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Two Thousand Games - A Life in Football (Hardcover): Brian Horton Two Thousand Games - A Life in Football (Hardcover)
Brian Horton; As told to Tim Rich
R539 R445 Discovery Miles 4 450 Save R94 (17%) Ships in 10 - 20 work days

Brian Horton is one of the most respected managers in English football. As a player, manager and assistant, he took part in over 2,000 games - in Britain only Sir Alex Ferguson can claim more. Horton's career started in the World Cup summer of 1966 and ended over half a century later. His playing career began unceremoniously when Port Vale bought him from non-league Hednesford for the price of a pint of shandy. But later, as Brighton captain, he became a club legend, skippering the Seagulls from the Third to the First Division. He continued this success at Luton and Hull, before managing the Yorkshire side. Horton further distinguished himself as boss at Oxford and then Manchester City, keeping the Citizens in the Premier League for two thrilling seasons. Spells at Huddersfield, Brighton, Port Vale and Macclesfield followed before Brian was catapulted back to the Premier League at Hull City as assistant manager to Phil Brown. He continued to work with Brown at Preston, Southend and Swindon until his retirement in 2018.

The Ultimate Unofficial Chelsea Quiz Book (Paperback): Chelsea Chadder The Ultimate Unofficial Chelsea Quiz Book (Paperback)
Chelsea Chadder
R231 Discovery Miles 2 310 Ships in 7 - 11 work days
Crops - The Alex Cropley Story (Paperback, 2nd New edition): Alex Cropley Crops - The Alex Cropley Story (Paperback, 2nd New edition)
Alex Cropley; As told to Tom Wright
R271 R225 Discovery Miles 2 250 Save R46 (17%) Ships in 12 - 17 work days

More than just the tale of one man and his football, Crops is a testament to the passion of generations for the beautiful game, as well as a heart-wrenching account of the sacrifices that commitment to life on the pitch can lead to. Filled with frank recollections of personal triumphs and despair, Crops is also peppered with anecdotes about the footballing legends Cropley played alongside and captures the spirit of football in the seventies. Whether readers remember Cropley's more famous goals with warmth or recognise themselves in the football-crazed kid playing on the streets, this is a must-have for any football fan.

When Football Came Home - England, the English and Euro 96 (Paperback): When Football Came Home - England, the English and Euro 96 (Paperback)
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R345 R287 Discovery Miles 2 870 Save R58 (17%) Ships in 10 - 20 work days

When Football Came Home is the story of the 1996 European Championship played out in England, the centrepiece of a momentous and unforgettable summer, Britain's second summer of love. In the space of a month the England team went from staggering out of a Hong Kong nightclub in disgrace to within a stud's width of reaching the final at Wembley. It was a summer that nobody really wanted to end - and certainly not as it did, losing against Germany on penalties. With a spirit of togetherness, Terry Venables and his players captured the hearts of the nation in a way not seen since Italia 90 - but Euro 96 had an extra edge. Played on home soil, it took place at an extraordinary time in British history. New Labour were poised to end a generation of Tory rule and Cool Britannia was on the rise, as a comatose culture had been revived and Britpop provided the soundtrack to it all. That communal spirit of June 1996 is recaptured in these pages. It wasn't all euphoria - during that month there were riots on the streets of the UK, accusations of spying, race rows and even a terrorist attack during the tournament. Every single aspect is brought back to life for the first time here - the fraught and often controversial build-up, the tournament in full and the lasting impact it had on English football and the nation.

Feed The Beast - Pints, pies, poles - and a belly full of goals (Paperback): Jon Parkin Feed The Beast - Pints, pies, poles - and a belly full of goals (Paperback)
Jon Parkin 1
R239 R199 Discovery Miles 1 990 Save R40 (17%) Ships in 10 - 20 work days
Any Given Saturday - The Autobiography (Paperback): Shay Given Any Given Saturday - The Autobiography (Paperback)
Shay Given 1
R292 R244 Discovery Miles 2 440 Save R48 (16%) Ships in 10 - 20 work days
How To Play Soccer Books For Kids Ages 8-12 Basic To Advanced Techniques - Soccer Books (Paperback): Osvaldo Steinhour How To Play Soccer Books For Kids Ages 8-12 Basic To Advanced Techniques - Soccer Books (Paperback)
Osvaldo Steinhour
R233 Discovery Miles 2 330 Ships in 7 - 11 work days
Complete Conditioning for Soccer (Paperback): Ryan Alexander Complete Conditioning for Soccer (Paperback)
Ryan Alexander; Foreword by Brad Guzan
R558 R518 Discovery Miles 5 180 Save R40 (7%) Ships in 12 - 17 work days

Strength and conditioning coaches and personal trainers who work with soccer players, as well as soccer coaches and players seeking the best ways to condition for the sport.

The Boys From The Mersey - The Story of Liverpool's Annie Road End Crew Football's First Clobbered-up Mob (Paperback,... The Boys From The Mersey - The Story of Liverpool's Annie Road End Crew Football's First Clobbered-up Mob (Paperback, New edition)
Nicholas Allt
R190 R160 Discovery Miles 1 600 Save R30 (16%) Ships in 10 - 20 work days
Champions Under Lockdown - Red Odyssey III: Jurgen and The Holy Grail (Hardcover): Jeff Goulding Champions Under Lockdown - Red Odyssey III: Jurgen and The Holy Grail (Hardcover)
Jeff Goulding 1
R537 R443 Discovery Miles 4 430 Save R94 (18%) Ships in 10 - 20 work days

Champions Under Lockdown is the third book in the Red Odyssey series. It tells the story of an extraordinary season from the perspective of the terraces. After their epic 2018/19 season, in 2019/20 Jurgen Klopp would target Liverpool's first league title in 30 years. During this unforgettable season his side would smash all records. They claimed the UEFA Super Cup and then the Club World Cup before sailing to a 25-point lead at the top of the Premier League. Fans who thought they had seen it all witnessed arguably the greatest Reds side in history sweep all before them. They were declared champions-elect, but the fates decreed there would be a final barrier to Liverpool claiming their prize. In the midst of a global virus pandemic and with the country on lockdown, voices called for the season to be declared null and void, threatening to wipe the achievements of this incredible team from history. But Jurgen and his men rose again to claim their holy grail. This is the unique story of the champions under lockdown.

Mancini - Diary of a Champion (Paperback): Harry Harris Mancini - Diary of a Champion (Paperback)
Harry Harris; Foreword by Dennis Tueart
R307 R222 Discovery Miles 2 220 Save R85 (28%) Ships in 12 - 17 work days

This is the inside story of Manchester City's first title in 44 years and perhaps the most remarkable football season of all-time written from the point of view of the man in the eye of the storm - City manager Roberto Mancini. A season that ended so dramatically, with two injury-time goals at the Etihad to secure the club's first Premier League title, had begun serenely for the Sky Blues as they romped to the top of the league scoring goals almost at will, culminating in a 6-1 romp at Old Trafford. Holding the lead at the top from September until March, their title juggernaut was halted by Manchester United's incredible run of performances and the loss of form of key players. It took a remarkable collapse from United to hand back the initiative, a second chance Mancini's men gratefully accepted with a run of six wins to secure the title - yet there was so much more to this incredible season. Controversy was never far away: Carlos Tevez on-off transfer, his shocking refusal to come off the bench in Munich and his subsequent 'strike' became an unwanted distraction. Yet his return just in time to add much needed impetus to City's waning title challenge, made him a hero once more for supporters who wanted him 'rot in the reserves'. Then there were the antics of Mario Balotelli; the fireworks on and off the pitch including several red cards and a disastrous performance against Arsenal that appeared to undermine his manager and team-mates. So often a club regarded as the punch-line of British football, Harry Harris looks at City's rise from the ashes following the influx of Mansour's millions. The FA Cup triumph that ended the club's 35-year wait for a major trophy and October's stunning 6-1 derby victory at Old Trafford appeared to signal a shift in power in Manchester. City's title win has confirmed that an exciting new era in British football is about to dawn and this book follows every kick, tantrum and controversy throughout their remarkable season.

What Was Football Like in the 1980s? (Paperback): Richard Crooks What Was Football Like in the 1980s? (Paperback)
Richard Crooks 1
R346 R289 Discovery Miles 2 890 Save R57 (16%) Ships in 10 - 20 work days

What Was Football Like in the 1980s? provides a fascinating and insightful perspective on the game in a decade when football faced major challenges on and off the field. The author's own memories and experiences are augmented by a wealth of research to bring you a compelling account of the clubs, players, managers, referees, grounds, crowds and competitions that defined '80s football. The book highlights the Hillsborough, Heysel and Bradford tragedies, along with the increasingly commercialised aspects of the game and the evolution of televised football. The scourge of hooliganism - which reached its height in the 1980s - is brought to the fore. What Was Football Like in the 1980s? is an enthralling and illuminating account of a truly remarkable decade for the beautiful game, penned by a respected football author. How different was the sport 30 to 40 years ago? Richard Crooks gives you the answer, leaving no stone unturned.

Tommy Johnston - The Happy Wanderer (Hardcover): Neilson N Kaufman, Alan E. Ravenhill Tommy Johnston - The Happy Wanderer (Hardcover)
Neilson N Kaufman, Alan E. Ravenhill
R108 Discovery Miles 1 080 Ships in 12 - 17 work days

Tommy Johnston was voted Leyton Orient's greatest ever player by fans of the club in a poll to mark the Millennium, gaining 20 percent of all votes cast. Born in Loanhead, Tommy holds the club record for the most goals scored in a single season, and the most goals scored on aggregate throughout his career. During his long career, Tommy played in every class of football, from juvenile football in Scotland with Loanhead Mayflower and Peebles Rovers, to professional with one Scottish League club (Kilmarnock), one Welsh club (Newport County) and seven English clubs: Darlington, Oldham Athletic, Norwich City, Leyton Orient (twice), Blackburn Rovers and Gillingham. In this new book about his life and times as a footballer, Neilson Kaufman and Alan Ravenhill chart the ups and downs of Tommy Johnston's career, telling his story for the legions of fans up and down the country who remember his special talents. The text is embellished with many previously unpublished photographs from the Johnston family archive, and there are full statistical records to give a complete picture of the career of one of the greatest players ever to pull on a Leyton Orient shirt. The book is an essential addition to the bookshelves of any fan with an interest in the men who shaped the history of our national game, and is sure to have wide appeal.

The Cambridge Companion to Football (Paperback, New): Rob Steen, Jed Novick, Huw Richards The Cambridge Companion to Football (Paperback, New)
Rob Steen, Jed Novick, Huw Richards
R600 Discovery Miles 6 000 Ships in 12 - 17 work days

Football is the world's most popular sport. It is a cultural phenomenon and a global media spectacle. For its billions of fans, it serves as a common language. But where does its enduring popularity come from? Featuring essays from prominent experts in the field, scholars and journalists, this Companion covers ground seldom attempted in a single volume about football. It examines the game's oft-disputed roots and traces its development through Europe, South America and Africa, analysing whether resistance to the game is finally beginning to erode in China, India and the United States. It dissects the cult of the manager and how David Beckham redefined sporting celebrity. It investigates the game's followers, reporters and writers, as well as its most zealous money makers and powerful administrators. A valuable resource for students, scholars and general readers, The Cambridge Companion to Football is a true and faithful companion for anyone fascinated by the people's game.

Soccer Stories - Anecdotes, Oddities, Lore, and Amazing Feats (Paperback): Donn Risolo Soccer Stories - Anecdotes, Oddities, Lore, and Amazing Feats (Paperback)
Donn Risolo
R561 R476 Discovery Miles 4 760 Save R85 (15%) Ships in 7 - 11 work days

Arguably the world's most popular sport, soccer has its own colorful lore, still little known in a nation only now beginning to give the game its due. This book offers the perfect opportunity to catch up on soccer's rich history--and to discover some of the funniest, most ironic, outlandish, and tragic stories ever to come out of the world of sports. Taking readers as far afield as the Faeroe Islands, Thailand, Madagascar, Belarus, Bhutan, and the North Pole, the selections in "Soccer Stories" range from the strange (Brazilian players paid in cattle by their cash-strapped club) to the wild (the Mexican prison warden who threw open all the cell doors in celebration of a World Cup victory) to the comical (the referee who ejected himself). Here is the plane crash that wiped out the Italian team on the eve of its fifth straight national championship; the spiteful African club that scored 149 goals against itself in one game; and the youngster who banked a shot into the goal off a passing seagull. As lively as it is informative, "Soccer Stories" will engage fans of all levels.

Mini Finger Football (UK Edition, Mega Mini Kit) (Paperback, Uk Ed): Chris Stone Mini Finger Football (UK Edition, Mega Mini Kit) (Paperback, Uk Ed)
Chris Stone
R165 Discovery Miles 1 650 Ships in 12 - 17 work days

Bring all the excitement and thrills of a football match inside! With this mini desktop game, you can stage your very own World Cup right on your dining room table or office desk. Get into the game with this kit's football pitch mat, two goal posts, a ball, two pairs of football boots for your fingers, and a 32-page book of rules, tips, tactics and trivia. No refs, no crowds, no mud, no dirt, just you and the competition - just how Mini Finger Football was meant to be played.

Coaching Junior Football Teams For Dummies (Paperback): National Alliance for Youth Sports, Greg Bach, James Heller Coaching Junior Football Teams For Dummies (Paperback)
National Alliance for Youth Sports, Greg Bach, James Heller
R447 R379 Discovery Miles 3 790 Save R68 (15%) Ships in 10 - 20 work days

This work is packed with drills and tips for training and game days. It describes the fun and easy way to master the art of football coaching. Volunteering as a youth football coach can be a great experience, both for you and your squad. But what if you've never coached before, or want to improve? Don't worry This friendly guide explains football rules, shows you how to approach coaching, and gives you practical pointers on improving team skills and encouraging good sportsmanship. It helps you: understand football rules; develop a coaching philosophy; teach football fundamentals; run great training sessions; lead your team during a game; and, communicate effectively with parents.

Soccer Word Search Large Print 40 Puzzles With Solutions - The Best Holiday and Christmas Gift For Adults and Seniors... Soccer Word Search Large Print 40 Puzzles With Solutions - The Best Holiday and Christmas Gift For Adults and Seniors interessed By Soccer and Brain Games (Large print, Paperback, Large type / large print edition)
Belfen Wordsearch
R169 Discovery Miles 1 690 Ships in 7 - 11 work days
Soccer IQ For Beginners - How To Achieve Success In Football: Gift Ideas for Holiday (Paperback): Errin Esquerre Soccer IQ For Beginners - How To Achieve Success In Football: Gift Ideas for Holiday (Paperback)
Errin Esquerre
R154 Discovery Miles 1 540 Ships in 7 - 11 work days
Welcome to Hell? - In Search of the Real Turkish Football (Hardcover): John McManus Welcome to Hell? - In Search of the Real Turkish Football (Hardcover)
John McManus 1
R547 R453 Discovery Miles 4 530 Save R94 (17%) Ships in 10 - 20 work days

Ask a British football fan what they know about Turkish football, and they are unlikely to describe scenes of camaraderie, hospitality and humour. They are more likely to mention banners proclaiming 'Welcome to hell'. Or Leeds United supporters stabbed to death on an Istanbul street. Frustrated by the game's distorted image back home, John McManus set out to show the Turkish football that he knew - the rich, funny, obsessive, fan culture that he had encountered on the terraces. But he hadn't accounted for the politics. His voyage began at the start of one of the darkest periods in Turkey's modern history, marred by bombings, armed conflict and an attempted coup d'etat. Football, he would soon discover, could not help but get dragged in. Travelling from the elite training facilities of Istanbul to dusty pitches on the Syrian border, taking in visits to far-flung clubs, encounters with characterful players and experiences at riotous matches along the way, Welcome to Hell? offers a unique perspective on an alluring yet troubled football culture, at once both familiar and miles apart from the game in Britain.

The World through Soccer - The Cultural Impact of a Global Sport (Hardcover): Tamir Bar-On The World through Soccer - The Cultural Impact of a Global Sport (Hardcover)
Tamir Bar-On
R1,896 Discovery Miles 18 960 Ships in 12 - 17 work days

The world s most popular sport, soccer is a global and cultural phenomenon. The television audience for the 2010 World Cup included nearly half of the world s population, with viewers in nearly every country. As a reflection of soccer s significance, the sport impacts countless aspects of the world s culture, from politics and religion to business and the arts. In The World through Soccer: The Cultural Impact of a Global Sport, Tamir Bar-On utilizes soccer to provide insights into worldwide politics, religion, ethics, marketing, business, leadership, philosophy, and the arts. Bar-On examines the ways in which soccer influences and reflects these aspects of society, and vice versa. Each chapter features representative players, providing specific examples of how soccer comments on and informs our lives. These players selected from a wide array of eras, countries, and backgrounds include Diego Maradona, Pele, Hugo Sanchez, Cha Bum-Kun, Roger Milla, Jose Luis Chilavert, Zinedine Zidane, Paolo Maldini, Cristiano Ronaldo, Xavi, Neymar, Clint Dempsey, Mia Hamm, and many others. Employing a unique lens to view a variety of topics, The World through Soccer reveals the sport s profound cultural impact. Combining philosophical, popular, and academic insights about our world, this book is aimed at both soccer fans and academics, offering readers a new perspective into a sport that affects millions."

Thirty-One Nil - On the Road With Football's Outsiders (Paperback): James Montague Thirty-One Nil - On the Road With Football's Outsiders (Paperback)
James Montague 1
R293 R253 Discovery Miles 2 530 Save R40 (14%) Ships in 10 - 20 work days

Winner of the Football Book of the Year Award, Cross British Sports Book Awards 2015 In a tiny, decaying aluminium smelting town in southern Tajikistan, a short drive from a raging war zone, Afghanistan take on Palestine in the first Asian qualifier for the World Cup. Every player on both teams is risking something by playing: their careers, their families, even their lives. Yet, along with thousands of other footballers backed by millions of supporters, they all dream of snatching one of the precious 32 places at the finals; and so begins a three-year epic struggle - long before the usual suspects start their higher-profile qualifying campaigns under the spotlight. Named after the greatest victory (and defeat) that the World Cup qualifiers have ever seen (Australia's 31-0 victory over American Samoa), Thirty-One Nil is the story of how footballers from all corners of the globe begin their journey chasing a place at the World Cup Finals. It celebrates the part-time priests, princes and hopeless chancers who dream of making it to Brazil, in defiance of the staggering odds stacked against them. It tells the story of teams who have struggled for their very existence through political and social turmoil, from which they will very occasionally emerge into international stardom. From the endlessly humiliated San Marino to lowly Haiti; from war-torn Lebanon to the oppressed and fleet-footed players of Eritrea, in Thirty-One Nil James Montague gets intimately and often dangerously close to some of the world's most extraordinary teams, and tells their exceptional stories.

Soccer Trivia Book - Are You Ready For Some Interesting Soccer Trivia Questions?: Soccer Trivia Quiz Answers (Paperback):... Soccer Trivia Book - Are You Ready For Some Interesting Soccer Trivia Questions?: Soccer Trivia Quiz Answers (Paperback)
Sharen Reagey
R184 Discovery Miles 1 840 Ships in 7 - 11 work days
The Penalty Kick - The Psychology of Success (Paperback): Prof. Dr. Daniel Memmert, Benjamin Noel The Penalty Kick - The Psychology of Success (Paperback)
Prof. Dr. Daniel Memmert, Benjamin Noel
R339 R284 Discovery Miles 2 840 Save R55 (16%) Ships in 7 - 11 work days

Penalty kicks play a significant role in determining the outcome of a match. Because of this-and because they don't happen in every game-fans, media, and even athletes and trainers are fascinated by penalty kicks. Over the past 30 years, there have been more than 130 scientific studies which identify the motivational, strategic, anticipatory, and attention- and perception-based factors that can mean a successful or failed penalty kick. This book presents the information from these studies in such a way that it is useful for the athletes, trainers, managers, and even the soccer fans. All the information on penalty kick methods is based on sport psychology and movement science. The authors have also included anecdotes of the biggest and most important penalties in the history of soccer. They connect these actual events with the scientific findings, creating real life examples which make it easier to understand the science. Furthermore, they examine the penalty kick from both the kicker's and the goalkeeper's perspectives to explain shooting and saving techniques from every angle. A successful penalty kick takes more than just luck, and The Penalty Kick demystifies the science so that the reader knows how to win every penalty kick

Stuck on You - The Rise & Fall - & Rise of Panini Stickers (Paperback): Greg Lansdowne Stuck on You - The Rise & Fall - & Rise of Panini Stickers (Paperback)
Greg Lansdowne
R345 R288 Discovery Miles 2 880 Save R57 (17%) Ships in 10 - 20 work days

Stuck On You charts the history of football stickers in the UK - those little bundles of self-adhesive joy that have given so much to so many since Panini burst on to the scene in the late 1970s. Immerse yourself in a story of bitter rivalry, media moguls and the seedy underbelly of what can be a surprisingly murky business. Discover how upstarts Merlin took on the might of Panini and beat them at their own game - only for the Italian giants to hit back with the weight of nostalgia behind them. But ultimately you're invited to wallow in wistful memories of swapping in the school playground, shinies and recurring doubles. Featuring interviews with many of the industry's leading historical players and images from some familiar and lesser-known collections, Stuck On You is a must-read for anyone who has ever spent months, if not years, hankering after the St Mirren badge.

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