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Brilliant Orange

Author : David Winner
ISBN : 9781408835777
Genre : Sports & Recreation
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The Netherlands has been one of the world's most distinctive and sophisticated football cultures. From the birth of Total Football in the sixties, through two decades of World Cup near misses to the exiles who remade clubs like AC Milan, Barcelona, Arsenal and Chelsea in their own image, the Dutch have often been dazzlingly original and influential. The elements of their style (exquisite skills, adventurous attacking tactics, a unique blend of individual creativity and teamwork, weird patterns of self-destruction) reflect and embody the country's culture and history. This book lays bare the elegant, fractured soul of the Dutch Masters and the culture that spawned them by exploring and analysing its key ideas, institutions, personalities and history in the context of wider Dutch society.

Those Feet A Sensual History Of English Football

Author : David Winner
ISBN : 9781468309294
Genre : Sports & Recreation
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In this playful, witty and highly original look at English soccer, David Winner, author of the acclaimed Brilliant Orange, journeys to the heart of an essential English pastime and sheds new light on the true nature of a rapidly changing game that was never really meant to be beautiful. With the same insightful eye he brought to his bestselling study of Dutch soccer, Winner shows how Victorian sexual anxiety underlies England's many World Cup failures. He reveals the connection between Roy Keane and a soldier who never lived but died in the Charge of the Light Brigade. And he demonstrates how thick mud and wet leather shaped the contours of the English soul.

Ajax The Dutch The War

Author : Simon Kuper
ISBN : 9781568587233
Genre : Sports & Recreation
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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.

My Favourite Year

Author : Various,
ISBN : 9781780225524
Genre : Biography & Autobiography
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An outstanding collection of football writing - edited by Nick Hornby, author of the bestselling Fever Pitch Roddy Doyle's account of the Republic of Ireland's triumphant journey through Italia '90 is just one of the many first-class pieces in this anthology of original football writing. Contributors include: Roddy Doyle, Harry Pearson, Harry Ritchie, Ed Horton, Olly Wicken, D.J. Taylor, Huw Richards, Nick Hornby, Chris Pierson, Matt Nation, Graham Brack, Don Watson and Giles Smith.


Author : Ulrich Hesse-Lichtenberger
ISBN : 095401345X
Genre : Germany
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How To Watch Soccer

Author : Ruud Gullit
ISBN : 9780143130741
Genre : Biography & Autobiography
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This translation originally published: Great Britain: Viking, 2016, as: How to watch football.

Does Your Rabbi Know You Re Here

Author : Anthony Clavane
ISBN : 9781623655396
Genre : Sports & Recreation
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Ever since the children of penniless immigrants caught the train from Whitechapel to White Hart Lane--to be greeted with the refrain: 'Does Your Rabbi Know You're Here?'--this forgotten tribe have helped to shape the Beautiful Game. In telling the fascinating lives of these largely unsung trailblazers, Clavane uncovers a hidden history of Jewish involvement in English football. From Louis Bookman, the first Jew to play in England's top division, to the pugnacious winger Mark Lazarus, whose last-gasp goal won the 1967 League Cup for QPR, to shady figures like One-Armed Lou, a ticket tout who never told the story of his missing limb the same way twice, through to the businessmen who helped form the breakaway Premier League, and in the process changed the English game for ever.

Different Class

Author : Dermot Kavanagh
ISBN : 9781783523788
Genre : Sports & Recreation
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In 1977, Laurie Cunningham became the first black footballer to play professionally for England and, two years later, went on to become the first Englishman to play for Real Madrid. In a time when race relations were a divisive social issue, and when racist chants and bananas would be thrown from the stands, Cunningham’s success changed the way black players were perceived and paved the way for a new generation of black footballers. But Cunningham was more than ‘the greatest natural talent this country [had] produced since George Best’. He wanted to be different. He wanted to talk about fashion, dance and cinema, not just hang around footballers. He was a man of swagger with a love of funk music and bespoke suits. And he was an exceptional footballer who could play like a dream. Different Class is not your typical football biography. It tells the story of the son of Jamaican immigrants, who grew up poor in North London to become an important but unsung figure in the tapestry of late-20th-century England. He brought glamour to the game of football at a particularly dark time in its history and won over hostile crowds with his style and swagger. This is the biography of Laurie Cunningham. Many know his name but not his story; now they will know both.

The Football Man

Author : Arthur Hopcraft
ISBN : 9781845138387
Genre : Sports & Recreation
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DIV ‘Football matters, as poetry does to some people and alcohol does to others… Football is inherent in the people… There is more eccentricity in deliberately disregarding it than in devoting a life to it. The way we play the game, organize it and reward it reflects the kind of community we are’ Written just two years after England’s ’66 triumph when the national game was at its zenith, Arthur Hopcraft’s The Football Man is repeatedly quoted as the best book ever written about the sport. This definitive, magisterial study of football and society profiles includes interviews with all-time greats like Bobby Charlton, George Best, Alf Ramsay, Stanley Matthews, Matt Busby and Nat Lofthouse. It is a snapshot of a pivotal era in sporting history; changes and decisions were made in the sixties that would create the game we know today. For many who are disenchanted with the modern game – the grip of businesses and corporations, the dominance of advertising, the extortionate ticket prices and inaccessible matches, the fickleness of teenage millionaires – The Football Man takes the reader back to the heart and soul of the national game when pitches were muddy and the players were footballers not brands. Voted in May 2005 as one of Observer’s top sports books of all time, this is a long-awaited reissue of the classic football ‘bible’. ‘Masterpiece among sports books’ Guardian ‘It remains one of my favourite football reads’ Graham Taylor /div

The Country Of Football

Author : Roger Kittleson
ISBN : 9780520279087
Genre : History
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"In time for Brazil's hosting of the 2014 World Cup, this book uses the stories of star players and other key figures (based on over 40 interviews) to create a contemporary history of Brazilian soccer from the 1950s to the present. It also explores race and class tensions in Brazil and shows how soccer is central to the country's dramatic trajectory toward modernity and economic power"--

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