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The brainchild of Samuel Ryder, a wealthy seed merchant from St Albans, the Ryder Cup was a bi-annual British-American professional golf tournament that was first played for the trophy bearing his name in Worcester, Massachusetts, in 1927. America won the match and gradually became the dominant force in the competition. During the 1960s the results were so one-sided that the Ryder Cup was expanded so that players from Ireland could compete for the British team. As the Americans continued to win comfortably, Jack Nicklaus led the movement to alter the teams so that European players were also allowed to compete against them. Since 1983 the contest has become one of the most competitive tournaments in the world, with many players achieving sporting immortality for their exploits on green and fairway on both sides of the Atlantic. This book examines the careers and Ryder Cup contributions of 50 of the greatest golfers in history, from Tiger Woods and Arnold Palmer to Steve Ballesteros and Nick Faldo. Lavishly illustrated throughout, this book provides the perfect accompaniment to the upcoming tournament at Gleneagles in Scotland.
Liverpool fans may be demanding, but they have enjoyed countless memorable nights watching the Reds, and The Liverpool Supporter's Book will bring back the glory days in so many ways. This book combines history, biography, statistics, quotes, and factoids, making it perfect for a fan to dip into and bring back memories of glorious days and nights following the Reds. Containing a Foreword by the legendary Ian Rush and filled with a cornucopia of facts and stats, match reports, biographies, histories as well as fun and games in the shape of puzzles and crosswords, songs and chants, this is the perfect gift for any Liverpool fan.
Africa United is the story of modern-day Africa told through its soccer. Traveling across thirteen countries, from Cairo to the Cape, Steve Bloomfield meets players and fans, politicians and rebel leaders, discovering the role that soccer has played in shaping the continent. He recounts how soccer has helped to stoke conflicts and end wars, bring countries together and prop up authoritarian regimes.
A lively and elegantly reported travelogue, Africa United calls attention to the amazing relationships between people and soccer, and to the state of Africa on the cusp of the biggest moment in its sporting history, the 2010 World Cup.
Hell with the Lid Off looks at the ferocious five-year war waged by Pittsburgh and Oakland for NFL supremacy during the turbulent seventies. The roots of their rivalry dated back to the 1972 playoff game in Pittsburgh that ended with the "Immaculate Reception," Franco Harris's stunning touchdown that led the Steelers to a win over the Raiders in their first postseason meeting. That famous game ignited a fiery rivalry for NFL supremacy. Between 1972 and 1977, the Steelers and the Raiders-between them boasting an incredible twenty-six Pro Football Hall of Famers-collided in the playoffs five straight seasons and in the AFC title game three consecutive years. Both teams favored force over finesse and had players whose forte was intimidation. Pittsburgh's Steel Curtain defense featured Mean Joe Greene, Jack Lambert, Jack Ham, and Mel Blount, the latter's heavy hits forcing an NFL rule in his name. The Raiders countered with "The Assassin," Jack Tatum, Skip Thomas (aka "Dr. Death"), George Atkinson, and Willie Brown in their memorable secondary. Each of their championships crowned the eventual Super Bowl winner, and their bloodcurdling encounters became so violent and vicious that they transcended the NFL and had to be settled in a U.S. district court. With its account of classic games, legendary owners, coaches, and players with larger-than-life personalities, Hell with the Lid Off is a story of turbulent football and one of the game's best-known rivalries.
From the No.1 bestselling author of This Town comes a thrillingly raw and hysterical account of the billionaires, crooks, charlatans and scoundrels that own and run the NFL. American Football - with its celebrity players, billionaire owners, and cheerleaders with flawless teeth - is more American than apple pie. Which is why the celebrated New York Times journalist, Mark Leibovich, has chosen football as the vehicle through which to examine the troubled state of Trump's America. Big Game chronicles a four-year odyssey that has taken Leibovich deeper inside the NFL than anyone has gone before. From the owners' meeting to the draft to the sidelines of crucial games, he takes in the show at the elbow of everyone from Tom Brady to big-name owners to the cordially despised NFL Commissioner, Roger Goodell.Ultimately, this is a story of what may come to be seen as `peak football' - the high point of the sport's economic success and cultural dominance, but also the moment when the dark side began to show. It is an era of explosive revenue growth, as deluxe new stadiums spring up all over the country, but also one of creeping existential fear. Football was never thought to be easy on the body - players joke darkly that the NFL stands for `not for long' for good reason - but as the true impact of concussions become inescapable background noise, it's become increasingly difficult to enjoy the simple glory of football without the buzzkill of its obvious consequences. And that was before Donald Trump. In 2016, the NFL slammed headlong into America's culture wars. Big Game is a journey through an epic storm. Through it all, Leibovich always keeps one eye on Tom Brady and his beloved Patriots, through to the 2018 Super Bowl. Pro football, this hilarious and enthralling book proves, may not be the sport America needs, but it is most definitely the sport it deserves.
From the aftermath of Kiev 2018 and the dramatic group-stage win against Paris Saint-Germain to the trips to Naples, Belgrade and Paris and the must-win game against Napoli.
From the historic 3-1 victory against Bayern Munich in the Allianz Arena to sweeping aside Porto home and away.
And from the despair of losing 3-0 to Barcelona at Camp Nou to the sensational 4-0 semi-final, second-leg victory against the Catalan giants on what many regard as Anfield's greatest ever European night.
Then the travelling Kop took over Madrid as the Reds beat Tottenham Hotspur 2-0 in Estadio Metropolitano to lift the European Cup before 750,000 Reds lined the streets of Liverpool to create iconic scenes as they welcomed the European champions back home.
All of that, plus insight from Jürgen Klopp, his players and striking photography, feature in glorious detail in 'Ch6mpions of Europe'. And with a personalised boxed edition containing an official club certificate, plus six special prints of our Anfield Champions League official matchday programmes also available, this is a souvenir book like no other that every Kopite will want.
For millions of tennis lovers The Championships will be the sporting high point of the British summer and Wimbledon 2019: The Official Story of The Championships will be the comprehensive, entertaining and beautifully illustrated re-telling of a spell-binding fortnight of tennis at the All England Club. Paul Newman's crafted text, coupled with the stunning images captured by Wimbledon's team of award winning photographers, will provide readers with a wonderful review of a memorable fortnight played out (hopefully) under blue skies and on stunningly green courts. Following the full story of the tournament, from Qualifying through to the concluding Mixed Doubles final on Centre Court, and telling the journeys of established stars such as Roger Federer, Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal, Serena Williams and Angelique Kerber the book will also focus on some of the other stories and characters that make Wimbledon so colourful and includes daily features and light-hearted stories from the sold out grounds in south west London!
FUN AND EFFECTIVE SOCCER DRILLS-FROM AN EXPERIENCED COACH IN THE
Written by an expert, this extensive collection focuses on problem areas and provides practice activities to ensure you get the best from your young players. Robert Koger looks at each of the problems most commonly faced by youth team coaches and prescribes proper drills to get players and teams to be their best and have fun doing it.
With more than 100 drills, you're guaranteed to find practice solutions for situations such as: My players can't get the ball past the other team's defense. I can't get my players to shoot when they are open. My players move all over the field. My team can't stop opposing goals from corner kicks. My team needs help with general skills areas including dribbling, passing, offense, defense, and goal-keeping.
Written in an easy-to-follow, clearly outlined format, "The Baffled Parent's Guide to Fix-It Drills for Youth Soccer" is an invaluable teaching tool to have on the field. Don't start coaching without it.
Newcastle United and Sunderland football clubs generate a rivalry that assumes a greater importance than any other in English football. Perhaps in British football only that between Rangers and Celtic in Glasgow can match it and that is fuelled by sectarian bigotry. Newcastle and Sunderland are not even in the same city. Fifteen miles separates the rivers Tyne and the Wear but the rivalry is stronger than that which exists even in cities with more than one club like Birmingham, Liverpool and Manchester. The most detailed history of Newcastle v Sunderland derbies ever produced; it includes match reports of every league and cup derby game between these old rivals with descriptions of every goal scored. Key players are profiled and every player who has played in Tyne-Wear derbies is assessed. A book that fans of both the Magpies and the Black Cats cannot be without.
Tradition is a byword for Aston Villa. Few clubs anywhere in England, let alone anywhere else, can boast a timeline of success to match the Birmingham club. Founder members of the Football League, they first won the First Division in 1893-94 and by the end of the 1890s they had won five of their six championships and two of their seven FA Cups. Their last major portion of footballing glory came in 1981 when they won the League again under the disciplinarian Ron Saunders and went on to take the European Cup under his assistant Tony Barton a year later. From Pongo Waring and 'Big Ron' Atkinson through Peter Withe, Gary Shaw and Dr Josef Venglos, to Graham Taylor, Dion Dublin, Gareth Southgate, Dwight Yorke, Juan Pablo Angel, and David O'Leary, there is no lack of contrasting characters to draw on for quotes. Chairman 'Deadly Doug' Ellis is worth a book in himself and few clubs have a richer history or as many outspoken characters to comment on where it's all gone wrong (and occasionally spectacularly right) since the glory days of baggy shorts and Bovril at half-time.
The career of Robbie Deans is without parallel in the annals of New Zealand rugby. He was an All Black, the pin-up boy of the Canterbury team, and a rebel with the Cavaliers during a 12-year playing career. Even greater acclaim has followed as one of the best coaches of the modern era. After 17 years coaching professionally, Robbie still boasts a 70 percent success rate. He remains Super Rugby's most successful coach, six seasons after his departure from the Crusaders. His influence on the All Blacks when the current era of Bledisloe Cup supremacy began was such that Richie McCaw and Leon MacDonald both say he should have been in charge rather than John Mitchell's assistant. Then he was lost to New Zealand, appointed as Australia's first foreign-born coach after his homeland controversially turned its back on him. Yet Robbie remains a personality we don't really know. For the first time, he opens up on his career: from the triumphs of his formative years, through Canterbury's glory days in the early 1980s, and the experiences that shaped the man and the coach. With the same honesty he brings to his coaching, Robbie reveals the old-fashioned values that have underpinned the Crusaders dynasty. He offers an insight into his All Black association with Mitchell and the background in his failure to land the top job himself. He also breaks the silence on his removal from the Wallabies coaching job, examining in depth five turbulent years where the systemic and cultural challenges off the field were every bit as daunting and unrelenting as was confronting the best team on the planet. From the opening accounts, which are provided by All Black Dan Carter and Wallaby David Pocock, the story is told by those who know Robbie best. It is a fascinating story of a truly great era in rugby, with detailed and frank observations at almost every turn from the players, coaches, and administrators he was most closely associated with. They know the real Robbie.
When LSU head football coach Paul Dietzel saw Billy Cannon field an Ole Miss punt on LSU's own eleven yard line on a stifling Halloween night in 1959, his shouts of "No, no, no " turned to "Go, go, go " as Cannon eluded tackler after tackler, sending fans in Tiger Stadium into a frenzy and earning himself that year's Heisman Trophy. Dietzel is probably best known for leading LSU to its first national championship the year before Cannon's legendary run, but his career in athletics also carried him to numerous posts across the country and put him in the company of some of the best coaching minds of all time. In Call Me Coach, Dietzel affectionately recalls his rich and varied life in college football.
In 1948, Dietzel decided to forgo medical school at Columbia University to become the plebe football coach at West Point. As an assistant over the next few years, he worked with Bear Bryant at the University of Kentucky, Colonel Red Blaik and Vince Lombardi at West Point, and Sid Gillman at the University of Cincinnati. Taking the job of head coach at LSU in 1955, he reversed the Tigers' losing skid and -- using the wing-T formation and a revolutionary three-team substitution system incorporating the White Team, the Go Team, and the renowned Chinese Bandits -- crafted 1958's unbeaten championship season. The thirty-three-year-old Dietzel was voted National Coach of the Year by the widest margin ever.
Back at West Point from 1961 to 1965, Dietzel rallied the Cadets to finally "beat Navy" and, as South Carolina's football coach and athletics director from 1966 to 1974, he took the Gamecocks to their first bowl game in twenty-five years and mandated the recruitment of black athletes in all sports programs. After twenty years as a head coach, with 109 wins and 95 losses at three schools and a postseason record of 11 victories and 3 defeats, Dietzel retired from coaching in 1974, later serving as athletics director at Indiana and LSU.
Through Dietzel's eyes, readers glimpse college football during a simpler time but also see that many facets of the game -- including recruitment challenges, job insecurity, press relations, and fickle fans -- remain constant. Highlights among the book's many unforgettable anecdotes are a 1962 interview with Howard Cosell, discussion about West Point's football team with General Douglas MacArthur, and a rare disagreement with Bear Bryant during a staff meeting.
Dietzel's recollections of his early and later years help complete the story of the man. In a warm raconteur's voice, he describes his impoverished childhood in Ohio, his own participation in high school and college sports, and his stint flying B-29 missions over Japan during World War II. His postretirement endeavors have included providing color commentary for TV, selling fudge, teaching skiing, and watercolor painting. Always at the top of Dietzel's priorities have been friends, family, and faith.
Gratitude rings as a constant refrain in Call Me Coach, and sports enthusiasts everywhere will be grateful that Dietzel has shared these recollections of his remarkable life.
From "the poet laureate of Michigan football" and three-time New York Times bestselling chronicler of the Wolverines, a riveting and revealing insider's account of the Jim Harbaugh era and a deeply reported human portrait of life within a big-time college football program. In December 2014, the University of Michigan's storied football program was in shambles. Over the previous eight years, the perennial Big Ten powerhouse had barely risen above the .500 mark. But on December 30, a savior was proclaimed in new head coach Jim Harbaugh, a former NFL Coach of the Year, larger-than-life personality, and a legendary former All-American Michigan quarterback. Harbaugh quickly righted the ship, leading the Wolverines to back-to-back 10-win seasons. After a disappointing 8-5 season in 2017, Michigan returned to glory in 2018 with a 10-game winning streak that elevated U of M to #4 in the polls, but the optimism was short-lived, as they suffered two crushing defeats to end the season, including a crushing loss to arch rival Ohio State. Now, with a top-five recruiting class coming in, star quarterback Shea Patterson returning, and rumors swirling that Harbaugh could be lured back to the NFL at the right price, 2019 feels very much like a make-or-break season for Michigan and its enormous, rabid fanbase. John U. Bacon, New York Times bestselling author and "poet laureate of Michigan football" (Joe Drape) offers a thrilling insider's account of the Harbaugh era, based on unparalleled access, hours of exclusive one-on-one interviews, and his years of deep contacts in the Michigan community. Overtime takes readers inside one of college football's most revered programs and its quest to return to the promised land, and into the lives of the players, families, and coaches, including Harbaugh; star quarterback Shea Patterson, who had to fight the NCAA to be allowed to play; rival Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer, a lightning rod for controversy; and others. In the vein of the million-copy-bestseller A Season on the Brink (which followed Indiana basketball and its notorious overlord Bob Knight), Overtime is a window into big-time college sports, and a legendary coach, that only John U. Bacon could write. Overtime includes approximately 25 color photos.
Jack O'Brien is a high school basketball coach extreme in both his demands and his devotion. With monastic discipline, he has built a powerhouse program that wins state championships year after year while helping propel players to college. He does this as a white suburban guy working exclusively with black city boys who make the daily trek across Boston to attend Charlestown High School, where the last battles of the city's school desegregation wars were fought a generation ago. The Assist is a gripping, surprising story about fathers, sons, and surrogates, all confronting the narrow margins of urban life. The book follows the players on their hunt for a state title. But it also stays with them, to see how young men who seldom get second chances survive without their coach hovering over them,and how he survives without them.
A lot of rucking and mauling has gone on since William Webb Ellis first picked up the ball and ran, but this doughty little book heroically manages to capture the true essence of the daddy of all oval ball games in just 80 minutes. This is the story of rugby as never been told before: a jinking, weaving compilation of surreal match reports, spoof correspondence and quirky cartoons. From the playing fields of Edwardian England's public schools to the canopied splendour of Cardiff's Millennium Stadium, the game's towering achievements, hilarious happenings and ludicrous coincidences are entertainingly recalled.
'WE ARE LIVERPOOL - THIS MEANS MORE.' J RGEN KLOPP This Means More is the inside account of Liverpool FC's 2018/19 season, a campaign which could see the club crowned as English champions for the first time in 29 years. Featuring unprecedented access to management, players and staff, This Means More explains how Liverpool have emerged from what J rgen Klopp described as the "depression" of 2015 to potentially achieve a feat that has eluded an entire generation of supporters. Through original research and exclusive interviews, Hughes takes readers into Melwood, the club's training ground, and behind the dressing room door. He takes them to Chapel Street, where the club's business is determined and to America, where it is owned. He takes them into Anfield, where many of the most important moments are defined, and he takes them on to the pitches of the Premier League, where the story of what could become Liverpool's greatest season is being written.
This book supplies the answer to the question: "Who has played football for Scotland and cricket for England?" Answer at bottom. Scottish football writer Adam Scott, The Independent and Time Out among others, has collected together the fruits of a life-long obsession with Fitba (Scottish for football!). Gallimaufry is a noun meaning hotchpotch, a jumble or a confused medley. Pronounced 'galli-may-fri' it has its origins in French. The book contains gems like the fact that Bovril, traditionally the drink of the terraces, was invented by a Scot for Napoleon's army. Also that Kilmarnock's most recent claim to fame was winning the Pie of the Year trophy in 1996. (And there is a recipe in the book just in case they've sold out or someone has eaten them all). And did you know that on the day Arbroath beat Bon Acord 36-0 - which as every schoolboy knows is the highest score in a first class match - Dundee Harp (a forerunner to the modern Dundee United) battered Aberdeen Rovers 35-0? Dundee's captain Tom O'Kane sent a telegram to his former club Arbroath to gloat about the score, little realising what Abroath had done on the same day. This is the ultimate book on Scottish football, both for the casual fan and the obsessive. Plus it is a must for compilers of pub quizzes. Answer: Denis Law and Geoff Boycott; Kenny Dalglish and Freddie Flintoff. Read the question again.
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