boys from Little Mexico is about the fight for the future of the next generation—and a hard, true look at boys dismissed as gang-bangers, told to “go home” by lily-white sideline crowds. The wins and losses they notch along the way spin a striking tale about what it takes to capture the American Dream.
The Neurotic Genius of Dutch Soccer
Paperback ISBN: 1590200551
Brilliant range is a book about Dutch soccer that's not really about Dutch socer. It's more about an enigmatic way of thinking peculiar to a people whose landscape is unrelentingly flat, mostly below sea level, ad who owe their salvation to a boy who plugged a fractured dike with his little inger. If any one thing, Brilliant Orange is about Dutch space and a people whose unique conception of it has led to ome of the most enduring art, the weirdest architecture, and a bizarrely crebral form of soccer--Total Football--that led in 1974 to a World Cup finalsmatch with arch-rival Germany and more recently to a devastating loss againstSpain in 2010. With its intricacy and oddity, it continues to mystify and delght observers around the world. As David Winner wryly observes, it is an expression of the Dutch psyche that has a shaed ancestry with the Mondrian's Broadway Boogie Woogie, Rembrandt's Th Night Watch, maybe even with Gouda cheese. Finally here in paperbck, Brilliant Orange reaches out to the reader from an unexpected place andnever lets go.