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Scoring for Britain - International Football and International Politics, 1900-1939 (Paperback, annotated edition): Peter J. Beck Scoring for Britain - International Football and International Politics, 1900-1939 (Paperback, annotated edition)
Peter J. Beck
R1,294 Discovery Miles 12 940 Ships in 12 - 17 working days

Political interference in sport, though commonly associated with Nazi Germany, Fascist Italy and the Soviet Union, has been perceived as something alien to Britain, where both government and sporting bodies have sought to present images respecting the autonomy of sport. However, in the 20th century, the growing politicization of sport in other countries encouraged British governments to view sport as an instrument of policy suportive of British interests in the wider world. Association football, Britain's major sport, came to be seen as a means of projecting favourable images of Britain as a great nation to a large and often responsive overseas audience, given the country's status as the masters of football espousing fair play and other postitive values.

France and the 1998 World Cup - The National Impact of a World Sporting Event (Paperback): Hugh Dauncey, Geoff Hare France and the 1998 World Cup - The National Impact of a World Sporting Event (Paperback)
Hugh Dauncey, Geoff Hare
R1,310 Discovery Miles 13 100 Ships in 12 - 17 working days

This book examines France's hosting of the soccer World Cup, held in ten cities in summer 1998. It covers the major socio-economic, political, cultural and sporting dimensions of this global sports event, including bidding for and organizing the Finals, the improvement of sporting and transport infrastructures, marketing, merchandzing and media coverage, policing and security during the month-long competition and building a national team. The analysis of France 98 is set within the sporting context of the recent history and organization of French football (the links between football, money and politics; the sporting public) and more broadly within the French tradition of using major cultural and sporting events to focus world attention of France as a leader in the international community. The book concludes with an evocation of the day-to-day impact of four weeks of sporting festivities, and the lessons to be drawn concerning sport and national identity in an era of increasing economic, political, cultural and sporting globalization.

Pep Confidential - The Inside Story of Pep Guardiola's First Season at Bayern Munich (Paperback): Marti Perarnau Pep Confidential - The Inside Story of Pep Guardiola's First Season at Bayern Munich (Paperback)
Marti Perarnau 1
R406 R328 Discovery Miles 3 280 Save R78 (19%) Ships in 12 - 17 working days

'Access inside the changing room and behind the scenes that any journalist or writer would kill for - Perarnau's insights are astonishing' - Graham Hunter 'Write about everything you see. Be as critical as you like' - Pep Guardiola to Marti Perarnau, summer 2013 Marti Perarnau was given total access to Bayern Munich during season 2013-14. This book represents the first time in the modern era that a writer has got this close to one of the elite teams of world football. At the invitation of Pep Guardiola, he shadowed the Catalan, his staff and his superstar players during training and on matchdays. Bayern smashed domestic records on their way to the double, but were humiliated by Real Madrid in the Champions League semi-final. Perarnau was with them every step of the way. Perarnau is with Guardiola as he is courted by the world's greatest clubs during his sabbatical in New York. We hear Guardiola explain in detail the radical tactical moves which transform Bayern's season and reprogramme the players who will win the World Cup with Germany.Perarnau talks exclusively and in fascinating detail with players such as Arjen Robben, Manuel Neuer, Philipp Lahm, Thiago Alcantara and Bastian Schweinsteiger. Pep Confidential is much more than the story of a season - it is also a lasting portrait of one of the greatest coaches in sport. Marti Perarnau, former Spanish Olympiad turned journalist, is a renowned football analyst. He writes for a number of Spanish newspapers and runs the hugely popular Perarnau Magazine blog. He lives in Barcelona.

Fanatics - Power, Identity and Fandom in Football (Paperback): Adam Brown Fanatics - Power, Identity and Fandom in Football (Paperback)
Adam Brown
R949 Discovery Miles 9 490 Ships in 12 - 17 working days


Embracing studies of football fans across Europe, this book tackles questions of power, national and regional identities, and race and racism, highlighting the changing role of fans in the game. Combining new approaches to the study of fan culture with critical assessments of the commercialization of the game, this fascinating book offers a comprehensive and timely examination of the state of European football supporters culture as the game prepares itself for the next millennium.
The contributors, all leading figures in sports studies, consider:
* whether football remains the peoples game, or if it is now run entirely by and for club owners and directors who have overseen the flotation of clubs on the stock exchange, a new focus on merchandising and the escalation of players salaries
* the role of FIFA and UEFA in the struggle for control of world football
* manifestations of racism and extreme nationalism in football, from the English medias xenophobic coverage of Euro 96 to the demonisation of Eric Cantona
* media representations of national identity in football coverage in Germany, France and Spain * the interplay of national, religious and club identities among fans in England, Scotland, Ireland, Portugal and Scandinavia
* the role of the law in regulating football
* the future for supporters at a time when watching the match is more likely to mean turning on the television than going to a football ground.

Fanatics - Power, Identity and Fandom in Football (Hardcover): Adam Brown Fanatics - Power, Identity and Fandom in Football (Hardcover)
Adam Brown
R3,076 Discovery Miles 30 760 Ships in 12 - 17 working days

While football has never been more popular, the rapidly-changing cultures of its supporters take an ever greater variety of forms, from the New Lad culture which produced "Three Lions" and "Fantasy Football" to the extremist "ultras" in Italy. Embracing studies of fandom across Europe, this text tackles questions of power, national and regional identities, race and racism, highlighting the changing role of fans in the game. From the "fast painters" of Denmark to the "Sonvolti" of Italy, the book puts Europe's fans centre stage. The opening section deals with issues of power at all levels in the game, from the floating of UK clubs on the Stock Exchange to supporters' demands for greater democracy. Focusing on the issue of racism in British and Italian football, the second section examines the take-over of Partick Thistle and offers a critical account of Euro '96, while the third examines the way national identities are represented in sports coverage. Later chapters focus on the idea of football as the British "national" sport and consider the particular national, religious and club identities of Scottish and Irish fans, while the final section examines the role of the law in regulat

Sport and National Identities - Globalization and Conflict (Paperback): Paddy Dolan, John Connolly Sport and National Identities - Globalization and Conflict (Paperback)
Paddy Dolan, John Connolly
R1,039 Discovery Miles 10 390 Ships in 10 - 20 working days

While globalisation has undoubtedly occurred in many social fields, in sport the importance of 'the nation' has remained. This book examines the continuing but contested relevance of national identities in sport within the context of globalising forces. Including case studies from around the world, it considers the significance of sport in divided societies, former global empires and aspirational nations within federal states. Each chapter looks at sport not only as a reflection of national rivalries but also as a changing cultural tradition that facilitates the reimagining of borders, boundaries and identities. The book questions how these national, state and global identifications are invoked through sporting structures and practices, both in the past and the present. Truly international in perspective, it features case studies from across Europe, the UK, the USA and China and touches on the topics of race, religion, terrorism, separatism, nationalism and militarism. Sport and National Identities: Globalisation and Conflict is fascinating reading for anyone with an interest in the sociology of sport or the relationship between sport, politics, geography and history.

New Perspectives on Association Football in Irish History - Going beyond the 'Garrison Game' (Paperback): Conor... New Perspectives on Association Football in Irish History - Going beyond the 'Garrison Game' (Paperback)
Conor Curran, David Toms
R994 Discovery Miles 9 940 Ships in 12 - 17 working days

This book assesses association football's history and development in Ireland from the late 1870s until the early twenty-first century. It focuses on four key themes-soccer's early development before and after partition, the post-Emergency years, coaching and developing the game, and supporters and governance. In particular, it examines key topics such as the Troubles, Anglo-Irish football relations, the failure of a professional structure in the Republic and Northern Ireland, national and regional identity, relationships with other sports, class, economics and gender. It features contributions from some of today's leading academic writers on the history of Irish soccer while the views of a number of pre-eminent sociologists and economists specialising in the game's development are also offered. It identifies some of the difficulties faced by soccer's players and administrators in Ireland and challenges the notion that it was a 'garrison game' spread mainly by the military and generally only played by those who were not fully committed to the nationalist cause. This is the first edited collection to focus solely on the progress of soccer in Ireland since its introduction and adds to the growing academic historiography of Irish sport and its relationship with politics, culture and society. The chapters in this book were originally published an a special issue in Soccer & Society.

They Don't Teach This (Paperback): Eniola Aluko They Don't Teach This (Paperback)
Eniola Aluko 1
R240 R190 Discovery Miles 1 900 Save R50 (21%) Ships in 7 - 10 working days

*SHORTLISTED FOR THE TELEGRAPH SPORTS BOOK AWARDS* Eni Aluko: 102 appearances for England women's national football team. First female pundit on Match of the Day. UN Women UK ambassador. Guardian columnist. First class honors law degree. Now an inspirational author. They Don't Teach This steps beyond the realms of memoir to explore themes of dual nationality and identity, race and institutional prejudice, success, failure and faith. It is an inspiring manifesto to change the way readers and the future generation choose to view the challenges that come in their life applying life lessons with raw truths of Eni's own personal experience. 'A fascinating examination of her multiple identities - British and Nigerian, a girl in a boy's world, footballer and academic, a kid from an estate with upper-middle-class parents, a God-fearing rebel... Aluko does not hold back - and few people from the football establishment emerge with their reputation intact' Guardian

The First Black Footballer - Arthur Wharton 1865-1930: An Absence of Memory (Paperback, annotated edition): Phil Vasili The First Black Footballer - Arthur Wharton 1865-1930: An Absence of Memory (Paperback, annotated edition)
Phil Vasili
R1,195 Discovery Miles 11 950 Ships in 12 - 17 working days

Arthur Wharton was the world's first black professional footballer and 100 yards world record holder, and was probably the first African to play professional cricket in the Yorkshire and Lancashire leagues. His achievements were accomplished against the backdrop of Africa's forced colonization by European regimes. But while Arthur was beating the best on the tracks and fields of Britain, the peoples of the continent of his birth were being recast as lesser human beings. The tall Ghanaian was an extreme irritation to many white supremacists because his education and sporting triumphs refuted their theories. In the late Victorian era, when Britain's economic and political power reached its zenith and when the dominant ideas of the age labelled all blacks as inferior, it was simply not expedient to proclaim the exploits of an African sportsman. This shaped the way Wharton was forgotten.

Because it's Saturday - A Journey into Football's Heartland (Paperback): Gavin Bell Because it's Saturday - A Journey into Football's Heartland (Paperback)
Gavin Bell
R340 R283 Discovery Miles 2 830 Save R57 (17%) Ships in 10 - 20 working days

Because it's Saturday is a compelling portrait of life in the professional grass roots of football, far from the glitz and glamour of Premier League superstars. Why does anyone travel from Grimsby to Accrington on a wet Tuesday night in November to watch players battling on a muddy pitch with more gusto than grace? How do teams survive in half-empty stadia, and how does a Cotswolds village side owned by an ex-hippy challenge the likes of Luton for promotion? Award-winning writer Gavin Bell spoke to the owners, managers, players and supporters of eight lower-league sides, over the course of a season, to discover the fierce passions and loyalties that sustain clubs unlikely to win anything other than the devotion of their fans. Going beyond the fields of dreams, Bell explores the communities for whom these clubs are more than football teams. From gritty northern towns blighted by post-industrial decline, to ivory towers of academia and a seaside resort riven by a fans' civil war - it's a rollercoaster ride of a season.

Liverpool F.C. Quiz - 300 Questions on Players, Managers, Trophies & Lots More to Test Your Knowledge (Paperback): Quizguy Liverpool F.C. Quiz - 300 Questions on Players, Managers, Trophies & Lots More to Test Your Knowledge (Paperback)
Quizguy
R131 Discovery Miles 1 310 Ships in 7 - 11 working days
The Euro 2020 - Everything You Need to Know about the Championship (Paperback): Shane Stay The Euro 2020 - Everything You Need to Know about the Championship (Paperback)
Shane Stay
R332 R290 Discovery Miles 2 900 Save R42 (13%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

Whether a newcomer or seasoned supporter, this comprehensive guide will give you all the information and insight needed to understand and enjoy the Euro 2020. This book will dive into which players will be appearing in this championship and what to expect from them, as well as the coaches, team strategies, predicted outcomes, and history of previous UEFA Euro tournaments. All these aspects of the tournament will receive an in-depth analysis. Expect star players such as Mbapp , Cristiano Ronaldo, Toni Kroos, Raheem Sterling, Eden Hazard, and Luka Modric to make an appearance. Read about how they have reached one of the most prestigious soccer tournaments. With this book, the reader will stay up to date with every angle of the Euro 2020, and they will know everything there is to know about the championship!

Football, Nationality and the State (Paperback): Vic Duke, Liz Crolley Football, Nationality and the State (Paperback)
Vic Duke, Liz Crolley
R1,193 Discovery Miles 11 930 Ships in 12 - 17 working days

Football, Nationality and the State examines the complex and ever-changing relationship between football (its development and structure), nationality and the state. Divided into two parts the book first deals with the existence of more than one football nation within the same political state. Using international comparisons the authors argue that these divisions may result from football's early history and development, regional movements for independence, or the growth of a language cleavage. The second part of the book goes on to examine the structure of football as an extension, or reflection, of the structure of the state. Resulting structures include the imposition of state socialism on sport, the presence of democratic politics in the organisation of football clubs and the links between big business and football.

Science and Football III (Hardcover): Jens Bangsbo, Thomas Reilly, A. Mark Williams Science and Football III (Hardcover)
Jens Bangsbo, Thomas Reilly, A. Mark Williams
R5,067 Discovery Miles 50 670 Ships in 12 - 17 working days


The Third World Congress of Science and Football was held in Cardiff, Wales in April 1995. The aim of the conference was to continue to bridge the gap between the theory and practice of the various branches of football and increase the awareness of the value of a scientific approach to these games. These aims and the outcomes of the conference are reflected in this third volume of Science and Football.
The volume is divided into eight parts, each part containing a group of papers that are related by theme or disciplinary approach. Metabolism and nutrition, football training, match analysis, medical aspects of football and psychology and football behaviour are just a few of the areas covered in this comprehensive, in-depth volume that has been fully edited and revised.
The conclusions drawn during the congress represent an invaluable practical reference for coaches, scientists, players, managers, and all those involved in the many football codes.

Close Quarters - An Extraordinary Season on the Brink and Behind the Scenes (Paperback): Neil Harman Close Quarters - An Extraordinary Season on the Brink and Behind the Scenes (Paperback)
Neil Harman
R350 R295 Discovery Miles 2 950 Save R55 (16%) Ships in 10 - 20 working days

Close Quarters is the inspirational, against the odds story of Wycombe Wanderers, the poorest club in League One, and how it shapes into a side that sustains a nine-month challenge for promotion before the global pandemic stops the team in its tracks. When the season restarts, Wycombe finds itself in the play-offs behind closed doors, an unprecedented opportunity through unprecedented turmoil. Led by the longest-serving boss in professional football, the charismatic Gareth Ainsworth, this becomes an astonishing campaign, witnessed up close by award-winning sportswriter Neil Harman thanks to his special access. Harman gets to the heart of the team, joins them in the dressing room, on the coach, in the medical room and in team meetings to chart this unparalleled challenge. He gets the inside story of Ainsworth's rise from a working-class upbringing on the back streets of Blackburn, through a rumbustious playing career, to a one-club manager moulding Wycombe while dealing with an American takeover that could make the difference between the club's life and death. Close Quarters is a book that resonates, not just with Wycombe supporters, but fans of underdog clubs everywhere.

Freestyle Soccer Tricks - Tricks, Flick-Ups, Catches (Paperback): Sean D'Arcy Freestyle Soccer Tricks - Tricks, Flick-Ups, Catches (Paperback)
Sean D'Arcy
R301 R255 Discovery Miles 2 550 Save R46 (15%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

"How to master amazing freestyle soccer tricks."

Freestyle soccer is the art of juggling a soccer ball by using feet, knees, chest, shoulders and head while simultaneously performing creatively skillful moves to keep the ball airborne. Young soccer players everywhere copy the freestyle skills of heroes like Ronaldo and Beckham.

Freestyle hit big after Nike's "Joga Bonito" ("play beautiful") ad campaign, which featured soccer icons executing amazing freestyle tricks. In rapid succession YouTube uploaded videos of youth doing tricks, and XBox and Playstation 2(R) released freestyle soccer games. Now the sport is recognized with a governing body, there are freestyle shoes, and organized competitions take place worldwide.

In Freestyle Soccer Tricks, world-renowned soccer juggler Sean D'Arcy starts with the basics and moves on to impressive kicks, flick-ups, rolls and catches. Fortunately for the inexperienced, many of these tricks can be done without knowing how to juggle the ball. Hundreds of color photos show how each trick is done, with "Common Problem" and "Tip" sidebars providing further instructions.

Colorful, portable and designed for its youth market, Freestyle Soccer Tricks meets the increasing demand by participants of this rapidly growing sport.

British Football's Greatest Grounds Desk Calendar (Calendar): Mike Bayly British Football's Greatest Grounds Desk Calendar (Calendar)
Mike Bayly
R220 Discovery Miles 2 200 Ships in 12 - 17 working days

Celebrate the stunning diversity of Britain's football landscape with this eye-catching calendar of specially selected photos from Mike Bayly's best-selling book, British Football's Greatest Grounds. From grounds nestled in idyllic countryside to stadiums found amid big cities, this calendar transports you to some of the most scenic, historic and important football landmarks in Britain. From non- league to the Premier League, you'll see beautiful shots of the homes of Aldershot Town, Fulham, Garw, Clapton Community, Crook Town, Halesowen Town, Burnley, Portsmouth, Brechin City, St Albans City, Matlock Town and Hereford. This outstanding collection of images, taken by acclaimed sports photographers, is sure to leave you planning a future football pilgrimage.

British Football's Greatest Grounds Wall Calendar (Calendar): Mike Bayly British Football's Greatest Grounds Wall Calendar (Calendar)
Mike Bayly
R220 Discovery Miles 2 200 Ships in 12 - 17 working days

Celebrate the stunning diversity of Britain's football landscape with this eye-catching calendar of specially selected photos from Mike Bayly's best-selling book, British Football's Greatest Grounds. From grounds sited in idyllic countryside to those nestled next to the ocean or amid a bustling metropolis, this calendar transports you to some of the most scenic, historic and important football landmarks in Britain. From non-league to the Premier League, you'll see beautiful shots of the homes of Bacup Borough, Everton, Abertillery Bluebirds, Exeter City, Peterborough United, Fraserburgh, Treharris, Greenock, Boston United, Gresley, Blaenrhonnda and Hitchin Town. This outstanding collection of images, taken by acclaimed sports photographers, is sure to leave you planning a future football pilgrimage.

My Turn: The Autobiography (Paperback, Main Market Ed.): Johan Cruyff My Turn: The Autobiography (Paperback, Main Market Ed.)
Johan Cruyff 1
R263 R218 Discovery Miles 2 180 Save R45 (17%) Ships in 12 - 17 working days

'I knew nothing about football before knowing Cruyff.' - Pep Guardiola Johan Cruyff is widely regarded as one of the greatest players in football history. Throughout his playing career, he was synonymous with Total Football, a style of play in which every player could play in any position on the pitch. Today, his philosophy lives on in teams across Europe, from Barcelona to Bayern Munich and players from Lionel Messi to Cesc Fabrecas. My Turn tells the story of Cruyff's life starting at Ajax, where he won eight national titles and three European Cups before moving to Barcelona where he won La Liga in his first season, in 1973, and was named European Footballer of the Year. He won the Ballon d'Or three times, and led the Dutch national team to the final of the 1974 World Cup, famously losing to West Germany, and receiving the Golden Ball as the player of the tournament. Off the field his life was more turbulent, surviving a kidnapping attempt and bankruptcy. This honest and unflinching autobiography also explores his life after retirement, when he became a hugely successful manager of Ajax and then Barcelona when he won the Champions league with a young Pep Guardiola in his team. My Turn is the inspirational account of a legendary football hero, voted European Player of the Century, in his own words. In March 2016 Cruyff died after a short battle with lung cancer bringing world football to a standstill in an outpouring of emotions. A brilliant teacher and analyst of the game he love, My Turn is Johan Cruyff's legacy.

The U.S. Women's Soccer Team - An American Success Story (Paperback, Second Edition): Clemente A. Lisi The U.S. Women's Soccer Team - An American Success Story (Paperback, Second Edition)
Clemente A. Lisi
R262 Discovery Miles 2 620 Ships in 12 - 17 working days

In this new edition updated through the team s spectacular win at the 2012 London Olympics Clemente A. Lisi examines how the sport of women s soccer has gained popularity over the past few decades. While other books have been written about the team during a specific year, such as those focused solely on the 1999 World Cup win on U.S. soil, Lisi details the program's infancy and how it steadily became a model for women's teams around the globe. Beginning with the start of the U.S. program in 1985, Lisi recounts the development of the women s team, highlighted by their two first place finishes in the Women s World Cups (1991 and 1999) and four Olympic women s gold medals (1996, 2004, 2008, and 2012). In addition to chronicling the history of the team as a whole, this book offers mini profiles and photographs of some of the best players over the years, including Julie Foudy, Amy Rodriguez, Hope Solo, and Mia Hamm."

Hibernian - The Life and Times of a Famous Football Club (Paperback): Tom Wright Hibernian - The Life and Times of a Famous Football Club (Paperback)
Tom Wright
R382 R308 Discovery Miles 3 080 Save R74 (19%) Ships in 12 - 17 working days

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Soccer Satisfied (Hardcover): John Gwynne Soccer Satisfied (Hardcover)
John Gwynne; Foreword by Jeff Stelling
R521 R430 Discovery Miles 4 300 Save R91 (17%) Ships in 10 - 20 working days

As supporter, player and broadcaster, John Gwynne has enjoyed a lifelong passion for football. In 'Soccer Satisfied' we follow a footballing journey which originated in the Shropshire countryside of the 1950s. Shrewsbury Town was the local league team but a move to Manchester triggered over sixty years of undying love for Manchester City. This sky blue thread weaves through the book, interspersed with memories of John's own playing career at grass roots level, anecdotes from his broadcasting career on local radio and for Sky's 'Soccer Saturday' and memorable evenings on the dinner circuit. John has met and befriended many great characters including Bert Trautmann, Denis Law, Jimmy Armfield and Gordon Banks. Meetings with Sir Matt Busby, Bobby Moore and Sir Alex Ferguson have left a lasting impression. Pain and passion are felt as he writes movingly of the Munich tragedy and the death of his beloved and ever-supportive wife Margaret. On a lighter note, there are a host of humorous anecdotes and one of broadcasting's most distinctive voices can be heard on every page. 'Soccer Satisfied' is a warm, nostalgic journey connecting two quite different eras. The game has changed markedly but John's enthusiasm for it has not dimmed.

Fine Margins - How Manchester City and Liverpool Forged Football's Ultimate Rivalry (Paperback): Richard Buxton Fine Margins - How Manchester City and Liverpool Forged Football's Ultimate Rivalry (Paperback)
Richard Buxton
R346 R291 Discovery Miles 2 910 Save R55 (16%) Ships in 10 - 20 working days

Fine Margins is the definitive story of how two mainstays of English football took their feuding on to the game's biggest stages. The Manchester City and Liverpool rivalry is synonymous with the Premier League, but its roots go back much further. For over half a century, these two clubs from opposite ends of the M62 have been perennial thorns in each other's side. Bill Shankly laid the groundwork in the late 1960s before a series of clashes a decade later further stoked the fires, culminating in an attack on City's team bus in 1981 after they beat Liverpool 3-1 at Anfield. The feud was reignited in the mid-1990s when Liverpool relegated City on the final day of the 1995/96 Premier League season. When they returned to the top flight, Manchester's blue half became the scourge of Merseyside's Redmen, snatching players and points away from them. Countless managers, players and directors have continued what started in the Bill Shankly era, with the rivalry ramped up a notch through the reigns of Pep Guardiola and Jurgen Klopp.

Howard Kendall: Notes On A Season - Everton FC (Hardcover): Howard Kendall Howard Kendall: Notes On A Season - Everton FC (Hardcover)
Howard Kendall
R264 R227 Discovery Miles 2 270 Save R37 (14%) Ships in 10 - 20 working days
Kevin Keegan - An Intimate Portrait of Football's Last Romantic (Paperback): Ian Ridley Kevin Keegan - An Intimate Portrait of Football's Last Romantic (Paperback)
Ian Ridley 1
R212 R153 Discovery Miles 1 530 Save R59 (28%) Ships in 12 - 17 working days

At Liverpool in the early 1970s Kevin Keegan won three First Division titles, two EUFA Cups, two FA Cups and the European Cup. At Hamburg he was crowned Footballer of the Year two years running, won the Bundeslinga title in 1978-79 and reached the European Cup Final. At Southampton he was voted PFA Player of the Year and was awarded an OBE for his services to Association Football. In his debut season with Newcastle United he helped the club to promotion and he captained the England team for six years from 1976-1982. As a manager his career has been no less newsworthy, although not always for the right reasons. Five heady and successful years at Newcastle from 1992-1997 were followed by more controversial spells with Fulham, England and Manchester City. In 2005, Keegan announced his retirement. Then, in 2008, he made headlines by returning to Newcastle United, the scene of his greatest triumphs -- an announcement which was greeted ecstatically by Newcastle supporters -- and no less sensationally resigned in acrimonious circumstances only nine months later. A revered sports journalist with unparalleled access to insider exclusives, Ian Ridley is the perfect man for the task of understanding what it is that makes Kevin Keegan tick. Training his brilliantly incisive and penetrating gaze on Keegan, Ridley offers an unprecedented insight into the mind of this most enigmatic of men.

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