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Ghetto Ninja - The Junior Khanye Story (Paperback): Nikolaos Kirkinis Ghetto Ninja - The Junior Khanye Story (Paperback)
Nikolaos Kirkinis
R250 R185 Discovery Miles 1 850 Save R65 (26%) In Stock

Born in 1985 in Daveyton, Junior Khanye’s story cycles through themes of comedy, tragedy and triumph. His love for Kung Fu movies characterises his moxie for life - Ghetto Ninja. Kung Fu and dancing soon translated to undeniable skill on the soccer field.

Junior was scouted to Kaizer Chiefs aged just seventeen, where he soon became the darling of the nation with his goal scoring prowess. He shares how often he flirted with dangerous situations. Junior’s reputation as a troubled youth soon saw him kicked out of Kaizer Chiefs. From there he went through a tumultuous period cycling through phases of poverty and prosperity.

As Junior was at the brink of cementing his comeback and affirming his maturity, he suffered a great tragedy when a gang was sent to kill his family. His father was murdered that night. Junior was in the house but managed to escape the attack.

The soccer commentator and actor is living proof that one can come back from a state of darkness to achieve greatness.

The Curse Of Teko Modise (Paperback): Nikolaos Kirkinis The Curse Of Teko Modise (Paperback)
Nikolaos Kirkinis 1
R200 R172 Discovery Miles 1 720 Save R28 (14%) Ships in 8 - 13 working days

Eight-year-old Teko Modise didn’t mean to compete with his father, it was just that he was a soccer natural and everyone could see it. His father, in a fit of childlike jealously, kicked him out of the house, and when Teko tried to come back he kicked him out again. So little Teko made a plan. Every day he attended school as normal, and at night he slept out on the streets with other homeless children. This book is the true story of his rise to fame, to becoming ‘the General’, one of the best footballers South Africa has produced, and will allow readers to understand the story behind ‘the Curse’.

At the peak of his career the world seemed filled with Teko. His face was on every major billboard, TV advert and magazine cover in the country. Little boys from suburbs to townships everywhere were lining up at barbershops asking for The Teko haircut. With a house in Sandton and driving an Aston Martin, Modise was about to make history in the upcoming Soccer World Cup of 2010. He had gone beyond being football royalty, he became a super star. The tabloids have called him an abusive lover, a cheating ex-husband, a neglectful father and an alcoholic egotistical footballer. But beyond these headlines is a story about a boy who played his way out of poverty on talent alone.

Be inspired by this story of a young man with a resilient spirit who kept moving forward chasing his dreams, who not only survived, but made it, and made it big. The Teko Modise story is proof that anything is possible.

My Autobiography - One Year On: Fully Updated Edition (Paperback): Alex Ferguson My Autobiography - One Year On: Fully Updated Edition (Paperback)
Alex Ferguson 2
R325 R260 Discovery Miles 2 600 Save R65 (20%) Ships in 5 - 10 working days

Sir Alex Ferguson's compelling story is always honest and revealing he reflects on his managerial career that embraced unprecedented European success for Aberdeen and 26 triumphant seasons with Manchester United.

Sir Alex Ferguson's best-selling autobiography has now been updated to offer reflections on events at Manchester United since his retirement as well as his teachings at the Harvard Business School, a night at the Oscars and a boat tour round the Hebrides, where he passed unrecognised.

The extra material adds fresh insights and detail on his final years as United's manager.

Both the psychology of management and the detail of football strategy at the top level can be complex matters but no-one has explained them in a more interesting and accessible way for the general reader than Sir Alex does here.

My Autobiography is revealing, endlessly entertaining and above all inspirational.

Gladiator (Paperback): Francesco Totti Gladiator (Paperback)
Francesco Totti
R397 R335 Discovery Miles 3 350 Save R62 (16%) In Stock
Manchester United: The Ultimate Quiz Book (Paperback): Manchester United: The Ultimate Quiz Book (Paperback)
R347 R280 Discovery Miles 2 800 Save R67 (19%) Ships in 10 - 20 working days

Manchester United is one of the biggest football clubs in the world and there is nothing more that the fans like than testing their knowledge on their favourite team. Coming from the heart of Old Trafford, The Official Ultimate Manchester United Quiz Book is a comprehensive collection of 2,000 questions on a range of subjects that will test even the most dedicated supporter. There are questions on every season in the Premier League, from 1992-93 to 2020-21 with four parts per season. This is supplemented with 50 questions from the 1950s, 60 questions from the 1960s, 70 questions from the 1970s and 80 questions from the 1980s as well as special sections on club 'Icons' and an 'Expert' section for the ultimate United masterminds.

The Road to Barcelona - The Glory of 72 and My Life in Football (Paperback): Dave Smith The Road to Barcelona - The Glory of 72 and My Life in Football (Paperback)
Dave Smith; As told to Paul Smith
R383 R355 Discovery Miles 3 550 Save R28 (7%) Ships in 10 - 20 working days

'EIGHT YEARS WITH RANGERS, MORE THAN 300 GAMES, INCREDIBLE HIGHS, PAINFUL LOWS - AND IT ALL CAME DOWN TO ONE NIGHT IN THE NOU CAMP' 24 May 1972. The biggest night in the history of Rangers. Having overcome the might of Italian giants Torino and Beckenbauer's Bayern Munich en route to the final of the European Cup Winners' Cup, Dynamo Moscow stood between the Light Blues and the trophy. The stage was set in Barcelona for an unsung hero: Dave Smith. Creator of two of the goals on the night and arguably man of the match. In a rollercoaster career, Smith joined the Ibrox club from Aberdeen in 1966 for a record fee. He tasted defeat in the 1967 European Cup Winners' Cup final and had his career blighted by two horrific leg breaks during a period in which he also experienced the tragedy of the Ibrox disaster. But by 1972 Smith was a lynchpin of Willie Waddell's team. Playing as sweeper, he dicated the tempo of games with his vision and pinpoint passing. The star of the Nou Camp victory was voted Player of the Year in Scotland to cap the most memorable of seasons. He departed Rangers in 1974, making a shock switch to Arbroath after a fallout with new Ibrox manager Jock Wallace, before going on to star overseas in South Africa and then alongside George Best for the LA Aztecs in America. Rejecting the chance to join Paris Saint-Germain, Smith chose to end his career in Scotland's lower leagues as player-manager at Berwick Rangers where he would find success and happiness playing the game the way it was meant to be played.

Tor! - The Story of German Football (Paperback): Uli Hesse Tor! - The Story of German Football (Paperback)
Uli Hesse
R402 R375 Discovery Miles 3 750 Save R27 (7%) Ships in 10 - 20 working days

Germany did not have professional players or a national league until the 1960s, yet it became one of the most successful football nations in the world. Tor! (Goal!) traces the extraordinary story of Germany's club and international football, from the days when it was regarded as a dangerously foreign pastime, through the horrors of the Nazi years to postwar triumphs and the crisis of the new century. Tor! challenges the myth that German football is 'predictable' or 'efficient' and brings to life the fascinating array of characters who shaped it: the betrayed pioneer Walther Bensemann; the enigmatic genius Sepp Herberger; the all-conquering Franz Beckenbauer; the modern misfit Lothar Matthaus. And even the radio commentator Herbert Zimmermann, whose ecstatic cries of 'Tor!' greeted the winning goal in the 1954 World Cup final and helped change a whole nation's view of itself. Fully revised and updated ahead of the 2022 World Cup, Tor! is the definitive history of German football.

Fields of Wonder - The Incredible Story of Northern Ireland's Journey to the 1982 World Cup (Paperback): Evan Marshall Fields of Wonder - The Incredible Story of Northern Ireland's Journey to the 1982 World Cup (Paperback)
Evan Marshall; Foreword by Martin O'Neill
R329 R304 Discovery Miles 3 040 Save R25 (8%) Ships in 10 - 20 working days

'I was never as proud to be part of a team as I was being part of that team.' PAT JENNINGS By the end of the 1970s, the Northern Ireland football team was in the doldrums. Against a background of civil unrest, the team had endured long periods of playing all their games away from home and had just finished bottom of the British Championship for the fourth successive year. Two years later they walked onto the pitch against France to play for a place in the 1982 World Cup semi-finals. In Fields of Wonder, Evan Marshall charts Northern Ireland's incredible World Cup journey in thrilling detail, from the appointment of Billy Bingham as manager and the winning of the British Home Championship in 1980 through the ups and downs of the qualifying stages, and that night of pulsating drama against Spain in Valencia. Based on interviews with manager Billy Bingham and with many of the players, including Pat Jennings, Martin O'Neill, Gerry Armstrong and Norman Whiteside, and told against the backdrop of the Troubles, this book vividly captures the struggles, spirit and magic of Northern Ireland's 1982 World Cup campaign.

What Would Jurgen Klopp Do? - Life Lessons from a Champion (Paperback): Tom Victor What Would Jurgen Klopp Do? - Life Lessons from a Champion (Paperback)
Tom Victor
R207 R174 Discovery Miles 1 740 Save R33 (16%) Ships in 10 - 20 working days

THE PERFECT GIFT FOR FOOTBALL FANS There's no one quite like Klopp. Players love him, Liverpool fans love him - even those who should hate him, want a hug from him. He's charismatic, charming, a master tactician and his unrivalled passion for his team and the game has made him one of football's most beloved personalities. So, let's face it, in these uncertain times, we all could do with being a bit more like Klopp. The perfect gift for any football fan in your life; from how to make the perfect dinner-party klopptails to cultivating your Top of the Klopps playlist - this is a celebration of football's greatest manager and a guide to winning in your own life. 'All of us have to do whatever we can to protect one another. This should be the case all the time in life, but in this moment I think it matters more than ever.' - Jurgen Klopp

The Yearbook of European Football 2021-2022 (Paperback): Bernd Mantz The Yearbook of European Football 2021-2022 (Paperback)
Bernd Mantz
R1,061 R854 Discovery Miles 8 540 Save R207 (20%) Ships in 10 - 20 working days
A Pub on Each Corner - Stats and Facts from Griffin Park - The Home of Brentford FC for 116 Years (Paperback): Jonathan Burchill A Pub on Each Corner - Stats and Facts from Griffin Park - The Home of Brentford FC for 116 Years (Paperback)
Jonathan Burchill
R672 Discovery Miles 6 720 Ships in 10 - 20 working days

From 1904 to 2020, Griffin Park was the iconic, idiosyncratic, and much-loved home of Brentford FC. For 116 years, and deriving its name from the symbol of a brewery that owned the orchard before the stadium, Griffin Park witnessed highs and lows and much in-between, hosting over 2,800 football matches and numerous other occasions. One of a kind, it was the only English football stadium that had a pub on each corner. In this fascinating book, lifelong Bees fan Jonathan Burchill draws from contemporaneous resources to present a unique history of Brentford through season-by-season reviews of the events at Griffin Park. Recounting stories and statistics from both on and off the pitch - from fires to fax machines, from abandoned redevelopment plans to multiple missed penalties - Jonathan weaves an extended, fascinating insight not just into this remarkable West London football club but into the social history affecting those connected with it for over a century. As the Bees settle into their new home at Brentford Community Stadium in the Premier League, A Pub On Each Corner provides a comprehensive and insightful account into their time at Griffin Park, and is a must-read for any Brentford fan, old or new!

My Life In Red And White - My Autobiography (Paperback): Arsene Wenger My Life In Red And White - My Autobiography (Paperback)
Arsene Wenger; Translated by Daniel Hahn, Andrea Reece
R261 R219 Discovery Miles 2 190 Save R42 (16%) Ships in 10 - 20 working days

There is only one Arsčne Wenger - and for the very first time, in his own words, this is his story.

In this definitive autobiography, the world-renowned, revolutionary football manager discusses his life and career, sharing his leadership principles for success on and off the field. At Arsenal, Wenger won multiple Premier League titles, a record number of FA Cups, and masterminded the historic 'Invincibles' season of 2003-2004. He changed the game in England forever, popularising an attacking approach and changing attitudes towards nutrition, fitness and coaching methods - and towards foreign managers. The book charts his extraordinary career, from his rise in France and Japan where he managed Nancy, Monaco and Nagoya Grampus Eight - clubs that also play in red-and-white - to his twenty-two years at the helm in north London.

A must-read not only for Arsenal supporters but football fans everywhere, MY LIFE IN RED AND WHITE illuminates the mystique surrounding one of the most respected managers in the world's most popular sport.

Roy of the Rovers: From the Ashes (Paperback): Tom Palmer Roy of the Rovers: From the Ashes (Paperback)
Tom Palmer; Illustrated by Dan Cornwell 1
R160 R135 Discovery Miles 1 350 Save R25 (16%) Ships in 12 - 17 working days

ROVERS ON THE ROPES! Roy Race has the world at his feet. He's playing Premier League football, earning plenty of money, has a great girlfriend, and things are even looking up at home.The only problem is, he's not playing for Melchester Rovers. And the club he loves, the club he has supported all his life, the club that, until recently, he played for, is falling apart. Mel Park lies in ruins.Dodgy backroom deals brought Rovers low, and now Roy is determined to find a way back to his old club - and to lift it out of the mess it's in. But he might have to break a few rules to do it...

Ahead of the Game - James Coppinger and the Professional Mindset (Paperback): James Coppinger Ahead of the Game - James Coppinger and the Professional Mindset (Paperback)
James Coppinger
R476 Discovery Miles 4 760 Ships in 12 - 17 working days
Football's Principles of Play (Paperback): Peter Prickett Football's Principles of Play (Paperback)
Peter Prickett
R299 Discovery Miles 2 990 Ships in 10 - 20 working days
One: My Autobiography - The Sunday Times bestseller (Paperback): Peter Schmeichel One: My Autobiography - The Sunday Times bestseller (Paperback)
Peter Schmeichel
R286 R240 Discovery Miles 2 400 Save R46 (16%) Ships in 10 - 20 working days

'TERRIFIC' - Daily Mail 'ONE OF THE UNDISPUTED GREATS' - Sun 'Why me? How could a boy from a Copenhagen tower block say I want to be a champion with Manchester United and Denmark and make it happen?' Peter Schmeichel is a giant of football, who won more Premier League titles (five) than any player in his position and captained Manchester United in the incomparable, last-gasp Treble-clinching win over Bayern Munich in the 1999 Champions League final. 'I don't believe a better goalkeeper played the game,' Sir Alex Ferguson said. One: My Autobiography is Schmeichel's story. In it, he takes us inside the remarkable, winning environment of a club that transformed football during the 1990s, and on to the pitch on that crazy, breathless night in Barcelona in 1999. From Ferguson's unique gifts to Eric Cantona's unique personality, he delivers a close-up and insightful portrait of United's golden era. However, One: My Autobiography goes way beyond the pitch. Schmeichel has an incredible family story to tell, starting with his father, Antoni, a brilliant Polish jazz musician who battled demons and for years kept a momentous secret from those around him. And he explores what he has been able to pass on to his own son, Kasper - himself a Premier League-winning goalkeeper and number one in the Danish national side. Peter's life after football, seldom straightforward, is described with astonishing candour. One: My Autobiography is about football, origins, journeys and legacy.

The Official History of The FA Cup - 150 Years of Football's Most Famous National Tournament (Hardcover): Miguel Delaney,... The Official History of The FA Cup - 150 Years of Football's Most Famous National Tournament (Hardcover)
Miguel Delaney, The Fa; Foreword by Arsene Wenger
R555 R443 Discovery Miles 4 430 Save R112 (20%) Ships in 5 - 10 working days

Explore the complete history of The FA Cup in this definitive illustrated book. The FA Cup is the oldest national football competition in the world, and one of the most beloved and popular tournaments in football. In 2022, it will be 150 years since the inaugural Football Association Challenge Cup was clinched by Wanderers Football Club at Kennington Oval. Since then, 'The Cup' has become one of the premier tournaments in the sport, and an iconic mainstay of the English game. The Official History of The FA Cup, produced in partnership with The Football Association, is a lavish, illustrated tribute to this iconic competition. Filled with stunning photographs spanning the full history of the Cup, this book celebrates the most exciting, significant and memorable goals, games and upsets in English football history. Featuring insightful commentary on The FA Cup's development and evolution, details of every FA Cup-winning side, and an exclusive foreword by Arsene Wenger, this is an essential companion for anyone with a love of the competition - which is to say, fans of football everywhere.

Old School - A Proper Football Education (Paperback): Mark Patterson, Kevin O Hara Old School - A Proper Football Education (Paperback)
Mark Patterson, Kevin O Hara
R321 R271 Discovery Miles 2 710 Save R50 (16%) Ships in 10 - 20 working days

Mark Patterson played almost 500 league games in an 18-year career and, as documented in his funny, down-to-earth and thought-provoking autobiography Old School, his time as a professional footballer straddled two eras. At 18, he played for his hometown team Blackburn Rovers against Kevin Keegan and Newcastle United at a century-old St James' Park. He later battled with Paul Gascoigne at Middlesbrough's shiny new Riverside Stadium, a month before Gazza was sensationally omitted from England's World Cup squad. He played in dilapidated stadiums, with and against proper 'old school' footballers, and later had a taste of the promised land of the 'new school' after helping Bolton Wanderers rise from the third tier and into the Premiership. Patterson played for some of English football's proudest football clubs, including Blackburn, Preston North End, Bolton and Sheffield United, and had two spells at now-defunct Bury. As his career fizzled out, so did his bank balance and marriage. Divorce and bankruptcy followed. But his old school spirit got him through...

Be Good, Love Brian - Growing Up with Brian Clough (Paperback): Craig Bromfield Be Good, Love Brian - Growing Up with Brian Clough (Paperback)
Craig Bromfield
R209 Discovery Miles 2 090 Ships in 12 - 17 working days
Fair Game (Hardcover): Tom Connolly Fair Game (Hardcover)
Tom Connolly
R616 Discovery Miles 6 160 Ships in 10 - 20 working days

Tom Connolly's journey into non-league football unearthed something bigger than sport. The result is a collection of stunning photographs recording the lives lived on the perimeter of the pitch. For anyone who craves fairness in life and wants fairness in sport, modern elite football offers a confusing, love-hate relationship, one which sent Tom Connolly in search of the game he had fallen in love with as a boy. Like many of the men and women he met on the non-league terraces, he found it in grassroots football. Football fans have always been fair game for vilification and stereotyping. This book is about the human beings to be found in the beautiful game. Telling its story through a collection of remarkable black-and-white and colour photos of the people who make the game what it is, FAIR GAME reminds us that in community-minded non-league football clubs, the heart and soul of sport is alive and well, against all the odds and despite those running and owning the upper reaches of the game.

You Are My Sunshine - Following Leeds United Home and Away 1989-1992 (Paperback): PA Reeves You Are My Sunshine - Following Leeds United Home and Away 1989-1992 (Paperback)
PA Reeves
R363 Discovery Miles 3 630 Ships in 12 - 17 working days
My Rock and Roll Football Story (Hardcover): Paul Mariner My Rock and Roll Football Story (Hardcover)
Paul Mariner
R498 R418 Discovery Miles 4 180 Save R80 (16%) In Stock
HIGHBURY MEMORIES - Arsenal supporters share their views from one of football's greatest homes (Paperback): Tony McDonald HIGHBURY MEMORIES - Arsenal supporters share their views from one of football's greatest homes (Paperback)
Tony McDonald
R570 R474 Discovery Miles 4 740 Save R96 (17%) Ships in 10 - 20 working days
Red Letters - Two Fervent Liverpool FC Supporters Correspond through the Epic Season That Wouldn't End (Hardcover):... Red Letters - Two Fervent Liverpool FC Supporters Correspond through the Epic Season That Wouldn't End (Hardcover)
Michael MacCambridge, Neil Atkinson; Foreword by Grant Wahl
R508 Discovery Miles 5 080 Ships in 12 - 17 working days

For those obsessed with Premier League soccer, following your favorite team is a true collective experience, where it is easy to feel as one with thousands of others. It is also an individual one, in which the emotions you feel are your emotions, the experiences you feel are your experiences, and nobody else can perfectly understand. Over the course of the 2019-20 season, two longtime Liverpool FC followers wrote to each other about those emotions and experiences. American writer Michael MacCambridge, living in Austin, Texas, is a devoted Liverpool follower. Five thousand miles away, his friend Neil Atkinson, Liverpool resident and a longtime season ticket holder, is the host of the popular podcast The Anfield Wrap. Each week throughout the historic season, Atkinson and MacCambridge exchanged letters, contemplating Liverpool's progress, comparing and contrasting their different perspectives on the club and the sport, meditating on the manner in which their shared obsession for Liverpool works its way into nearly every corner of their personal lives, and discussing the differences between how the game is consumed in the United States and the United Kingdom and the role modern media plays in shaping our views of sport. Their collaboration was both timely and serendipitous, as Liverpool marched toward its first ever Premier League title and its first league title in thirty years, with a charismatic manager and the most entertaining team in the sport. In March, of course, the soccer story was overtaken by the larger story of the COVID-19 pandemic wreaking havoc throughout the world, including sports events. In the course of their correspondence, Red Letters provides a real-time account of the pandemic that threatened the very existence of the season that Liverpool followers had been waiting more than a generation to experience. Red Letters provides a different way to examine the culture of a worldwide sport and development of a soccer season-game by game, in real time, with hopes and expectations tested and altered as the season progresses to Liverpool's Premier League championship, with insight from two avid supporters.

An Official History of Leeds United (Paperback): Andrew Dalton An Official History of Leeds United (Paperback)
Andrew Dalton
R712 Discovery Miles 7 120 Ships in 12 - 17 working days
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