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Revered in Newcastle and the North-East, Sir Bobby Robson is a man whose fame knows no boundaries and who enjoys phenomenal popularity. His hugely successful playing days with Fulham and West Brom in the 1950s and 1960s, his 20 England caps and his brilliant management career over the past 38 years mean that he has inspired generations of fans.
Why do England lose? Why does Scotland suck? Why doesn't America play the sport internationally... and why do the Germans play with such an efficient but robotic style?
Using insights and analogies from economics, statistics, psychology and business to cast a new and entertaining light on how the game works, "Why England Lose" reveals the often surprisingly counterintuitive truths about soccer.
"Not just why England (will) lose!"
Gazza's tears in the 1990 World Cup semi-final launched the boom of interest in football that continues to this day. Suddenly, Paul Gascoigne found himself the centre of attention in a way that only George Best and David Beckham have ever experienced. So much has been written about Gazza over the years, but he has said little - until now. For the first time, he talks in depth about the key events in his life.
For everyone in Britain, Motty, like Pele and Maradona, needs no other introduction. As the nation's best-known football commentator, he has had an unparalleled insight into sports broadcasting and the ups and downs of the game. With a career spanning over 40 years and 2,000 matches, including commentating on six World Cup Finals, Motson's time in the commentary box includes some unforgettable anecdotes.
He may live in Madrid but he continues to make front-page headlines. This is David Beckham's own story of his career to date, for Manchester United, Real Madrid, and England, and of his childhood, family, and private life.
"I have always collected football stories like other people collect stamps, and it's great to get this opportunity to stick them in a book." From the best-selling author of Ricky comes this collection of hilarious anecdotes about football, with stories about the stars themselves, the fans, the girlfriends, the managers, in fact every aspect of the beautiful, and occasionally ridiculous, game.
"Interesting and funny"
For the very first time, and straight from the horse's mouth, a top manager's intriguing insights into the daily trials and tribulations, the joyous peaks and soul-destroying troughs of life as a football 'gaffer'. Ever wondered how a transfer deal is done? What a manager says during his pre-match team-talk? What he screams from the technical area? What goes on in training sessions, and on those long away trips? How a manager carefully builds a team, and what he does when the planning is disrupted by injuries?
"Entertaining & honest..."
The universally loved, award-winning host of Sky Sports' Soccer Saturday and Channel 4's Countdown, and author of the best-selling Jelleyman's Thrown a Wobbly, returns with a Jackanory-style, football-flavoured narrative which gathers together the funniest, weirdest, most tragic, most heartwarming, under-the-radar stories of the football season. The book is stuffed to the gunnels with behind-the-scenes revelations, opinions and personal anecdotes from Jeff, and has a strong leaning towards the absurdities of the game.
On 6 February 1958, British European Airways flight 609 crashed in a blizzard on its third attempt to take off from an icy runaway in Munich. On board were the Manchester United football team as well as a number of journalists and other passengers. News of the disaster sent shockwaves around the world. For people who lived in Manchester at the time and for football fans throughout Britain it was one of those moments when everybody remembers exactly where they were and how they heard the terrible news.
Paul Lake was Manchester born, a City fan from birth. His footballing talent was spotted at a young age and, in 1983, he signed coveted schoolboy forms for City. Only a short time later he was handed the team captaincy. An international career soon beckoned and, after turning out for the England under-21 and B teams, he received a call-up to the England training camp for Italia '90.
Bobby Charlton is Manchester United through and through. He was a member of the original "Busby Babes" and has devoted his career to the club, playing in 754 games over 17 years. During that period he won everything the game had to offer, played alongside such greats as Best and Law, suffered devastating defeats, and was involved in one of the greatest football tragedies of all time. Here, for the very first time, he tells the story of those United years.
He's back! Budleigh Salterton's most famous citizen, traveller, and worldly guru knows nothing about football or Germany, but from the moment he decides to book a strolling holiday in the Schwarzwald ("because it'll be nice and quiet this time of year"), he pitches headlong into the thrilling arena of the World Cup. He may never have played football, but, he was Sports Monitor at school. (Or, as he puts it, "I was the only one allowed to touch the Master's ballbag at Charterhouse.")
Football inspires competition and inflames passions nowhere as strongly as in Africa. Travelling across thirteen countries, from Cairo to the Cape, Steve Bloomfield meets players and fans, politicians and rebel leaders, and discovers the role that football has played in shaping the continent. He recounts how football has helped to prop up an authoritarian regime in Egypt, end a conflict in Cote d'Ivoire and provide a tiny ray of light in war-torn Somalia.
This is a truthful and enlightening biography, told from the heart. It includes new revelations, which will shock and intrigue fans. It features high-quality full-colour photos. Darren Anderton's story is of a kid who grows up to live the dream of being a professional footballer at the highest level.
After one too many late-night discussions, football fanatic Paul Watson and his mate Matt Conrad hatch the perfect plan: find the world's worst national team, become citizens of that country and win an international cap by playing for them. Wikipedia leads them to Pohnpei, a remote Pacific island whose team is described as 'the weakest in the world' - and in urgent need of a coach....
How much does your bank or building-society savings account pay? Is it 2%, 3% or maybe you've found a good deal online and managed 5%. What if there was a technique that delivered a 30% return month in, month out. Would you be interested in an investment system that had turned $1000 into $8000 in just one year? Would you like to find out how that $8000 turned into $64,000 in under 18 months? Craig Beck uncovers the closely guarded secret-investment system of European professional gamblers.
"Cold Hard Cash: The Professional Soccer Betting Sy"
The Macmillan Readers series is one of the most popular and respected series of Readers for learners of English. Macmillan Readers are simplified 'retellings' of an original work. They are created by highly-experienced ELT writers.The history of football is as fascinating and exciting as the game itself.
For everyone in Britain, Motty, like Pele and Maradona, needs no other introduction. As the nation's best-known football commentator, he has had an unparalleled insight into sports broadcasting and the ups and downs of the game. In this extract from his best-selling autobiography, Motty describes his experiences of the 1982 Spanish World Cup and offers his opinion on Don Revie's management.
Journalist Mark Ryan gives fascinating insight into the story and the people behind the tournament: the key players and teams who have inspired millions of people around the globe to cheer their team on to glory and to see their country claim that most prized sporting trophy in the history of the 'beautiful game'.