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Southampton - 100 Facts (Paperback): Steve Horton Southampton - 100 Facts (Paperback)
Steve Horton
R155 R129 Discovery Miles 1 290 Save R26 (17%) Ships in 10 - 20 working days

Football fans love nothing more than to read about their favourite teams. Although this book 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 that depict some of the stories within.

Sunderland - 100 Facts (Paperback): Steve Horton Sunderland - 100 Facts (Paperback)
Steve Horton
R155 R129 Discovery Miles 1 290 Save R26 (17%) Ships in 10 - 20 working days

Football fans love nothing more than to read about their favourite teams. Although this book 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 that depict some of the stories within.

Manchester United and Me (Hardcover): Manchester United Manchester United and Me (Hardcover)
Manchester United
R439 Discovery Miles 4 390 Ships in 12 - 17 working days

It's hard to imagine a football club with a better catalogue of stories than Manchester United. The club's rich history has been punctuated by success, tragedy and drama, with an all-star cast wrapped up in a twisting, turning tale. In Manchester United and Me, protagonists tell their own accounts of their unique places in Reds folklore. All manner of angles are covered, be it the journey up through the ranks of the club's youth system with Gary Neville or the road to securing a transfer to Old Trafford through the eyes of Ruud van Nistelrooy, Dimitar Berbatov and Zlatan Ibrahimovic. Amongst the classic games covered, Darren Fletcher relives the epic rivalry between United under Sir Alex Ferguson and Arsene Wenger's Arsenal, Dwight Yorke looks back on 1999's unforgettable Champions League win over Juventus in Turin and Robin van Persie rewinds to the night in 2013 when the Reds' 20th league title was clinched. Deeply personal accounts from Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and Patrice Evra shed light on their back stories, Rio Ferdinand and Nemanja Vidic assess each other's games and run through the machinations of their legendary defensive partnership, while Peter Schmeichel details David De Gea's journey in his footsteps to goalkeeping greatness. All these stories and many more besides cast a new light on events within Old Trafford. With stellar names telling incredible stories, Manchester United and Me tells the human side of the world's greatest football club in forensic and intimate detail.

An Official History of Leeds United (Paperback): Andrew Dalton An Official History of Leeds United (Paperback)
Andrew Dalton
R702 Discovery Miles 7 020 Ships in 12 - 17 working days
Pioneer - The Autobiography of Gordon Jago (Hardcover): Gordon Jago Pioneer - The Autobiography of Gordon Jago (Hardcover)
Gordon Jago
R424 Discovery Miles 4 240 Ships in 12 - 17 working days

Few people have made such an impact on so many areas of football, in so many parts of the world, as Gordon Jago. Jago - a tall, thoughtful centre-half with Charlton Athletic - made his biggest impression as a manager. In England, he created the foundation for the greatest Queens Park Rangers side in history - leading to speculation linking him with the national job - before transforming the identity of one of the country's most notorious clubs, Millwall. Jago resigned from the Den out of principle after a controversial episode of BBC TV's Panorama and moved to the US. He spent time in Florida before settling in Texas. From there, he was engaged in the political side of the North American game and was involved in discussions for America's hosting of the 1994 World Cup and the creation of the MLS. After retiring from coaching, Jago remained heavily involved with the Dallas Cup - a key part of the cultural heritage of the North American game - and was rewarded for his services to youth football with an MBE in 2006.

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
R126 Discovery Miles 1 260 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...

The National League 1979-2021 (Paperback): Michael Robinson The National League 1979-2021 (Paperback)
Michael Robinson
R303 R251 Discovery Miles 2 510 Save R52 (17%) Ships in 10 - 20 working days
Scottish Football League Tables 1890-2021 (Paperback): Michael Robinson Scottish Football League Tables 1890-2021 (Paperback)
Michael Robinson
R303 R251 Discovery Miles 2 510 Save R52 (17%) Ships in 10 - 20 working days
Giant killers (Paperback): Dene Butler & Ray Cole Giant killers (Paperback)
Dene Butler & Ray Cole
R186 Discovery Miles 1 860 Ships in 12 - 17 working days

Peterborough United have a proud and illustrious history in the FA Cup. In this book we cover every cup campaign that The Posh have played in, with match reports from the signi?cant games, plus all the facts and ?gures and many photographs of matches and players that have contributed towards Posh`s deserved title of a Giant Killersa

Barca - The inside story of the world's greatest football club (Paperback): Simon Kuper Barca - The inside story of the world's greatest football club (Paperback)
Simon Kuper
R355 R284 Discovery Miles 2 840 Save R71 (20%) Ships in 5 - 10 working days

'This is a masterfully written history of the world's greatest football club. Mes que un book!' - GARY LINEKER From the bestselling co-author of Soccernomics comes the story of how FC Barcelona became the most successful football club in the world - and how that envied position now hangs in the balance. Barca is not just the world's most popular sports club, it is simply one of the most influential organisations on the planet. With almost 250 million followers on social media and 4 million visitors to its Camp Nou stadium each year, there's little wonder its motto is 'More than a club'. But it was not always so. In the past three decades, Barcelona has transformed from regional team to global powerhouse, becoming a model of sporting excellence and a consistent winner of silverware. Simon Kuper unravels exactly how these transformations took place. He outlines the organisational structure behind the club's business decisions, and details the work of its coaches, medics, data analysts and nutritionists who have revolutionised the sporting world. And, of course, he studies the towering influence of the club's two greatest legends, Johan Cruyff and Lionel Messi. Like many leading global businesses, FC Barcelona closely guards its secrets, granting few outsiders a view behind the scenes. But, after decades of writing about the sport and the club, Kuper was given unprecedented access to the inner sanctum and to the people who strive daily to keep Barcelona at the top. Erudite, personal, and capturing all the latest successes and upheavals, his portrait of this incredible institution goes beyond football to understand Barca as a unique social, cultural, and political phenomenon. "I began my research thinking I was going to be explaining Barca's rise to greatness, and I have, but I've also ended up charting the decline and fall."

Made in Europe - The 250 Players We Love (Hardcover): John Brewin Made in Europe - The 250 Players We Love (Hardcover)
John Brewin
R640 R457 Discovery Miles 4 570 Save R183 (29%) Ships in 10 - 20 working days

Made in Europe is a glorious celebration of Europe's greatest and most remarkable football talent. From the first European Championship in 1960 through to the modern day, it features a smorgasbord of unforgettable players - each one commemorated in stunning photographs and expertly profiled by a skilled team of writers. The book includes 250 favourites - not just the best footballers, but also the craziest and most colourful, the most stylish and the coolest. Each player is honoured with a mini-biography, interspersed with little-known anecdotes that are sure to come in handy at any football quiz night. The selection features players from all the top European football nations, and six greats (Van Basten, Gascoigne, Beckenbauer, Zidane, Iniesta and De Bruyne) are given full-length profiles. You'll learn things you didn't know about your heroes, and perhaps discover some new ones who until now have slipped under the radar, in this beautifully illustrated book.

My Life in Red and White - The Sunday Times Number One Bestselling Autobiography (Hardcover): Arsene Wenger My Life in Red and White - The Sunday Times Number One Bestselling Autobiography (Hardcover)
Arsene Wenger; Translated by Daniel Hahn, Andrea Reece
R646 R525 Discovery Miles 5 250 Save R121 (19%) Ships in 10 - 20 working days

There is only one Arsene 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 and recalling vivid tales of guiding Arsenal to unprecedented success. One of the most influential figures in world football, Wenger won multiple Premier League titles, a record number of FA Cups, and masterminded Arsenal's historic 'Invincibles' season of 2003-2004 and 49-match unbeaten run. He changed the game in England forever, popularising an attacking approach and changing attitudes towards nutrition, fitness and coaching methods - and towards foreign managers. In My Life in Red and White, Wenger charts his extraordinary career, including 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 in north London at the helm of one of the world's biggest clubs. He reflects on Arsenal's astonishing domestic triumphs and bittersweet European campaigns; signing - and selling - some of the world's most talented players; moving the Gunners to their new home, the Emirates Stadium; and the unrest that led to his departure in 2018 and subsequent role as Chief of Global Football Development for FIFA. This book is a must-read for not only Arsenal supporters but football fans everywhere, as well as business leaders and anyone seeking the tools for success in work and life. It will illuminate the mystique surrounding one of the most revered and respected managers, revealing the wisdom and vision that made him an icon in the world's most popular sport.

Shoot - Celebrating The Best Of The Premier League Years (Hardcover): Adrian Besley Shoot - Celebrating The Best Of The Premier League Years (Hardcover)
Adrian Besley
R425 R340 Discovery Miles 3 400 Save R85 (20%) Ships in 5 - 10 working days

From Gazza and Cantona to Fergie and Wenger, the early years of the Premier League showcased some of English football's greatest personalities. Shoot: Celebrating the Best of the Premier League Years brings back fond memories of that beloved era - the days of seriously oversized shirts, extravagant goal celebrations, continental entertainers and managerial mind games. This captivating compilation lifts the best articles and funniest features from the 1990s and early 2000s, as Shoot followed English football's transformation into the global powerhouse we know today. An unashamed wallow in football nostalgia, it features all the favourites you'd expect, including the Roy of the Rovers comic strip, the irreverent Over The Top, the always-controversial Greavsie column and more.

Leeds United in the 21st Century (Paperback): Dave Tomlinson Leeds United in the 21st Century (Paperback)
Dave Tomlinson
R429 R356 Discovery Miles 3 560 Save R73 (17%) Ships in 10 - 20 working days
Maradona - The Boy. The Rebel. The God. (Paperback): Guillem Balague Maradona - The Boy. The Rebel. The God. (Paperback)
Guillem Balague
R355 R284 Discovery Miles 2 840 Save R71 (20%) Ships in 5 - 10 working days

MARADONA is the definitive new biography of a true global icon, from world-renowned football writer and journalist Guillem Balague. Diego Armando Maradona was widely acclaimed as a genius. One of the greatest footballers of all time, he was also one of the most controversial. In an international career with Argentina he earned 91 caps and scored 34 goals and played in four FIFA World Cups. With his unforgettable 'hand of God' goal and unsurpassed second one in the 1986 quarter-final against England, he captained his nation and led them to victory over West Germany in the final in Mexico. His vision, passing, ball control and dribbling skills, and his presence and leadership on the field, often electrified his own team's overall performance. Maradona's club career included dazzling spells in his own country at Argentinos Juniors, Boca Juniors and Newell's Old Boys, and in Europe with Barcelona, Napoli and Sevilla. Yet his life was one of relentless media attention, including tales of drug abuse and constant health issues. Based on in-depth interviews and first-hand stories, Guillem Balague's masterly biography represents a psychological and sociological approach to the legend. This journey of exploration takes Guillem to Argentina, Spain, Italy and Dubai. Along the way, he asks what fosters such adulation, and how this adoration engendered a self-destructive personality. Even after his untimely death in 2020, Maradona continues to fascinate: his divine status seemingly preserved for ever.

Fast Forward: The Autobiography - The Hard Road to Football Success (Paperback): Andrew Cole Fast Forward: The Autobiography - The Hard Road to Football Success (Paperback)
Andrew Cole
R248 R205 Discovery Miles 2 050 Save R43 (17%) Ships in 10 - 20 working days

'A powerful and moving book - it's quite a battle he has faced' Nick Robinson, BBC Radio 4 Today Programme 'It really is an interesting read' Dan Walker, BBC Breakfast *INCLUDES A FOREWORD BY SIR ALEX FERGUSON* __________ 'I'm not sure whether life prepared me for football, or football prepared me for life.' Misconceptions have stalked Andy Cole like a hatchet-man defender determined to cut him down to size. Now, in his candid and inspirational autobiography, Cole finally puts his side of the story. In the world of modern-day football, Andy Cole's reserved demeanour, combined with belief in his own ability, was often interpreted as an attitude problem that overshadowed his natural aptitude for goalscoring. Throughout his glittering career, he scored 187 Premier League goals, won 5 Premier League titles and 1 Champions League trophy. Now, two decades on from United's historic Treble, he not only gives the inside track on Eric Cantona, Roy Keane, Dwight Yorke and other members of that illustrious side, but also opens up about his fractious relationship with Teddy Sheringham and reveals the prejudices and preconceptions he had to contend with in his twenty years in the game. Compelling in its honesty and frankness, Fast Forward is the thought-provoking story of one man's determination to succeed and survive against all the odds.

Raith Rovers On This Day (Hardcover): David W. Potter Raith Rovers On This Day (Hardcover)
David W. Potter
R943 Discovery Miles 9 430 Ships in 12 - 17 working days

In this illustrated view of the history of Raith Rovers the author builds up the story of the club by recounting events that happened on every day of the year, even during the summer months. Triumphs, disasters, shipwrecks, crazy Board Room decisions, managers (good and bad), players (brilliant and mediocre) all feature. As do Davie Morris, who captained Scotland when they beat all three Home Nations in 1925; the wizardry of Alec James; the command of the famous half back line of Young, McNaught and Leigh; and the dash and enthusiasm of the team which won the Scottish League Cup. But it is not just about the good days. There are bad days, and loads of mediocre and mundane times too, as well as some accounts of Raith Rovers in war time. The year as a whole reveals the undeniable charm of the institution which means so much to so many - Raith Rovers Football Club - or, as they are referred to in Kirkcaldy, "the" Rovers.

Deliberate Soccer Practice: 50 Rondo and Positional Play Football Practices (Paperback): Ray Power Deliberate Soccer Practice: 50 Rondo and Positional Play Football Practices (Paperback)
Ray Power
R276 Discovery Miles 2 760 Ships in 10 - 20 working days

Deliberate Soccer Practice: 50 Rondo and Positional Play Practices is the fifth title in the bestselling practice series by coach and author Ray Power. Rondos are a football training methodology in constrained spaces, where one team has an overload over another and attempts to keep the ball away from the opposition. It is a practical training approach that has been championed by legendary coaches Johan Cruyff and Pep Guardiola, and clubs like Ajax and Barcelona, amongst others. To these coaches and clubs, rondos are not just fun warm-up exercises, they are fundamental to the development of players and teams. This book contains 50 well-planned, thought-out, and presented rondo-based football training practices for soccer coaches. They take the coach on a journey through the training methodology from basic to complex, with an eye on pitch shapes, the number of players available, and different scoring systems. Whether you employ the rondo methodology with your players already, or are looking to increase your practical knowledge and use of this world-leading training approach, Deliberate Soccer Practice: 50 Rondo and Positional Play Practices will help grow and develop your coaching and your football teams. About Ray Power. Ray Power is one of the bestselling football authors in the world. With over a decade of experience working in football and education, coaching players from non-league to Premier League levels, and internationally, he is the author of Making the Ball Roll, Coaching Youth Football: What Soccer Coaches Can Learn From The Professional Game, and five titles in the Deliberate Soccer Practice series. As a coach developer and educator, Ray has worked for, and consulted with, numerous national FAs, as well as governing bodies from other sports, including the NBA. He also works as a consultant - mentor - educator on a freelance basis, working with grassroots coaches all the way to professional teams.

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
R445 Discovery Miles 4 450 Ships in 12 - 17 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.

Wag Wars - The Glamorous Story of Footballers' Wives (Paperback): Sam Kimberley Wag Wars - The Glamorous Story of Footballers' Wives (Paperback)
Sam Kimberley
R214 Discovery Miles 2 140 Ships in 12 - 17 working days

Who is the richest, the first, the best, the most beautiful, the most influential, the most important, the poorest, the best-dressed WAG? --- As the influx of money into English football grew stratospheric, so did the wealth of the footballers and their WAGS. Once housewives, today WAGgery guarantees instant celebrity. Their own WAG 'league' draws as much media attention as the beautiful game. Here is the first-ever history of WAGs and how they came to dominate the front pages as much as the footballers do the sports pages. There are epic rivalries, catfights and gossip between and about the women and their husbands; from the first stirrings of the phenomenon 1960s to the WAGs' roaring entry on to the front pages, to today where they are an institution with winners and losers. What makes WAGs tick? Do they want to get to know the man behind their footballer? Or is it something else? Come and find out! --- Victoria Beckham, Coleen Rooney, Rebekah Vardy, Cheryl Cole, Joy Beverley, Angie Best, Tina Moore, Danielle Souness, Karen Souness, Sheryl Gascoigne, Ulrika Johnson, Nancy Dell'Olio, Stacey Giggs, Natasha Giggs, Vanessa Perroncel and many others.

Non-League Football Tables 1889-2021 (Paperback): Mick Blakeman Non-League Football Tables 1889-2021 (Paperback)
Mick Blakeman
R306 R254 Discovery Miles 2 540 Save R52 (17%) Ships in 10 - 20 working days
It All Kicked off in Bristol - The Inside Story of the City Service Firm (Paperback): Paul Lumber It All Kicked off in Bristol - The Inside Story of the City Service Firm (Paperback)
Paul Lumber
R334 Discovery Miles 3 340 Ships in 12 - 17 working days
Klopp - My Liverpool Romance (Paperback, Main): Anthony Quinn Klopp - My Liverpool Romance (Paperback, Main)
Anthony Quinn
R191 Discovery Miles 1 910 Ships in 12 - 17 working days

'Immensely readable.' Observer 'Delightful.' Mail on Sunday 'Highly enjoyable.' Guardian 'Informative and emotive.' This Is Anfield 'A love letter to the great man himself.' The Times In the first book by a British writer about this extraordinary football manager, lifelong Liverpool fan Anthony Quinn has crafted a memorable love letter to Jurgen Klopp. Taking in all the drama of LFC's disrupted, but ultimately triumphant, 2019-20 season, it offers unique insight into one of football's most charismatic figures. 'Klopp isn't just for Liverpool, Quinn writes in his final pages. He is for all of us. I reckon this book can be too.' Hannah Jane Parkinson, Observer 'Klopp has worked his way into Liverpool's big sentimental heart like a German love bomb. And Quinn couldn't resist writing an ode, an unabashed fan's note: to Klopp and his boyhood city and the ghost of Shankly.' Irish Times

Just Champion - The Stories Behind Rangers' 2020/21 Title Triumph (Hardcover): Jeff Holmes Just Champion - The Stories Behind Rangers' 2020/21 Title Triumph (Hardcover)
Jeff Holmes
R368 Discovery Miles 3 680 Ships in 12 - 17 working days

Just Champion: The Stories Behind Rangers' 2020/21 Title Triumph tells the tale of a league title win against all odds. Rangers were ridiculed in 2018 when they appointed rookie manager Steven Gerrard. But slowly, and methodically, he transformed the side into a machine, and one that would completely dismantle Celtic's hopes of landing an unprecedented tenth successive title. Now, 25 members of the Rangers family - from ex-players to loyal supporters - tell the story of how the title came home to Ibrox. Mark Walters, Marco Negri, Ally Dawson and Lisa Swanson are among the players featured, as is former director John Gilligan. The impressive cast list also includes comedian and broadcaster Andy Cameron MBE, former MP Sir Brian Donohoe and even one of Her Majesty's Ambassadors. TV stars, restaurateurs, coaches and entertainers all share their stories, and what connects them is an unequivocal love of Glasgow Rangers. You will laugh, cry and marvel at each of the unique tales in this book.

Mind Games - The Ups and Downs of Life and Football (Paperback): Neville Southall Mind Games - The Ups and Downs of Life and Football (Paperback)
Neville Southall
R197 Discovery Miles 1 970 Ships in 12 - 17 working days

In this unique book, one of football's greatest cult players reflects on the travails of the sport and draws upon his own experience to offer an honest assessment on one of its final remaining taboos: mental health. The most difficult position in football? Being a goalkeeper. That's what they say, right? You must be mad to stand between those posts and bat away shots and crosses all game long. Neville Southall should know. He was the goalkeeper for one of the best teams of the 1980s and became an icon of the game during his 20-year career between the sticks. But what did it take to prepare himself mentally for the difficulties of the position? How did he dig so deep on the biggest occasions and in the highest-pressured moments? What scars were left at the end of his long career - a tenure that saw the highs of winning trophies, but also the lows of losing games, making mistakes and feeling the full weight of club and country on your shoulders. And how has he used his post-playing career to campaign for a better future for the next generation? In this unique book, one of football's greatest cult players reflects on the travails of the modern game, how some of society's problems are reflected within it and draws upon his own experience to tackle one of its final remaining taboos: mental health. On fear of failure, confidence, sexuality and homophobia, suicide, social media and many other talking points - Neville doesn't hold back on the biggest subjects and gets stuck in to some of the most important topics surrounding the beautiful game.

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