Men in Blazers Present Encyclopedia Blazertannica

Author: Roger Bennett
Publisher: Knopf
ISBN: 1101875992
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Soccer has been America's Sport of the Future since 1972. Propelled by the rise of the World Cup, Premier League, the glory of the United States Women's National Team, Lionel Messi's DemiGod-esque talent and repeat exposure to Cristiano Ronaldo's preening abs, that Future has finally arrived. The Men in Blazers are two English-born, soccer-obsessed broadcasters who have savored the dizzying growth of the game along with millions of Americans, as if it was a rollicking, sporting telenovela playing out in real life. Written in such a way that fully immerses Americans in the history and culture of the world's game, their Encyclopedia Blazertannica relives the careers of such greats such as George Best, Maradona, Beckham...and Alexi Lalas. It examines fan culture, from the tactical variations of scarf tying, to the pathos of England's classic, yet doomed, World Cup theme songs, and explores the complex physics and ethics of both celebratory knee slides and fights between players, along with such burning questions as how professional footballers deal with hair loss. Any reader will feel as if they've had a front-row seat for the classic matches--seeing every dive and missed penalty kick, and hearing every vulgar chant--and will emerge with a deeper appreciation for the dodgy haircuts and ill-judged neck tattoos that populate world football.

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ISBN: 1101875984
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The Sports Tourists Guide to the English Premier League

Author: Blair Morse
Publisher: BookBaby
ISBN: 1543919561
Format: PDF, Docs
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The English Premier League isn’t a secret club in America any more. More and more casual fans are tuning in to the Premier League. They’re watching on TV, they’re showing up at the pub on Saturday mornings and they’re starting to plan their vacations around a trip to England. And that's why we wrote this book. What we’ve created together is a Premier League resource written from an American perspective. We walked the towns, went to the pubs and talked to the locals. And we brought back some special, in-depth tips. We want this book to be accessible to beginners, people just starting to follow the Premier League. But we also want it to be informative and entertaining for the veteran Premier League fan – the people like us, who’ve been following the league for years. If you’re thinking about traveling to England to see a Premier League game – we’ve put resources in this book to help you. We didn’t contact any of the clubs before we went. We didn't attempt to get press passes or freebies. We wanted to go through the same process as everyone else. And we wanted to share our opinions without influence. We attempted to buy tickets the same way you would, so we could spot any tricks or glitches in the process. Buying tickets in England is a lot different than here in the US. Inside, we share the best way to get tickets for all 20 current Premier League teams, individually. And that’s not all. We also put together the pertinent facts about all 20 clubs, including their history, past and present, in easy-to-understand bits. We’ll tell you who each club’s biggest rival is and how many trophies they’ve won. We hope if you read this book, you’ll walk into any stadium in the Premier League – confident that you know your stuff and you’re ready to rub shoulders with local fans. Even if you don’t plan to travel to England, we hope our longer essays on each team help you live vicariously through us, and gain deeper knowledge of these clubs, their town, and their fans.

Bloody Confused

Author: Chuck Culpepper
Publisher: Random House Digital, Inc.
ISBN: 0767928083
Format: PDF
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A jaded American sportswriter describes his move to Britain and his immersion in the confusing world of English soccer, focusing on the Portsmouth team throughout their 2006-2007 season and their enthusiastic, fanatical followers. Original. 17,500 first printing.

Masters of Modern Soccer

Author: Grant Wahl
Publisher: Crown Archetype
ISBN: 0804137064
Format: PDF, Mobi
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In Masters of Modern Soccer, Sports Illustrated writer Grant Wahl asks: How do some of the game's smartest figures master the craft of soccer? By profiling players in every key position (American phenomenon Christian Pulisic, Mexican superstar Javier "Chicharito" Hernández, Belgium's Vincent Kompany, Spain's Xabi Alonso, Germany's Manuel Neuer) and management (Belgium coach Roberto Martínez and Borussia Dortmund sporting director Michael Zorc), Wahl reveals how elite players and coaches strategize on and off the field and execute in high pressure game situations. Masters of Modern Soccer is the definitive thinking fan's guide to modern soccer. For a supporter of any team, from the U.S. national teams to Manchester United, or any competition, from Mexico's Liga MX to the World Cup, this book reveals what players and managers are thinking before, during, and after games and delivers a true behind-the-scenes perspective on the inner workings of the sport's brightest minds. America's premier soccer journalist, Grant Wahl, follows world-class players from across the globe examining how they do their jobs. This access imbues Masters of Modern Soccer with deep insight from the players on how goalkeepers, defenders, midfielders, and forwards function individually and as a unit to excel and win. Wahl also shadows a manager and director of soccer as they juggle the challenges of coaching, preparation, and the short- and long-term strategies of how to identify and acquire talent and deploy it on the field. A book that will stand the test of time, Masters of Modern Soccer is the most in-depth analysis of the craft of soccer ever written for the American fan. For any fan, player, coach, or sideline enthusiast, this book will change the way they watch the game.

Finding the Game

Author: Gwendolyn Oxenham
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
ISBN: 1250010888
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Across two dozen countries—from back alleys to remote beaches to the roofs of skyscrapers—an eye-opening journey into the heart of soccer Every country has a different term for it: In the United States it's "pickup." In Trinidad it's "taking a sweat." In Brazil it's "pelada" (literally "naked"). It's the other side of soccer, those spontaneous matches played away from the bright lights and manicured fields—the game for anyone, anywhere. At sixteen, Gwendolyn Oxenham was the youngest Division I athlete in NCAA history, a starter and leading goal-scorer for Duke. At twenty, she graduated, the women's professional soccer league folded, and her career was over. In Finding the Game, Oxenham, along with her boyfriend and two friends, chases the part of the game that outlasts a career. They bribe their way into a Bolivian prison, bet shillings on a game with moonshine brewers in Kenya, play with women in hijab on a court in Tehran—and discover what the world looks like when you wander down side streets, holding on to a ball. An entertaining, heartfelt look at the soul of a sport and a thrilling travel narrative, this book is proof that on the field and in life, some things need no translation.

Standing on the Shoulders of Giants

Author: Søren Frank
Publisher: A&C Black
ISBN: 1408187434
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A unique thematic history of Manchester United from the club's creation as humble Newton Heath in 1878 to its status as the world's greatest football brand, this book gets to the essence of the heart and soul of the club. Key topics explored include the club's ability to rise from the ashes, commitment to youth, propensity for an adventurous style of football, glamour, and commercialization and aggressive marketing. An intelligent and thought-provoking narrative of Manchester United exploring its cultural history within the broader cultural framework of globalization, working class traditions, mythology and the Munich Air Disaster, and pop culture. Søren Frank introduces a football aesthetics that examines and discusses what sets Manchester United apart in regard to football philosophy. It contains microanalyses of some of the most fascinating matches or moments, as well as original portraits of some of the club's greatest players, all of this peppered with fascinating statistical facts in the club's history.

The Away Game The Epic Search for Soccer s Next Superstars

Author: Sebastian Abbot
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company
ISBN: 0393292215
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The gripping story of a group of boys discovered in what may be the largest talent search in sports history. Over the past decade, an audacious program called Football Dreams has held tryouts for millions of 13-year-old boys across Africa looking for soccer’s next superstars. Led by the Spanish scout who helped launch Lionel Messi’s career at Barcelona and funded by the desert kingdom of Qatar, the program has chosen a handful of boys each year to train to become professionals—a process over a thousand times more selective than getting into Harvard. In The Away Game, reporter Sebastian Abbot follows a small group of the boys as they are discovered on dirt fields across Africa, join the glittering academy in Doha where they train, and compete for the chance to gain fame and fortune at Europe’s top clubs. We meet Diawandou, a skilled Senegalese defender whose composure makes him a natural leader on the field; Hamza, a midfielder from Ghana with great talent but a mercurial personality to match; Ibrahima, a towering striker who scores goals by the bucketload; Serigne Mbaye, who glides by players effortlessly but happens to be deaf; and Bernard, often the smallest kid on the field but a sublime playmaker who invites constant comparison to Messi. Abbot masterfully weaves together the dramatic story of the boys’ journey with an exploration of the art and science of trying to spot talent at such a young age. As in so many other sports, data analytics in soccer have expanded in the wake of Moneyball, with scouts employing more sophisticated metrics like "expected goals" and tracking data to judge players. But, as The Away Game chronicles, soccer genius depends more on intangible qualities like "game intelligence" than on easily quantifiable ones. Richly reported and deeply moving, The Away Game is set against the geopolitical backdrop of Qatar’s rise from an impoverished patch of desert to an immensely rich nation determined to buy a place on the international stage. It is an unforgettable story of the joy and pain these talented African boys experience as they chase their dreams in a dizzying world of rich Arab sheikhs, money-hungry agents, and soccer-mad European fans.

Camp Camp

Author: Roger Bennett
Publisher: Crown
ISBN: 9780307382627
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Through a zany compendium of letters written home, top-ten lists, photographs, stories, inter-bunk notes, and other camp ephemera, the authors of Bar Mitzvah Disco shed new light on the phenomenon of summer camp and the experiences that transformed the lives--and hormones--of an entire generation. 40,000 first printing.