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The 12th Man - A journey into the mind of a die-hard football fan (Paperback): Steven Dawson The 12th Man - A journey into the mind of a die-hard football fan (Paperback)
Steven Dawson
R272 R253 Discovery Miles 2 530 Save R19 (7%) Ships in 10 - 20 working days

`Offering a painfully honest insight into the male psyche, 'The 12th Man' is a fascinating account of how there can be far more to a die-hard football fan than meets the eye. Most fans don't choose their football club. In fact, the majority of them don't even choose football itself. Becoming a Leeds United fan was a rite of passage for Steven Dawson, and even had he known the scale of the drama that would unfold after he became a fan, he would never have supported another club.

The Little Book of Arsenal - Over 170 hotshot quotes (Hardcover, Revised & Updated): Orange Hippo! The Little Book of Arsenal - Over 170 hotshot quotes (Hardcover, Revised & Updated)
Orange Hippo! 1
R135 R108 Discovery Miles 1 080 Save R27 (20%) Ships in 5 - 10 working days

The Little Book of Arsenal is a hotshot collection of words of wit and wisdom by and about the managers, players and officials who have passed through the marble halls of Highbury. From Herbert Chapman to the appointment of Freddie Ljungberg as caretaker manager, via the likes of Bertie Mee, George Graham and Arsene Wenger, from one Double to another, and from Ted Drake to Charlie George, Frank McLintock, Liam Brady, Tony Adams, Dennis Bergkamp. Thierry Henry, Jack Wilshere, Alexis Sanchez, Mesut Ozil and Nicolas Pepe, here are more than 170 hot-shot quotations for the avid Gooner. Enjoy the humour and poignancy as The Little Book of Arsenal takes you through the highs and lows of the club's fortunes on the pitch and savour some great moments. As England Rugby International and broadcaster Stuart Barnes says: 'I did not have a choice, but I am so glad I was born an Arsenal supporter.'

How to Fix Modern Football (Paperback): Chris Sutton How to Fix Modern Football (Paperback)
Chris Sutton
R243 R205 Discovery Miles 2 050 Save R38 (16%) Ships in 10 - 20 working days

***** Shortlisted for Sports Entertainment Book of the Year in the Telegraph Sports Book Awards 2021 'A manifesto to cure modern football's cornucopia of ills.' - i paper 'A brilliant book.' - Ian Wright With diving players, abusive fans, feckless agents and the dreaded VAR, football has taken a wrong turn. Now, Chris Sutton, the nation's most forthright football pundit, takes an un?ltered look at 25 aspects of the modern game that need to be changed right away - and offers practical and, at times, controversial solutions. From the standard of referees to the lunacy of the managerial merry-go-round, from shameful racist abuse to exploitative ticket prices and the shocking treatments of ex-players with dementia, How to Fix Modern Football leaves no stone unturned in. As a former top-level player, Chris knows the game inside out. Now observing from the commentator's perch, his perspective is shot through with passion, humour and occasionally a little anger. Sutton is a man on a mission, determined to get under the skin of the game he loves and to call out exactly what's going wrong.

Football and Migration - Perspectives, Places, Players (Paperback): Richard Elliott, John Harris Football and Migration - Perspectives, Places, Players (Paperback)
Richard Elliott, John Harris
R1,245 Discovery Miles 12 450 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.

Morbo - The Story of Spanish Football (Paperback): Phil Ball Morbo - The Story of Spanish Football (Paperback)
Phil Ball 1
R270 R217 Discovery Miles 2 170 Save R53 (20%) Ships in 10 - 20 working days
Kicking Off - Dick, Kerr Girls (Paperback): Eve Ainsworth Kicking Off - Dick, Kerr Girls (Paperback)
Eve Ainsworth
R231 R176 Discovery Miles 1 760 Save R55 (24%) Ships in 10 - 20 working days

The remarkable story of the Dick, Kerr Ladies is brought to young readers for the very first time by award winning and CILIP Carnegie nominated Eve Ainsworth. It's 1917, and Britain is at war. Shy teenager Hettie wants to help the war effort, and signs up to work in the local Dick, Kerr & Co. munitions factory. She's nervous, but she has no idea quite how much her life is about to change ... For, inside this factory are young women who are about to make sporting history. Can Hettie find the courage to join them, and in doing so, find her own place in the world? Based on the thrilling true story of the Dick, Kerr Ladies team - football's forgotten legends.

Klopp - My Liverpool Romance (Hardcover): Anthony Quinn Klopp - My Liverpool Romance (Hardcover)
Anthony Quinn
R320 R256 Discovery Miles 2 560 Save R64 (20%) Ships in 5 - 10 working days

In the first book by a British writer about this extraordinary football manager, lifelong Liverpool fan Anthony Quinn has crafted a uniquely revealing love-letter to Jürgen Klopp.

In early March 2020 Liverpool were two wins away from an extraordinary achievement, on course for their first league title win in 30 years - since the heads days of Kenny Dalglish - and likely to seal it in the Merseyside derby against their great rivals Everton. And all this an incredible two months before the season was due to end. Then, as we all know, the season was postponed.

The architect of the club's great resurgence - including their 2019 UEFA Champions League win - has been Jürgen Klopp. In his personal love-letter to the man, Anthony Quinn, journalist, novelist and life-long Liverpool fan, has written an inspiring and affectionate portrait of the incredible German manager, who came to Liverpool in late 2015, with a growing reputation from his successes at Borussia Dortmund.

Closely following the three month break, as well as the club's title-clinching return, Quinn offers a uniquely revealing and personal take on this long-awaited triumph.

Olympique Lyonnais Feminin - Queens of Europe (Paperback): Abdullah Abdullah Olympique Lyonnais Feminin - Queens of Europe (Paperback)
Abdullah Abdullah
R338 R281 Discovery Miles 2 810 Save R57 (17%) Ships in 10 - 20 working days

No other club in women's football can match the record of Olympique Lyonnais Feminin in Europe. They have won six UEFA Champions League titles since the 2010/11 season and hold 19 European records, making them the most successful women's side in the history of the competition. So, what is the secret behind their success? Olympique Lyonnais Feminin: Queens of Europe examines and dissects the tactical concepts that underpin this extraordinary side, breaking down every aspect of play. From match tactics to in-depth player analysis, it lifts the lid on what makes the team tick to discover how they became such a dominant force in Europe. From Ballon d'or winner Ada Hegerberg to record-holding French captain Wendie Renard, the book reveals how this superstar team has pulled together to deliver continual success for over a decade.

The Miracle - The Football Team That Shocked the World (Paperback): Vasilis Sambrakos The Miracle - The Football Team That Shocked the World (Paperback)
Vasilis Sambrakos
R346 R290 Discovery Miles 2 900 Save R56 (16%) Ships in 10 - 20 working days

The Miracle is the inside story of how Greece shocked the footballing world by winning the 2004 European Championship. This incredible underdog tale shows how these 150-1 outsiders went from a team given no chance to being crowned kings of Europe, defeating the host nation in the final. Vasilis Sambrakos retraces Greece's journey by meeting most of Otto Rehagel's squad 15 years after their momentous triumph. The book is both an enthralling football story of victory against the odds and an in-depth look at how a winning team is constructed from the bottom up. It examines the values and methods needed to create a sporting unit along with the roles of the team's key players. The Miracle brings you the untold story of one of the greatest sporting achievements in history.

It's a Numbers Game! Soccer - The Math Behind the Perfect Goal, the Game-Winning Save, and So Much More! (Hardcover):... It's a Numbers Game! Soccer - The Math Behind the Perfect Goal, the Game-Winning Save, and So Much More! (Hardcover)
James Buckley Jr
R638 Discovery Miles 6 380 Ships in 7 - 11 working days
"Gimme The Ball" - My Take On The Beautiful Game (Paperback): Terry Curran "Gimme The Ball" - My Take On The Beautiful Game (Paperback)
Terry Curran; Foreword by Ron Atkinson; As told to John Brindley
R531 Discovery Miles 5 310 Ships in 10 - 20 working days

FROM watching SHEFFIELD WEDNESDAY and ENGLAND in the golden year of 1966 to football in the age of Covid 19, Owls idol TERRY CURRAN shoots from the hip as he explores the good, bad and ugly sides of the 'beautiful game'. He introduces you to 'greats' GEORGE BEST, ALAN BALL and BRIAN CLOUGH who inspired his own exciting and unpredictable career and reveals his explosive but close relationship with JACK CHARLTON. From rock bottom DONCASTER ROVERS to First Division champions EVERTON, TC lit up the game with his blistering pace and appetite for the unexpected. Yet his heart was always with THE OWLS whose rise and fall he writes of as a fan as well as a never-to-be-forgotten player. A footballer, who always did things his way, TC's views on modern day football are also 'out of the box'. He explains why coaching methods have left his club and country behind the times - and calls for radical change. There's humour and slapstick from one of football's great characters who refuses to compromise the principles he learnt playing for Clough's FOREST. Warning: If you pick up this book you won't want to put it down!

Attached to Coventry City - A Personal Memoir (Hardcover): James Adams Attached to Coventry City - A Personal Memoir (Hardcover)
James Adams
R444 R370 Discovery Miles 3 700 Save R74 (17%) Ships in 10 - 20 working days

Why would a normal teenager throw his heart and soul into an average Third Division football club for almost a decade, only to walk away from them at the height of their success? After abandoning that club for 20 years, what would cause him to rekindle his passion in a conversion-like experience, and then stick with the club for the rest of his life? The answers lie in the psychology of attachment. This is the story of James Adams and his support of Coventry City, from the days of Billy Frith to Mark Robins. It's an account that delves into the crucial yet poorly understood psychological aspects of football fandom to uncover truths that every football fan can relate to. Join James on a rollercoaster ride as he asks important questions of himself and his life alongside a backdrop of footballing highs and lows, including three Wembley victories and four promotions, as well as FA Cup debacles for the Sky Blues. Attached to Coventry City is a highly personal, honest and reflective account of the unusual story of a lifelong football fan.

Trivquiz Manchester United - 1001 Questions (Paperback): Steve McGarry Trivquiz Manchester United - 1001 Questions (Paperback)
Steve McGarry
R268 R224 Discovery Miles 2 240 Save R44 (16%) Ships in 10 - 20 working days

How much do you really know about Manchester United? Put your knowledge to the test with this bumper book of brainteaser quizzes and fascinating facts, beautifully illustrated by one of the world's leading sports artists. It's packed with trivia on all the great Man United sides and players - from the 'Busby Babes' to 'Fergie's Fledglings', from Charlton, Law and Best to Rooney, Ronaldo and Rashford - providing hours of highly dippable fun and entertainment. Which player earned a taekwondo black belt and seriously considered abandoning his football career to work as a docker? Which Republic of Ireland international was raised in orphanages? Son of a Greco-Roman wrestling champion, which striker served in the Norwegian army? Which United striker made history when he played for Stockport County alongside his father? Which player appeared opposite Cate Blanchett in the 1998 movie Elizabeth? Trivquiz Manchester United holds the answers to all these questions and hundreds more.

Roy of the Rovers: Scouted (Paperback): Tom Palmer Roy of the Rovers: Scouted (Paperback)
Tom Palmer; Illustrated by Lisa Henke 1
R183 R132 Discovery Miles 1 320 Save R51 (28%) Ships in 12 - 17 working days

A NEW ERA KICKS OFF! Roy Race is a totally normal 16-year-old. He just happens to be the best striker in Melchester, too... Roy's always dreamed of becoming a professional footballer and playing for Melchester Rovers, the team he's supported his entire life, but he never thought he'd get a chance - until now. Rovers are on the lookout for new players, but is Roy good enough to catch the scout's eye? He'll have to be fitter, stronger and more determined than ever - but if he's going to become Roy of the Rovers, now's the time! Praise for the Roy of the Rovers series: EPIC! - Match of the Day Magazine I love the way that they are about so much more than football: they are about heart, values and family. Both graphic novel and fiction titles are compelling, engaging and a lot of fun. Lace up and get reading. - Jim Sells, Programme manager for Sport & Literacy, National Literacy Trust. Read with my 7 year old who is football mad, really enjoyed it and left us wanting to read the next one in the series! - GoodReads Review

Hearts - 100 Facts (Paperback): Steve Horton Hearts - 100 Facts (Paperback)
Steve Horton
R158 R132 Discovery Miles 1 320 Save R26 (16%) Ships in 10 - 20 working days

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.

United Review: The Illustrated History of Manchester United's Matchday Programme (Hardcover): Manchester United United Review: The Illustrated History of Manchester United's Matchday Programme (Hardcover)
Manchester United
R576 R484 Discovery Miles 4 840 Save R92 (16%) Ships in 10 - 20 working days
Getting to the Top of World Football - My Autobiography (Paperback): Antoine Griezmann Getting to the Top of World Football - My Autobiography (Paperback)
Antoine Griezmann 1
R350 R294 Discovery Miles 2 940 Save R56 (16%) Ships in 10 - 20 working days
Shots in the Dark - A Diary of Saturday Dreams and Strange Times (Paperback): David Kynaston Shots in the Dark - A Diary of Saturday Dreams and Strange Times (Paperback)
David Kynaston
R262 R218 Discovery Miles 2 180 Save R44 (17%) Ships in 10 - 20 working days

'I loved every page, and ended up admiring David Kynaston, our greatest social historian, even more than I already did' Nick Hornby Brimming with wisdom and humour, David Kynaston's diaries written over one football season offer up his most personal take on social history to date. David Kynaston was seven and a half years old when he attended his first Aldershot match in the early months of 1959. So began a deep attachment to the game and a lifelong loyalty to an obscure, small-town football club. Though as he sits down to write his diaries almost sixty years on, he reflects that life might have been simpler if his father had never taken him to that first match at the Rec... Shots in the Dark is the diary David Kynaston kept in the football season of 2016/17, detailing the ups and downs of the 'Shots' in the year that saw a divisive referendum in the UK and the impending ascension of Donald Trump. Here Kynaston presents a social history of modern Britain with a difference - all through the prism of the beautiful game. A testament to the ways in which fandom gives solidity and security to our lives, particularly in these bewildering and rapidly changing times, Shots in the Dark gets to the heart of what it means to be a devoted follower of a sports team. This is a diary of the macro and the micro, as questions of loyalty, of identity, of liberalism and of nationalism all rub uncomfortably up against each other during nine charged months.

Discrimination in Football (Hardcover): Christos Kassimeris Discrimination in Football (Hardcover)
Christos Kassimeris
R3,079 Discovery Miles 30 790 Ships in 12 - 17 working days

While football does not generate discriminatory behaviour, it often replicates the very same social issues that concern any given society. Evidently, football has witnessed an alarming increase in the number of disturbing incidents on the grounds of racism, ethnocentrism, sectarianism, homophobia, and sexism. Given the variety of forms that discrimination can take, it is imperative that football addresses with effect all such anti-social phenomena in order to continue to promote notions pertaining to social inclusion, equality, and cultural diversity - all central to the game's philosophy and overall popularity. Assessing the nature and causes of discrimination in football is key to identifying the much-needed remedies, but also because discrimination poses a serious challenge to long-established practices deeply rooted in democracy. Discrimination in Football provides a comprehensive and in-depth investigation into these key issues affecting football today. This new book will appeal to academics and students with an interest in social science, law, sport, and humanities as well as football fans and professionals in the football industry.

The Yearbook of European Football 2019-2020 (Paperback): Gabriel Mantz The Yearbook of European Football 2019-2020 (Paperback)
Gabriel Mantz
R1,118 R899 Discovery Miles 8 990 Save R219 (20%) Ships in 10 - 20 working days
Football and Popular Culture - Singing Out from the Stands (Hardcover): Stephen R. Millar, Martin J Power, Paul Widdop, Daniel... Football and Popular Culture - Singing Out from the Stands (Hardcover)
Stephen R. Millar, Martin J Power, Paul Widdop, Daniel Parnell, James Carr
R3,079 Discovery Miles 30 790 Ships in 12 - 17 working days

Football is ubiquitous and a permanent fixture of modern life. More than a sport, it frequently manifests in broader popular culture. This book examines the significance of football for, and in, popular culture across a wide range of forms, including music, film, and social media. Football and Popular Culture plots a new path in Football Studies, drawing on original research in countries including England, Brazil, Germany, Canada, and Yugoslavia. The book includes both historical and contemporary perspectives, exploring some of the most important themes in the study of sport and culture, including identity, nationalism, fandom, and protest. It presents diverse case studies ranging from sonic violence among Brazilian torcidas organizadas to fanled commemoration of the Munich air disaster, which together help us to better understand the intersection of sport, society, and popular culture. This is fascinating reading for any student or researcher working in sport studies, cultural studies, media studies, sociology, or contemporary history.

Aston Villa - 100 Facts (Paperback): Steve Horton Aston Villa - 100 Facts (Paperback)
Steve Horton
R158 R132 Discovery Miles 1 320 Save R26 (16%) Ships in 10 - 20 working days

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.

Defying Expectations - Phil Rawlins and the Orlando City Soccer Story (Hardcover): Simon Veness, Susan Veness Defying Expectations - Phil Rawlins and the Orlando City Soccer Story (Hardcover)
Simon Veness, Susan Veness
R577 R484 Discovery Miles 4 840 Save R93 (16%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

As an expansion Major League Soccer team, the Orlando City Soccer Club marked the return of professional soccer to Florida for the first time since 2001, selling out the sixty-thousand-seat Citrus Bowl for its home opener and going on to have the second-highest home attendance for the 2015 and 2016 seasons. It was the successful culmination of a nine-year process orchestrated by the team's owner, Phil Rawlins, who sold his successful sales consultancy company for a shot at sports ownership and a chance to tap into America's growing interest in pro soccer. Rawlins was relentless in building a franchise from the ground up, overcoming crippling setbacks, devious politics, and near financial ruin. Underpinning his efforts was a deep commitment to re-creating the tribal passion and community spirit of his hometown team in the United Kingdom, Stoke City, for which he served as board member for fourteen years. The payoff was the Orlando City Soccer Club, an attractive new team that galvanized the region. The subsequent acquisition of international superstar Ricardo Kaka catapulted the club to celebrity status and ensured that its debut season defied expectations. Defying Expectations gives insight into the challenges faced on the road to success, challenges through which Rawlins has remained focused on the six core values that he and his wife formulated at their kitchen table years ago, continuing to foster a community institution that gives back as much as it receives.

Silver Linings - Bobby Robson's England (Paperback): David Hartrick Silver Linings - Bobby Robson's England (Paperback)
David Hartrick
R343 R286 Discovery Miles 2 860 Save R57 (17%) Ships in 10 - 20 working days

Silver Linings examines an historic and unforgettable period in the history of England's national football team. In his eight years as England boss, Bobby Robson was celebrated, derided, Diego-ed, and everything in between. His team missed one European Championship, self-destructed at another, were cheated out of Mexico 86, and then, just before he left, came within two kicks of a World Cup final. On this journey he had managed the good, the bad and sometimes the ugly. But through it all he maintained his belief not only in himself and his team, but in the notion of England. Faced with an unprecedented level of media hostility, Robson's team were inconsistent and frustrating, but at their best few could match them. Alf Ramsey may have won football's greatest prize in 1966 but no other England manager could equal the sheer drama of Robson's eight years in charge. Set against the backdrop of a vicious newspaper circulation war and the rise of hooliganism, this is the story of how Robson managed to deliver the seemingly impossible: hope.

Our Lowest Ebb? 2020 - A new history of Sheffield Wednesday's darkest times: 1973-1976 (Paperback): John Dyson Our Lowest Ebb? 2020 - A new history of Sheffield Wednesday's darkest times: 1973-1976 (Paperback)
John Dyson
R351 R296 Discovery Miles 2 960 Save R55 (16%) Ships in 10 - 20 working days

Relegation from Division Two. Near relegation to Division Four. Over a season without an away win. Home attendances regularly below 10,000. A period of 17 league games with only two goals for Owls fans to cheer. Our Lowest Ebb is the story of the darkest period in Sheffield Wednesday's history. And yet... there was light in the darkness. Author John Dyson combines new interviews with key players, management and club officials with the perspective of supporters and others to piece together a new history. This was the period of the Ozzie Owl club, Save our Owls and tall tales galore. The book ends with the club at its lowest ever league position but with the green shoots of recovery tantalisingly close. Our Lowest Ebb then. Desperate times. The author does not flinch in confronting how difficult this period was, but also reflects the fondness in which many hold the period. The book is essential reading for those who were there, those who have come to follow the club more recently, and anyone with an interest in 1970s football and history.

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