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The future of football is now. Football's data revolution has only just begun. The arrival of advanced metrics and detailed analysis is already reshaping the modern game. We can now fully assess player performance, analyse the role of luck and measure what really leads to victory. There is no turning back. Now the race is on between football's wealthiest clubs and a group of outsiders, nerds and rule-breakers, who are turning the game on its head with their staggering innovations. Winning is no longer just about what happens out on the pitch, it's now a battle taking place in boardrooms and on screens across international borders with the world's brightest minds driving for an edge over their fiercest rivals. Christoph Biermann has moved in the midst of these disruptive upheavals, talking to scientists, coaches, managers, scouts and psychologists in the world's major clubs, traveling across Europe and the US and revealing the hidden - and often jaw-dropping - truths behind the beautiful game. 'A book full of exciting ideas and inside views on modern football. The most exciting book in an exciting time for football.' Thomas Hitzlsperger
How well do you know your cricket? Do you think you could be the man at the stumps making the right decisions? Put your umpiring skills and knowledge to the ultimate test with this collection of 300 dilemmas from legendary artist Paul Trevillion. With expert text from renowned first-class umpire John Holder and a variety of complex and occasionally bizarre scenarios for you to adjudicate on, this is an addictive and absorbing read. With questions covering everything from handling off-field incidents to deciding when to signal a no-ball, these sporting conundrums will keep cricket fans entertained for hours. For anyone who has ever disputed an umpire's call, it's your turn to decide.
World Football Records is the ultimate, official recognition of all the outstanding players, coaches, fans and teams from the beautiful game. With features on the leading nations, men's and women's teams, tournaments and award-winners this book is a must-have for all football fans. The section on the FIFA World Cup has been completely updated to include the events of the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia. There is also a section on the man and woman selected as the world's best player in 2017, plus the other award-winners in various categories, presented by FIFA at their "The Best" Gala. The book ends with the definitive FIFA World Rankings so that you can find where exactly your country is placed in the world order.
A new edition of Rob Eastaway's classic guide to the rules of cricket. Cricket is one of the world's most popular sports, yet for the uninitiated, its peculiar laws and customs are a mystery. What is a 'silly mid off' and a 'long leg'? How can you be 'lbw'? And how can a match last for five days and still end up as a draw? In this fully updated edition of the classic guide, Rob Eastaway demystifies the jargon and answers the questions you've always wanted to ask. It's also a timely reminder that for the true cricket lover, the game can be absorbing and exciting even when the ball isn't being smashed for six.
THE SPORTS BOOK OF THE YEAR Daily Mail As a young boy of eight, Jonny Bairstow was dealt a cruel blow. His father David `Bluey' Bairstow, the combative and very popular wicketkeeper and captain of Yorkshire, took his own life at the age of forty-six. David left behind Jonny, Jonny's sister Becky and half-brother Andy, and his wife Janet, who had recently been diagnosed with cancer at the time of his death. From these incredibly tough circumstances, Jonny and his family strived to find an even keel and come to terms with the loss of their father and husband. Jonny found his way through his dedication to sport. He was a gifted and natural athlete, with potential careers ahead of him in rugby and football, but he eventually chose cricket and came to build a career that followed in his father's footsteps, eventually reaching the pinnacle of the sport and breaking the record for most Test runs in a year by a wicketkeeper. Written with multiple-award-winning writer Duncan Hamilton, this is an incredible story of triumph over adversity and a memoir with far-reaching lessons about determination and the will to overcome.
Willie Watson was one of the twelve players to have represented England at both cricket and football, and while CB Fry is probably the best known, Watson was by far the most successful. He played four times for the football team as an attacking right half and 23 times for the cricket team as an elegant left-hand batsman. It was as a cricketer that Watson enjoyed his finest hour, sharing a fifth wicket stand with Trevor 'barnacle' Bailey that occupied most of the last day of the Lord's Test of 1953, and foiled what had seemed a certain Australian victory. The duo's epic defiance effectively enabled England to regain the Ashes - for the first time in more than 20 years - when they won the fifth Test at The Oval. Watson had played football for England against Ireland in 1949 (a game which England won 9-2), and also against Italy, Wales and Yugoslavia. In the latter game England manager Walter Winterbottom, told him to play defensively, totally against his natural style, and he was not a success. Watson never played football for England again, though he was a member of England's World Cup squad that went to Brazil in 1950 and lost to the USA. His international cricket career, however, proved longer lasting. Willie Watson born in Barnsley, was the second son of another Willie Watson, the left-half for Huddersfield Town and a member of their winning Cup Final side in 1922. At 16 the young Willie signed as an amateur with Huddersfield Town and the next year became a full-time professional. Meanwhile, his efforts with the bat came to the notice of Yorkshire and n 1939 he made his debut for them. He was transferred in 1946 to Sunderland for a fee of GBP8,000. Previously an inside forward, he became a wing-half to make room for Len Shackleton and Ivor Broadis. Watson made his Test debut against South Africa in 1951, leaving Yorkshire seven years later to captain Leicestershire. A Test selector from 1962, he retired as a player in 1964. In his first-class career he scored 25,670 runs, making 55 centuries. In the mid-1950s he was player-manager of Halifax Town, a post to which he returned (though no longer as a player) in 1964. In 1966 he became manager of Bradford City, taking them to the top four of Division Four, before resigning two years later. Watson then went to South Africa where he was manager of the Wanderers club in Johannesburg, although he was always keen to join the various reunions of England players. In 1986 he was made an honorary life member of Yorkshire. He died in 2004.
Rugby is a sport that means different things to different people around the world. So when award-winning writer Donald McRae set off to take the pulse of the sport soon after the dawn of the professional era, he began to build a portrait of the game that highlighted the contrasts between nations, who may have been united in their love for rugby, but who saw it in very different ways. Featuring in-depth interviews with a range of great players from around the world, including Sean Fitzpatrick, Francois Pienaar and Lawrence Dallaglio among others, Winter Coloursis a compelling account of the culture of rugby as seen by its biggest stars - men who also hold dear the sport's very traditions that make it so special. This is a remarkable piece of writing and is sure to be of interest to all who follow the sport at any level.
Arthur Milton was surely the last of that rare breed - a man good enough to play cricket and football for England. Twelve have had that rare distinction but the all-year-round nature of both sports makes it impossible that the feat will happen again. Arthur had played 12 games for Arsenal when he was called up to play against Austria in 1951 because two legends, Stanley Matthews and Tom Finney, were unavailable. He decided to concentrate on cricket at the relatively young age of 29 in 1955 and Arsenal sold him to his home town club, Bristol City, for whom he made 14 appearances. He had played 84 times for Arsenal, scoring 21 times. Although he had been picked as 12th man for the series against Australia in 1953 (and again against South Africa in 1955) he did not play his first Test until 1958. Coincidentally, he opened the innings against New Zealand at Headingley with Mike Smith, who was a double rugby and cricket England international. Milton scored 104 not out. That performance put him in the squad to visit Australia. He finished his six-Test career with 204 runs at 25.50. He was more at home playing for Gloucestershire, which he did from 1948 until 1974. He finished with more than 32,000 runs and 56 hundreds in first-class cricket. He was also outstanding in the field with 758 catches. In retirement he became a postman in Bristol and later a paper boy because he still wanted to cycle over the Downs in Bristol in the early morning. He received an honorary MA from Bristol University and could ask with a chuckle how many universities gave a degree to someone who delivered their papers! He asked former Worcestershire secretary Mike Vockins to work on the book with him but sadly died midway through the project. Mike finished the book by speaking to many of the people who Arthur met in his long and distinguished career. As well as being a prominent figure in the world of cricket, having managed England A tours to Australia and Pakistan, Mike Vockins is Rural Dean of Ledbury and as a Prebendary of Hereford Cathedral. He is also a member of the ECB's Major Match Group responsible for recommending the allocation of Test Matches, One-Day Internationals and the finals of domestic competitions. He lives with his wife Eileen on the north western slopes of the Malvern Hills in a cottage in which Sir Edward Elgar composed The Dream of Gerontius.
'An astonishing work of research, detail and revelation. Bulging with information, packed with nuggets.' John Etheridge, Sun 'Superbly researched... His eye for detail never wavers. It's a pleasure to read.' Vic Marks, Observer 'The Cricket Book of the Year: Dauntingly comprehensive and surprisingly light-footed.' Simon Briggs, Daily Telegraph England: The Biography is the most comprehensive account of the England cricket team that has ever been published, taking the reader into the heart of the action and the team dynamics that have helped shape their success, or otherwise. It is now 140 years since England first played Test match cricket and, for much of that time, it has struggled to perform to the best of its capabilities. In the early years, amateurs would pick and choose which matches and tours they would play; subsequently, the demands of the county game - and the petty jealousies that created - would prevent many from achieving their best. It was only in the 1990s that central contracts were brought in, and Team England began to receive the best possible support from an ever-increasing backroom team. But cricket isn't just about structures, it depends like no other sport on questions of how successful the captain is in motivating and leading his team, and how well different personalities and egos are integrated and managed in the changing room. From Joe Root and Alastair Cook back to Mike Atherton, Mike Brearley and Ray Illingworth, England captains have had a heavy influence on proceedings. Recent debates over Kevin Pietersen were nothing new, as contemporaries of W.G.Grace would doubtless recognise. As England play their 1000th Test, this is a brilliant and unmissable insight into the ups and downs of that story.
The fun and easy way to get into the swing of things and take strokes off your game fast Whether you're a total beginner or you've clocked a few hours on the links, Golf For Dummies, 2nd Edition is the only guide you need. Packed with expert tips and techniques for everything from mastering your grip, stance and swing to shaping up with golf-specific exercises, this updated and expanded edition of the international bestseller features new, step-by-step photos, tips for women players, seniors and lefties, and loads of fun golf history facts. * Learn your ABCs master the basics, from golf lingo and choosing your clubs, to who to play with and where * Watch your step get the lowdown on golf rules, how to keep score, and take a crash-course on gamesmanship and the do's and taboos of golf-course etiquette * Get into the swing delve into the art and science of the golf swing, including how to blast your way out of bunkers and how to develop an effective putting stroke * Tackle the tough shots finesse difficult shots like a pro and deal with bad weather and bad luck with grace and skill * Fine-tune your play zero in on common faults and bad habits and learn time-tested techniques for easily fixing them once and for all * To school or not to school decide whether formal lessons are right for you and find out how to select a great teacher 'If you've ever wanted to know more about golf or improve your game then this is your guide' The Fairway, from a review of the 1st edition 'Does exactly what it says on the tin!' Today's Golfer, from a review of the 1st edition Open the book and find: * Tips on choosing golf balls and clubs * Exercises for getting and staying in golf shape * How to develop your own swing * Putting, chipping and pitching * Mastering grip, stance and swing * Simple fixes for common faults * Golf rules and etiquette * Advice on taking advantage of high-tech equipment * Where to play in the UK and Europe Learn to: * Master your grip, stance and swing * Improve your game with tips from the pros * Overcome the game's mental challenges with tricks and exercises
'Part travelogue, part memoir and wholly engaging' Daily Mail Bestselling author and hugely popular commentator David 'Bumble' Lloyd takes the reader on an unmissable and hilarious tour of the cricketing world as he searches for the perfect pint. After more than 50 years involved with cricket as a player, international, umpire, coach and now commentator, David Lloyd has travelled the world. It's all a long way from his childhood, growing up in a terraced house in post-war Accrington, Lancashire. But cricket has taken him all over the globe, and he has experienced everything from excruciating agony Down Under to the Bollywood glamour of the IPL - he's even risked it all to cross the Pennines into Yorkshire. In Around the World in 80 Pints, Bumble relives some of the most exciting and remarkable periods in his life, showing how his travels have opened up new and exciting avenues for him. The book is packed full of brilliant stories from famous Ashes matches and Roses clashes, sharing the commentary box with Ian Botham and Shane Warne, and much else besides - all told in his idiosyncratic style that has won him so many fans the world over. His previous autobiography, Last in the Tin Bath, was a huge bestseller, and this one is sure to appeal to anyone who shares Bumble's unquenchable love for cricket - and life!
Magnificent, maddening, thrilling, heartbreaking -- over the years, LSU football has been called many things; boring is not among them. But no period in the team's history exemplifies the extreme highs and lows of sport better than the past fifteen years. In 1993, the Tigers were in the midst of a record six-season losing streak and the program was struggling to dig its way out of its darkest days. By 2008, LSU had emerged as one of the premier college football powers in the nation and the unprecedented two-time winner of the BCS national championship. In The Fighting Tigers, 1993--2008, award-winning sportswriter Scott Rabalais chronicles the Tigers' fantastic rise to the top of the college football universe, vividly detailing the victories and defeats, the coaches and the players, the tears and the titles of this sometimes frustrating, always fascinating period of LSU football.
Game by game, Rabalais recounts the tenures of the four head coaches who led the Tigers during these years -- "Curley" Hallman, the strict taskmaster whose mounting losses created dissension and apathy among the Tiger faithful; Gerry DiNardo, the charismatic salesman whose efforts to "Bring Back the Magic" temporarily vaulted the Tigers again into the national polls; Nick Saban, the intense workhorse who steadily rebuilt the program and led the team to its first national championship in almost fifty years; and Les Miles, the engaging wildcard who finally emerged from Saban's shadow with a championship of his own. Rabalais provides expert analysis of the 2004 and 2008 BCS national championship games and other postseason bowl games as well as the "ordinary" games that have crossed over into legendary status -- 1993's "Pigs Will Fly" victory against Alabama, "The Night the Barn Burned" at Auburn in 1996, and 2002's "Bluegrass Miracle." Along the way, Rabalais recounts the incredible athletic feats of numerous standout players, including Eddie Kennison, Kevin Faulk, Josh Reed, Michael Clayton, Marcus Spears, Chad Lavalais, and Glenn Dorsey.
Throughout, Rabalais interweaves off-the-field events that have affected or enhanced the LSU football legacy: the return of the traditional home white jerseys; the creation of the Bengal Belles; two expansions of Tiger Stadium; the death of Mike V and the introduction of Mike VI; and perhaps most poignant, the Tigers' volunteer efforts and emotional responses in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.
An appendix contains the vital statistics of LSU's entire football history. Individual and team records in every area, coaching records, All-Americans and Academic All-Americans, year-by-year results, top ten Tiger Stadium crowds, Tigers in pro football -- all of this and more will satisfy even the most hardcore LSU sports statistician. Peter Finney, venerable author of the three previous volumes of The Fighting Tigers, passes the official historian's torch to Rabalais in a compelling foreword that emphasizes the significance of the Tigers' recent run of success.
To many die-hard Tiger fans, LSU football is a religion all its own. With The Fighting Tigers, 1993--2008, Rabalais has written the next book of its bible.
As seen on BBC Football Focus and BT Sport... 'One man and his quest to see a game in every UEFA nation in one season' Paul Doyle, Guardian EUROPE UNITED follows Matt Walker's unprecedented challenge to experience top-division football in all 55 UEFA countries in a single season. In June 2017, Matt said farewell to his job, surrendered his Fulham FC season ticket and set off for Georgia, the first stop on his mission. He would end his adventure eleven months later in Montenegro, having conquered the continent and captured the imagination of its sporting media. His epic journey would pose its challenges. Yet no amount of airport confusion in Iceland, unusual betting activity in Latvia, spectator bans in Albania, disturbances in Kosovo or ropey breakfast buffets in Moldova would make Matt miss a matchday. And then there were the games themselves: showcasing the full spectrum of footballing theatre, from the truly sublime to the utterly ridiculous. Matt's trip would also bequeath him footballing wisdom beyond his imagination. Not only would he learn that Liechtenstein had its very own 'golden generation', but also why one football club in Gibraltar is benefitting from a television gameshow, who in La Liga's mascot is a giant anchovy, how Tony Adams fared in his managerial spell in Azerbaijan, and just what Bosko Balaban is up to these days. This is the story of one fan on a once-in-a-lifetime experience: travelling to Europe's unseen corners, talking with its unsung supporters, and tracing the beautiful game across the breadth of our brilliant, bizarre continent.
There are nearly 50 million displaced children in the world, but it's all too easy to overlook them in these fractured times. In 2017, the actor David Morrissey - a goodwill ambassador for UNHCR, the UN's refugee agency - and the journalist Amy Raphael visited Syrian refugee camps in Lebanon. They were horrified by the stories they heard there and came back determined to do something about it. They'd also noticed that the Syrian kids all had favourite premier league teams and thus an idea was born. What if David and Amy engineered an anthology of celebrities interviewing their favourite footballers, with all royalties going to UNHCR? And thus A Game of Two Halves was born. Foreword by Gary Lineker Featuring interviews between: David Morrissey and Steven Gerrard Clare Balding and Lucy Bronze Romesh Ranganathan and Hector Bellerin Val McDermid and John McGlynn and many others to be announced. A Game of Two Halves shows a different side to some of the biggest names in football, reminding us of the common ground we all share. All royalty earnings from this project will be donated to UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency.
Love him or loathe him, Ricky Ponting is one of the biggest names in cricket, having been at the heart of so many memorable Ashes and Test encounters over the years. Coinciding with the end of Ponting's spectacular career, 'At the Close of Play' is a must-read for all cricket fans.
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