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From the post room to the board room, everyone thinks they can be the manager. But how do you manage outrageous talent? What do you do to inspire loyalty from your players? How do you turn around a team in crisis? What's the best way to build long-term success? How can you lead calmly under pressure? The issues are the same whether you're managing a Premier League football team or a FTSE 100 company. Here, for the first time, some 30 of the biggest names in football management reveal just what it takes. With their every act, remark, and success or failure under constant scrutiny from the media and the fans, these managers need to be the most adroit of leaders. In The Manager they explain their methods, offer lessons they've learned along the way, and describe the decisions they make and the leadership they provide. Each chapter tackles a key leadership issue for managers in any walk of life and, in their own words, shows how the experts deal with the challenges they face in an abnormally high-pressure environment. Offering valuable lessons for business leaders and fascinating behind-the-scenes insights for football fans, The Manager is an honest, accessible and unprecedented look at the day-to-day work of these high-profile characters and the world of top-level football management. Featuring: Roy Hodgson, Carlo Ancelotti, Arsene Wenger, Sam Allardyce, Roberto Mancini, Jose Mourinho, Brendan Rodgers, Harry Redknapp, Sir Alex Ferguson, Walter Smith, Mick McCarthy, Gerard Houllier, Tony Pulis, Martin O'Neill, Neil Warnock, Howard Wilkinson, Kevin Keegan, Dario Gradi, Andre Villas-Boas, David Moyes, Alex McLeish, Hope Powell, Martin Jol, Glenn Hoddle, Chris Hughton, David Platt, Paul Ince, and George Graham.
Arsenal is a glamourous club - a global brand that has always attracted the rich and famous - British Royalty, Pop icons, Olympians and Hollywood stars have all rubbed shoulders at matches down the years. However, there is one breed of celebrity which Arsenal have lured in bizarrely high proportions... COMEDIANS! Our book features a vast array of Gooner Comedy Royalty, interviewing them about the passion and support for Arsenal FC - from international super-star funny men Paul Kaye and Matt Lucas, the elder statesmen such as Clive Anderson, Laurence Marks and Maurice Gran, through to the current sitcom, panel show and stand-up kings, including Alan Davies, Romesh Ranganathan, Hugh Dennis, Ian Stone, Dara O'Briain, Milton Jones, Tom Rosenthal and Alex Brooker... Plus Gary Marshall, Chris Martin and Jim Campbell.
Stunning officially endorsed coffee table book commemorating the 50th anniversary of Tottenham Hotspur's famous League and Cup Double in 1961 - the first 'Double' achieved in the modern era of football. Beautifully presented within its' own real-cloth slipcase adorned in silver with the book's title and the iconic badge worn by the team during this historic season, this lavish collector's item showcases previously unseen behind-the-scenes photographs and memorabilia and tells the story of the season through original newspaper cuttings, tickets and match programmes. Put together by the editorial team who put together the Spurs Opus, with the full co-operation of the surviving players and Tottenham Hotspur FC (and with full access to the historical archives at White Hart Lane), this sensational publication will be the focal point of the club's 1960/61 celebrations which will begin at the start of the 2010 season.
This is a unique and magnificent collection of photographs of Manchester City FC from the early 1900s up until just before the Millennium, selected from the Daily Mirror's extensive archive. Capturing the very essence of this famous old club and its supporters, When Football Was Football harks back to a bygone era when life - and the game - seemed much simpler. From the club's glory years and numerous cup triumphs, to kids on the street having a knockabout outside Maine Road - this is a pictorial book like no other, sprinkled with rarely-told stories and tales of how a small amateur football club became one of the game's major powers. But this isn't page after page of images you've seen a dozen times before. This book is a rich tapestry of people, players and experiences, good, bad or otherwise. In stark contrast to today's carefully controlled environment top footballer's operate within, there are pictures of the Blues' first team training on a wet car park before the Manchester derby, Bert Trautmann signing an autograph on a deserted London street and shots of the people who really made this club - its magnificent supporters. Black and white images from decades ago, glorious colour photos from the sixties and seventies and beyond, this is a book every City fan simply must own.
A wealth of research in recent decades has seen the economic approach to human behavior extended over many areas previously considered to belong to sociology, political science, law, and other fields. Research has also shown that economics can provide insight into many aspects of sports, including soccer. "Beautiful Game Theory" is the first book that uses soccer to test economic theories and document novel human behavior.
In this brilliant and entertaining book, Ignacio Palacios-Huerta illuminates economics through the world's most popular sport. He offers unique and often startling insights into game theory and microeconomics, covering topics such as mixed strategies, discrimination, incentives, and human preferences. He also looks at finance, experimental economics, behavioral economics, and neuroeconomics. Soccer provides rich data sets and environments that shed light on universal economic principles in interesting and useful ways.
Essential reading for students, researchers, and sports enthusiasts, "Beautiful Game Theory is the first book to show "what soccer can do for economics.
THE SUNDAY TIMES BESTSELLER 'The beautiful game has taught me a lot, but I've had quite a life outside of football too. This book is full of my best stories - kickabouts with jumpers for goalposts with Bobby Moore, mine and Sandra's disastrous honeymoon to Torquay in a dodgy car and my funniest 'Mr Pastry' moments - as well as my thoughts on the important things in life. I'm finally sharing what I've learned on and off the pitch: from growing up poor in Poplar to the heights of the Premiership and even lying in a coffin with a load of rats on national television. It's everything I know about true team spirit, hard work, tough times, why family are so important and why everyone deserves respect no matter whether they're royal or sleeping rough - and, of course, the real joy of a jam roly-poly.'
On 15 April 1989, ninety-six spectators lost their lives at Sheffield's Hillsborough Stadium as they gathered for an FA Cup semi-final match between Liverpool and Nottingham Forest. The events of that spring afternoon sparked a controversy that continues to reverberate through British football and policing to this day.Norman Bettison, a Chief Inspector in the South Yorkshire Police at the time of the Hillsborough disaster, witnessed the tragedy as a spectator at the match. Since then, he has found himself one of the focal points of outrage over the actions of the police. Comments he made in the wake of the Hillsborough Independent Panel in 2012 stoked further criticism in the press and in Parliament and, in October 2012, he resigned from his job as Chief Constable of West Yorkshire Police.This personal account describes how the Hillsborough disaster unfolded, provides an insight into what was happening at South Yorkshire Police headquarters in the aftermath, and gives an objective and compassionate account of the bereaved families' long struggle for justice, all the while charting the author's journey from innocent bystander to a symbol of a perceived criminal conspiracy.
The most comprehensive collection ever assembled of iconic soccer uniforms from around the world, featuring more than 1,000 illustrations representing 100 countries and 500 major teams. This massively illustrated and comprehensive volume presents and explains the team shirts worn by the world s leading soccer clubs and national teams from one hundred countries over the past one hundred years. In addition to detailing the colorful histories behind each shirt, the book also highlights the personalities and players behind historic matches and celebrates iconic victories and goals. Find out why the Italian national team chose blue as their color, why the U.S. women s team boasts two stars on their jersey, the relationship of Vasco da Gama to the colors of the Portuguese team, and what the eleven patterns on the South African shirt signify. Ever since the game began, the colors of each team have been of paramount importance, creating a unique visual identity for each club and a strong sense of allegiance among fans. Millions of replica shirts have been bought by fans to show support for their teams and star players, and this book is sure to appeal to soccer s legions of enthusiasts in this World Cup year.
Now for the first time in paperback, this is a unique and magnificent collection of photographs of Liverpool Football Club from the very early days until 1992, freshly selected from thousands of images in the Daily Mirror's extensive archive. These superb photos, many of them previously unpublished, document the rise of the most successful football club in the English game. The early days and the championship-winning sides of the early 1900s, the 'untouchables' of the '20s, the coming of the 'messiah' Bill Shankly after the lean years of the 1930s, '40s and '50s, the triumphs of the '60s '70s and '80s, the tragedies of Heysel and Hillsborough - it's all here. This book will bring to life the periods, the personalities and the human stories.
This is a fascinating biography of Aston Villa hero, Jackie Sewell. Based on hours of indepth interviews with Jackie, this title tells the story of the footballer who was 'worth his weight in gold'. Aston Villa Football Club is steeped in football history and many books have been written on the successes of 'The Villans'. Alongside their achievements on the field, they have produced a number of star players who have made significant contributions to football history. One such player is the unsung hero, Jackie Sewell. Jackie Sewell enjoyed his most successful period as a professional footballer at Villa Park but he also graced the fields of English football with Notts County and Sheffield Wednesday. In 1950, he was transferred from Nottingham to Sheffield for a world record fee and was known as the footballer who was 'worth his weight in gold'. This biography is based on in-depth interviews with Jackie in his Nottingham home and delving through his massive collection of football memorabilia - the book includes photographs of previously never seen personal memorabilia that Jackie has stored meticulously and kept private until now. Jackie pioneered soccer in three African Countries, establishing the coaching programmes which have now resulted in virtually every current Premier League side having an African contingent of players. In 1953 the England International side were acknowledged as being the 'world champions' until one fateful day at Wembley when they were crushed 6-3 by the then Olympic champions, Hungary. Jackie talks openly about his memories of that game and the reasons why England were so heavily defeated. Without doubt, 87-year-old Jackie has some fascinating recollections of football in the 50s and is not afraid to tell his explosive story. This book is a must for all football fans but particularly supporters of Notts County, Sheffield Wednesday, Aston Villa and Hull City (where Jackie ended his career) as it will transport you to a time when the game was bigger than the players and when success was not measured purely in monetary terms.
Red Odyssey: Liverpool FC 1892-2017, is a uniquely affectionate and often deeply moving history of one of the greatest sporting institutions on the planet. Born in the fire of boardroom conflict and launched into the humble surroundings of the Lancashire League, Liverpool Football Club not only endured but rose to conquer all of Europe, leaving its local rivals trailing in its wake. This journey through the ages represents a thrilling sporting odyssey, packed with heroes and foes, victors and villains. It features tales of conquest and heroic homecomings as well as soul-crushing defeats. Its people have endured great tragedy and fought for both redemption and vindication. Modern-day Liverpool supporters, standing on the shoulders of their forebears, are tough, gritty, irreverent and united. These qualities have sustained them for 125 years, and they run through the book like a golden thread. Red Odyssey is 125 individual love letters to Liverpool FC and its people, written with a Scouse accent.
'Woodward's story is one of the most important of recent years...heartbreakingly powerful' THE TIMES 'Harrowing, brave, hugely important book' HENRY WINTER 'Haunting' SUNDAY TIMES SHORTLISTED FOR THE WILLIAM HILL AWARD AND THE TELEGRAPH SPORTS BOOK AWARD 2020 A brave and moving account by football's first whistle blower, breaking the silence on the scandal of sexual abuse in youth clubs and junior teams. Andy Woodward was a wide eyed, hopeful footballer playing for Stockport Boys, when Barry Bennell first noticed him. Andy was 11 years old, and Bennell a youth coach with a big reputation for spotting and nurturing young footballing talent. The clubs Bennell worked for and the parents of the boys he coached, trusted and believed in him, inviting him into their lives and their homes. But behind the charismatic mask was a profoundly evil man willing to go to any lengths to satisfy his own dark appetites. Andy has been heralded a hero for speaking up about his horrific experiences at the hands of Bennell, but also at going further to expose the long hidden abuse buried within our nations' best loved sport. His story is only the tip of the iceberg. Andy's childhood was shattered by what happened to him and by the fear and silence that surrounded it. His youthful dreams of playing the game he loved were utterly broken, and years of living with the terrible secret and shame all but destroyed him. He hopes that by coming forward he might encourage others in similar situations to find the courage to speak out. A compelling and relevant story of the dark secret at the heart of football and another chapter in the ongoing expose of institutionalised corruption.
Meyer & Meyer Premium--At Meyer & Meyer we make no compromises to present the best in sports content. Go for Gold! Creative Soccer Training includes 350 modern practical games and drills that build on basic playing skills. Foregoing theoretical introductions, the authors focus on presenting comprehensive exercises and particular skills that go beyond standard training. This book includes a great variety of creative training exercises that will form intelligent soccer players. Numerous graphics help soccer coaches implement training content with their own team in a simple and fast way. The practice-oriented design additionally makes this compilation an optimal resource for training players at advanced levels.
"Brilliant range" is a book about Dutch soccer that's not really
about Dutch socer. It's more about an enigmatic way of thinking
peculiar to a people whose landscape is unrelentingly flat, mostly
below sea level, ad who owe their salvation to a boy who plugged a
fractured dike with his little inger. If any one thing, "Brilliant
Orange" is about Dutch space and a people whose unique conception
of it has led to ome of the most enduring art, the weirdest
architecture, and a bizarrely crebral form of soccer--Total
Football--that led in 1974 to a World Cup finalsmatch with
arch-rival Germany and more recently to a devastating loss
againstSpain in 2010. With its intricacy and oddity, it continues
to mystify and delght observers around the world. As David Winner
wryly observes, it is an expression of the Dutch psyche that has a
shaed ancestry with the Mondrian's "Broadway Boogie Woogie,"
Rembrandt's Th Night Watch, maybe even with Gouda cheese.
Another Bloody Saturday is a book celebrating all that makes football the sport that it is. It explores the passions and devotion of those that support a team, a nation, a dream. By exploring football in the lower leagues and non-league, as well as lesser known clubs and nations abroad, the book attempts to reveal the true soul of football that is often lost among the glitz and glamour of the premier League and the Champions League. Ultimately, Another Bloody Saturday is about all that makes football so captivating and all-encompassing to so many, making a supporters team and club a near religion.
As a football fan, there are those seasons which remain indelibly inscribed in the memory. Simply unforgettable. The 2006/07 season remains one of those for fans of West Ham United. A season that began with such promise: Alan Pardew signed two genuine world-class players ahead of the kick-off, but little did the Argentinian pair of Carlos Tevez and Javier Mascherano know they joined a season-long relegation battle. Roll forward to the business end, and with nine matches left to play the Hammers looked doomed. Seven wins from those nine made it arguably the greatest escape in English top-flight history. A season so memorable for all the wrong reasons: going two months without a goal; 11 games without a win; snatching defeat from the jaws of victory against your biggest rivals. Then having survived, on the final day by winning at Old Trafford, extra-time in the courts, with the rest of football saying you had cheated, and the table did lie. The Greatest Escape is the story of the highs, lows and controversies that were the 2006/07 season.
This quiz book covers the fascinating journey of Hibernian Football Club throughout the past 142 years. Offcial club historian Tom Wright has used his comprehensive knowledge of the sport and the team to devise over 600 questions spanning from the early days of the club to the present. This is the perfect book for fans of all ages to learn more about the history of one of Scotland's greatest football teams.
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