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Soccernomics (2018 World Cup Edition)
Written with an economist's brain and a soccer writer's skill, soccernomics applies high-powered analytical tools to everyday soccer topics, looking at data and revealing counter-intuitive truths about the world's most beloved game. It all adds up to a revolutionary new approach that has helped...
The Numbers Game: Everything You know About Soccer Is Wrong
Moneyball meets Freakonomics in this myth-busting guide to understanding - and winning - the most popular sport on the planet Innovation is coming to soccer, and at the center of it all are the numbers - a way of thinking about the game that ignores the obvious in favor of how things actually ar...
My Turn: A Life of Total Football
The autobiography of Dutch soccer legend Johan Cruyff, whose remarkable life and impeccable style have influenced star players and clubs for decades.
The Barcelona Inheritance
From Cruyff's "Total Football" to the epic rivalry between Guardiola and Mourinho, a gripping chronicle of the rise and fall of Barcelona's dominance in world soccer.Barcelona's style of play--pressing and possessing--is the single biggest influence on modern soccer. In The Barcelona Inheritance,...
The Ball is Round: A Global History of Soccer
The definitive book about soccer. With a new foreword for the American edition. There may be no cultural practice more global than soccer. Rites of birth and marriage are infinitely diverse, but the rules of soccer are universal. No world religion can match its geographical scope. The single gre...
How to Watch Soccer
An opinionated masterclass in the art and science of "reading" a match from one of professional soccer’s most respected and beloved international figuresRuud Gullit knows better than anyone else that to understand soccer you have to understand strategy. When he started playing soccer, his only “s...
Steven Gerrard: My Story
The no-holds-barred autobiography from one of this country's greatest ever footballers, Steven Gerrard. Steven Gerrard is the former captain of Liverpool football team and of the England national football team, and is the only player ever to have scored in a FA cup final, a league cup final, a U...
Soccermatics: Mathematical Adventures in the Beautiful Game
Soccer is the most mathematical of sports--riddled with numbers, patterns, and shapes. How to make sense of them? The answer lies in mathematical modeling, a science with applications in a host of biological systems. Soccermatics brings the two together in a fascinating, mind-bending synthesis.Wh...
Pele: The King of Soccer
In the graphic novel Pele: The King of Soccer, Eddy Simon and Vincent Brascaglia beautifully depict Pele's rise from the slums of Brazil to the national stage.
The essential guide to world soccer - the history, the players, the fan culture - from the phenomenally popular duo from NBC Sports.
The Complete Book of Soccer
The Complete Book of Soccer is the "must have" read for all of the game's enthusiasts. Packed full of facts and information, as well as stunning images, it covers every aspect of what is the world's most popular sportFrom the origins of the game, right through to details of all the sports top com...
The Language of the Game: How to Understand Soccer
Soccer is not only the world's most popular sport; it's also one of the most widely shared forms of global culture. The Language of the Game is a passionate and engaging introduction to soccer's history, tactics, and human drama. Profiling soccer's full cast of characters -- goalies and position ...
The Kingfisher Soccer Encyclopedia
Get straight to the heart of the fascinating sport of soccer with this fully revised edition of The Kingfisher Soccer Encyclopedia. From the first soccer games to today's multi-million dollar global industry, this book will inform soccer fans young and old about a sport that is played, watched, a...
Why Soccer Matters
'I know in my heart that soccer was good to me, and great to the world . . . . I saw, time and again, how the sport improved countless millions of lives, both on and off the field. For me, at least, that's why soccer matters.' The world's most popular sport goes by many names - soccer, football, ...
Futebol Nation: The Story of Brazil through Soccer
No nation is as closely identified with the game of soccer as Brazil. For over a century, Brazil's people, politicians, and poets have found in soccer the finest expression of the nation's collective potential. Since the team's dazzling performance in 1938 at the World Cup in France, Brazilian so...
Red Card: How the U.S. Blew the Whistle on the World's Biggest Sports Scandal
The definitive, shocking account of the FIFA scandal—the biggest international corruption case of recent years, spearheaded by US investigators, involving dozens of countries, and implicating nearly every aspect of the world’s most popular sport, soccer, including its biggest event, the World Cup.
Angels with Dirty Faces
Lionel Messi, Diego Maradona, Alfredo Di Stéfano: in every generation Argentina has uncovered a uniquely brilliant soccer talent. Perhaps it's because the country lives and breathes the game, its theories, and its myths. Argentina's rich, volatile history—by turns sublime and ruthlessly pragmatic...
Money and Soccer: A Soccernomics Guide
Drawing on extensive research into financial records dating back to the 1970s, Szymanski provides clear analysis of the way that clubs have transformed in the modern era. This book isn't limited to European clubs.
Estádio do Maracanã, July 13, 2014, the last ten minutes of extra time in the World Cup Final: German forward Mario Götze jumps to meet a floated pass from André Schürrle, cushions the ball with his chest, and in one fluid motion volleys the ball past the onrushing Argentine goalkeeper into the f...
One Goal: A Coach, a Team, and the Game That Brought a Divided Town Together
When thousands of Somali refugees resettled in Lewiston, Maine, a struggling, overwhelmingly white town, longtime residents grew uneasy. Then the mayor wrote a letter asking Somalis to stop coming, which became a national story. While scandal threatened to subsume the town, its high school's socc...
Ajax, the Dutch, the War
Presents a history of the Dutch soccer team Ajax during World War II, discussing how the Germans hunted down and eliminated the Jews of the Netherlands including soccer players and how soccer was still played in other European countries during the war.
Masters of Modern Soccer: How the World's Best Play the Twenty-First-Century Game
Masters of Modern Soccer is the definitive thinking fan's guide to modern soccer. For a supporter of any team, from the U.S. national teams to Manchester United, or any competition, from Mexico's Liga MX to the World Cup, this book reveals what players and managers are thinking before, during, an...
Soccernomics pioneers a new way of looking at soccer through meticulous, empirical analysis and incisive, witty commentary. The San Francisco Chronicle describes it as “the most intelligent book ever written about soccer.” This World Cup edition features new material, including a provocative exam...
Hope Solo says her motivation is to win medals, not friends. Nothing better illustrates how far female athletes have come. Gone are the days when women had to be dedicated and demure; dazzling, but in a way that did not threaten society's norms. The indelible image from the 1999 World Cup was Bra...
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