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The Curse Of Teko Modise (Paperback): Nikolaos Kirkinis The Curse Of Teko Modise (Paperback)
Nikolaos Kirkinis 1
R200 R165 Discovery Miles 1 650 Save R35 (18%) Ships in 5 - 10 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.

A Handful Of Summers (Paperback, Updated Edition): Gordon Forbes A Handful Of Summers (Paperback, Updated Edition)
Gordon Forbes; Foreword by Peter Ustinov
R270 R223 Discovery Miles 2 230 Save R47 (17%) Ships in 5 - 10 working days

From beginnings on a gravel court on a farm in rural South Africa, Gordon Forbes went on to travel the world with his long-time tennis partner Abe Segal during the late 1950s and early 60s: the glory days of Fred Perry, Roy Emerson and Virginia Wade. In this delightful insider’s account of tennis on the international circuit, Forbes looks back with laughter at his tennis playing years through a varied, successful and often outrageous career on the world’s courts.

This newly published edition of A Handful Of Summers brings back a cult classic, revealing an era populated by the most colourful tennis players of all time. More about the hilarious escapades of players than the game itself, the book begins with a short series of vignettes from Forbes’s childhood on an Eastern Cape farm in South Africa, then takes the reader on a tennis tour – into locker rooms and restaurants, narrow streets and small hotels, and onwards to the lawns of Wimbledon and the caramel coloured clays of Roland Garros.

A player of international repute, Gordon Forbes has managed to capture the irresistible charm of an era while telling the story of a young man striving to follow signposts on the winding roads of life.

Butcher, Blacksmith, Acrobat, Sweep - The Tale of the First Tour de France (Paperback): Peter Cossins Butcher, Blacksmith, Acrobat, Sweep - The Tale of the First Tour de France (Paperback)
Peter Cossins 1
R230 R184 Discovery Miles 1 840 Save R46 (20%) In stock

From the winner of the Telegraph Sports Book Awards Cycling Book of the Year 2018 The first Tour de France in 1903 was a colourful affair full of adventure, mishaps and audacious attempts at cheating. Its riders included characters like Maurice Garin, an Italian-born Frenchman, said to have been swapped for a round of cheese by his parents in order to smuggle him into France to clean chimneys as a teenager, Hippolyte Aucouturier with his trademark handlebar moustache, and amateurs like Jean Dargassies, a blacksmith who had never raced before. Would this ramshackle pack of cyclists draw crowds to throng France's rutted roads and cheer the first Tour heroes? Surprisingly it did, and, all thanks to a marketing ruse dreamed up to revive struggling newspaper L'Auto, cycling would never be the same again. Peter Cossins takes us through the inaugural Tour de France, painting a nuanced portrait of France in the early 1900s, to see where the greatest sporting event of all began.

Cristiano & Leo - The Race To Become The Greatest Football Player Of All Time (Paperback): Jimmy Burns Cristiano & Leo - The Race To Become The Greatest Football Player Of All Time (Paperback)
Jimmy Burns
R330 R273 Discovery Miles 2 730 Save R57 (17%) Ships in 5 - 10 working days

Ask any football fan who's better, Ronaldo or Messi and they'll have an opinion.

Football is a team game. It's virtually unheard of to have the sort of focused, one on one rivalries that dominate individual sports. But for the best part of the last decade football has seen a personal rivalry unlike any seen before. Cristiano and Leo. This is their definitive story, from children kicking a ball halfway around the world from each other to their era-defining rivalry.

One the preening adonis, a precision physical machine who blows teams away with his pace and power. The other a shuffling genius, able to do things with a football that seem other-worldly. Their differences seem to tap into something fundamental about football and indeed life.

Between them they have scored over a thousand goals, won the Ballon d'Or nine times and redefined modern football. For the past eight seasons they have shared the accolade of best footballer in the world and arguments rage over which one deserves the title of greatest player of all time. Cristiano and Leo by journalist and author Jimmy Burns is the essential book to understand the defining players of a generation.

ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 England & Wales - The Official Book (Paperback): Chris Hawkes ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 England & Wales - The Official Book (Paperback)
Chris Hawkes 1
R409 Discovery Miles 4 090 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

ICC Cricket World Cup 2019: The Official Book is a celebration of the world's most important 50-over cricket tournament, the World Cup.

Eight teams will be joining hosts England in the summer 2019 trying to prise loose the grip on the trophy. It contains everything fans need to follow and enjoy the tournament, comprising description of the cities and grounds which will host games, full guides to the 10 teams in England, their star players, the qualification competition, a history of the 11 previous tournaments, full facts and stats and a fill-in guide for every match to create a personal memento. In addition to the fill-in ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 England fixture schedule, famous games are recalled in special features, together with biographies of the men most likely to light up the tournament.

The Cricket World Cup's glorious history and tournament records are also fully covered making ICC Cricket World Cup England 2019: The Official Book essential reading for all cricket fans.

Rugby World Cup Japan 2019 (TM) - The Official Book (Paperback): Simon Collings Rugby World Cup Japan 2019 (TM) - The Official Book (Paperback)
Simon Collings 1
R428 R281 Discovery Miles 2 810 Save R147 (34%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

The must-have companion to world rugby's biggest event.

For the first time ever, a nation outside the Six Nations or Rugby Championship, Japan, is hosting the tournament, and this book contains everything fans will need, from venue guides to detailed information on every team, key players, playing strengths, coaches, past form and a prediction of teams' chances of success. In addition to reports on the qualifying tournaments and the fill-in Rugby World Cup 2019 fixture schedule, famous games are recalled in special features, together with biographies of the men most likely to light up the tournament in the way the 2019 hosts did when they shocked South Africa in England in 2015.

The Rugby World Cup's glorious history and tournament records are also fully covered making Rugby World Cup 2019: The Official Book essential reading for all fans interested in RWC 2019.

The Big Fix - How South Africa Stole The 2010 World Cup (Paperback): Ray Hartley The Big Fix - How South Africa Stole The 2010 World Cup (Paperback)
Ray Hartley 5
R406 R352 Discovery Miles 3 520 Save R54 (13%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

The Big Fix gives the first detailed account of how South Africa paid $10 million to secure the 2010 World Cup.

Between June and July 2010, 64 games of football determined that Spain was the world’s best team at the World Cup in South Africa. South Africans – and the world – celebrated a brilliantly hosted tournament where everything worked like clockwork and the stands were packed with vuvuzela‐wielding fans. But the truth was not yet known. Behind this significant national achievement lay years of corporate skulduggery, crooked companies rigging tenders and match fixing involving the national team. As late as 2015 it was revealed that the tournament’s very foundations were corrupt when evidence emerged that South Africa had encouraged FIFA to pay money to a bent official in the Caribbean to buy three votes in its favour. As Sepp Blatter’s FIFA edifice crumbled, a web of transactions from New York to Trinidad and Tobago showed how money was diverted to allow South Africa’s bid to host the tournament to succeed.

In The Big Fix: How South Africa Stole The 2010 World Cup, Ray Hartley reveals the story of an epic national achievement and the people who undermined it in pursuit of their own interests. It is the real story of the 2010 World Cup.

Trail Blazer - My Life As An Ultra-Distance Trail Runner (Paperback): Ryan Sandes, Steve Smith Trail Blazer - My Life As An Ultra-Distance Trail Runner (Paperback)
Ryan Sandes, Steve Smith; Foreword by Tim Noakes 1
R260 R208 Discovery Miles 2 080 Save R52 (20%) Ships in 5 - 10 working days

Ian: ‘You’re going to run how far?’
Ryan: ‘250 kilometres. But it’s over seven days, though.’
Ian: ‘And the furthest you’ve ever run is …?’
Ryan: ‘42.2 kilometres … on the road. And on trail … 35 kilometres.’
Ian: ‘Ryan, I think you need to reassess this …’

What does it take to run a six-day race through the world’s harshest deserts? Or 100 miles in a single day at altitudes that would leave you breathless just walking? More than that, though: what is it like to win these races? South Africa’s ultra-trail-running superstar Ryan Sandes has done just that.

Since bursting onto the international trail-running scene by winning the first multistage race he ever entered – the brutal Gobi March – Ryan has gone on to win various other multistage and single-day races around the globe. Written with bestselling author and journalist Steve Smith, Trail Blazer – My Life as an Ultra-distance Trail Runner recounts the life story of this intrepid sportsman, from his experiences as a rudderless party animal to becoming a world-class athlete, and includes details on his training regimes, race strategies and aspirations for future sporting endeavours. Sports enthusiasts will enjoy the adrenaline-inducing trials and tribulations of one of South Africa’s most awe-inspiring athletes, while endurance-sport participants – from beginners to aspirant pros – will benefit from his insights and advice.

As Professor Tim Noakes says in the Foreword to this book: ‘However much we might think we know and understand, there are some phenomena which now, and perhaps forever, we will never fully comprehend. We call such happenings “enigmas”. Or even miracles. Ryan Sandes is one such.’

The Rugby World Cup 2019 Book - Everything You Need to Know About the Rugby World Cup (Paperback): Graeme Copas The Rugby World Cup 2019 Book - Everything You Need to Know About the Rugby World Cup (Paperback)
Graeme Copas; Foreword by Will Greenwood
R374 R310 Discovery Miles 3 100 Save R64 (17%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

A thoroughly researched and comprehensive guide to the 2019 Rugby World Cup, to be held in Japan in September. This is the sporting highlight of the year, with teams from England, South Africa, New Zealand, Wales and Ireland all competing for the coveted William Webb Ellis trophy.

The book will provide the reader with all the information and insight needed to understand and enjoy the competition. Written by sports journalist Graeme Copas, the book covers the history and build up to qualification, the tournament schedule and venues for this Rugby Union showcase, while also providing talking points, an in-depth analysis of each team and insightful interviews with players and rugby experts from a variety of countries Also included is a thoroughly researched survey of the host country, Japan, and the growing popularity of rugby there, telling how they won the right the host the first Rugby World Cup in Asia.

All 20 national teams involved are analysed and assessed on their chances of success, the star players are featured and each coach`s basic strategies outlined and explained. With this book, the reader will have a handy, competent source of information on hand both before the start and especially whilst the tournament proceeds to its thrilling conclusion.

The Springbok Captains - The Men Who Shaped South African Rugby (Paperback): Edward Griffiths, Stephen Nell The Springbok Captains - The Men Who Shaped South African Rugby (Paperback)
Edward Griffiths, Stephen Nell 5
R604 R517 Discovery Miles 5 170 Save R87 (14%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

The Springbok rugby captain, over more than a century, has represented many things to many South Africans. He has united, and he has divided. He has thrilled, he has disappointed. He has inspired, he has disheartened. He has triumphed, he has failed. But he has always had an impact.

In this revealing narrative, Edward Griffiths and Stephen Nell depict the men who have been able to call themselves ‘Springbok Captain’ through their backgrounds, triumphs and disappointments. Relive the heyday of rugby legends Bennie Osler, Danie Craven, Hennie Muller, Johan Claassen, Naas Botha, Francois Pienaar, Gary Teichmann, Joost van der Westhuizen, Andre Vos and others.

Now fully updated with the accounts of Bobby Skinstad, Victor Matfield and Jean de Villiers, The Springbok Captains is the epic story that lies at the heart of South African rugby.

Playing the Enemy - Nelson Mandela and the Game That Made a Nation (Paperback, Tie-In - (Now filmed as Invictus)): John Carlin Playing the Enemy - Nelson Mandela and the Game That Made a Nation (Paperback, Tie-In - (Now filmed as Invictus))
John Carlin 1
R285 R237 Discovery Miles 2 370 Save R48 (17%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Now filmed as INVICTUS directed by Clint Eastwood, and starring Matt Damon and Morgan Freeman as Nelson Mandela. SHORTLISTED FOR THE WILLIAM HILL SPORTS BOOK OF THE YEAR 2008 As the day of the final of the 1995 Rugby World Cup dawned, and the Springboks faced New Zealand's all-conquering All Blacks, more was at stake than a sporting trophy. When Nelson Mandela appeared wearing a Springboks jersey and led the all-white Afrikaner-dominated team in singing South Africa's new national anthem, he conquered the hearts of white South Africa. Playing the Enemy tells the extraordinary human story of how that moment became possible. It shows how a sport, once the preserve of South Africa's Afrikaans-speaking minority, came to unify the new rainbow nation, and tells of how - just occasionally - something as simple as a game really can help people to rise above themselves and see beyond their differences.

Crossing The White Line - The 1969/70 Springboks Tour Of Britain And Ireland (Paperback): Chris Schoeman Crossing The White Line - The 1969/70 Springboks Tour Of Britain And Ireland (Paperback)
Chris Schoeman; Foreword by Chris Laidlaw
R320 R256 Discovery Miles 2 560 Save R64 (20%) In stock

2019 and 2020 mark the fiftieth anniversary of the controversial 1969/70 Springbok rugby tour of the British Isles - a landmark event on both a sporting and political level. Taking place during the time of South Africa's apartheid dispensation, the tour was characterised throughout by violent demonstrations against the 'ambassadors of apartheid'. Scenes of chanting demonstrators at the players' hotels and airports were not uncommon, nor was the sight of protesters being dragged off the field of play by police. Smoke bombs and flour bombs also became a match-day fixture.

These were wild and unnerving times for the players on tour, whose movements were badly inhibited and who had to play hide-and-seek to avoid possible violence between games of rugby. During a demanding tour that lasted more than three months and took them to and fro between England, Wales, Scotland and Ireland, they endeavoured to sustain a proud tradition of highly successful Springbok tours through the Isles.

Through personal interviews with the players, including team captain Dawie de Villiers, vice-captain Tommy Bedford and other senior members of the squad, as well as key figures such as anti-apartheid campaigner Peter Hain, Crossing the White Line takes readers into the inner circle of a besieged group of sportsmen who just wanted to play rugby despite concerted efforts to deny them. The author also looks at the political context of events, and why so many felt that disrupting the tour was a matter of moral and political necessity.

Champions: Liverpool FC - Premier League Title Winners 2019/20 (Hardcover): Mark Platt Champions: Liverpool FC - Premier League Title Winners 2019/20 (Hardcover)
Mark Platt
R419 R272 Discovery Miles 2 720 Save R147 (35%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days
Leading Without Authority - Why You Don't Need To Be In Charge to Inspire Others and Make Change Happen (Paperback): Keith... Leading Without Authority - Why You Don't Need To Be In Charge to Inspire Others and Make Change Happen (Paperback)
Keith Ferrazzi
R340 R272 Discovery Miles 2 720 Save R68 (20%) Ships in 5 - 10 working days

'Ferrazzi is breaking new ground in defining what leadership can mean in the emerging world of work' -Arianna Huffington, founder and CEO of Thrive Global 'Ferrazzi has gone into the trenches to figure out what it really takes to empower people and make teams more than the sum of their parts. This book will be a staple in every leader's library' -Adam Grant, host of the TED podcast WorkLife, bestselling author of Give and Take and Originals The world of work is changing at an unprecedented rate leaving many organisations struggling to cope. At a time when constant innovation, agility, and speed often mean the difference between success and failure, we can no longer afford to waste time navigating the complex bureaucracy present in most companies. The #1 New York Times bestselling author Keith Ferrazzi argues that in times like these the ability to lead without authority is the essential workplace competency. Leading Without Authority reveals the secret to getting those around you to collaborate and cooperate to reach their full potential, whatever your title. The answer involves a shift in mindset that Ferrazzi calls co-elevation - working to elevate those around us. And you don't have to have formal authority, or direct reports, to utilize the co-elevation process. In fact, you can take initial steps forward without the other person even being aware of your efforts. Drawing on a decade of research and over thirty years helping CEOs and senior leaders drive innovation and build high-performing teams Ferrazzi reveals how we can all transform our business and our relationships with the people around us. The result is a new roadmap for thriving amid the disruptive pressures afflicting every industry.

Jurgen Klopp: Notes On A Season - Liverpool FC (Hardcover): Jurgen Klopp Jurgen Klopp: Notes On A Season - Liverpool FC (Hardcover)
Jurgen Klopp
R286 R224 Discovery Miles 2 240 Save R62 (22%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days
Same Players, Different Game - An Examination of the Commercial College Athletics Industry (Hardcover): John C. Barnes Same Players, Different Game - An Examination of the Commercial College Athletics Industry (Hardcover)
John C. Barnes
R987 Discovery Miles 9 870 Ships in 7 - 11 working days

In this thought-provoking new book, John C. Barnes examines the current state of commercial college athletics as a guide for potential administrators, coaches, regents, and others involved in collegiate athletic operations and decision-making. Each chapter provides an overview of an industry shaped by such current realities as Title IX requirements, commercial investments, student testing, and television contracts. Barnes provides an accessible outline of the historical background and potential future of the commercial college athletics industry from a nonjudgmental perspective. Same Players, Different Game not only serves as a text and guide for governance and leadership but also as a primer for the economic and political realities of modern college athletics that students and sports fans will find fascinating.

Two Hats - A guide for those coaching or thinking of coaching their own children (Paperback): Gordon MacLelland Two Hats - A guide for those coaching or thinking of coaching their own children (Paperback)
Gordon MacLelland 1
R253 R206 Discovery Miles 2 060 Save R47 (19%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Parents are often asked to step up into the role of coach; it's a big step from watching on the side-lines to being responsible for the wellbeing of not only your child but also the rest of the team. In creating this book, Gordon has tapped into the world of parent/coach viewing it from not only his experience but that of some of the UK's top sports personalities and the grassroots coach. Featuring advice from some of the world's leading sporting figures; including Harry Redknapp, Michael Vaughan, Liz McColgan, Stuart Lancaster and David Leadbetter. This book was created to provide a resource for anyone who may be considering coaching. We look at mindset, psychology and family challenges - ensuring that home life doesn't suffer when becoming a coach. It also offers tips on how to include other parents, keeping your head under pressure and gives amazing insights from professionals on the parts they enjoyed the most, and crucially, the things they'd do differently.

Rugby World Yearbook 2020 - The Wooden Spoon (Hardcover): Ian Robertson Rugby World Yearbook 2020 - The Wooden Spoon (Hardcover)
Ian Robertson 1
R589 R478 Discovery Miles 4 780 Save R111 (19%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days
South African Fishing Flies - An Anthology Of Milestone Patterns (Hardcover): Peter Briggs, Ed Herbst South African Fishing Flies - An Anthology Of Milestone Patterns (Hardcover)
Peter Briggs, Ed Herbst
R200 R160 Discovery Miles 1 600 Save R40 (20%) Ships in 5 - 10 working days

Fly-fishing is a multifaceted sport that will absorb you in its reality, taking you to places of exceptional beauty, to explore and to revel in the solitude. It is so often spoken of as an art form while fly-tying, inextricably linked to fly-fishing, is in its own right a form of artistry.

South African Fishing Flies is a celebration of this artistry – the innovation, the talents of the originators and their vision of imagination, masters of the craft – and of all the fly-tyers of South Africa. It is not an exhaustive reference to all South African flies, but is rather an anthology of those that by virtue of their innovation in design, materials used and tying techniques have helped shape and, in some cases, change the thinking on fly-tying in this country.

It is also a visual celebration of these flies, the waters we fish, an introduction to some of the individuals in our fly-fishing community, and creators of South African flies.

Both Sides - The International Bestseller (Paperback): Nicklas Bendtner, Rune Skyum-Nielsen Both Sides - The International Bestseller (Paperback)
Nicklas Bendtner, Rune Skyum-Nielsen
R383 R317 Discovery Miles 3 170 Save R66 (17%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

'Bendtner is wired differently from the rest of us.' -The Guardian 'Explosive.' - The Mirror Known as 'Lord Bendtner' to his fans and haters alike, Nicklas Bendtner has been lauded for his football skills at super clubs like Arsenal and Juventus. But his career was haunted by his rocky behaviour and tendency to self-sabotage. Very much a fable of the modern game, Bendtner talks with disarming honesty about the darker side of football and his own difficult fall from grace; about what it's like to have so much promise that you lose touch with reality altogether. It's is about growing up in a working class neighbourhood and what happens when you give a troubled, overconfident teen millions to spend. It's about fighting to reach the top in the worlds' toughest league but having no respect for hierarchy. It's about friendship, rivalry, and the constant quest for an adrenaline kick. It's about money - having too much of it - and an industry that has lost sight of what really matters. A modern footballing fable, it's a story of decline, temper, talent, great football and ultimately the tragedy of unfulfilled potential. Not since the days of Paul McGrath's Back From The Brink have we seen such honesty on the page of a footballer's memoir. Fans of Paul Merson, George Best and Tony Adam's autobiographies will also find pure fascination here in a story that has gripped international readers...

WWE Kicking Down Doors - Female Superstars Are Ruling the Ring and Changing the Game! (Hardcover): L J Tracosas WWE Kicking Down Doors - Female Superstars Are Ruling the Ring and Changing the Game! (Hardcover)
L J Tracosas 1
R150 R120 Discovery Miles 1 200 Save R30 (20%) Ships in 5 - 10 working days

Meet the incredible women who rule the ring! The Fabulous Moolah was ahead of her time, Chyna showed us serious attitude, and now Becky Lynch is leading the revolution in sports entertainment. Find out how the amazing women of WWE have kicked down doors and changed the game. (c) 2020 WWE, Inc. All rights reserved.

The Little Book of Aston Villa - More than 185 quotes about the Villa (Paperback, 2nd): Dave Woodhall The Little Book of Aston Villa - More than 185 quotes about the Villa (Paperback, 2nd)
Dave Woodhall
R113 R81 Discovery Miles 810 Save R32 (28%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

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.

Kicking Through the Troubles - How Manchester United Helped to Heal a Divided Community (Paperback): John David Thomas White Kicking Through the Troubles - How Manchester United Helped to Heal a Divided Community (Paperback)
John David Thomas White
R288 R193 Discovery Miles 1 930 Save R95 (33%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days
Advantage Play - Technologies that Changed Sporting History (Hardcover): Steve Haake Advantage Play - Technologies that Changed Sporting History (Hardcover)
Steve Haake
R486 R364 Discovery Miles 3 640 Save R122 (25%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Advantage Play tells the dramatic stories of the key technological breakthroughs in four thousand years of sporting history used to gain an advantage in sport. Novel materials are never far away: rubber for rugby and tennis balls, carbon fibre for bikes and prosthetics, polyurethane for swimsuits. Breakthroughs crop up throughout history, not just for modern football boots but for the javelin of the ancient Greeks and even the original starting line at Olympia. Our obsession with sporting data is not new although our methods of collecting it is: phones, sensors and monitors. Together, these breakthroughs reveal that the way we design sports equipment has always been much the same. Rather than being a new thing, sports technology is actually as old as civilisation. Where will it all end? All current track and field events at the modern Olympic Games will reach their limit within a generation. With his 30 years as a sports engineer, Steve Haake shows that in a world where top performances are static, where we've found all the best athletes and deployed the best coaching methods, the one thing that might distinguish the winners from the losers is new technology.

The Away Game - The Epic Search for Football's Next Superstars (Paperback): Sebastian Abbot The Away Game - The Epic Search for Football's Next Superstars (Paperback)
Sebastian Abbot
R424 R318 Discovery Miles 3 180 Save R106 (25%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Over the past decade, an audacious programme called Football Dreams has held trials for millions of 13-year-old boys across Africa looking for football's next superstars. Led by the Spanish scout who helped launch Lionel Messi's career at Barcelona and funded by the desert kingdom of Qatar, the programme has chosen a handful of boys each year to train to become professionals - a process over a thousand times more selective than getting into Harvard. In The Away Game, reporter Sebastian Abbot follows a small group of the boys as they are discovered on dirt fields across Africa, join the glittering academy in Doha where they train, and compete for the chance to gain fame and fortune at Europe's top clubs. Abbot masterfully weaves together the dramatic story of the boys' journey with an exploration of the art and science of trying to spot talent at such a young age. Richly reported and deeply moving, The Away Game is set against the geopolitical backdrop of Qatar's rise from an impoverished patch of desert to an immensely rich nation determined to buy a place on the international stage. It is an unforgettable story of the joy and pain these talented African boys experience as they chase their dreams in a dizzying world of rich Arab sheikhs, moneyhungry agents, and football-mad European fans.

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