Your cart is empty
For three extraordinary seasons at Bayern Munich, Martin Perarnau was given total access around the German super club - to its players, its backroom staff, its board members and, above all, to its manager, Pep Guardiola. In the follow-up to his critically acclaimed account of Guardiola's first full season at Bayern, Pep Confidential, Perarnau now lifts the lid on the Catalan's whole tenure in Bavaria. Pep Guardiola: The Evolution takes the reader on a journey through three action packed seasons as Bayern smashed domestic records yet struggled to emulate that dominance in Europe, analysing Guardiola's management style through key moments on and off the field. Perarnau reveals how Guardiola improved as a manager at Bayern despite failing to land the ultimate prize in European football, examines his decision to leave Germany to take up the challenge at Manchester City and how his managerial style will continue to evolve in the Premier League. This is more than the story of three seasons with one of the biggest clubs in the game. It is a portrait and analysis of a manager and the footballing philosophies that have beguiled the world.
IN THE GRAND TRADITION OF "EIGHT MEN OUT" . . .
Did the Chicago Cubs throw the World Series in 1918--and get away with it?
Who were the players involved--and why did they do it?
Were gambling and corruption more widespread across the leagues than previously believed?
Were the players and teams "cursed" by their actions?
Finally, is it time to rewrite baseball history?
With exclusive access to surprising new evidence, Sporting News reporter Sean Deveney details a scandal at the core of baseball's greatest folklore--in a golden era as exciting and controversial as our sports world today. This inside look at the pivotal year of 1918 proves that baseball has always been a game overrun with colorful characters, intense human drama, and explosive controversy.
""The Original Curse" is not just about baseball. It is a
sweeping portrait of America at war in 1918. . . . In the end, the
proper question is not, 'How could a player from that era fix the
World Series?' It's, 'How could he not?'"
"Sean Deveney plays connect-the-dots in this intriguing account
of a possible conspiracy to throw the 1918 World Series. Thoroughly
researched and well written, "The Original Curse" is a must-read
for baseball fans and anyone who loves a good mystery. Is Max Flack
the Shoeless Joe of the 1918 Cubs? Deveney lays out the case and
let's readers decide if the fix was in."
"This book gives the reader a fun and honest look at baseball as
it used to be-- the good guys, the gamblers, the cheaters, the
drunks, the inept leaders. But, more than that, it puts those
characters into the context of Chicago, Boston and America at the
time of World War I, and you wind up with a unique way to explain
the motivations of those characters."
"Deveney's painstaking study of the 1918 World Series between
the Cubs and Red Sox argues that the Black Sox scandal was not an
aberration and might have had an antecedent. Deveney's scholarship
does not detract from his ability to spin a good tale: his tendency
to imagine players' conversations will remind readers of Leigh
Montville's "The Big Bam: The Life and Times of Babe Ruth."... A
welcome companion to Susan Dellinger's "Red Legs and Black Sox: Edd
Roush and the Untold Story of the 1919 World Series," Deveney's
book contributes greatly to our understanding of this decisive
period in baseball and American morals."
2020 Wall Street Journal Holiday Gift Books Selection Today the salary cap is an NBA institution, something fans take for granted as part of the fabric of the league or an obstacle to their favorite team's chances to win a championship. In the early 1980s, however, a salary cap was unheard of. The Cap is a first-of-its-kind depiction of the high-stakes negotiations over the proposed NBA salary cap in 1982-83 and all of the twists and turns through the decades that led the NBA and its players to a novel settlement. From lawsuits filed by its biggest stars to attacks from rival leagues to a messy and unsatisfying relationship with television to a general atmosphere of labor unrest in professional sports, the NBA was undeniably at a crossroads by the early 1980s. With the league led by ascendant David Stern and the players union led by the vastly underappreciated Larry Fleisher, these negotiations occurred amid a tumultuous landscape complete with meddling (and sometimes incompetent) owners and players' growing influence. The Cap is a compelling story that involves notable players, colorful owners, visionary league and union officials, and a sport trying to solidify a bright future despite a turbulent past and present.
"The Little Book of Man Utd" is a neat collection of words of wit and wisdom by and about Manchester United's players, managers and officials past and present. From Alan Hansen's falsely prophetic 'You'll never win anything with kids' to Eric Cantona's existentialist aphorism on the theme of seagulls, sardines and trawlers, the book will contain over 180 Red Devilish football quotes. Each quotation will be dated and attributed to its source and, where appropriate, entries will be accompanied by explanatory asides and/or supporting statistics. The sayings will appear in no particular order, but where connections and themes emerge these will be taken into account.
Experience the thrill, twenty-five years later, of Steve Scott's epic finals match against Tiger Woods in the 1996 United States Amateur Championship! In August of '96, Steve Scott went head to head against Tiger Woods at Pumpkin Ridge Golf Club in the finals of the US Amateur Championship. Five thousand three hundred forty-five players whittled down to two. Scott found himself a surprising 5-up after the first 18, but at hole 35 Tiger squared the grueling match with an improbable 40-foot birdie putt. With the result coming down to the last hole, the difference in the outcome actually came earlier, when Scott reminded Woods to move his mark back to its rightful place on hole 34. Had Scott not done the morally correct thing, Tiger would have been penalized and, in turn, not have won three straight U.S. Amateur Championships (something not even the great Jack Nicklaus or legendary Bobby Jones had done), forever changing the course of Tiger's career and golf history. In Hey, Tiger-You Need to Move Your Mark Back, Scott teams up with esteemed storyteller Tripp Bowden to explain, twenty-five years later, what led to that life-changing moment and to describe, in his own words, the exhilaration of that '96 U. S. Amateur Championship and how it ultimately changed golf history and the two competitors' lives. Forever. Hey Tiger-You Need to Move Your Mark Back is a story for the ages for golf fans looking for an unlikely new perspective on the greatest game in the world.
In 1958 Frank Gifford was the golden boy on the glamour team in the most celebrated city in the NFL. When his New York Giants played the Baltimore Colts for the league championship that year, it became the single most memorable contest in the history of professional football. Its drama, excitement, and controversy riveted the nation and helped propel football to the forefront of the American sports landscape. Now Hall of Famer and longtime television analyst Frank Gifford provides an inside-the-helmet account that will take its place in the annals of sports literature.
He is the goal-scoring legend of the Treble Triumph, a local hero in Manchester and back home in Norway. But when Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was announced in December 2018 as interim Manchester United manager, his only Premier League experience was overseeing Cardiff City's relegation. After a dismal time following Sir Alex Ferguson's departure, could he really be the one to see the club challenge again for major honours? It all started so well - a record-breaking run of victories, Solskjaer seemingly the antidote to the confusion of Moyes, the stagnation of Van Gaal, the trauma of Mourinho, and the permanent job was secured. His first full season in charge was a bumpy ride, but Solskjaer steered the club to three semi-finals and a creditable third-place finish. He has reinvigorated players like Luke Shaw, Paul Pogba and Marcus Rashford, given opportunities to newcomers such as Mason Greenwood, and brought in fresh talent in the shape of Bruno Fernandes, Edinson Cavani and Harry Maguire. In this updated edition, Jackson reveals how Solskjaer inspired United back into title contention once again during 2020-21, also taking them to a European final. In The Red Apprentice, Jamie Jackson takes the reader back to Solskjaer's early days in Norway to discover the making of the man. He relives his extraordinary playing career and that goal in the Champions League final of 1999, exploring his move into coaching and seeks an answer to the vital question: can he do it? Can Ole Gunnar Solskjaer draw on his experience and knowledge of the United way and bring the club its 21st league title?
Craig Bromfield was just 13 years old when Brian Clough, on a whim, took him and his older brother Aaron in. They came from Southwick, a depressed area of Sunderland, where they lived with their abusive stepfather, and from where they longed to escape. After initially meeting Clough while out begging for money, Clough later invited the brothers to stay at his house. From there a relationship formed which would see Craig living with the Cloughs for nine years, where he was a first-hand witness to the many aspects of Clough's character - his gruffness, his humour, his big-heartedness. This is a beautiful, inspirational story, which has never before been told, about Clough's gentleness and capacity for generosity. Discover a very different side to this iconic man, one away from the cameras and the football, which shows him for the person he really was.
Lifting the Covers is the inside story of South African cricket's journey to reinvent itself after years in the international wilderness. Using key figures, Hansie Cronje, Makhaya Ntini, Ray White and Ali Bacher, the book tells the story of South Africa's national summer game from an insider's perspective. It looks at the debates, the administrative crises and the Cronje affair as key episodes in the unfolding history of game that has struggled in post-apartheid South Africa to keep its traditional constituency on the one hand while embracing a new constituency on the other. The onfield activities during this era are also discussed, with particular attention being paid to South Africa's 1999 World Cup campaign, the tour by England in the summer of 1999/2000 and South Africa's subsequent tour of India, the tour which led to Cronje's fall from grace. The author argues that while the UCBSA (United Cricket Board of South Africa) have had no alternative but to transform the game over which they preside, their noble initiative has sometimes met with disastrous results-the Hansie Cronje affair being the most notable example. Finally, the debate to transform cricket is in many ways also the story of contemporary South Africa, a country that is struggling to transform itself into an enlightened, workable democracy. The lessons learnt by cricket are lessons pertinent to the country as a whole.
For fans of Netflix's The Last Dance, this is the definitive account of Michael Jordan's spectacular and disastrous return to basketball. As one of the greatest, most celebrated athletes in history, Michael Jordan conquered professional basketball as no one before. Powered by a potent mix of charisma, near superhuman abilities and a ferocious drive to dominate the game, he achieved every award and accolade conceivable before retiring from the Chicago Bulls and taking an executive post with the Washington Wizards. But retirement didn't suit the man who was once king, and at the advanced age of thirty-eight Michael Jordan decided it was time to reclaim the court that was once his. Having closely followed Jordan's final two seasons, Michael Leahy draws a fascinating portrait of an intensely complex man hampered by injuries and assaulted by younger players eager to usurp his throne. In this enthralling book Jordan emerges as an ambitious, at times deeply unattractive character with, unsurprisingly, a monstrous ego. WHEN NOTHING ELSE MATTERS is an absorbing portrait not only of one athlete's overriding ambition, but also of a society so in thrall to its sports stars that it is blind to all their faults.
Strength and power are key elements of soccer performance. A stronger player can sprint faster, jump higher, change direction more quickly and kick the ball harder. Strength Training for Soccer introduces the science of strength training for soccer. Working from a sound evidence-base, it explains how to develop a training routine that integrates the different components of soccer performance, including strength, speed, coordination and flexibility, and outlines modern periodization strategies that keep players closer to their peak over an extended period. Dealing with themes of injury prevention, rehabilitation and interventions, as well as performance, the book offers a uniquely focused guide to the principles of strength and conditioning in a footballing context. Fully referenced, and full of practical drills, detailed exercise descriptions, training schedules and year plans, Strength Training for Soccer is essential reading for all strength and conditioning students and any coach or trainer working in football.
Kick snow from your shoes and step into the warmth of the old Hoosier high school basketball gym, where farmers in overalls line the court and students heckle referees from planks above the bleachers. Revisit a unique era when nearly every town had a high school and its own basketball team. The gyms featured here no longer host high school games, but once they were home to the Ladoga Canners, the Mecca Arabs, the Roll Red Rollers, the Arlington Purple Breezes, the Warren Lightning Five and dozens more. Now they are elementary schools, community centers, fire stations, churches. Some are homes. Sadly, others are wasting away. But once again, the ball thuds in these gyms. The screams reverberate. The whistles blow. Join the Indianapolis Star's Kyle Neddenriep on this tour of one hundred former Hoosier high school basketball gyms.
Red Sox MVP Pedroia tells this feel-good story about his love of baseball, overcoming the naysayers, and winning a World Series in his first season.
Instantly acquire all the knowledge you need to become an expert in the arcane and labyrinthine game of cricket. Never again confuse a square leg with a very fine leg, a doosra with a jaffa, or a long hop with a leg break. Bask in the admiration of your fellow cricket lovers as you pronounce confidently on the finer points of play, the limitations of the players, and why the umpire needs to see an optician. But, above all, effortlessly hold your own against those who emerged from the womb consulting a copy of Wisden. Written by experts and offering readers the opportunity to pass off appropriated knowledge as their own, the Bluffer's Guides provide hard fact masquerading as frivolous observation in one witty, easy read.
"The extraordinary story of how Coach Paul "Bear" Bryant and Joe
Namath, his star quarterback at the University of Alabama, led the
Crimson Tide to victory and transformed football into a truly
Since its inception, The National Pastime has featured excellent research and essays about baseball history. This year, though, we asked our contributors to point their lenses not toward the past, but toward the future. In 2020, SABR conducted a survey that invited respondents to answer questions about baseball twenty years in the future, framed by the following understanding: "[T]hat just as baseball, and its history, is a reflection on culture and society in the past and present, it could also be an input, context, and/or predictor for predicting plausible futures of the United States and other countries." The goal became to predict what the world might be like in 2040, and how that will be reflected in the game we love. There are so many factors affecting our collective future, ranging from climate change to advances in technology, from medical breakthroughs to the ways baseball will adapt itself to changing tastes, from rules innovations to new forms of media consumption and fan interaction. This issue includes incisive essays on the future of the baseball uniforms, the Hall of Fame, fan experiences and the media, the future of baseball cards, climate change and baseball, as well as more speculative imaginings, in the form of press releases from the future and even thought-provoking futuristic flash fiction. The All-Star lineup includes Hugo Award-winning science fiction author Harry Turtledove, technology thought leader Cathy Hackl on baseball in the metaverse, MLB Network's favorite chemist and climate scientist Dr. Lawrence Rocks, Sidewise Award winner (and son of major league catcher Del Wilber) Rick Wilber, and many more. NFTs, virtual reality, machine learning, materials science-every cutting edge technology will have its effect on baseball as we know it, and just as baseball itself was integral to the development of previous broadcast media from radio to streaming video, the sport will continue to be the proving ground for new uses of technology yet to come.
From Accra and Algiers to Zanzibar and Zululand, Africans have
wrested control of soccer from the hands of Europeans, and through
the rise of different playing styles, the rituals of spectatorship,
and the presence of magicians and healers, have turned soccer into
a distinctively African activity.
From the makers of the UK's best football magazine! MATCH is the UK's bestselling football annual and is top of Christmas wish lists for footy fans everywhere. Inside the Match Annual 2022 you can find the ultimate guide to the postponed Euro 2021, epic interviews with the stars, plus the UK and Ireland dream team and also discover everything you need to know about Messi, Ronaldo, Kane, Salah, Mbappe, Maguire, Hazard, Pogba and all the other top footballers. Plus, it's packed with legendary Prem No.7s, craziest stories from lockdown, brain-busting quizzes, the greatest Premiership team ever, bonkers pics, footy stars emojis, cool cartoons and loads more! Don't miss it!
The Bronx Is Burning "meets Chuck Klosterman in this wild pop-culture history of baseball's most colorful and controversial decade
"The Major Leagues witnessed more dramatic stories and changes
in the '70s than in any other era. The American popular culture and
counterculture collided head-on with the national pastime, rocking
the once-conservative sport to its very foundations. Outspoken
players embraced free agency, openly advocated drug use, and even
swapped wives. Controversial owners such as Charlie Finley, Bill
Veeck, and Ted Turner introduced Astroturf, prime-time World
Series, garish polyester uniforms, and outlandish promotions such
as Disco Demolition Night. Hank Aaron and Lou Brock set new heights
in power and speed while Reggie Jackson and Carlton Fisk emerged as
October heroes and All-Star characters like Mark "The Bird" Fidrych
became pop icons. For the millions of fans who grew up during this
time, and especially those who cared just as much about Oscar
Gamble's afro as they did about his average, this book serves up a
delicious, Technicolor trip down memory lane.
Golf . . . is a sport in which the whole American family can
participate--fathers and mothers, sons and daughters alike. It
offers healthy respite from daily toil, refreshment of body and
On January 24, 1953, four days after his inauguration, the "New York Times" reported that President Dwight D. Eisenhower had been spotted on the White House lawn practicing his short irons in the direction of the Washington Monument. This image of The Golfing General was one that the American public quickly became accustomed to, as Eisenhower is said to have played nearly 800 rounds during the course of his two-term presidency. He befriended the game's most beloved players, including Arnold Palmer, Ben Hogan, and Byron Nelson, and was the subject of hundreds of golf jokes and cartoons..
The public's awareness of Eisenhower's obsession with golf led directly to the sport's mid-century surge in popularity. In "Don't Ask What I Shot," noted historian Catherine M. Lewis offers a unique alternate portrait of Ike and this watershed period in American history.. .
Any time you have a person in the position of President
Eisenhower, who was so enthusiastic about golf and had the press
paying attention to his many excursions on the golf course, it was
going to make people aware of the game and how much he enjoyed
""Don't Ask What I Shot" is a fascinating examination of one of
golf's pivotal decades, and the remarkable president who did more
to popularize the game than any other in history."
"Whatever remained to be doneto remove the last traces of the
average man's carefully nurtured prejudice against a game
originally linked with the wealthy and aloof was done by President
The amazing life story of the enfant terrible of tennis in the 1970s and 80s - winner of two Grand Slam titles, three Grand Slam doubles titles and twice a Wimbledon finalist. It is not an overstatement to say that Ilie Nastase was in part responsible for the explosion of interest in tennis in the seventies. Thanks to his success, his lifestyle, his sex appeal and the controversy that continually surrounded him, Nastase's name was recognisable far beyond the confines of tennis. Yet, he also had a dark side and he regularly got himself into trouble with umpires and spectators alike. His court-side tantrums and manic questioning of line calls could spiral out of control and, all too often, he found himself fined and disqualified - and making the next day's front pages. Bjorn Borg had great difficulty adjusting to life after retirement and lost vast amounts of money, while the late Vitas Gerulaitis had a major cocaine problem. Ilie reveals how he helped both of them at a time when their problems were taking a huge toll on their personal lives. He also provides opinions and anecdotes on a host of other characters, including John McEnroe, Jimmy Connors and Arthur Ashe, Henri Leconte, Yannick Noah, Chris Evert and Martina Navratilova. As a result of his celebrity status, Nastase moved amongst the beautiful people. His book recalls some of his more memorable encounters and experiences, including dancing the night away in New York's Studio 54 and Castel in Paris with the likes of Bianca Jagger and Claudia Cardinale, and bedding some of the world's most desirable women (an Italian countess and a former Miss UK are among his conquests). For the many sports fans who followed tennis and followed his career, his stories behind the varied headline-grabbing outbursts will prove fascinating and irresistible.
Rangers FC is one of the most successful football clubs in the world. Since their formation in 1872 The Gers have won 55 League Titles (a world record), 33 Scottish Cups and 27 League Cups. On the European stage they famously won the European Cup Winners Cup in 1972. Since their earliest days Rangers' home shirt has been Royal Blue and their instantly recognisable kit has become synonymous with their success. It is recognised all over the world. In this beautiful coffee-table book David Graham and John Smith, shirt collectors and Rangers historians, use stunning pictures of match worn shirts to take readers through the history of the club kit and in doing so also tell the story of the club, the famous matches and of course the iconic players who wore the shirt with pride and distinction. The book brings together some of the rarest and most iconic shirts ever seen and includes practically every home and away shirt variation worn over the last 60 years as well as some early examples from the 1930s, 1940's and 1950's and there is an extensive section of Goalkeeper shirts. Features written by the authors also explain the importance of the shirt to the club over its 150 year history. It includes shirts worn by the club's most famous players, including; Derek Johnstone, Alan Morton, George Young, Paul Gascoigne, Davie Cooper, Ally McCoist, Andy Goram, Richard Gough, Barry Ferguson and Brian Laudrup. The Rangers Shirt is a stunning and fitting record of the greatest collection of Rangers match worn shirts that has ever been brought together, and through it the history of this great club is retold as never before.
You may like...
Fush - A Story Of Pride, Respect And…
Shaun Fuchs Paperback
1000 Reasons To Love Golf
Nick Herbert Paperback (3)
Glory Game - The Joost van der…
Joost Van Der Westhuizen, Odette Schwegler Paperback (5)
Just A Moment - A Memoir
Schalk Burger Snr., Michael Vlismas Paperback
My Autobiography - One Year On: Fully…
Alex Ferguson Paperback (2)
The Sunshine Boys - The Epic Story Of…
Dan Retief Paperback
Federer And Me - A Story Of Obsession
William Skidelsky Paperback (3)
Campese - The Last Of The Dream Sellers
James Curran Paperback
The Curse Of Teko Modise
Nikolaos Kirkinis Paperback (1)
A Handful Of Summers
Gordon Forbes Paperback