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 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.
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.
Paperback ISBN: 0552140031
For the last three decades, Brian Clough has been the most charismatic manager in soccer. Though his talent has earned him a fortune, he remains a working-class hero. Tactically brilliant, Clough had an unmatched ability to motivate players, yet he has never been far from controversy, and some of his rows—particularly with his long-standing managerial partner Peter Taylor—are the stuff of tabloid legend.
How the English Premier League Became the Wildest, Richest, Most Disruptive Force in Sports
Hardcover ISBN: 1328506452
An inside account of how English soccer's Premier League became an extreme entertainment empire draws on one hundred interviews with major decision-makers to explore its traditional English origins and its rise from a billionaire experiment to global prominence.