• Football (Soccer, Association football)
      April 2015

      United in Europe

      Manchester United's Complete European Record

      by Chris Davies

      Manchester United were England's first representatives in the European Cup back in September, 1956. No English club has played more games in Europe and FIFA's global club competitions than United. United in Europe gives you more details, more names, more facts, more stats than ever before. It tells you who played in every game - United and their opponents. It tells you why United blamed Bruce Springsteen for a Champions League defeat. It details every team sheet at European and inter-continental level over a glorious period of almost 60 years. Who has scored the most goals for United in each competition? Why did United play home ties at Maine Road and Plymouth? How every United manager fared at the highest level in European football and much, much more.

    • Football (Soccer, Association football)
      August 2015

      We're Everywhere, Us

      Liverpool's 2014/15 Season Told Through the Stories of Fans and Foe

      by Sachin Nakrani and Karl Coppack

      A diary of Liverpool Football Club's 2014/15 season, with a difference. The book may kick off with a chapter on the season opener and end with the last game; but this diary isn't written by a single author. Nor does it focus heavily on the actual football. Instead, We're Everywhere, Us is a collaboration - a compilation of pieces offering a different personal take on what it means to support Liverpool. Friendship. Family. Travel. Tragedy. Work. Each piece is a long, rich read, completely unique and distinct from those that precede and follow it. Some of the finest writers on Liverpool FC are involved, including Kevin Sampson, Simon Hughes, Tony Evans, Gareth Roberts and Mike Nevin. There are also contributions from Liverpool supporters living abroad, which gives We're Everywhere, Us a truly international feel - while opposition fans add yet another perspective on Liverpool FC's season, our captivating city and proud history.

    • Football (Soccer, Association football)
      March 2013

      FA Cup Miscellany

      Trivia, History, Facts & Stats from Football's Most Famous Cup

      by Michael Keane

      The FA Cup Miscellany collects together all the vital information you never knew you needed to know about the world's oldest cup competition. In these pages you will find irresistible anecdotes and the most mindblowing stats and facts. Heard the one about the referee who had to hide in a broom cupboard from a furious, naked goalkeeper? How about the gypsy curse that lasted for decades? Or the time Jeremy Paxman tackled Kenny Dalglish? Do you know how an FA Cup quarter-final between Notts County and Stoke changed football forever? Which current player has a winner's medal for every day of the week? Or how a fragile corner flag stopped some Spartans from marching on? All these stories and hundreds more appear in a brilliantly researched collection of trivia - essential for any football fan who holds the riches of almost 140 years of Cup culture close to their heart.

    • Gambling: theories & methods
      20121043

      Think Outside the Box

      The Secrets of Successful Football Betting

      by Mike Holden

      Everyone has opinions on football - but do your opinions make money?This groundbreaking new book repackages the beautiful game in a fascinating way that will help you to maximise your profit potential when betting on the world's favourite sport.Mike Holden is a successful football trader with over 20 years experience and is regarded as one of the UK's leading betting pundits, having delivered consistent profits for his legion of followers on Bettingzone since 2004.Following years of exhaustive research into various aspects of social science, he has now uncovered the secrets behind his own skill and powers of prediction to arrive at an accomplished understanding of what makes both footballers and punters tick.In this book, you will gain insight into the way dressing rooms behave, how managers manage, and the circumstantial factors that pave the way for teams to upset the odds and land big prices.You will also develop a better understanding of the mindset that allows punters to recognise hidden opportunities and make clear snap-decisions about bets, while feeling relaxed and confident about investing money.With a clear emphasis on some of the latest developments in sports psychology and business management, Mike reveals the secrets that have enabled him to become the UK's most-followed football tipster.

    • Lifestyle, Sport & Leisure
      September 2011

      Italian Academy Training Sessions Book for U15-19

      A Complete Coaching Program

      by Mirko Mazzantini / Simone Bombardieri

      Soccer Italian Style coaches Mirko Mazzantini (AFC Fiorentina) and Simone Bombardieri (Empoli FC) are both professional football coaches and in this book provide a full soccer training program from their top Italian Serie ‘A’ academies. This book contains 12 complete soccer training sessions detailing over 80 practices and progressions as used in the academies of the Serie ‘A’. Each session focuses on technical or tactical elements of training and are structured “from simple practices to more complex game situations”. The sessions outline a complete program which provides a high level of training. The 12 sessions (over 80 practices) cover the following attributes: Technical training; warm-ups with a ball, ball control, attacking and defending from 1 v 1 – tactical game situations, passing and receiving, Explosive Power, coordination, agility and speed training, football specific conditioning with and without the ball and more. Tactical training; small sided games, phase of plays, functions, pattern play unopposed and opposed, psycho-kinetics training to improve player awareness and quick play, possession play, defensive positioning, counter-attacking, quick transition play, crossing and finishing, build-up play from the back and more. Most of the practices cleverly structured for “global training” which means working on more than one attribute at the same time. This is valid for all players, with drills and exercises for specific roles (Attackers, midfielders and defenders). There are also numerous variations for many of the practices, meaning that they can be repeated again and again providing great practices for any coach to make hours and hours of top academy level training sessions.

    • Lifestyle, Sport & Leisure
      February 2012

      FC Barcelona: A Tactical Analysis - Attacking Book

      Attacking

      by Athanasios Terzis

      A Team from Another Planet! A Tactical Blue-Print of Pep Guardiola’s Barcelona Team This book is an exclusive and groundbreaking study of Pep Guardiola’s Barcelona team. This information and analysis of one of the most successful club sides in history has been in high demand and it is finally here! The attacking play of Barcelona is admired by every coach, player and fan in the world. Each player movement and passing combination is broken down in detail for every coach to apply these tactics to their own team. Here is the chance to learn to play the ‘Bara way.’ We now have a full analysis of Barcelona’s tactics which have been so important to their success. The book shows Barca’s 4-3-3 system of play, each player’s responsibilities, positioning and movement within every possible phase of play. Terzis Athanasios is a Tactical Professor of Football and has compiled an extensive assessment of Barcelona’s attacking play after over 1000 hours of studying all the games from the 2010-11 season. Guardiola’s team has won 3 La Liga championships, 2 UEFA Champions Leagues, 4 Spanish Cups, 2 Super Cups, and 2 FIFA World Club World Cups. The book starts with the characteristics of the players and the philosophy of Barcelona and builds into a comprehensive overview of the offensive tactics employed with clear diagrams and detailed descriptions. This gives football coaches an unbelievable chance to learn how Barcelona play and employ their tactics to maintain possession, create chances and score goals. Barcelona is by far the best attacking team of the modern era and now you can see how and why this is the case.

    • Sports & outdoor recreation

      Gweld Sòer

      Pòel-droedwyr Gorau Cymru

      by Ian Gwyn Hughes

      A book about famous Welsh footballers, from the 1960s to the present day, written by BBC Cymru's football reporter, Ian Gwyn Hughes.

    • Autobiography: sport

      There's Only 2 Tony Cotteys

      by Tony. Cottey

    • Gambling: theories & methods

      The Premier Football Betting Handbook 2010/11

      The Key Stats and Strategies to Give You an Edge Betting On the Premier League

      by Pete Nordsted

      Written by Pete Nordsted, author of 'Mastering Betfair', and Matt Finnigan, full-time trader, 'The Premier Football Betting Handbook' showcases the best of the available football betting markets and how you can profit from them.Betting on football has increased massively in recent years and it now offers a great way to make money whilst enjoying some thrilling football matches - a pretty unbeatable combination!If, like most people, you lead a busy life you simply do not have the time to analyse the key stats before placing a bet on the weekend's football. Often you'll end up betting on hunches rather than basing your prediction on the important facts. If this is the case then this is the book for you. It gives you all the necessary ammunition needed to take on the bookies - and win!As well as highlighting a variety of football markets you can bet on, we offer you structured analysis of the main markets such as Match Odds, Asian Handicaps, Corners, Bookings, and First and Last goal scorer, by pinpointing the best angles to secure a steady stream of profits throughout the season.The handbook also includes a detailed breakdown of each team's statistical performance over the previous season, backed up by unique reports which will give you that all important edge.If there is money to be made betting on the Premier League then 'The Premier Football Betting Handbook' will show you how.

    • Lifestyle, Sport & Leisure
      October 2010

      Coaching Mini Soccer

      A Tried and Tested Program of Essential Skills and Drills for 5 to 10 year olds

      by Richard Seedhouse

      Coaching Mini Soccer (5 - 10 years) book contains a complete and proven full season training program comprising 12 main sessions and over 70 interchangeable drills to coach the skills required to produce academy standard players and teams. FACT - eight players in the last three years have been signed by professional clubs through participation in this program. In its basic form the program can be used by grassroots youth clubs for coaching skills in their soccer academies, community soccer programs, after school programs, or by primary school teachers as a term based program. As the players develop through the program and form Mini-Soccer teams the coach can draw on the programs tactical games to aid formations and small sided games to improve creativity, game awareness and problem solving. Bonus drills are also included as the program matures with the players providing an easy to follow and proven structure for any club, team or school to follow. This is simply the only book any coach of players between 5 and 10 years will ever need to provide proven training sessions every single week. Does it work? In 2010 the local Championship Club took 5 players at U9 from its home city, 3 of them were from Coundon Court FC this made 8 players in three years signed by two different professional clubs and all coached using the program in this book. Coaching Mini-Soccer is specifically written to be the only book any coach of players between 5 and 10 will ever need to provide proven training sessions every single week.

    • Lifestyle, Sport & Leisure
      September 2011

      Italian Academy Training Sessions Book for U11-14

      A Complete Coaching Program

      by Mirko Mazzantini / Simone Bombardieri

      Soccer Italian Style coaches Mirko Mazzantini (AFC Fiorentina) and Simone Bombardieri (Empoli FC) are both professional football coaches and in this book provide a full soccer training program from their top Italian Serie ‘A’ academies. This book contains 12 complete soccer training sessions detailing over 80 practices and progressions as used in the academies of the Serie ‘A’. Each session focuses on technical or tactical elements of training and are structured “from simple practices to more complex game situations”. This outlines a complete program of training across the 12 sessions. The 12 sessions (over 80 practices) cover the following attributes: Technical training; passing and receiving, quick combination play, possession, ball control and dribbling, 1 v 1’s, feints and moves to beat, crossing, finishing, shooting and heading, football specific conditioning with and without the ball, coordination, acceleration, speed, and agility training. Tactical training; game situations, tactical small sided games, phase of plays, creating space and improving game intelligence, possession play, attacking combinations, Psycho-Kinetics (Think and Act Quickly), quick transitional play, defensive positioning, set plays, build-up play from the back and more. Most of the practices cleverly structured for “global training” which means working on more than one attribute at the same time. This is valid for all players, with drills and exercises for specific roles (Attackers, midfielders and defenders). There are also numerous variations for many of the practices, meaning that the 12 sessions can be repeated again and again providing great practices for any coach to produce academy level training sessions.

    • Lifestyle, Sport & Leisure
      February 2012

      FC Barcelona: A Tactical Analysis - Defending Book

      Defending

      by Athanasios Terzis

      A Team from Another Planet! A Tactical Blue-Print of Pep Guardiola’s Barcelona Team This book is an exclusive and groundbreaking study of Pep Guardiola’s Barcelona team. This information and analysis of one of the most successful club sides in history has been in high demand and it is finally here! The defensive part of Barcelona’s game does not get enough attention, but is integral to their philosophy and all their superior style of play. The main elements of their tactics include pressure high up the pitch, winning the ball back quickly, maintaining a numerical advantage around the ball zone and pushing their opponents wide to limit their space. We can now see a full analysis of Barcelona’s defensive tactics which have been so important to their success. The book shows Barca’s 4-3-3 system of play, each player’s responsibilities, positioning and movement within every possible phase of play. Terzis Athanasios is a Tactical Professor of Football and has compiled an extensive assessment of Barcelona’s attacking play after over 1000 hours of studying all the games from the 2010-11 season. Guardiola’s team has won 3 La Liga championships, 2 UEFA Champions Leagues, 4 Spanish Cups, 2 Super Cups, and 2 FIFA World Club World Cups. The book starts with the characteristics of the players and the philosophy of Barcelona and builds into a comprehensive overview of the defensive tactics employed with clear diagrams and detailed descriptions. This gives football coaches an unbelievable chance to learn how Barcelona play and adapt their tactics to combat any team they play. Their defensive work is so important to their success and allows them to be such a strong attacking force.

    • Humour

      You Like That, Don't You?

      by Kelvin Nel

      A DELICIOUSLY DARK COMEDY Acclaimed Fifty-year old Broadway and Hollywood writer, Gavin De Jong, has returned to his old English coastal hometown resort of Southend-on-Sea, under a cloud of suspicion and scandal. De Jong’s life has everything one would expect from a man of his position: drama, travel, sex, laughter, media interest – even a touch of intrigue. But this was his life almost thirty years ago. Before he even became famous. During 1984, apart the minor issue of being associated with five deaths, young cinema projectionist, Gavin De Jong – a football mad, soul, funk and film buff – experiences an otherwise average year in Southend. Roll up; roll up for this seaside extravaganza! Laugh along with De Jong and his bunch of hilarious and eccentric friends, known as The First Team, as they create and perform in perhaps the worst band of all time, unaware that the consequences of their uniquely shambolic concert, will prove to be a deadly one. Gasp as De Jong earnestly juggles the mundane daily routine of his working life around two contrasting love affairs, while the shadows of a psychotic boss and a mysterious killer, stalk his every move. Marvel at how De Jong still manages to find the time, in the middle of all the bodies, to enjoy a roller coaster lifestyle of parties, drinking and nightclubs. And happily follow De Jong’s odyssey through 156 momentous days, until his devastating and tragic secret is revealed, in a heart-rending climax. A romantic and savagely funny satire on British youth culture and the pre-political correctness era of the 1980s, YOU LIKE THAT DON’T YOU? is often a harsh, lewd and challenging tale, full of symbolic imagery. THIS WAS NOT WHAT GEORGE ORWELL HAD FORESEEN FOR 1984

    • Crime & mystery
      May 2013

      The Wrong Game

      by Marc Powell

      When you have the chance to change your life would you take it, or die trying? When Mike Slater and Dan Sharpe set off on a dream football tour of Europe things could only get better. Mike would be free from living under his father’s shadow and Dan free from a father who only looked at him through the bottom of a vodka bottle. But from the onset their dream quickly turns into a nightmare. Unknowingly coerced into smuggling drugs they become pawns for Interpol, live bait to catch one of Europe’s biggest drug barons who will stop at nothing to retrieve what is his. Pursued by killers through Belgium, Holland, Germany and eventually Paris, they will run for their lives testing their courage to the limit. Only then will they learn the hard truth that misguided teenage actions lead to consequences that will turn boys into men and change their lives forever. Who would have thought playing football might get you killed. The Wrong Game is about the unfaltering friendship of two teenagers from the Northeast of England. Through the authors real life experiences Marc Powell takes them away from their two very different worlds. Dan, a trouble maker who is full of attitude, thinks only of himself and shows complete disregard and defiance to any authority. Mike is the exact opposite, sensible and grown up beyond his years and who is the calming influence that his troubled friend needs. Both share a common desire to become better than what society expects them to become. Through their love of football they are free to experience adulthood without fear of antagonising those around them who both love and use them in equal measure. The author shows that it only takes one wrong decision, even though that decision is taken with all good intent, your life and that of everyone you know and love will never be the same again. Courage can sometimes only be found when you look into the eyes of your friend and see the light of hope fading. Marc reflects this by sending the reader on a rollercoaster of emotions. He shows how teenage eyes are opened to a world of sex, drugs, bigotry, first love and finally fear and death. Marc Powell’s same love of football, his years in the military and later as Police officer combined with living and working in Europe gives credibility to a story that is full of real life events. Interspersed with humour and told at a pace that gathers momentum throughout, “The Wrong Game” is a book that will capture the imagination of both young teens and adults alike, irrespective of holding a passion towards the sport.

    • Football (Soccer, Association football)

      The Flying Sportsman

      The life and legacy of a forgotten sporting hero

      by Peter Minto

      When Peter Minto first discovered the name of F N S Creek, he began to unravel a forgotten legend of British football. He soon found that there was far more to this man than it seemed… When the First World War broke out, F N S Creek found himself battling in the squalid trenches of Flanders and soon transferred into the Royal Flying Corps performing dangerous aerial reconnaissance and bombing missions behind enemy lines, eventually earning a military cross for his contributions. Despite the short life expectancy of aircrew, Creek returned to England to study at Trinity College, Cambridge, and there he first discovered his talent for football. F N S Creek quickly grew to celebrity status with his spectacular scoring ability, earning caps for England and later going on to coach the Olympic team for sixteen years. Throughout his career he revolutionised the coaching of football throughout the nation whilst also becoming a successful cricketer, writer, journalist and broadcaster. In this extensively-researched biography of a forgotten legend of English football, Peter Minto presents the remarkable life of F N S Creek.

    • Lifestyle, Sport & Leisure
      June 2012

      Coaching The Coach 2

      Soccer Coach Development through Functional Practices, Phase of Plays and Small Sided Games Book

      by Richard Seedhouse

      Coaching The Coach 2 follows the 2007 release of the number 1 best-selling football coaching book “Coaching The Coach: A Complete Guide How to Coach Soccer Skills Through Drills” which continues to sell thousands of copies worldwide. Coaching The Coach 2 - Soccer Coach Development through Functional Practices, Phase of Plays and Small Sided Games, the long awaited second book IN FULL COLOUR, will help you develop even further. This is not just another book with lots of drills, it clearly shows how a coach can progress their practices and build training sessions. It provides more detailed knowledge in the form of coaching points as well as an understanding of why and how you can utilise them within functional drills, phase of plays and small sided games. This book provides coaching awareness and the realisation of how you can manipulate and adapt practices to coach and improve your players. Coaching The Coach 2 is written in the same popular easy to read question and answer format but is also much improved with very easy to understand new style 3D diagrams for all the practices. This book will improve the way you understand, develop and progress: - Functional drills - Phase of Plays - Small Sided Games Coaching The Coach 2 will improve your knowledge, understanding and therefore your coaching.

    • Lifestyle, Sport & Leisure
      August 2012

      Spanish Academy Soccer Coaching

      120 Practices from the Coaches of Real Madrid, Atlético Madrid & Athletic Bilbao

      by Jon Moreno Martinez / Santiago Esposito / Jose A. Fernandez Lopez / Iván Madroño Campos

      "Learn How To Coach The Spanish Academy Way!" A Chance for You to Learn and Use the same sessions from the Professional Academy Coaches of Atletico Madrid, Real Madrid and Athletic Bilbao This incredible book IN FULL COLOUR contains Spanish coaching philosophies as well as 120 practices as used in the academies of the Spanish La Liga. There are technical and tactical practices for a wide range of topics ideal for coaches at youth level wanting to develop their team to world leading 'Spanish academy standards'. Jon Moreno Martinez (Athletic Bilbao Academy Coach) explains the Spanish coaching philosophies at youth and academy levels. His methods and planning and shows you how to build training sessions.He focuses on both technical and tactical work including ball control, support play, passing, possession and decision making. His chapter includes 12 different practices that they use at the Athletic Bilbao Academy. Santiago Esposito (Atlético Madrid U11 Academy Coach) focuses on technical training for 8-12 year olds which includes ball control/dribbling, moves to beat, 1 v 1 duels, passing, team play; crossing and shooting. Santiago shows you 33 different practices that they use at the Atlético Madrid Academy. Jose A. Fernandez Lopez (Real Madrid U15 Academy Coach) shows you how to set out dynamic and structured drills, as well as advice on how to run a successful football team. These practices have an emphasis on passing combination, possession, and transition play. Jose shows you 39 different practices that they use at the Real Madrid Academy. Iván Madroño Campos (Real Madrid Academy Coach) outlines how to improve technique in the youth team stage. He also explains the importance of how technique is relevant to good decision making. Iván shows you 34 different practices that they use at the Real Madrid Academy.

    • Lifestyle, Sport & Leisure
      November 2012

      Jose Mourinho's Real Madrid: A Tactical Analysis - Attacking in the 4-2-3-1 Book

      by Athanasios Terzis

      A chance for you to learn Mourinho's 4-2-3-1 System of Play, Tactics, each Player’s Responsibilities, Positioning & Movement with every possible Phase of Play The long awaited study of Jose Mourinho’s tactics is finally here with an extensive analysis of his Real Madrid team’s 4-2-3-1 formation. The attacking phase was key for Real Madrid and the main features were creating width, maintaining superiority in numbers around the ball zone, long diagonal passes, in/out swinging crosses from the flank and Ronaldo’s efficiency in front of goal. Terzis Athanasios is a Tactical Professor of Football and has compiled an extensive assessment of Real Madrid’s defensive play after over 1000 hours of studying all the games from the 2011-12 season. Real Madrid won the La Liga title, beating Pep Guardiola’s Barcelona team, one of the most successful club sides in history, by 9 points. This attacking book starts with the characteristics of the players and builds into a comprehensive overview of the attacking tactics employed with clear diagrams and detailed descriptions. Don’t miss this unbelievable chance for you to learn Jose Mourinho’s 4-2-3-1, how the team play and adapt their tactics to all conceivable situations. Their attacking play was key to their great success and the blueprint is available right here for you to learn and apply the same tactics for your team.

    • Lifestyle, Sport & Leisure
      November 2012

      Jose Mourinho's Real Madrid: A Tactical Analysis - Defending in the 4-2-3-1 Book

      by Athanasios Terzis

      A chance for you to learn Mourinho's 4-2-3-1 System of Play, Tactics, each Player’s Responsibilities, Positioning & Movement with every possible Phase of Play The long awaited study of Jose Mourinho’s tactics is finally here with an extensive analysis of his Real Madrid team’s 4-2-3-1 formation. The defensive phase was key for Real Madrid and the main features were applying pressure near the opposition’s penalty area to regain the ball, aggressive zonal marking across the whole pitch, using intelligent positioning to double mark opposing players and Xabi Alonso’s great tactical awareness. Terzis Athanasios is a Tactical Professor of Football and has compiled an extensive assessment of Real Madrid’s defensive play after over 1000 hours of studying all the games from the 2011-12 season. Real Madrid won the La Liga title, beating Pep Guardiola’s Barcelona team, one of the most successful club sides in history, by 9 points. This defending book starts with the characteristics of the players and builds into a comprehensive overview of the defensive tactics employed with clear diagrams and detailed descriptions. Don’t miss this unbelievable chance for you to learn Jose Mourinho’s 4-2-3-1, how the team play and adapt their tactics to all conceivable situations. Their defensive play was key to their great success and the blueprint is available right here for you to learn and apply the same tactics for your team.

    • Lifestyle, Sport & Leisure
      November 2012

      Jose Mourinho Attacking Sessions

      114 Practices from Goal Analysis of Real Madrid’s 4-2-3-1

      by Michail Tsokaktsidis

      Learn how to coach your team to play like "the best counter attacking team in the world " with 114 practices organised into 30 ready-made sessions This incredible book IN FULL COLOUR (Jose Mourinho Attacking Sessions) is the first in a series of books which provide you with a blueprint of how to attack and score goals like the world’s best teams. Michail is a UEFA ‘A’ licenced coach and has provided a full and extensive analysis of Real Madrid’s best 48 goals in the 2011-2012 season, when they scored a record 121 goals to win the Spanish Championship (La Liga). This goal analysis of Jose Mourinho’s tactics has been used to produce 114 practices organised into 30 ready-made sessions. Each goal is analysed, followed by a full session on that specific topic of Real’s attacking play, with clear colour diagrams, detailed descriptions and coaching points. You can use these ready-made sessions to practice Real Madrid’s attacking play and combinations. You can learn exactly how Real found attacking solutions for every tactical situation created by opponent’s who defended with a deep, middle or high defensive line. A large section of this book is based on the transition phase. You can learn how to coach your team to play like ‘the best counter attacking team in the world.’ There are sessions on the transition from defence to attack in the low, middle and high zones. Practices include: - Functional Technical Practices - Phases of Plays - Opposed/Unopposed Zone play - Counter-Attacking Exercises - Transition Games - Small Sided Games

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