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Rocky takes over! A struggling student and brilliant footballer, Rocky Race is many things, but to most people she's just Roy Race's little sister. It's not much fun - especially as Melchester Rovers head to the League Cup Final. Rocky's sick of everyone knowing her through Roy, she's had enough of school, and she's even started having panic attacks. Now it's up to Rocky to find her own way - as a person and a player - and she's going to need all her grit and determination to do it...
Join us on a journey; a season through the eyes of a lifelong Arsenal supporter, trying to rediscover his love for the game - a game drowning in a sea of Clickbait and 24/7 social media saturation. This is a journey through the rollercoaster ride of modern football... Hold on tight! A VERY MODERN FOOTBALL TALE! SOULLESS STADIA, SELFIES, SOCIAL MEDIA `CELEBRITIES' and HALF-AND-HALF SCARVES. Attention-hungry SUPERFANS who would sell their own mothers for followers... and CLICK-HUNGRY JOURNOS who SELL THEIR SOULS for ad revenue. Welcome to modern football. A world in which ANYONE CAN HAVE A VOICE, DESPITE HAVING NOTHING TO SAY.
The Little Book of Man City is bursting with wit and wisdom of the great characters associated with the club. From managers, such as Malcolm Allison, Kevin Keegan, Roberto Mancini and Pep Guardiola, via garrulous fans such as Radio 1's Mark and Lard and the Gallagher brothers to voluble players such as Francis Lee, Dennis Tueart, Rodney Marsh, Kun Aguero and Vincent Kompany, here are more than 165 funny and biting quotes for the avid fan of 'the only club in Manchester'. As their chaplain once said, 'Imagine where City would be if I hadn't been praying for them all these years'.
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.
"The Little Book of Man Utd" is a neat collection of words of wit and wisdom by and about Manchester United's players, managers and officials past and present. From Alan Hansen's falsely prophetic 'You'll never win anything with kids' to Eric Cantona's existentialist aphorism on the theme of seagulls, sardines and trawlers, the book will contain over 180 Red Devilish football quotes. Each quotation will be dated and attributed to its source and, where appropriate, entries will be accompanied by explanatory asides and/or supporting statistics. The sayings will appear in no particular order, but where connections and themes emerge these will be taken into account.
''Essential reading for players, fans and coaches'' - Steven Gerrard ''A cracking read'' - Chris Evans ''I couldn''t put it down'' - Joey Barton What are the greatest games ever played? From Jurgen Klopp to Gary Neville, Xavi to David Beckham, Jamie Carragher speaks with teammates, rivals, managers and legends of the sport to identify and analyse football''s greatest encounters. As Carra and his contributors take you into the dressing rooms and out onto the pitches of the world''s most celebrated stadiums, they relive some of the defining moments of their playing careers as well as many more from the greatest football matches ever played - from title deciders and cup finals to against-all-odds comebacks, tactical masterclasses and old school classics. Packed full of hilarious stories, exclusive anecdotes and refreshing appraisals, in The Greatest Games Jamie Carragher takes you into the heart of these matches, revealing new insights into the teams, players and coaches that have shaped football.
The Forgotten Champions recounts Everton's remarkable 1986/87 title win - a feat that tested Howard Kendall's managerial skills to the limit. The previous season, the club were runners-up to rivals Liverpool in the league and FA Cup. Top scorer Gary Lineker left for Barcelona with no replacement in sight and the arrival of several inexperienced players worried the fans. An injury crisis deprived Kendall of key stars such as Neville Southall and Peter Reid, forcing him to field a makeshift team at the start of the season. Optimism was in short supply at Goodison as by November the team were in eighth place and struggling to stay in contention. Further injuries to Graeme Sharp and Kevin Sheedy threatened to derail Everton's title bid, but the astute purchase of Wayne Clarke proved crucial as the Toffees strung together a winning sequence. Against all odds, a patchwork, injury-ravaged Everton were crowned league champions, ahead of Liverpool. It was a magnificent achievement. To date, it is the club's last ever title.
The 2022 Annual is a must for all Tottenham Hotspur soccer supporters. We have a definitive Premier League season review, along with an in-depth profile of our manager and the backroom team. The action-packed Annual features pictures, games and quizzes for everyone to enjoy. With profiles of all of your favourite players, there's everything you need to know about your favorite soccer club! Come on you Spurs!
INSIDE THE OFFICIAL MANCHESTER UNITED ANNUAL 2022... - Look back over the Reds' 2020/21 campaign - Meet the squad, including new arrivals Sancho and Varane - Revisit United's biggest-ever Premier League wins - Read first teamers tackling questions from supporters - Find out what it takes to become an Academy player - Relive MU Women's first-ever outing at Old Trafford - Get to know MUTV stars Zac and Charlie, AKA the Little Devils - Read an exclusive interview with United pro gamer Eldridge O'Niel - Test your United know-how with a series of brain teasers - Enter our competition to win a United shirt signed by the players!
Remember when Zinedine Zidane steered France to their first World Cup title in 1998? Kylian Mbappe doesn't. The absurdly gifted young forward wasn't even born when the French team lifted the trophy for the first time. But it was Mbappe's pace, energy and fearlessness that helped put France back at the summit of world football in 2018, erasing years of failure, rancour and shame. The two crowning achievements of French football made Les Bleus the envy of the world, yet the road between these two events was blighted by bitterly painful lows. Zidane's infamous headbutt; a humiliating players' strike; infighting and recriminations; even sex scandals and blackmail. And this was a turbulent time for French society too, as the promise of racial harmony in 1998 gave way to rising tensions and riots in the country's combustible suburbs. Mbappe was a witness to it all, honing his prodigious talent in the neglected banlieues of Paris as both the national team and nation itself threatened to implode. In many ways, his story is the story of France's journey from disaster to triumph; football's hottest new property growing up in a troubled neighbourhood and inspiring a divided country both on and off the pitch. Here, sports journalist and broadcaster Matthew Spiro traces the rise, fall and rise again of Les Bleus through the lens of this compelling player and character, who was already a symbol of hope before he turned twenty. Featuring a foreword by Arsene Wenger and interviews with leading figures in French football, including Marcel Desailly, Lilian Thuram, Emmanuel Petit, Robert Pires and Olivier Giroud, Spiro's engaging account asks what went wrong for France and what, ultimately, went right.
Imagine being so good at football that your legs get insured for a million pounds - at the age of 11. In the 1990s, Sonny Pike had it all. A glittering future in the professional game beckoned. Dutch 'Total Football' giants Ajax swooped and flash soccer agent Eric Hall signed him up. Coca-Cola, McDonald's and Paul Smith queued up to sponsor him. He appeared on TV shows like Fantasy Football and Blue Peter, featured in Hello Magazine and even had his own rap song. Billed as English football's 'next Diego Maradona', everyone loved the baby-faced young superstar. And then, through no fault of his own, it was all taken from him. Controversially banned from football, the spotlight faded. Agents turned their backs. Sponsors withdrew their deals. TV and the media moved on. Even his dad disappeared off the scene. Lost and desperate, Sonny searched for an answer, dabbling in crime, landing in court and even behind bars. The promise of fame and fortune had turned to nothing and there seemed no way back . . . Sonny Pike: The Greatest Footballer That Never Was is a remarkable tale of exploitation and reckless ambition, exposing the worst side of our game in an era when it was evolving in to the multi-million pound industry we know today. Sonny's story is captivating, at times harrowing, but ultimately inspirational. As thousands of young footballers dream of football stardom, it is more relevant now than ever
Which Scunthorpe defender was tapped up in the dressing rooms by Brian Clough? Who helped get him changed on top of Princess Diana's car? What did the club's record goalscorer really think about the manager sacked in a promotion season? How does it feel to miss a penalty at Wembley? Win the European Cup? And how on earth did a future England captain manage to break the club's tractor? Throughout their 120 year-plus history, Scunthorpe United have been many things... But boring? Never! Following extensive archive research and exclusive interviews with ex-managers and players spanning seven decades, 20 Legends: Scunthorpe United is packed with stories aplenty. From breath-taking cup upsets, to the raw ecstasy of promotion, the agonies of failure, lifelong friendships, boardroom coups, and good old-fashioned fallings-out; the people in the heat of the action spill the beans like never before. Each chapter tells a different story; focusing on a legend apiece from the club's history and sharing their adventures throughout the beautiful game. Brian Laws also provides the foreword. If you really want to get under the skin of a brilliant, bonkers football club at the very heart of its community; then look no further than 20 Legends: Scunthorpe United.
IT'S TOUGH AT THE TOP! Roy Race is living the dream. After all, how many 16-year-olds get to play up front for their favourite football team? Except life as Melchester Rovers new star striker isn t easy. Everyone s looking at him differently, social media is a nightmare, and Rovers are still stuck at the bottom of the league. All that, and he s still got to go to college, help out at home, and coach his little sister Rocky s football team. If he s going to cope, Roy better learn to be a team player and fast.... - 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
Relive the magic of last season's soccer success in The Official Arsenal Annual 2022. This is your indispensable guide to all things Arsenal. As well as a comprehensive review of last season, we've also packed in a whole host of fun features and informative player profiles. Find out what your favourite player was like as a 10 year old, discover the story behind the Gunners' autographs and read about the next generation of Young Guns breaking through. Stats, photos, goals, facts and trivia - it's all here, and to cap it all there are plenty of fun quizzes, designed to test even the most dedicated Arsenal fan!
'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."
From the makers of the UK's best football magazine! MATCH is the UK's bestselling football annual and is top of Christmas wish lists for footy fans everywhere. Inside the Match Annual 2022 you can find the ultimate guide to the postponed Euro 2021, epic interviews with the stars, plus the UK and Ireland dream team and also discover everything you need to know about Messi, Ronaldo, Kane, Salah, Mbappe, Maguire, Hazard, Pogba and all the other top footballers. Plus, it's packed with legendary Prem No.7s, craziest stories from lockdown, brain-busting quizzes, the greatest Premiership team ever, bonkers pics, footy stars emojis, cool cartoons and loads more! Don't miss it!
Filled with quizzes, stats and little known facts, plus illustrated and told with all the fun of a Tom Gates novel, the Football Superstars series is perfect for young readers five and up. Is Lionel Messi your ultimate football hero? Messi was the youngest player to score 50 goals in the Champions League, won the Ballon d'Or five times and once entertained the crowd by doing 1,200 keepy-uppies! Discover how he went from being the smallest player on the field (as a young boy he was so tiny all the other players called him 'Titch') to being widely known as the 'Greatest of All Time'. Football Superstars is a series aimed at building a love of reading from a young age, with fun cartoons, inspirational stories, a simple narrative style and a cast of characters chipping in with quotes, jokes and comments. Find your football hero: Ronaldo Rules - out Jan 9th. Messi Rules - out Jan 9th. Kane Rules - out Apr 2nd. Mbappe Rules - out Apr 2nd. Hazard Rules - out Jun 11th. Sterling Rules - out Jun 11th.
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