Soccer
The Boys from Little Mexico: A Season Chasing the American Dream
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.

Brilliant Orange: The Neurotic Genius of Dutch Soccer
Brilliant Orange
The Neurotic Genius of Dutch Soccer
Paperback      ISBN: 1590200551

If any one thing, Brilliant Orange is about Dutch space and a people whose unique conception of it has led to the most enduring arts, the weirdest architecture, and a bizarrely cerebral form of soccer--Total Football--that led in 1974 to a World Cup finals match with arch-rival Germany, and more recently to a devastating loss against Spain in 2010. With its intricacy and oddity, it continues to mystify and delight observers around the world. As David Winner wryly observes, it is an expression of the Dutch psyche that has a shared ancestry with Mondrian's Broadway Boogie Woogie, Rembrandt's The Night Watch, and maybe even with Gouda cheese.

Catch Them Being Good: Everything You Need to Know to Successfully Coach Girls
Catch Them Being Good
Everything You Need to Know to Successfully Coach Girls
Hardcover      ISBN: 0670031224

When Tony DiCicco first became head coach of the U.S. Women's National Soccer Team, his star player, Mia Hamm, gave him this piece of advice: "Coach us like men, but treat us like women." Now the most successful coach in American international soccer history shows coaches and parents how to get the most out of young female players.
"Catch Them Being Good" provides an outline for how to build a team-from selecting players and setting team goals to giving instructional feedback, dealing with wins and losses, and building chemistry. The book also offers exercises and drills that any coach can implement, along with invaluable advice on the differences in coaching males and females. In addition, this book is an important tool for parents, as DiCicco and Hacker answer some of their most common questions: How can I tell if the coach is doing a good job? What if I have a problem with the coach? What should I do if my child wants to quit? Abounding with stories about the personalities of the championship teams, "Catch Them Being Good" is the ultimate soccer book for parents, coaches, and athletes-from America's soccer authority.

The Club: How the English Premier League Became the Wildest, Richest, Most Disruptive Force in Sports
The Club
How the English Premier League Became the Wildest, Richest, Most Disruptive Force in Sports
Paperback      ISBN: 0358213053
The Club is the inside story of how English soccer's Premier League became the wildest, richest, most popular sports product on the planet, "a narrative that is part Great Expectations, part Game of Thrones, in equal measure." (Roger Bennett, NBC Sports, Men in Blazers)

This is a sports and business tale of how money, ambition, and twenty-five years of drama remade an ancient institution into a twenty-first-century entertainment empire. No one knew it when their experiment began, but without any particular genius or acumen, the motley cast of billionaires and hucksters behind the modern Premier League struck gold.

Pretty soon, everyone wanted to try their luck, from Russian oligarchs to Emirati sheikhs, American tycoons, and Asian Tiger titans. Some succeeded beyond their wildest dreams. Some lost everything. Today, players are sold for tens of millions, clubs are valued in the billions, and games are beamed out to nearly two hundred countries, all while the league struggles to preserve its English soul.

Deeply researched and drawing on one hundred exclusive interviews, including the key decision makers at every major English team, The Club is the definitive and wildly entertaining narrative of how the Premier League took over the world.
Coaching Kids to Play Soccer: Everything You Need to Know to Coach Kids from 6 to 16
Coaching Kids to Play Soccer
Everything You Need to Know to Coach Kids from 6 to 16
Paperback      ISBN: 1416546723
COACHES AND PARENTS OF SOCCER PLAYERS OF ALL LEVELS, THIS IS THE BOOK FOR YOU!

Revised and updated with new information, drills, diagrams, and photos, this friendly, easy-to-use, fully illustrated guide shows coaches how to run a successful soccer team -- no matter how much experience they have or what level of soccer they coach. From building a roster to making sure everyone has a ride home at the end of the game and everything in between:

- SETTING UP THE FIRST PRACTICE
- TEACHING THE BASICS
- DEVELOPING SKILL THROUGH DRILLS AND EXERCISES
- LEARNING THE RULES
- ENCOURAGING FAIR PLAY AND HEALTHY COMPETITION

Emphasizing that kids should have fun, stay active, and learn about team spirit and competition, win or lose, the authors detail every step of building a soccer team that plays well and plays healthy, while having a great time.

Whether you're a seasoned professional or new to the game, Coaching Kids to Play Soccer has the answers to every coach's questions. Don't start the season without it!
Coaching Youth Soccer
Coaching Youth Soccer
4th Edition    Paperback      ISBN: 0736063293

As participation in youth soccer continues to grow, so does the need for youth soccer coaches. Whether you're a parent new to coaching or an experienced youth soccer coach, Coaching Youth Soccer is your handbook for a successful season. Through the expertise of coach Sam Snow and US Youth Soccer, you'll gain field-tested tips on how to run your team, communicate with players, provide basic first aid, plan and conduct practices, and keep it all fun.

Now in its fourth edition, Coaching Youth Soccer uses gamelike activities to teach offensive and defensive skills, which sets it apart from other soccer coaching books. Ideal for coaches of players ages 14 and under, this book contains 13 new activities and more than 30 age-specific coaching tips that are sure to jump-start your practices.

Coaching Youth Soccer is a valuable component of any coaching education program. With this book, you will create an environment that promotes learning, enjoyment, and motivation for players to come out for the team year after year.

American Sport Education Program (ASEP) is the leading provider of youth, high school, and elite-level sport education programs in the United States. Through its high-quality and easy-to-use programs, ASEP has educated more than one million coaches, officials, sport administrators, parents, and athletes. For more than 25 years, local, state, and national sport organizations have partnered with ASEP to lead the way in making sport a safe, successful, and enjoyable experience for all involved.

The Complete Book of Soccer
The Complete Book of Soccer
Hardcover      ISBN: 1770857656

The Complete Book of Soccer captures all of the exciting action, color and passion of the world's most popular sport, comprehensively telling the story of the game and its greatest exponents. It is packed with information about clubs and players around the world, statistics galore, and hundreds of fascinating archival images, and exciting color action photographs.

The book includes:

  • The top leagues, including Premier League, La Liga, Major League Soccer, Serie A, Brasileirao, Argentine Primera and Liga MX, as well as up-and-coming leagues
  • The most important world and regional competitions, including World Cup, Olympics, Champions League, UEFA European Championship, Copa del Rey, Confederations Cup, Africa Cup of Nations, Copa Libertadores, Copa Am rica, Asian Cup, Women's World Cup
  • Profiles of every FIFA club from Afghanistan to Zimbabwe, complete with club logos and colors
  • Profiles of national teams, including the star-making clubs like Germany, Argentina, Italy, Spain, Brazil, and Chile
  • The Premier League clubs, such as Manchester United, Manchester City, Arsenal, Chelsea, and more
  • Profiles of soccer's greatest players, past, present and future, as well as winning, losing and controversial managers
  • All of the most important historic and recent results and statistics.

The book tells the fascinating story of the game's origins and its circuitous evolution around the world into the game we know and love today. FIFA and simplified rules are included.

The Complete Book of Soccer has 320 pages packed with hundreds of photographs; league and club profiles; player biographies; facts and statistics; coverage of all of the world's major championships; and much more. It is essential for all soccer fans and no library should be without a copy. At just $40.00, it is an exceptional value too good to pass up.

El Clasico: Barcelona v. Real Madrid: Football's Greatest Rivalry
El Clasico
Barcelona v. Real Madrid: Football's Greatest Rivalry
Paperback      ISBN: 1408158809

Barcelona and Real Madrid: two of the most powerful and popular clubs in world football, and one of the world's most bitter sporting rivalries. Going far beyond the boundaries of just sport alone, this is a rivalry at the heart of Spanish life, taking in politics and culture and splitting a country in two.

El Clasico gets to the heart of that rivalry, investigating the intrigue, the larger-than-life characters, the key flashpoints and their consequences. From civil war bloodshed to 40 years of fascism and links with General Franco, the clubs' shared history is the stuff of a Robert Harris novel and includes: murdered presidents from both clubs, player kidnappings, acts of hooliganism - and that's before you start thinking of the volatile football matches themselves.

The book contains numerous interviews with key figures such as Luis Figo and Hristo Stoichkov (two of the main hate figures from both clubs), Joan Laporta (Barcelona's most successful president and, having entered politics, Catalonian separatism's poster boy) and various ex-players, ex-managers, agents, referees, hooligans, editors, historians, sociologists, filmmakers, novelists, photographers, TV presenters and celebrity fans.

The two clubs are packed with international superstar players - including the world's two best players in Leo Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo - and 10 of the starting 11 players from Spain's 2010 World Cup final victory play with either Barcelona or Real Madrid.

This is a story with resonance around the sporting world, with many instantly recognisable figures to an international audience such as Jose Mourinho. But it is also a tale of a country divided by a bitter rivalry.

Football FAQ: All That's Left to Know About the Clubs, the Players, and the Rivalries
Football FAQ
All That's Left to Know About the Clubs, the Players, and the Rivalries
Paperback      ISBN: 1495007480

Football FAQ is a fast, furious, and opinionated guide to the world's most popular game, an all-encompassing history that introduces readers to the biggest clubs, the greatest games, the finest players, and the fiercest rivalries. From Sunderland to Seattle, from Berlin to Buenos Aires, Football FAQ delves into every aspect of the sport, tracing its development from a victorious Anglo-Saxon army kicking the heads of their fallen enemies around a field, to the multibillion-dollar industry of today, and every stop in between. Record breakers and giant killers alike file through the pages, illustrating the beautiful game as it is played at every level, from the World Cup Final to the village green, with fully updated commentary on all the world's major competitions, including the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.

The Game of Their Lives: The Untold Story of the World Cup's Biggest Upset
The Game of Their Lives
The Untold Story of the World Cup's Biggest Upset
Paperback      ISBN: 0060758775

In the summer of 1950, a most unlikely group was assembled to represent its country in the first soccer World Cup since World War II. The Americans were outsiders to the sport, the underdogs of the event, a 500-to-1 long shot. But they were also proud and loyal men -- to one another, to their communities, and certainly to their country. Facing almost no time to prepare, opponents with superior training, and skepticism from the rest of the world, this ragtag group of unknowns was inspired to a stunning victory over England and one of the most thrilling upsets in the history of sports.

Written by critically acclaimed author Geoffrey Douglas, and now a film directed by David Anspaugh (Hoosiers), The Game of Their Lives takes us back to a time before million-dollar contracts and commercial endorsements, and introduces us to the athletes -- the Americans -- who showed the world just how far a long shot could really go.