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Juve! - 100 Years of an Italian Football Dynasty (Paperback): Herbie Sykes Juve! - 100 Years of an Italian Football Dynasty (Paperback)
Herbie Sykes
R265 R212 Discovery Miles 2 120 Save R53 (20%) Ships in 5 - 10 working days

'Superbly entertaining and incisive' - TLS The definitive history of the iconic football club: the glory, the scandal, the stars and its enduring influence on Italian life. Juventus utterly dominates the Italian game. Home to some of the biggest names in sport, it has won title after title, trophy after trophy. However, parallel to the success and myth, there's a murkier reality. For one hundred years the club and its billionaire owners, the Agnelli family, have been synonymous with match-fixing, doping, political chicanery and more. While La Vecchia Signora remains Italy's best-supported team, it's also its most despised. Juve! charts the story of Italy's great sporting dynasty, chronicling the triumphs and tragedies of the Agnellis, and of the icons - Boniperti, Del Piero, Ronaldo - who have been their sporting emissaries for almost a century. The pride of Italy or its dark heart? Footballing colossus or vanity project? With this unique institution, as with so much about life in Italy, things are seldom black and white...

Always Believe - The Autobiography of Olivier Giroud (Hardcover): Olivier Giroud, Dominique Rouch Always Believe - The Autobiography of Olivier Giroud (Hardcover)
Olivier Giroud, Dominique Rouch
R485 R404 Discovery Miles 4 040 Save R81 (17%) Ships in 7 - 13 working days

Always Believe is the gripping autobiography of Chelsea, Arsenal and France star Olivier Giroud. Join him on a remarkable journey, from playing for a small club in southern France to achieving top-flight glory there and in England, before lifting the World Cup with the French national team. Giroud shot to prominence in 2011/12 as the top scorer in France's Ligue 1, netting 21 goals to help Montpellier to their first-ever top-flight title. After signing for Arsenal in 2012, he rewarded the Gunners with 73 goals in 180 games and helped them to three FA Cup wins. He is also the French national team's second-highest scorer. Now at Chelsea, Giroud is still hungry for success. But what about the sacrifices he's made along the way? The pressures of being under the spotlight and having to cope with a constant stream of criticism and questions around his selection for the national side? Usually a private person, Giroud holds nothing back as he shares all the highs and lows of a stellar career at the game's top level in this tell-all book.

Arsenal 101 - A Pocket Guide in 101 Moments, Facts, Characters and Games (Paperback): Rab MacWilliam Arsenal 101 - A Pocket Guide in 101 Moments, Facts, Characters and Games (Paperback)
Rab MacWilliam
R239 R221 Discovery Miles 2 210 Save R18 (8%) Ships in 7 - 13 working days

Arsenal 101 is an entertaining compendium of Arsenal's fascinating history, facts, games, stories, personalities, legends and footballing adventures. Rab MacWilliam has revisited the club's history from its early years as Woolwich Arsenal at the end of the nineteenth century to its status as one of the leading European teams of the present day. Rab has distilled Arsenal's history into 101 facts, moments and stories, examining many of the key characters, matches, controversies, innovations, and dazzling instances of brilliance that have illuminated the proud history of this great, if occasionally erratic, club. Funny, irreverent, fascinating and insightful, Arsenal 101 is the ideal handbook for Gunners fans of all ages.

Sir Alex - Simply the Best (Paperback): Harry Harris Sir Alex - Simply the Best (Paperback)
Harry Harris
R223 R187 Discovery Miles 1 870 Save R36 (16%) Ships in 7 - 13 working days

A must-read biography of one of the greatest football managers of all time. Sir Alex Ferguson CBE, born 31 December 1941, is a former Scottish football player and was manager of Manchester United from 1986 to 2013. During his 26 years in charge of United, he won more trophies than any other manager in the history of football. Packed with nearly 80 entertaining and exclusive interviews from those who know Ferguson best - friends, colleagues, associates and those who worked with him at both Aberdeen and Manchester United share their unique insight into the innermost secrets of Ferguson's fascinating life and hugely successful career.

Busby's Last Crusade - From Munich to Wembley: A Pictorial History (Hardcover): Jeff Connor Busby's Last Crusade - From Munich to Wembley: A Pictorial History (Hardcover)
Jeff Connor 1
R527 R495 Discovery Miles 4 950 Save R32 (6%) Ships in 7 - 13 working days

Busby's Last Crusade is the never to be forgotten fable of Manchester United's rise from the ashes of Munich in 1958 to the European Cup win 10 years later ... and the humble Scot who led them there. With words from best-selling author Jeff Connor and over 200 images, many of them new to the public, this is one man's search for his personal Holy Grail, and his determination to get there. This is not a eulogy for Sir Matt Busby. As Connor points out his roles as a club director after 1968 will always be questioned and that King Arthur would never have succeeded without his knights: Duncan Edwards, Roger Byrne, Bobby Charlton, George Best, Denis Law and, above all, Jimmy Murphy. All of these, and others, lighten the pages of a book certain to be seen by fans everywhere as a permanent memoir of an unforgettable era.

The O'Leary Years - Football's Greatest Boom and Bust (Hardcover): Rocco Dean The O'Leary Years - Football's Greatest Boom and Bust (Hardcover)
Rocco Dean
R409 R341 Discovery Miles 3 410 Save R68 (17%) Ships in 7 - 13 working days

The O'Leary Years charts the rise and fall of Leeds United at the turn of the 21st century. When David O'Leary took the managerial reins from taskmaster George Graham, he promoted a gifted crop of youngsters into the first team, transforming a well-oiled machine into a free-flowing bundle of joy. This often-scorned club enjoyed popularity like never before, but things are never straightforward at Elland Road. Criminal charges against star players, the tragic murders of fans, a perpetual injury curse and a 'spend, spend, spend' attitude eventually brought the club to its knees - but not before it was one match from reaching its holy grail: a European Cup final rematch with Bayern Munich. The journey lasted four seasons, each one a rollercoaster, and the story is told through the memories and match reports of the author, from a 14-year-old travelling the country with his dad, to an 18-year-old on the bus with his mates, with nostalgic tales of the good old days along the way.

Football Intelligence - Training and Tactics for Soccer Success (Paperback): Israel Teoldo, Jose Guilherme, Julio Garganta Football Intelligence - Training and Tactics for Soccer Success (Paperback)
Israel Teoldo, Jose Guilherme, Julio Garganta
R771 Discovery Miles 7 710 Ships in 7 - 13 working days

1. This book gives a strong academic theory base to the practical components and their applications 2. It demonstrates how different cultures approach football coaching 3. In-depth presentation of instruments and processes to assess and measure tactical performance of footballers. 4. Provides insight to applied implications and training ground approaches

Whistle Blower - My Autobiography (Hardcover): Mark Clattenburg Whistle Blower - My Autobiography (Hardcover)
Mark Clattenburg
R490 R410 Discovery Miles 4 100 Save R80 (16%) Ships in 7 - 13 working days

The outspoken and hard-hitting autobiography of one of the most highly-rated, recognisable and controversial football referees of modern times. Mark Clattenburg found himself in the centre circle, whistle in hand, at the start of 450 Premier League matches during a highly eventful 13-year career in football's top flight. He has shaken hands with, issued red and yellow cards to, and been sworn at by hundreds of players. He has been screamed at and shared jokes with dozens and dozens of managers. And he's felt the wrath of thousands upon thousands of irate fans. His autobiography is the ultimate guide to what it's really like to be in the referee's spotlight. It offers numerous intriguing insights into the daily trials and tribulations, the acute stresses and strains, of a top-flight referee. Clattenburg takes the reader into the referee's room, the players' tunnel and out on the pitch to experience precisely what a referee goes through on match day.

The Dream Factory - Inside the Make-or-Break World of Football's Academies (Hardcover): Ryan Baldi The Dream Factory - Inside the Make-or-Break World of Football's Academies (Hardcover)
Ryan Baldi
R439 R407 Discovery Miles 4 070 Save R32 (7%) Ships in 7 - 13 working days

Longlisted for the Sunday Times Football Book of the Year 2022 'A forensic insight into how our football academies operate. Every angle covered by a splendid author' - Daniel Taylor, The Athletic With unparalleled behind-the-scenes access to academies at all levels of English football, The Dream Factory: Inside the Make-or-Break World of Football's Academies is a journey deep into the heart of youth football, revealing in gripping detail how home-grown Premier League stars such as Marcus Rashford and Trent Alexander-Arnold are created, and at what cost. The Dream Factory introduces a rich array of characters - players, coaches, directors - behind talent production lines at several Premier League clubs, including Manchester United, Liverpool and Manchester City, zooming in on the stories of Alexander-Arnold's unique development, how Rashford's sense of social responsibility was nurtured, and how Phil Foden has become a beacon to City's young hopefuls.

Diego Armando Maradona (Paperback): Harry Harris Diego Armando Maradona (Paperback)
Harry Harris
R193 Discovery Miles 1 930 Ships in 12 - 17 working days
The Claret and Blue Book of West Ham United - Hammers History, Trivia, Facts and Stats (Hardcover): John Northcutt The Claret and Blue Book of West Ham United - Hammers History, Trivia, Facts and Stats (Hardcover)
John Northcutt
R241 R131 Discovery Miles 1 310 Save R110 (46%) Ships in 12 - 17 working days

The Claret and Blue Book of West Ham United collects together all the vital information you never knew you needed to know about the Iron. In these pages you will find irresistible anecdotes and the most mindblowing stats and facts. Heard the one about the time the team's train was delayed for hours, so the match at Chesterfield was played in front of only 3,000 spectators? How about the goalie who made his debut playing at centre-forward? Do you know in which year West Ham last won at Anfield? Which five League grounds have staged the club's seven FA Cup semi-finals? Or how many managers were employed from the Iron's foundation in 1902 through to Ron Greenwood's appointment in 1962? All these stories and hundreds more appear in a brilliantly researched collection of trivia, essential for any West Ham fan who holds the riches of claret-and-blue history close to their heart.

The Invention of the Beautiful Game - Football and the Making of Modern Brazil (Hardcover): Gregg Bocketti The Invention of the Beautiful Game - Football and the Making of Modern Brazil (Hardcover)
Gregg Bocketti
R1,806 Discovery Miles 18 060 Ships in 12 - 17 working days

In this cross-cutting cultural history, Gregg Bocketti traces the origins of soccer in Brazil from its elitist, Eurocentric identity as "football" at the end of the nineteenth century to its subsequent mythologization as the specifically Brazilian "futebol," o jogo bonito (the beautiful game). Bocketti examines the sport and its narratives, which usually depict soccer as having evolved from a white elite pastime to an integral part of Brazil's national identity known for its passion and creativity, and explains the ways that the popular history of the game has obscured many of the complexities and the continuities of the history of soccer and of Brazil. Mining a rich trove of sources, including contemporary sports journalism, archives of Brazilian soccer clubs, and British ministry records, and looking in detail at soccer's effect on all parts of Brazilian society, Bocketti shows how important the sport is to an understanding of Brazilian nationalism and nation building in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.

Football and Migration - Perspectives, Places, Players (Paperback): Richard Elliott, John Harris Football and Migration - Perspectives, Places, Players (Paperback)
Richard Elliott, John Harris
R1,161 Discovery Miles 11 610 Ships in 12 - 17 working days

Football is an incredibly powerful case study of globalization and an extremely useful lens through which to study and understand contemporary processes of international migration. This is the first book to focus on the increasingly complex series of migratory processes that contour the contemporary game, drawing on multi-disciplinary approaches from sociology, history, geography and anthropology to explore migration in football in established, emerging and transitional contexts. The book examines shifting migration patterns over time and across space, and analyses the sociological dynamics that drive and influence those patterns. It presents in-depth case studies of migration in elite men's football, exploring the role of established leagues in Europe and South America as well as important emerging leagues on football's frontier in North America and Asia. The final section of the book analyses the movement of groups who have rarely been the focus of migration research before, including female professional players, elite youth players, amateur players and players' families, drawing on important new research in Ghana, England, Haiti and the Dominican Republic. Few other sports have such a global reach and therefore few other sports are such an important location for cross-cultural research and insight across the social sciences. This book is engaging reading for any student or scholar with an interest in sport, sociology, human geography, migration, international labour flows, globalization, development or post-colonial studies.

Tottenham 'til I Die (Paperback): Tottenham 'til I Die (Paperback)
R236 Discovery Miles 2 360 Ships in 12 - 17 working days
Watching the Match - The Remarkable Story of Football on Television (Paperback): Brian Barwick Watching the Match - The Remarkable Story of Football on Television (Paperback)
Brian Barwick
R220 R165 Discovery Miles 1 650 Save R55 (25%) Ships in 12 - 17 working days

Football and television have been intertwined in culture for more than half a century and Brian Barwick has played a massive role in the continuing liaison between them. Watching The Match tells the story of how football on television became a national obsession. The first live football match in England was the 1938 FA Cup final, and the winning goal was a penalty in the last minute of extra time - proof if ever it was needed that football can deliver the dramatic like no other sport. The BBCs Match of the Day, the first dedicated football highlights show, was first aired in August 1964. The FA Cup Final, for years the only match shown live, suddenly became an all-day event with ITV's FA Cup Wrestling Special FA Cup Final going up against the BBC's It's An FA Cup Knock-out. The 1966 World Cup brought live international matches into the public's home for the first time and the BBC coverage of the final will forever be remembered by Kenneth Wolstenholme's legendary, "Some people are on the pitch ...they think it's all over ...here comes Hurst ...it is now!" Soon commentators, presenters and analysts such as Wolstenholme, Barry Davies, John Motson, Brian Moore, Martin Tyler, Keith Macklin, Gerald Sinstadt, Jimmy Hill, Brian Clough and Terry Venables became national figures and their sucessors, Gary Lineker, Gabby Logan, Jeff Stelling, Adrian Chiles, more so. Satellite television has moved football into a new stratosphere with almost 40 per cent of all Premier League matches shown live every season and the FA's sale of broadcast rights in 2012 for that league alone brought in GBP3 billion. Watching The Match is full of a fascinating story, personal anecdotes and interviews from in front of and behind the cameras, spanning 75 years. Written by a man who has held every important post in football television, this is a must-read book for all football fans.

Whistle Blower - My Autobiography (Paperback): Mark Clattenburg Whistle Blower - My Autobiography (Paperback)
Mark Clattenburg
R265 R221 Discovery Miles 2 210 Save R44 (17%) Ships in 7 - 13 working days

The outspoken and hard-hitting autobiography of one of the most highly-rated, recognisable and controversial football referees of modern times. Mark Clattenburg found himself in the centre circle, whistle in hand, at the start of 450 Premier League matches during a highly eventful 13-year career in football's top flight. He has shaken hands with, issued red and yellow cards to, and been sworn at by hundreds of players. He has been screamed at and shared jokes with dozens and dozens of managers. And he's felt the wrath of thousands upon thousands of irate fans. His autobiography is the ultimate guide to what it's really like to be in the referee's spotlight. It offers numerous intriguing insights into the daily trials and tribulations, the acute stresses and strains, of a top-flight referee. Clattenburg takes the reader into the referee's room, the players' tunnel and out on the pitch to experience precisely what a referee goes through on match day.

Toffee Soccer - Everton and North America (Hardcover): David France, Rob Sawyer, Darren Griffiths Toffee Soccer - Everton and North America (Hardcover)
David France, Rob Sawyer, Darren Griffiths
R890 R730 Discovery Miles 7 300 Save R160 (18%) Ships in 7 - 13 working days
The Hard Yards - A Season in the Championship, England's Toughest League (Hardcover): Nige Tassell The Hard Yards - A Season in the Championship, England's Toughest League (Hardcover)
Nige Tassell
R357 R291 Discovery Miles 2 910 Save R66 (18%) Ships in 12 - 17 working days

'A great, authentic read that serves as a timely reminder that there is "super" to be found in every league' Colin Murray Gus Poyetdeclared it to be the toughest league in England. Neil Warnock believes it to be the tightest division in Europe. Norwich bossDaniel Farkewent further still: 'The Championship, without any doubt, is the toughest league in the world.' The second tier of English football has a well-deserved reputation as the most exciting league in football. Anything can happen, and often does. In The Hard Yards, Nige Tassell - author of the modern classic The Bottom Corner - tells the Championship's hidden stories, taking the reader on an entertaining and eye-opening tour of the 2020-21 season, one like no other. From Bournemouth up to Middlesbrough, Swansea across to Norwich, and all points in between, he interviews players, managers, chairmen, backroom staff, fans and broadcasters to reveal exactly what life is like one step below the Premier League bubble. The groundsman in charge of keeping the pitch in shape, the TV reporter covering several matches every week, the veteran player who lives and breathes the league, the long-suffering supporter - they all have tales about what makes this tier so hard, so gripping, so unpredictable. The Championship is a league brimming with heart and soul, where the divide between triumph and despair, Premier League ecstasy and lower-league agony, couldn't be any narrower. With stakes this high, drama is guaranteed. 'With this enlightening book, Nige Tassell absolutely nails the brilliant and the drama of the Championship. A screamer into the top corner! Chris Sutton 'The F. Scott Fitzgerald of football writing' Ian McMillan

England Players' Records 1872-2020 (Hardcover, 2nd Revised edition): Graham Betts England Players' Records 1872-2020 (Hardcover, 2nd Revised edition)
Graham Betts
R418 Discovery Miles 4 180 Ships in 12 - 17 working days
The A-Z of Glasgow Rangers FC (Paperback): Rob Mason The A-Z of Glasgow Rangers FC (Paperback)
Rob Mason
R245 Discovery Miles 2 450 Ships in 12 - 17 working days
Where's The Striker? (Hardcover): Farshore Where's The Striker? (Hardcover)
Farshore 1
R229 R211 Discovery Miles 2 110 Save R18 (8%) Ships in 12 - 17 working days

Follow the star-studded All-Stars on a footballing tour of the world! Where's the Striker is the perfect gift for football fans of all ages. Find Lionel Messi and Harry Kane in jam-packed crowds of players and fans. This title explores the diverse & inclusive world of football across the globe. The Continental Championship is under way and teams of football stars are jetting off around the world to take part. The All-Stars have assembled a team of the best players on the planet - Harry Kane, Virgil Van Dijk, Lionel Messi, Ada Hegerberg and more. Will they beat every team to claim the trophy? With over 10 exciting scenes created by bestselling illustrator Paul Moran, this search-and-find world tour will keep fans of all ages busy for hours.

How to Be a Better Footballer - Skills, Tips and Tricks from the World Champion Football Freestyler (Paperback): Andrew... How to Be a Better Footballer - Skills, Tips and Tricks from the World Champion Football Freestyler (Paperback)
Andrew Henderson
R297 R273 Discovery Miles 2 730 Save R24 (8%) Ships in 12 - 17 working days

'Passion, positivity and precision ... and always be willing to learn something new.' Athlete Andrew Henderson was just sixteen years old when a horrific rugby injury put paid to his career in the game. So he turned his attention to football - more specifically, freestyling football skills - and never looked back. Now a five-time World Freestyling Champion and the UK Freestyle football champion for eight years running, in this unique manual Andrew brings together all his expertise and advice to help make you a better footballer. Packed with tips, tricks and over 200 colour photographs, Andrew reveals how hard work, dedication and flair allowed him to become a master on the football pitch and beyond. Having worked with Cristiano Ronaldo, impressed the likes of David Beckham and Neymar, to performing at the opening ceremonies of the Olympics and various World Cups around the world, he is now sharing all his secrets and famous freestyling skills to help you improve your football techniques and take them onto the pitch. Interspersed with the jaw-dropping tricks, guidance on tackling, fundamental skills and tips on advancing your expertise, Andrew's passionate advice about following a dream and overcoming adversity prove that both enthusiasm and patience play a major part in any sporting arena. This isn't only about teaching the physical elements but learning from a master about how to focus your mentality to bring flair, passion and precision to your game.

The Official Southampton FC Annual 2020 (Hardcover): Grange Communications Ltd The Official Southampton FC Annual 2020 (Hardcover)
Grange Communications Ltd
R230 R100 Discovery Miles 1 000 Save R130 (57%) Ships in 7 - 13 working days

The Official Southampton Soccer Club Annual 2020 is here! Inside you'll find a host of exciting features, as we tell the story of a memorable season for the team. Includes profiles of all of the first-team squad, an introduction to the manager, as well as all of the club's summer signings. Plus, plenty of fun quizzes and games to test your knowledge. We March On! IMAGE OF 2019 ANNUAL FOR ILLUSTRATIVE PURPOSES

When Football Was Football: Manchester United - A Nostalgic Look at a Century of the Club 2015 (Paperback): Andy Mitten When Football Was Football: Manchester United - A Nostalgic Look at a Century of the Club 2015 (Paperback)
Andy Mitten 1
R142 Discovery Miles 1 420 Ships in 12 - 17 working days

Now in paperback, this is a superbly presented collection of photographs of Manchester United from its early days until 1992, newly selected from over 10,000 images in the Daily Mirror's archive. These evocative pictures, many previously unpublished, bring to life the important events in United's history: the triumphs of the first trophies, the tragedy of the Munich disaster, the successes that followed. There are glorious images of United icons such as Edwardian superstar Billy Meredith, Sir Matt Busby and his first captain, Johnny Carey, lost 'Babes' Duncan Edwards and Tommy Taylor, and the stars of United's first European Cup-winning side -George Best, Denis Law, Bobby Charlton, Paddy Crerand and Nobby Stiles.

Ron Greenwood - A Biography of English Football's Forgotten Manager (Hardcover): Mike Miles Ron Greenwood - A Biography of English Football's Forgotten Manager (Hardcover)
Mike Miles
R418 R273 Discovery Miles 2 730 Save R145 (35%) Ships in 12 - 17 working days

This is the first full-length biography of Ron Greenwood, West Ham United's most successful trophy-winning manager - a man who was instrumental in the development of 1966 World Cup-winning heroes Moore, Hurst and Peters. Ron lacked the ruthlessness of his more feted contemporaries, Bill Shankly and Don Revie, with whom his trophy success did not compare. But his West Ham team of the mid-1960s had its own moments of heady triumph - an FA Cup win in 1964 (the club's first), a European Cup Winners' Cup victory in 1965 (only the second European win by an English club) - and crucially they were always easy on the eye, even in defeat. Then there was the little matter of supplying three team members to England's World Cup victory in 1966, at a tournament in which their perfection of Greenwood's near-post cross ploy proved devastating. After 16 years at West Ham, Greenwood became England manager in 1977 and led them to the 1982 World Cup. An impeccable sportsman, deep thinker and skilled communicator, he was a noble servant to football.

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