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Beautifully Illustrated by former Warwickshire cricket captain Jim Troughton, this book tells two stories. The first is the warming tale of a young boy about to play in his first cricket match, and how he finds the strength to conquer his nerves. Interwoven into this first story is the one that inspires young Alex on the eve of his first match. It is the legend of Morvidus, the ancient Lord of Warwickshirc and King of the Britons. The legend of Morvidus gives us the enduring symbol of the ragged staff, still memorably placed on the Warwickshire cricket shirt and worn with pride by Warwickshire cricket players of all ages. All royalties from this book will be given directly to the Warwickshire Cricket Board to support youth cricket projects at all age groups and levels.
We've all got a dream, right? Growing up in Rosario, Argentina was tough for a kid - especially a little one like Lionel Messi. But Lionel didn't want to be little - he wanted to be a LEGEND! This is the story of Lionel's discovery, his first football matches for Newell's Old Boys and then the huge decision that would change his life FOREVER... It takes blood, sweat and tears to get to the top of any sport, and these short, inspirational biographies show just how tough it can be. Each is written by expert author Roy Apps for kids with a reading age of 7 (but could also be enjoyed by pre-teens) and illustrated with black-and-white artwork. The stories focus on top athletes and sport personalities, with each dramatic story bringing to life the skill, determination and luck needed to break through into top level competition. This title is published by Franklin Watts EDGE, which produces a range of books to get children reading with confidence. EDGE - for books kids can't put down.
Shoot "The Voice of Football" is back, for what is going to be a very special year for football. With all eyes on Russia, this Activity Special will contain profiles of the world's leading players with stats, facts and all the goss from the footie stars who are likely to have a big impact this year! With loads of high-adrenaline, all-action images from the best games world wide, and lots of footy related trivia, quizzes, puzzles and games, this activity Annual will keep the readers sprinting up and down the side-lines, even after the full-time whistle has been blown!!
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.
Be Expert Rugby takes a light-hearted look at rugby that features all the facts and stats, lists and essential data that readers of all ages love, as well as an overview of how to play the game. Great players, memorable matches and the best quotes all also feature to bring the great game to life. The book concludes with a big quiz so that young readers can challenge each other to see who is the real rugby expert! Suitable for readers aged 8 and up.
Do you dream of scoring a goal? Or do you dream of saving a goal? Either way, inside are all the tips needed to become a star on the football pitch.
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.
Brian has written an amusing, exciting and engaging story about fictitious events that occurred a few years ago when the original Wembley Football Stadium was still standing.
Shy boy Amadeo reigns supreme at table football in his local cafe. Taking on all comers he is one of "the unbeatables" with his loyal team of tiny foosballers. But there's another "unbeatable" in town. Aggrieved by his only ever defeat at the hands of Amadeo in a foosball match when they were kids, Flash the town bully returns to seek revenge. Not only does he destroy the foosball table, but he challenges Amadeo to a game of actual football. Amadeo has never played real football - and Flash, with his insatiable quest for glory, has subsequently risen to become the world's most famous soccer star. With the future of the village at stake and his foosballers scattered, the situation looks hopeless for Amadeo. Unless he can recruit the help of his eccentric fellow villagers and the girl he loves, Lara, to take on the world's best football team captained by his nemesis Flash. And unless the foossballers can be reunited. "It'll be like Barcelona against a non-league team with an injury crisis," predicts Lara. What nobody predicts, however, is how Amadeo's foosballers will affect the game...The Unbeatables novel is the ultimate fantasy football story.Expanding upon the original movie, the novel includes additional adventures and characters. Written for young adults (and not so young adults), the book is a scintillating, action-packed 90 minutes of end-to-end incident, comedic flair, goalmouth scrambles and dubious off the ball challenges on the ethos of the modern game
With well over a billion players stretching around the globe from North America to Oceania, soccer is the most widely played sport in the world. The reasons for its success are simple: all that's required to play it is an open space and a ball. Soccer is also open to all body type, with room for those who are short and those who are tall, those with robust physiques and those who are skinny! This book is an illustrated guide with a simple approach to the sport, aimed at children and young teens. A brief introduction includes facts about the history of football, from its origins to its present state of development. The core of the book covers the principal rules and basic techniques of the game: the dribble, stop, pass, shoot, head shot, defence, and possession of the ball. It defines not only individual moves but also those required by the team as a whole, with a focus on tactics, that is, on behaviour in the field. One entire chapter is also devoted to the goalkeeper and the skills demanded of the player assuming that particular role. The tutorial offers advice on how to get into soccer with the help of humorous illustrations that make it easier to grasp the concepts by combining instruction with fun. The final chapter is devoted to teams and individual players that have helped raise the popularity of soccer worldwide-from Real Madrid to Milan, from Maradona to Messi. The aim of the book is to serve as an enjoyable, easily understood guide for the huge audience of children and young teens facing competitive sports and to help them take their first steps in the game.
Scoring a game-winning goal is the dream of many players. But pro players work hard on many other skills like passing, slide tackling, and blocking goals to help their teams find success on the field. Try out the tips inside to play soccer like a pro!
Two sensational life stories in one fact-packed book! Wayne Rooney is a national hero - a super-skilled striker with a quick touch and deadly shot. He has won trophies for both club and country. Now you can read Wayne's golden story, from his first club appearance to his World Cup performances, inside. Jermain Defoe is one of England's most successful modern-day strikers - with a killer instinct. But he's had to fight every step of the way become the best at what he does. "Football All-Stars is an essential read for every football fan!"
This book introduces young football fans to the World Cup. Packed with fascinating facts about the sport's most important tournament, the book is illustrated with stunning photos of football stars past and present in action, and also includes information about the host nation for the 2018 event, Russia.
Cricket is a game steeped in history and tradition. But it is also one of the most exciting, and rapidly changing, sports in the world. New, fast-paced, forms of the game such as the IPL have attracted a younger fan base, and sponsorship deals and increased media coverage mean that top cricket players are some of the best-known, highly paid, sports stars on the planet. Generation Cricket celebrates the rejuvenation of the game, giving readers a sense of the drama, action and skill involved in playing the game.Generation Cricket: Global Cricket looks at the game in all its many forms, from T20 and test matches to One Day Internationals, Kwik Cricket and even beach cricket. The book explains how cricket has evolved from a game for the elite to one that is played by millions of people, in many different ways, all over the world. It also focuses on some of the most famous competitions in cricket, from the IPL and Twenty20 World Cup to the Ashes and the ICC World Cup and Women's World Cup. All of the ten current Test Nations are detailed, along with their rivalries and some of their most impressive recent performances.Star Player features provide information about the men and women at the top of the sport both now and in the past, including Sachin Tendulkar, Ellyse Perry, Kieron Pollard, Virat Kohli, Kumar Sangakkara and Sir Donald Bradman. A comprehensive guide to the many competitions, leagues and teams in the world of cricket, Generation Cricket: Global Cricket is ideal for cricket lovers aged 9 and above, either for project work or simply as a great leisure read.
Learn everything you've ever wanted to know about soccer in an eye-catching, page-turning book for aspiring experts, featuring exclusive content from a real Major League Soccer referee, Mark Geiger!
Score! Can't get enough of your favorite super sport? This action-packed book is chock-full of awesome facts and fun for soccer fans! Join real-life Major League Soccer and Olympic referee Mark Geiger to get the latest, most up-to-date soccer intel around, plus fun facts and awesome trivia. Out just in time for the World Cup!
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