Football - Bloody Hell!

Author: Patrick Barclay

Publisher: Random House

ISBN: 1407084712

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 544

View: 5190


SHORTLISTED FOR THE BRITISH SPORTS BOOK AWARDS Sir Alex Ferguson is the most controversial and compelling figure in football. For many he ranks as the greatest manager of all time. He is certainly the most successful. It's been more than ten years since Ferguson's Manchester United triumphed over Bayern Munich in the dying seconds of the Champions League final. Since then he has presided over the rise and fall and rise again of José Mourinho; the arrival and departure of the world's best player, Ronaldo; the removal of one English talisman - Beckham - and the irresistible instalment of another - Rooney. Ferguson has been instrumental in making the Premier League the most successful competition in football, and he has endured while the mountains of cash have turned to valleys of debt. Throughout, award-winning journalist Patrick Barclay has been pitch-side and spoken to all those who know Ferguson best - fellow managers, former players, colleagues and commentators. The result is Football - Bloody Hell!: the definitive work on the game's greatest living legend.

The Philosophy of Football

Author: Steffen Borge

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 042960212X

Category: Philosophy

Page: 288

View: 8468


Human beings are the only creatures known to engage in sport. We are sporting animals, and our favourite pastime of football is the biggest sport spectacle on earth. The Philosophy of Football presents the first sustained, in-depth philosophical investigation of the phenomenon of football. In explaining the complex nature of football, the book draws on literature in sociology, history, psychology and beyond, offering real-life examples of footballing actions alongside illuminating thought experiments. The book is organized around four main themes considering the character, nature, analysis and aesthetics of football. It discusses football as an extra-ordinary, unnecessary, rule-based, competitive, skill-based physical activity, articulated as a social (as opposed to natural) kind that is fictional in character, and where fairness or fair play – contrary to much sport ethical discussion – is not centre stage. Football, it is argued, is a constructive- destructive contact sport and, in comparison to other sports, is lower scoring and more affected by chance. The latter presents to its spectators a more unpredictable game and a darker, more complex and denser drama to enjoy. The Philosophy of Football deepens our understanding of the familiar features of the game, offering novel interpretations on what football is, how and why we play it, and what the game offers its followers that makes us so eagerly await match day. This is essential reading for anybody with an interest in the world’s most popular game or in the philosophical or social study of sport.

Closure

Author: Neil A White

Publisher: AuthorHouse

ISBN: 1524606731

Category: Fiction

Page: 200

View: 7833


A moving coming-of-age tale that follows three young boys through adolescence into adulthood, each trying to make sense of a world turned upside down. Poland (1939) The German army sweeps across Poland intent on the destruction of an entire people. In a small Polish town, ten-year-old Piotr Kowalczyks idyllic world will be forever destroyed. Croatia (1944) Young Dino Mitak flees to the freedom of the West as the communist-led Partisans move ever closer to Zagreb. Australia (1980) A small boy, already struggling to cope with the loss of a parent, is confronted by a gruesome murder. From the tranquil foothills of the Carpathian Mountains in southern Poland, to the Balkans and a simmering feud centuries in the making, to the streets of inner-city Melbourne where histories collide. These events, generations and worlds apart, are interwoven in a poignant story of grief, hatred, revenge and finally, closure.

Arsene Wenger

Author: Layth Yousif

Publisher: Amberley Publishing Limited

ISBN: 1445642212

Category: History

Page: 176

View: 3142


ARSÈNE WENGER, French football manager and former player, has managed Arsenal since 1996, and has become the club s longest-serving and most successful manager. Wenger has contributed to the revolution of football in England, introducing several changes in training and the diet of players. Under his tenure, Arsenal have completed two League and FA Cup doubles, spent the 2003/04 League season undefeated, and reached the Champions League final in 2006. Season 2013/14 culminated in an FA Cup win, despite doubts over Wenger s contract being renewed. In 2014, 'Le Professeur' oversaw his 1,000th game in charge of Arsenal, and was rewarded with a new three-year contract as manager. In Arsène Wenger: Fifty Defining Fixtures, journalist Layth Yousif takes a look at the great man's career as manager, and tracks those games that have defined one of the most successful managers of all time.

Arsene Wenger Fifty Defining Fixtures

Author: Layth Yousif

Publisher: Amberley Publishing Limited

ISBN: 1445642433

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 293

View: 1452


Fifty fixtures that defined the career of an ordinary footballer, who went on to become one of the most successful managers of all time.

We Are Sunday League

Author: Ewan Flynn

Publisher: eBook Partnership

ISBN: 1785313428

Category: Sports & Recreation

Page: 239

View: 2277


The Wizards FC was a team of former schoolfriends who - with the help of a few star ringers - slogged their way through mud, skinheads and Staffordshire bull terriers to win the Edmonton Sunday League. Team captain Ewan Flynn brings alive a world of young men giving it their all on sloping pitches a million miles from the glamour of the Premier League, and officials who volunteer to maintain some sort of order. Along the way he charts the bittersweet stories of mates who brought success to the Wizards, despite suffering disappointment in their own all-too-brief professional football careers. It's a sometimes farcical, sometimes tragic tale of growing up in north London: family tensions, friendship, being a man, and seeing where your dreams can take you - even a Roy-of-the-Rovers rise to captaining your country against the world champions. Injuries on the pitch led the writer to many encounters with the surgeon's knife in order to keep playing. He shows how once football has you, it never lets you go.

Even the Defeats

Author: John Silk

Publisher: eBook Partnership

ISBN: 178531811X

Category: Sports & Recreation

Page: 276

View: 6993


Even the Defeats is the story of how painful moments in Sir Alex Ferguson's early reign inspired him to lead Manchester United to some of their greatest successes. A heavy 5-1 loss at Manchester City in Ferguson's early tenure led pundits and supporters to question the Scot's position, but by the season's end he was holding aloft his first trophy at the club -- the FA Cup. This trend continued when an end-of-season collapse handed Leeds United the league title in the spring of 1992, only to galvanise United to their first championship in 26 years the very next year. From struggles in Europe to winning the treble, from losing the title on goal difference to their city rivals to winning the Premier League in Ferguson's final season in charge - rising from the depths of despair to achieve glory, and using failure to fuel success, was arguably Sir Alex's greatest strength. John Silk brings you the inside story of what made Ferguson tick, with views from players, coaches and other members of staff from the great Scot's reign.

The Boss

Author: Michael Crick

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 0743429915

Category: Soccer managers

Page: 660

View: 5035


Ferguson's own autobiography was a great bestseller on its publication in 1999. But Fergie's book told the story through only one pair of eyes. Now, Michael Crick, acclaimed biographer of Jeffrey Archer, writes the first fully rounded, independent portrait of Sir Alex. From his roots as a Govan trade unionist to the current peaks of world football, Crick applies the same forensic skills he applied to his study of the disgraced Tory peer. Through hundreds of interviews with those who've known and worked with Sir Alex, and delving back through the archives, Michael Crick explores the money and the politics of football, the bust-ups, the fights, and those memorable moments of glory. Charismatic and charming, volcanic and ruthless, searingly ambitious and astonishingly successful. What makes Sir Alex Ferguson tick? How did this complex character become the most successful manager in British football, producing -- first at Aberdeen and now at Manchester United -- two of the most prolific trophy-grabbing machines in the modern game? THE BOSS is essential reading not just for Manchester United fans and football followers in general, but for anyone interested in the skills of successful management.

The talkSPORT Quiz Book

Author: talkSPORT

Publisher: HarperCollins

ISBN: 0008490627

Category: Games & Activities

Page: 304

View: 5748


‘The perfect Christmas gift’ – Alan Brazil A brilliantly entertaining and hilarious quiz book from the country’s favourite sports broadcaster