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This in-depth guide for younger readers contains everything they need to become true 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia experts. There are team and star-player profiles, complemented by outstanding big-match photographs, as well as a results chart to fill in after each match.
Illustrated with over 120 amazing images, all 32 teams are featured together with profiles of 36 star players who will light up the tournament, including Thomas Muller, Antoine Griezmann, Lionel Messi, Neymar, Cristiano Ronaldo and many more.
Read special features on the teams and complete the fill-in match schedule as the drama of 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia (TM) unfolds.
As excitement builds in the run-up to the Cricket World Cup 2019, the official ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 Kids' Handbook provides the perfect tournament companion for one-day cricket fans aged 7+.
The book is bursting with information about the hosts, England and Wales, plus the grounds, teams profiles, superstar players, Cricket World Cup facts, stats and record breakers, as well as loads of games, quizzes and puzzles.
The inside story of Jürgen Klopp’s astonishing revival of Liverpool Football Club, culminating in the 2020 Premier League title.
Featuring incisive and insightful reporting, along with interviews with players, management and club hierarchy, Believe Us paints a vivid picture of this stunning sporting success.
South African Sportscaster Melissa Reddy is now a regular contributor on Sky Sports, BBC and Premier League Productions and is also a senior correspondent at The Independent.
The fourth book in the bestselling series that teaches you amazing facts about the world through football. This book is packed with awesome true stories, real science and fascinating facts and will make you laugh loads - and it's all about football! Discover when robots play football, where the highest ever football match took place, how referees keep time in matches and what llamas and professional footballers have in common. With hilarious illustrations throughout and laugh-out-loud gags, this is the perfect book for football-mad children everywhere.
Yanga is the 3 Tins champion in his community. His life changes completely when his 3 Tin skills are channeled.
Into cricket. Watch Yanga’s crazy talent as it takes him from local school team to the global sporting stage as one of the stars of the South African Cricket World Cup team.
Filled with quizzes, stats and little known facts, plus illustrated and told with all the fun of a Tom Gates novel, the Football Superstars series is perfect for young readers five and up. Is Marcus Rashford your ultimate football hero? His rise to the top has already seen him win The FA Cup, EFL Cup and UEFA Europa League for Manchester United as well as become a semi-finalist at the FIFA 2018 World Cup. Discover how the local kid got into Manchester United's famous academy and worked hard to become part of its star-studded first team as well as an England international, plus the amazing way he called on the UK government to end child poverty during the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020. The Football Superstars series is aimed at building a love of reading from a young age, with fun cartoons, inspirational stories, a simple narrative style and a cast of characters chipping in with quotes, jokes and comments.
Percy Tau grew up with seven siblings and a single mom in the mining town of Witbank. For Percy and his family, life is tough as their mother struggles to make ends meet. But there is one thing that brings the Tau boys together: soccer. At the Mmagobana Primary School, they quickly make a name for themselves on the soccer team.
Despite the boys’ enthusiasm for the game, Percy’s mom is against him playing soccer. She wants him to get a ‘real job’ – after all, she doesn’t want to see her son struggle in life. But Percy persists, and is invited to join the Sundowns Youth Academy. Here he meets Pitso Mosimane, the Sundowns coach who will teach him all about what it takes to become a professional footballer.
In March 2017 Percy’s life changes forever: he is called up to play for Bafana Bafana and is named as the leading goal-scorer of the season. But just when all is going so well … heartbreak: Percy’s brother is killed in a car crash. Old fears from his childhood come rushing back as his mother blames their misfortune on soccer. But, through it all, the family pull together in their support for one another.
Then, one day, a call comes: Percy is offered a position to play for Brighton – one of the biggest deals ever offered a South African footballer. What will the future hold for one of the brightest stars in South African soccer? Join us on this action-packed adventure in the Road to Glory series.
If Van Dijk is your favourite football superstar, then this is the book for you! Discover how he went from playing football in cages and in the streets in the Netherlands to being named the UEFA Men's Player of the Year in 2019. Learn how Van Dijk came to captain the Netherlands national team and become one of the strongest defenders in the world, currently playing for Liverpool. Football Superstars: Van Dijk Rules is written in an engaging and accessible style that's ideal for emerging and reluctant readers. The simple narrative text is supplemented with cartoons and visual jokes, and presented with an energetic, graphic look. Sections and chapters make it easy to navigate and fun to dip in and out of. A supporting cast of players, managers, TV pundits - and even the authors themselves - chip in with quotes, jokes and comments to add to the playful and informative fun.
Celebrate the greatest names and teams in football history with this collection of 50 true stories. Discover the greatest football moments of all time in this collection of 50 exciting stories, perfect for fans of Football School: Star Players. Discover the incredible stories of heroes such as Messi, Ronaldo, Klopp and Rapinoe, but also the tales of the dog that helped win the league for his team and the team who won the championship with the very final kick of the game. Bringing together the best names in the game with some truly weird, wonderful and hilarious occurrences, this book is a must-read for any young football fan.
Here is a collection of fabulously funny poems put together by John Foster and illustrated with creative genius by Korky Paul. There are poems by a range of authors about all kinds of football matches - including meteorite footballs, football on the moon, a witches versus wizards football match, the goalie with expanding hands, and the Stone Age man who invented football. Guaranteed to delight, this is a perfect introduction to poetry either at home or at school.
The youngest player to score in the World Cup final since Pele, for the tournament-winning team, in his brief career to date Kylian Mbappe is breaking records at a rate matched by only the likes of Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo, and is fast becoming one of the biggest names in football. But did you know that even at three years old, he would sit listening to the manager's talk before an AS Bondy match? Or where his signature crossed-arm goal celebration came from and where he first performed it? Or how he got his dressing room nickname 'Thirty-seven'? Find out about all this and more in Luca Caioli and Cyril Collot's tirelessly researched biography of the game's latest superstar, featuring exclusive interviews with those who know him best. Includes the 2019/2020 season.
FROM THE BESTSELLING AUTHOR OF MESSI AND RONALDO. Tipped for greatness from an early age, it's easy to think that every moment of Neymar's life has been played out under the glare of a spotlight. But did you know that Real Madrid were just EURO60,000 away from signing him in 2006? Or that a phone call from Pele stopped Neymar leaving Santos for Chelsea in 2010? Or that his move to Paris Saint-Germain in 2017 caused tension with his new teammates? Find out about all this and more in Luca Caioli's tirelessly researched biography, featuring exclusive interviews with those who know him best, including friends, family, coaches and teammates. Includes all the action from the 2019/2020 season.
FROM THE BESTSELLING AUTHOR OF RONALDO AND NEYMAR. Prolific, cool-headed and unerringly consistent, Lionel Messi is one of the most revered footballers in history. But did you know that his transfer to Barcelona was first agreed on a paper napkin? Or that an x-ray of his hand was to thank for identifying his growth hormone deficiency? And do you know why he refused to collect his first ever Champions League winner's medal? Find out all this and more in Luca Caioli's classic portrait of a footballing icon, featuring exclusive interviews with those who know him best and even Messi himself.
Exactly one thousand stickers with which to decorate not only the scenes in the book, but anything else you so wish, from homemade cards to bedrooms. Packed full of footballs, players, kits, football matches and much more.
Football fans love nothing more than to read about their favourite teams. Although this books is aimed at young teenagers they will delight all ages with their mixture of funny and enlightening stories and will give hours of pleasure discovering quirky facts about your favourite team. Each title is also augmented with a selection of sketches by the young sketch artist Becky Welton that depict some of the stories within. A percentage of net profits from this title will go to the children's charity ChildLine Rocks.
Mohamed Salah needed little time to settle in to life at Liverpool. Since signing for the Anfield club in 2017 for a then-club record fee, he has broken the club's scoring record for a debut season, as well as becoming the leading goalscorer in Europe's top five leagues, overtaking Lionel Messi and Harry Kane. He was the first player to ever win three Premier League Player of the Month awards in the same season and was the winner of the PFA Player's Player of the Year for 2017-18, scoring 32 goals in 36 league games. In this biography of the Egypt and Liverpool star, bestselling authors Luca Caioli and Cyril Collot examine his rise to success. Features exclusive interviews and behind-the-scenes details.
A lively and engaging history of "the beautiful game". Tells the story of football, from its beginnings in the Roman Army to the modern day premiership including how both American Football and Rugby were born. Usborne Young Reading has been developed in conjunction with reading experts from Roehampton University.
Now a lethal striker for his boyhood club - and an international superstar - Marcus Rashford is living his dream. But from navigating a ruthless academy to playing under one of the fiercest managers in the game, Marcus's meteoric rise to the top of Manchester United wasn't always easy. This is the story of how a boy from Manchester used his passion and his talent to steer himself on a path to greatness. This fictionalised biography is one of the new titles in Ransom's Tales from the Pitch series. Each book focuses on one up-and-coming football superstar, often players who are still to reach the summit of their career. The players are from all walks of life and have faced failure, injury and rejection, making these moving and inspirational stories. The books are brimming with football banter that will have the knowing fans smiling. And each players story is littered with football tricks and tips, so readers can learn the arts of the glorious game. Tales of the Pitch are easy to read and very fast-paced reads. At only 120 pages long, printed on cream paper with a dyslexia-friendly font, these are ideal books for reluctant and dyslexic readers.
Little football fans will enjoy bringing the game to life in this colouring book full of fans, players and exciting match action. Scenes to colour include a corner kick, training session and victory parade. The backgrounds are already coloured, so children can focus on the fun parts.
The only official children's companion to Rugby World Cup Japan 2019 (TM), which kicks off on 20 September, 2019. As excitement builds in the run-up to RWC 2019, the official Rugby World Cup Japan 2019 (TM) Kids' Handbook provides the perfect tournament companion for younger rugby fans. It's bursting with information about the host country, Japan, plus the stadiums, top teams, superstar players, Rugby World Cup facts and stats, as well as loads of games, quizzes and puzzles.
Step into the shoes of one of the greatest footballers in the world, Ronaldo, in this action-packed 'pick your own path' book. With many possible endings, you must try to navigate your way through the professional world of football and make the right choices at every turn. Will you follow the path of fame and glory, or will you struggle to keep up with the competition?
Written by the author of the Ultimate Football Heroes series, this book is sure to appeal to fans of the series and aspiring footballers everywhere. There is something new to discover every time you open the book and lots of exciting scenarios and endings to experience.
Calling all football fans! Get the lowdown on the hottest players in football today - from the major international heroes to up-and-coming stars. This fantastic football fact file will give you all the need-to-know info about the hottest players in the game. There are up-close profiles of 33 stars who will light up the 2018-19 season, from record-setting veterans to the brightest young talents. Check out their key stats, read about their awesome achievements in previous seasons, then put your knowledge to the test with the fiendish quiz.
From the makers of the UK's best football magazine! MATCH is the UK's bestselling football annual and is top of Christmas wishlists for footy fans everywhere. Inside the Match Annual 2021 you can find the ultimate guide to Euro 2020, 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 hair of 2019, brain-busting quizzes, the greatest Premiership team ever, bonkers pics, footy stars emojis, cool cartoons and loads more! Don't miss it!
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