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Football (Soccer, Association football)

See below for a selection of the latest books from Football (Soccer, Association football) category. Presented with a red border are the Football (Soccer, Association football) books that have been lovingly read and reviewed by the experts at Lovereading. With expert reading recommendations made by people with a passion for books and some unique features Lovereading will help you find great Football (Soccer, Association football) books and those from many more genres to read that will keep you inspired and entertained. And it's all free!

UEFA EURO 2020: The Official Book

UEFA EURO 2020: The Official Book

Author: Keir Radnedge Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 13/05/2021

The definitive illustrated guide to UEFA EURO 2020 that no football fan should be without. One of the most eagerly anticipated events on the sporting calendar, the 16th edition of the UEFA European Championship will take place between 11 June and 11 July 2021, at 12 venues across 12 countries, with 24 teams competing for the most prestigious international prize in the European game. UEFA EURO 2020: The Official Book covers every aspect of the tournament, from the host cities and nations to full profiles of all 24 qualified teams, along with features on the star players due to light up the competition and magic moments from EUROs past. Packed full of facts and statistics, and beautifully illustrated with a superb collection of photographs, UEFA EURO 2020: The Official Book is suitable for fans of all ages and is the perfect accompaniment to the year's biggest football event.

Luka Modric

Luka Modric

Author: Luka Modric Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 13/05/2021

THE FIRST AND ONLY AUTOBIOGRAPHY FROM REAL MADRID GALACTICO AND WORLD CUP SUPERSTAR LUKA MODRIC. 'Enthralling.' - Oliver Holt, Mail on Sunday 'Awesome' - Match Magazine 'Solemn, soulful and occasionally romantic' - Alyson Rudd, The Times 'an illuminating insight into the career of one of the greatest players in the modern game' - Late Tackle 'On a level with the great midfield players of the last 20 years.' - Sir Alex Ferguson, CBE For the first time, Real Madrid galactico and Croatian legend Luka Modric tells the story of his journey from a childhood in his war-torn homeland to becoming a serial UEFA Champions League winner and one of the most celebrated footballers in the world. Regarded as one of the great midfield players of the last 20 years, Luka reveals the difficulties of growing up during the Croatian War of Independence and his beginnings as a footballer. The FIFA World Cup finalist sets the record straight regarding key moments at Dinamo Zagreb, Tottenham Hotspur and Real Madrid; he gives us intimate insights into his treasured home life; and he brings us his personal account of his career peak - Croatia's dramatic path to the 2018 FIFA World Cup Final. What were his thoughts during decisive matches? What was his relationship with key players and coaches? What is the inner determination that keeps him on the pitch? What does it take to become the best footballer in the world? Luka was consistently underestimated in his early career, but through grit and determination he has defied the expectations of everyone who doubted him, and reached the ultimate heights of world football. This is Luka Modric in his own words.

Europe United

Europe United

Author: Matt Walker Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 13/05/2021

** AS SEEN ON BBC FOOTBALL FOCUS AND BT SPORT ** ** 'Excellent and thoroughly enjoyable' Sunday Sport ** ** 'Informative and eye-opening . . . an inspirational and motivational book' footballbookreviews.com ** 'ONE MAN AND HIS QUEST TO SEE A GAME IN EVERY UEFA NATION IN ONE SEASON' Paul Doyle, Guardian In June 2017, Matt said farewell to his job, surrendered his Fulham FC season ticket and set off for Georgia, the first stop on his mission. He would end his adventure eleven months later in Montenegro, having conquered the continent and captured the imagination of its sporting media. His epic journey would pose its challenges. Yet no amount of airport confusion in Iceland, unusual betting activity in Latvia, spectator bans in Albania or ropey breakfast buffets in Moldova would make Matt miss a matchday. And then there were the games themselves: showcasing the full spectrum of footballing theatre, from the truly sublime to the utterly ridiculous. This is the story of one fan on a once-in-a-lifetime experience: travelling to Europe's unseen corners, talking with its unsung supporters, and tracing the beautiful game across the breadth of our brilliant, bizarre continent.

City in Europe

City in Europe

Author: Simon Curtis Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 06/05/2021

As one of the first English sides to taste glory in Europe, lifting the Cup Winners' Cup in 1970, City looked set for life among the continent's elite. But as their domestic fortunes went from bad to worse to absolute calamity, the wilderness returned. Avid City fan and respected journalist Simon Curtis dusts off the details of some truly intoxicating away days. Filled with tales of the club's travelling support and the evocative accounts of the journalists who saw the team of the Seventies, Curtis tells the story of a club steeped in history, defiantly refusing to bow to pomp and ceremony as it goes about lifting the ultimate prize. After a spectacular rebuild and having achieved all there is to achieve on the domestic stage, including a record-breaking 100-point season in 2017-18, City's deep-pocketed owners have their sights firmly set on European glory once more. Yet for all their recent success at home, they are anything but welcome guests at Europe's top table.

Red Card

Red Card

Author: Ken Bensinger Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 06/05/2021

'Gripping ... Bensinger's impeccably sourced account serves as a sharp reminder of the gargantuan levels of largesse and excess during Fifa's bad, bad days - as well as a warning that not enough has been done to prevent them returning.' Sean Ingle, Guardian 'Bensinger deftly deploys novelistic devices to turn it into a real-life detective thriller ... [it] resembles John Grisham' Private Eye The story of FIFA's fall from grace has it all: power, betrayal, revenge, sports stars, hustlers, corruption, sex and phenomenal quantities of money, all set against exotic locales stretching from Caribbean beaches to the formal staterooms of the Kremlin and the sun-blasted streets of Doha, Qatar. In Red Card, investigative journalist Ken Bensinger takes a journey to FIFA's dark heart. He introduces the flamboyant villains of the piece - the FIFA kingpins who flaunted their wealth in private jets and New York's grandest skyscrapers - and the dogged team of American FBI and IRS agents, headed by Attorney General Loretta Lynch, who finally brought them to book. Providing fresh insights on a scandal which has gripped the world, he shows how greed and arrogance brought down the most powerful institution in sporting history. A wild, gritty, gripping, and at times blackly comic story, Red Card combines world-class journalism with the pace of a thriller.

A History of the Women's FA Cup Final

A History of the Women's FA Cup Final

Author: Chris Slegg, Patricia Gregory Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 03/05/2021

Most football fans know about the Matthews Cup final of '53, Sunderland and Stokoe in '73, Southampton shocking Manchester United in '76, West Ham toppling Arsenal in '80 and Wigan upsetting the odds to see off Manchester City in 2013, but what are the equivalent magic moments and legendary figures from the women's game? The Women's FA Cup is now 50 years old, but its history remains hidden with many incredible stories untold, until now. 'A History of the Women's FA Cup Final' includes a complete list of all the facts and figures including leading scorers, appearance makers, and most successful players and managers. Featuring a match report on every final played to date and interviews with some of the greatest players ever to grace the pitch, this is more than just a stats book - it tells the story of the great clubs and individuals who brought the competition to life and whose efforts in the early years paved the way for the professional women's game as we know it today.

Coaching Positional Soccer

Coaching Positional Soccer

Author: Michael Curless Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 28/04/2021

Coaching soccer can be challenging to both the beginner and advanced coach. However, at any level, a modern and adaptive soccer playing style can be developed as players progressively acquire specific tactics and technical skills. Step-by-step, essential soccer lessons can be learned and then combined to build up a complex playing method. This positional coaching approach teaches players how to create, exploit, and defend spaces on the soccer field by using core playing principles. Players who understand these principles will have the ability to quickly adjust from one game moment to the next regardless of circumstances, strategy, or formation. The provided comprehensive practice plans, which include diagrams and sketches, will make practice planning a straightforward process throughout the season. Using the best teaching approaches and coaching interventions will also improve coaching confidence and accelerate player and team development. Coaching Positional Soccer provides complete soccer coaching education and is perfect for the beginner or volunteer coach who wants to understand how to best teach soccer to players. This book is also ideal for the advanced coach looking for new ideas to lift the team to higher playing levels.

True Genius: George Best

True Genius: George Best

Author: Wayne Barton Format: Hardback Release Date: 08/04/2021

Football in Spain 1902-2021

Football in Spain 1902-2021

Author: Michael Robinson Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 08/04/2021

Football in Italy 1898-2021

Football in Italy 1898-2021

Author: Michael Robinson Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 08/04/2021

Red Card to Racism

Red Card to Racism

Author: Harry Harris Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/04/2021

Face to Face

Face to Face

Author: Kausik (West Bengal State University, Kolkata) Bandyopadhyay Format: Hardback Release Date: 31/03/2021

While rivalry is embedded in any sporting event or performance, soccer, the world's most popular mass spectator sport, has been an emblem of such rivalries since its inception as an organized sport. Some of these rivalries grow to become long-term and perennial by their nature, extent, impact and legacy, from the local to the global level. They represent identities based on widely diverse affiliations of human life-locality, region, nation, continent, community, class, culture, religion, ethnicity, and so on. Yet, at times, such rivalries transcend barriers of space and time, where soccer-clubs, -nations, -personalities, -organizations, -styles and -fans float and compete with intriguing identities. The present volume brings into focus some of the most fascinating and enduring rivalries in the world of soccer. It attempts to encapsulate, analyse and reconstruct those rivalries-between nations, between clubs, between personalities, between styles of play, between fandoms, and between organizations-in a historical perspective in relation to diverse identities, competing ideologies, contestations of power, psychologies of attachment, bonds of loyalty, notions of enmity, articulations of violence, and affinities of fan culture-some of the core manifestations of sporting rivalry. The chapters in this book were originally published as a special issue of Soccer & Society.