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My Story

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Penguin presents the unabridged, downloadable audiobook edition of My Story by Steven Gerrard, read by Michael Ryan. 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 UEFA cup final and a champion's league final. His entire career, since 1998, has been spent at Anfield with Liverpool. In this audiobook he charts his full playing career, shedding light on the defining games, his life off the pitch as well as the players and managers he's encountered. Explosive, controversial and searingly honest, this will be the last word from an era-defining player.

©2015 Steven Gerrard (P)2015 Penguin Books Limited

Narrator: Michael Ryan
Length: 13 hrs and 37 mins
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Champagne Football

1 rating

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Brought to you by Penguin. The number one best seller! Over the course of 15 years, John Delaney ran the Football Association of Ireland as his own personal fiefdom. He had his critics, but his power was never seriously challenged until last year, when Mark Tighe and Paul Rowan published a sequence of stories in the Sunday Times containing damaging revelations about his personal compensation and the parlous financial situation of the FAI. Delaney's reputation as a great financial manager was left in tatters. He resigned under pressure and the FAI was left hoping for a massive bail-out from the Irish taxpayer. In Champagne Football, Tighe and Rowan dig deep into the story of Delaney's career and of the FAI's slide into ruin. They show how he surrounded himself with people whose personal loyalty he could count on and a board that failed to notice that the association's finances were shot. They detail Delaney's skilful cultivation of opinion-formers outside the FAI. And they document the culture of excess that Delaney presided over and benefited from, to the detriment of the organisation he led. Champagne Football is a gripping, sometimes darkly hilarious and often enraging piece of reporting by the award-winning journalists who finally pulled back the curtain on the FAI's mismanagement.

©2020 Paul Rowan, Mark Tighe (P)2020 Penguin Audio

Narrator: Johnny Candon
Length: 10 hrs and 10 mins
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Robbo: Now You're Gonna Believe Us...

2 ratings

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May 12, 2019... The final whistle blows at Anfield, and we have beaten Wolves two-to-zero, but I know that we have been pipped to the Premier League title on the final day of the season by our rivals Manchester City - despite our record league points total. The hairs on the back of my neck stand up as the fans defiantly sing "We Shall Not Be Moved". July 22, 2020... I watch Hendo dance and thrust the Premier League trophy into the sky at a near-deserted Anfield after a 15-month spell in which we have become European Cup, Super Cup, and, for the first time, World Club Cup winners. Robbo: Now You’re Gonna Believe Us... is the inside story of an unrivaled period in the illustrious history of Liverpool Football Club - as seen through my eyes. Taking you behind the scenes at Anfield and Melwood, I’ll reveal how it all happened - how doubters turned to believers - and brought the league title home after a 30-year wait. From the dressing room to the pitch, this is my story of our year to remember.

©2020 Andrew Robertson (P)2020 Andrew Robertson

Length: 8 hrs and 13 mins
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The Ball Is Round

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The definitive book about soccer, from the author of The Games: A Global History of the Olympics. 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 greatest simultaneous human collective experience is the World Cup final. In this extraordinary tour de force, David Goldblatt tells the full story of soccer's rise from chaotic folk ritual to the world's most popular sport - now poised to fully establish itself in the USA. Already celebrated internationally, The Ball Is Round illuminates soccer's role in the political and social histories of modern societies, but never loses sight of the beauty, joy, and excitement of the game itself.

©2006 David Goldblatt (P)2020 Tantor

Narrator: Liam Gerrard
Length: 38 hrs and 58 mins
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Jurgen Klopp

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Brought to you by Penguin. Updated to include the Champions League Victory 2019  “It is the intensity of the football, of how the people live football in Liverpool, all the Liverpool fans around the world. It is not a normal club, it is a special club.” Jürgen Klopp Jürgen Klopp is the charismatic German manager who single-handedly overthrew the accepted order in German football, taking Borussia Dortmund from nowhere to back-to-back Bundesliga titles and the Champions League final. He had long been admired in the Premiership and was finally wooed by Liverpool in the belief he could bring back the glory days to the Kop.  Klopp is revered as a master tactician with his own unique playing philosophies. He is loved by his players for his passion and man-management skills, and adored by fans for his charm, wit and exciting football on the pitch.  In 2019, Klopp cemented his name in the history books by returning Liverpool to Champions League glory. Here is the definitive story of Jürgen Klopp - the normal one - and his footballing genius.

©2019 Elmar Neveling (P)2019 Penguin Audio

Narrator: Saul Reichlin
Length: 11 hrs and 19 mins
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Pep Guardiola

10 ratings

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For three extraordinary seasons at Bayern Munich, Marti Perarnau was given total access around the German super club - to its players, its backroom staff, its board members and, above all, its manager, Pep Guardiola. In the follow-up to his critically acclaimed account of Guardiola's first full season at Bayern, Pep Confidential, Perarnau now lifts the lid on the Catalan's whole tenure in Bavaria. Pep Guardiola: The Evolution takes the listener on a journey through three action-packed seasons as Bayern smashed domestic records yet struggled to emulate that dominance in Europe, analysing Guardiola's management style through key moments on and off the field. Perarnau reveals how Guardiola improved as a manager at Bayern despite failing to land the ultimate prize in European football, examines his decision to leave Germany to take up the challenge at Manchester City and how his managerial style will continue to evolve in the Premier League. This is more than the story of three seasons with one of the biggest clubs in the game. It is a portrait and analysis of a manager and the footballing philosophies that have beguiled the world.

©2016 Marti Perarnau (P)2017 Audible, Ltd

Narrator: Thomas Judd
Length: 11 hrs and 34 mins
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The Real Madrid Way

1 rating

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Real Madrid is the most successful sports team on the planet. The soccer club has more trophies than any other sports team, including 11 UEFA Champions League trophies. However, the story behind the triumph goes beyond the players and coaches. Generally unnoticed, a management team consisting mostly of outsiders took the team from near bankruptcy to the most valuable sports organization in the world. How did Real Madrid achieve such extraordinary success? Columbia Business School adjunct professor Steven G. Mandis investigates. Given unprecedented behind-the-scenes access, Mandis is the first researcher to rigorously analyze both the on-the-field and business aspects of a sports team. What he learns is completely unexpected and challenges the conventional wisdom that moneyball-fueled data analytics are the primary instruments of success. Instead, Real Madrid's winning formula both on and off the field, from player selection to financial management, is based on aligning strategy with the culture and values of its fan base. Chasing the most talented (and most expensive) players can be a recipe for a winning record, but also financial disaster, as it was for Real Madrid in the late 1990s. Real Madrid's management believes that the club exists to serve the Real Madrid community.

©2016 Steven G. Mandis (P)2017 Tantor

Length: 8 hrs and 54 mins
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The Billionaires Club

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Once upon a time football was run by modest local businessmen. Today it is the plaything of billionaire oligarchs, staggeringly wealthy from oil and gas, from royalty, or from murkier sources. But who are these new masters of the universe? Where did all their money come from? And what do they want with our beautiful game? In The Billionaires Club James Montague delves deeper than anyone else has dared, to tell this story for the first time. It is part history of club ownership, part in-depth investigation into the money and influence that connects the super-rich around the globe, and part travel book as he crosses national boundaries in an attempt to reveal the real force behind modern-day football. Whilst almost always cloaked in secrecy, the billionaire owner has to raise his head above the bunker when it comes to football ownership - a rare Achilles heel that allows access to worlds normally off limits for journalists and outsiders. And so Montague criss-crosses the world - from Dhaka to Doha, from China to Crewe, from St Louis to London, from Bangkok to Belgium - to profile this new elite, their network of money and their influence that defies geographic boundaries. At its heart The Billionaires Club is a football book, about some of the biggest clubs in the world. But it is also about something bigger: the world around us, the global economy, where the world is headed and how football has become an essential cog in this machine.

©2017 James Montague (P)2017 Audible, Ltd

Narrator: Damian Lynch
Length: 11 hrs and 31 mins
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Alex Ferguson

26 ratings

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Meet the man who helmed Manchester United for 27 years. A tour de force in the world of football, Alex Ferguson wrote this book for his fans, addressing personal feuds, triumphs and highlights of his life on the pitch. A must-listen for football fanatics around the world. Revised and updated with new material from the paperback edition. Includes a prelude read by Sir Alex Ferguson. Sir Alex Ferguson's compelling story is always honest and revealing he reflects on his managerial career that embraced unprecedented European success for Aberdeen and 26 triumphant seasons with Manchester United. Sir Alex Ferguson's best-selling autobiography has now been updated to offer reflections on events at Manchester United since his retirement as well as his teachings at the Harvard Business School, a night at the Oscars and a boat tour round the Hebrides, where he passed unrecognised. The extra material adds fresh insights and detail on his final years as United's manager. Both the psychology of management and the detail of football strategy at the top level can be complex matters but no-one has explained them in a more interesting and accessible way for the general reader than Sir Alex does here. My Autobiography is revealing, endlessly entertaining and above all inspirational. The reader James Macpherson most notably appeared in 'Taggart' as DCI Mike Jardine, and has also read the audiobook editions of Ian Rankin's Rebus series and Billy Connolly's Route 66.

©2013 Alex Ferguson (P)2013 Hodder & Stoughton

Length: 9 hrs and 56 mins
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We Are Sunday League

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The Wizards FC was a team of former school friends 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 surgeons' knife in order to keep playing. He shows how, once football has you, it never lets you go.

©2017 Pitch Publishing (P)2019 Ewan Flynn

Narrator: Martin East
Author: Ewan Flynn
Length: 8 hrs and 3 mins
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The Barcelona Inheritance

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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, Jonathan Wilson reveals how and why this came to pass, offering a deep analysis of the evolution of soccer tactics and style. In the late 1990s, Johan Cruyff's Dream Team was disintegrating and the revolutionary manager had departed, but his style gave birth to a new generation of thinkers, including Pep Guardiola and José Mourinho. Today, their teams are first and second in the Premier League, marking the latest installment in a rivalry that can be traced back 25 years. The Barcelona Inheritance is a book about the tactics, the personalities, the friendships, and, in one case, an apocalyptic falling-out that continue to shape the game today.

©2018 Jonathan Wilson (P)2018 Hachette Audio

Narrator: Charlie Anson
Length: 10 hrs and 40 mins
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I Think, Therefore I Play

13 ratings

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Andrea Pirlo is one of the finest footballers of his generation - a World Cup and Champions League winning playmaker who has redefined his position at the base of midfield, and one of the most deadly free-kick takers the game has known. This is his story, in his words. It is written with a level of humour and insight which confound his image as a dead-eyed assassin on the field of play. All the big names are in there: Lippi, Ancelotti, Conte, Maldini, Shevchenko, Seedorf, Buffon, Kaka, Nesta, Balotelli, Costacurta, Gattuso, Berlusconi and Ronaldo ('the real one'). But they're not always in their work clothes. We hear Berlusconi playing the piano and telling 'various types of jokes' at Milan's training ground. We see Pirlo and Daniele De Rossi drawing Nesta's ire as they take him on a mystery tour of the German countryside in a hire car days before a World Cup semifinal. And we smell the aftermath of Filippo Inzaghi's graphically described prematch routine. With the 2014 World Cup being his last international tournament, this is a timely salute to a special talent who may yet have one final chapter left to write.

©2014 Andrea Pirlo (P)2017 Audible, Ltd

Narrator: Ric Jerrom
Length: 4 hrs and 27 mins
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Pep Guardiola

9 ratings

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This fully updated edition of the international best seller includes Pep Guardiola's Bayern years and his decision to join Manchester City. Pep Guardiola is the most successful and sought after football coach in the world. After being appointed first-team manager in 2008, he transformed Barcelona into arguably the greatest club side of all time, winning an unprecedented 13 trophies in four years. Following a shock sabbatical from the game, he replaced Jupp Heynckes at the helm of Bayern Munich at the start of the 2013-14 season, twice winning the Double in his three years in charge. He then announced that he would be joining Manchester City for the 2016-17 season, thereby beginning what could prove to be his greatest challenge yet: turning them into a team that consistently wins in the most difficult of leagues and a regular challenger in the Champions League...and doing it the Guardiola way.   Guillem Balagué has followed Pep's career from the outset and has had direct access to the man and his inner circle. This, then, is the definitive portrait of Pep Guardiola and his relentless pursuit of footballing perfection.

©2012 Guillem Balague (P)2018 Orion Publishing Group

Length: 18 hrs and 31 mins
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My Turn: The Autobiography

6 ratings

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Johan Cruyff is widely regarded as one of the greatest players in football history. Throughout his playing career, he was synonymous with Total Football, a style of play in which every player could play in any position on the pitch. Today his philosophy lives on in teams across Europe, from Barcelona to Bayern Munich, and players from Lionel Messi to Cesc Fabrecas. My Turn tells the story of Cruyff's life starting at Ajax, where he won eight national titles and three European Cups before moving to Barcelona, where he won La Liga in 1973, his first season, and was named European Footballer of the Year. He won the Ballon d'Or three times and led the Dutch national team to the final of the 1974 World Cup, famously losing to West Germany and receiving the Golden Ball as the player of the tournament. While on the field Cruyff was in total control, off the field his life was more turbulent, with a kidnapping attempt and bankruptcy. After retiring in 1984, he became a hugely successful manager of Ajax and then Barcelona, where he won the Champions league with a young Pep Guardiola in his team. In 1999 Cruyff was voted European Player of the Century and came second behind Pelé in the World Player of the Century poll. In March 2016 Cruyff died after a short battle with lung cancer, bringing world football to a standstill in an outpouring of emotions. Johan Cruyff was a brilliant teacher and analyst of the game he loved, and My Turn is his legacy.

©2016 Johan Cruyff (P)2016 Macmillan Digital Audio

Narrator: William Brand
Author: Johan Cruyff
Length: 9 hrs and 4 mins
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Wenger

24 ratings

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In Wenger: My Life and Lessons in Red and White, world-renowned and revolutionary soccer coach Arsène Wenger finally tells his own story for the very first time. Wenger opens up about his life, sharing principles for success on and off the field with lessons on leadership, personal development, and management.  This book charts his extraordinary career, including his rise from obscurity in France and Japan to his 22 years at the helm of Arsenal Football Club.  Covers the years of controversy that led up to his resignation in 2018 and his current seat as chief of global football development for FIFA  Wenger offers studious reflections on the game and his groundbreaking approach to motivation, mindset, fitness, and the winning edge  Wenger popularized the attacking approach and belief that the game should be entertaining  Among the most successful managers of all time, Wenger, affectionately nicknamed "The Professor", has won multiple championships and run one undefeated and unmatched English Premier League season  This is a must-listen for Arsenal fans, soccer fans, athletes, trainers, business leaders, and anyone seeking the tools for success in work and life. It's the story of one of the most revered and successful coaches - and his tactics and vision - in the world's largest sport.  Makes a great gift for diehard soccer fans around the world. Add it to the audiobook "shelf" with books like Alex Ferguson: My Biography by Alex Ferguson, Beckham: Both Feet on the Ground: An Autobiography by David Beckham and Tom Watt, and Eleven Rings: The Soul of Success by Phil Jackson and Hugh Delehanty.   PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying PDF will be available in your Audible Library along with the audio. 

©2020 Arsène Wenger (P)2020 Chronicle Prism

Narrator: Arsène Wenger
Length: 6 hrs and 40 mins
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Bring the Noise

10 ratings

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Jürgen Klopp's coaching career began in the German second tier at the unfashionable club of FSV Mainz 05, whom he steered to the Bundesliga for the first time in 41 years. In 2008, he joined Borussia Dortmund, where he achieved back-to-back league titles and took the club to the UEFA Champions League final. He left Germany for one of the England's most challenging jobs: to manage Liverpool, a once-mighty club that had not managed sustained success since the 1980s. It was not a task for the fainthearted.  Anfield, Liverpool's home, is a temple to flamboyant attacking soccer powered by passion. In Klopp, Liverpool finally found a manager who embodied the essence of the club. Klopp is dynamic, expressive, restless, driven - he feels every move and play, every tactical shift, every contact on the field. His eyes betray a wild ecstasy and agony as his team thrives or falls. His game plan demands relentless commitment - the famous gegenpress - and he is one of the great personal motivators in all sport.  Raphael Honigstein, author of Das Reboot and Budesliga correspondent for the Guardian, has interviewed Klopp and followed his career since his early years, and better than anyone knows how to "bring the noise" to his subject. 

©2018 Raphael Honigstein (P)2018 Hachette Audio

Narrator: Adam James
Length: 8 hrs and 19 mins
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Cristiano Ronaldo

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The definitive biography of Cristiano Ronaldo, named Football Book of the Year at the Cross Sports Book Awards 2016. Fully updated to include the 2017-18 season and Ronaldo's transfer to Juventus. Cristiano Ronaldo is one of the greatest footballers of all time, a dream he pursued from the age of just 12 when he left his humble origins on Madeira behind. It wasn't long before he had the biggest clubs in Europe knocking on his door, but it was Manchester United who won the race for his signature. Under the tutelage of Sir Alex Ferguson, Ronaldo developed into the complete footballer and athlete, winning three league titles and a Champions League along the way. He then became the biggest galáctico of them all when he transferred to Real Madrid for a record-breaking fee. Unprecedented success in the Champions League and a record-equalling five Ballons d'Or followed, before his sensational move to Juventus in the summer of 2018. Guillem Balagué, respected football journalist and expert on the Spanish game, provides the definitive account of a 21st-century footballing icon.

©2020 Guillem Balague (P)2020 Orion Publishing Group

Narrator: Peter Kenny
Length: 13 hrs and 1 min
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Ultra

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Italy's ultras are the most organised and violent fans in European football. Many groups have evolved into criminal gangs, involved in ticket-touting, drug-dealing and murder. A cross between the Hells Angels and hooligans, they're often the foot-soldiers of the Mafia and have been instrumental in the rise of the far-right. But the purist ultras say that they are insurgents fighting against a police state and modern football.  Only amongst the ultras, they say, can you find belonging, community and a sacred concept of sport. They champion not just their teams, they say, but their forgotten suburbs and the dispossessed. Through the prism of the ultras Jones crafts a compelling investigation into Italian society and its favourite sport.  He writes about not just the ultras of some of Italy's biggest clubs - Juventus, Torino, Lazio, Roma and Genoa - but also about its lesser-known ones from Cosenza and Catania. He examines the sinister side of football fandom, with its violence and political extremism, but also admires the passion, wit, solidarity and style of a fascinating and contradictory subculture.

©2019 Tobias Jones (P)2019 Head of Zeus

Narrator: Adam Bromley
Author: Tobias Jones
Length: 13 hrs and 42 mins
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Klopp

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In the first UK-written book about this extraordinary football manager, life-long Liverpool fan Anthony Quinn has crafted a uniquely revealing love-letter to Jurgen Klopp.  In early March 2020 Liverpool was two wins away from an extraordinary achievement, on course for its first league title win in 30 years - since the heady days of Kenny Dalglish - and likely to seal it in the Liverpool derby against its great rival Everton. And all this an incredible two months before the season was due to end. Then, as we all know, the season was postponed. The architect of the club's great resurgence - including its 2019 UEFA Champions League win - has been Jurgen Klopp. In his personal love-letter to the man, Anthony Quinn, journalist, novelist and life-long Liverpool fan, has written an inspiring and affectionate portrait of this incredible German manager, who had performed a similar job at his previous club Borussia Dortmund, where he is still idolised despite his departure. Closely following the three-month break - the media, outreach and community work of Klopp and his Liverpool players during that time, including club captain Jordan Henderson - as well as their title-clinching return, Quinn offers a uniquely revealing and personal take on this long-awaited triumph. Less full biography and more love-letter, Klopp will also be, like Fever Pitch, a study of the author himself and of the universal appeal of sport, fandom and obsession.

©2020 Anthony Quinn (P)2020 Faber Audio

Narrator: Mark McGann
Length: 5 hrs and 11 mins
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Zonal Marking

17 ratings

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A mazy dribble through the recent history of European soccer, showing how shifting styles and influence have shaped the game. In the early 1990s, the Dutch footballing philosophy was worshiped across the continent. Then the baton passed to the Italians, who clearly boasted Europe's strongest league. But when France started winning everything at international level its national academy became the template for others, until suddenly, almost out of nowhere, Europe's most revered player and manager both hailed from Portugal. Next, Barcelona and Spain won everything during a very obvious four-year period of dominance, before tiki-taka's decline meant Bayern and Germany took control. Finally, Europe's most successful coaches found themselves competing in England, introducing a brilliant cacophony of styles to the Premier League. Zonal Marking is a glorious travelogue through soccer's triumphant styles and characters.

©2019 Michael Cox (P)2019 Hachette Audio

Narrator: Colin Mace
Length: 14 hrs and 6 mins
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Liderazgo [Leadership]

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«Para aquellos interesados en temas relacionados con el liderazgo, con la gestión de equipos efectiva y con conseguir lo mejor de ellos o en aprender como inspirar a los que te rodean, este es un libro obligatorio.» (Daily Mirror) Sir Alex Ferguson es uno de los pocos líderes que verdaderamente conoce su materia. En sus treinta y ocho años dentro del mundo del fútbol, Ferguson ganó la impresionante cifra de 49 títulos y fue la pieza angular que convirtió al Manchester United en una de las grandes marcas del mundo entero. Liderazgo está estructurado alrededor de las claves estratégicas y de los valores fundamentales de la vida de Ferguson. Incluye temas que se asocian con su estilo de gestión: Disciplina, Control, Trabajo en Equipo y Motivación.  Pero también apunta temas que son menos obvios pero no por eso menos importantes en la búsqueda del éxito: Delegar, Análisis de Datos y Gestión del Fracaso.  Escrito junto con sir Michael Moritz, Liderazgo es un libro honesto, repleto de sentido común, humor y perspicacia que te ayudará a convertirte en un mejor líder.  Please note: This audiobook is in Spanish.  

©2015 Alex Ferguson y Michael Moritz; 2016, de la traducción: Enrique Alda; 2020, Roca Editorial de Libros (P)2020 Audible, Inc.

Length: 15 hrs and 31 mins
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Luka Modric

1 rating

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In his first and only autobiography, Real Madrid galáctico and Croatian legend Luka Modric tells the story of his incredible journey from a childhood in war-torn Yugoslavia to becoming a serial Champions League winner and the most celebrated footballer in the world. In 2018, Luka Modric made football history with an unprecedented feat - winning all four of the most prestigious football awards in the same year: the Golden Ball at the World Cup in Russia, FIFA’s The Best Men's Player, UEFA Men’s Player of the Year and the Ballon d’Or. The same year, as the team captain he led Croatia to the silver medal at the World Cup.   In this, his never-before-told life story, Luka reveals details from his childhood in war-torn Yugoslavia, describes his beginnings as a football player, unveils the background of key moments at Dinamo Zagreb, Spurs and Real Madrid, and brings you his personal account of his career peak - Croatia’s dramatic path to the spectacular 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 striving on the pitch?  Globally renowned as a visionary playmaker and midfield maestro, Luka Modric was born with the ambition to prove himself and to lead. From his humble and hard-working origins, through grit and persistence, he has faced down everyone who doubted him and reached the heights of world football. His life story is a true inspiration.

©2020 Luka Modric and Robert Matteoni (P)2020 Bloomsbury Publishing Plc

Author: Luka Modric
Length: 10 hrs and 45 mins
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Forward

26 ratings

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Abby Wambach has always pushed the limits of what is possible. Named by Time magazine as one of the most influential people of 2015, the iconic soccer player captured the nation's heart when she led her team to its recent World Cup championship. Admired for her fearlessness and passion, Abby is a vocal advocate for women's rights and equal opportunity, pushing to translate the success of her team to the real world. She has become a heavily requested speaker to a wide a range of audiences, from college students to executives at Fortune 500 companies. In Forward, Abby recounts her own decisions, wins, and losses and the pivotal moments that helped her become the world-class athlete and leader she is today. Wambach's book goes beyond the soccer field to reveal a soulful person grappling with universal questions about how we can live our best lives and become our truest selves. Written with honesty and heart, Forward is an inspiring blueprint for individual growth and a rousing call to action.

©2016 Abby Wambach (P)2016 HarperCollins Publishers

Narrator: Abby Wambach
Author: Abby Wambach
Length: 5 hrs and 18 mins
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The Secret Player

Summary

For those who enjoyed I Am the Secret Footballer, this new book delivers hard-hitting insights into the hidden world of professional football and footballers. In the vein of Hotel Babylon and Confessions of a GP, The Secret Player will fascinate football fans with its wealth of insider knowledge and willingness to talk, albeit anonymously, about the inner workings of the game. Based on the hugely popular 'The Player' columns in FourFourTwo magazine, the book gives a warts-and-all insight into the daily life of professional footballers. Month by month, it chronicles the oscillating rhythms of the season, from the trudge of pre-season to the 'squeaky-bum time' of promotion and relegation. The player himself has played at all levels of English football - from Premier League to a season of non-League - and represented England.

©2013 Anonymous (P)2013 Headline Digital

Narrator: Jamie Parker
Author: uncredited
Length: 8 hrs and 5 mins
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Soccer iQ (2 Book Series)

2 ratings

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Amazon's top two soccer-coaching books have been combined to create one amazing audiobook! Soccer iQ Vol. 1 is an Amazon best seller and an NSCAA Soccer Journal Top 5 Book of the Year! Football.com rated these books number one and number two in its list of the Top 14 Soccer Books for Players and Coaches! In a world saturated with books about how to coach soccer, Dan Blank finally gives players two books on how to think it. Standing on two decades of collegiate coaching experience, Blank has cataloged soccer's most common mistakes and provides simple, connect-the-dots solutions to help players solve their soccer problems. Soccer iQ is soccer's first textbook for players; an almanac of smarter soccer decisions intended to flatten out the learning curve. It covers everything from hunting rebounds to the value of the toe-ball; from playing in the rain to the world's dumbest foul. Blank tells his story from the familiar and humorous voice of a coach who has endured years of stress at the hands of his players. Written in plain-spoken language, Soccer iQ is an easy listen and a quick fix to the most common, yet critically important soccer problems. Vol. 2 picks up where Vol. 1 left off, providing even more valuable soccer nuggets for aspiring players.

©2013 Dan Blank (P)2016 Dan Blank

Narrator: Don Bratschie
Author: Dan Blank
Length: 5 hrs and 53 mins
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Rookie

1 rating

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Coach Dan Blank once again over-delivers for listeners with another essential how-to book for college-bound soccer players. Written in the same plainspoken tone that shot Soccer IQ to best-seller status, Rookie is more conversation than book. It gives rising college freshmen a revealing preview of life as a college soccer player and provides them with a wealth of survival tips for making the most of their debut seasons. Rookie covers topics that incoming freshmen will be starved to learn, including a remarkably clear-cut strategy for earning playing time.

©2014 Dan Blank (P)2016 Dan Blank

Narrator: Don Bratschie
Author: Dan Blank
Length: 2 hrs and 57 mins
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The Club

8 ratings

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This is a sports and business tale of how money, ambition, and 25 years of drama remade an ancient institution into a 21st-century entertainment empire. No one knew it when their experiment began, but without any particular genius or acumen, the motley cast of billionaires and hucksters behind the modern Premier League struck gold. Pretty soon, everyone wanted to try their luck, from Russian oligarchs to Emirati sheikhs, American tycoons, and Asian Tiger titans. Some succeeded beyond their wildest dreams. Some lost everything. Today, players are sold for tens of millions, clubs are valued in the billions, and games are beamed out to nearly 200 countries, all while the league struggles to preserve its English soul. Deeply researched and drawing on 100 exclusive interviews, including the key decision makers at every major English team, The Club is the definitive and wildly entertaining narrative of how the Premier League took over the world.

©2018 Joshua Robinson and Jonathan Clegg (P)2018 HighBridge, a division of Recorded Books

Narrator: Shaun Grindell
Length: 13 hrs and 6 mins
Available on Audible
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When Nobody Was Watching

2 ratings

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From the celebrated star of the US Women's National Soccer Team, an inspiring, uplifting, and candid memoir of how she got there. In 2015, the US Women's National Soccer Team won its first FIFA championship in 16 years, culminating in an epic final game that electrified soccer fans around the world. It featured a gutsy, brilliant performance by team captain and midfielder Carli Lloyd, who made history that day, scoring a hat trick - three goals in one game - during the first 16 minutes. But there was a time when Carli almost quit the sport. In 2003 she was struggling, her soccer career at a crossroads. Then she found a trusted trainer, James Galanis, who saw in Carli a player with raw talent, skill, and a great dedication to the game. What Carli lacked were fitness, mental toughness, and character. Together they set to work, training day and night, fighting, grinding it out. No one worked harder than Carli. And no one believed in her more than James. Despite all the naysayers, the times she was benched, moments when her self-confidence took a nosedive, she succeeded in becoming one of the best players in the world. This candid reflection on a remarkable turnaround will take listeners inside the women's national team and inside the head of an athlete who willed herself to perform at the highest levels of competition.

©2016 Carli Lloyd (P)2016 Random House Audio

Length: 8 hrs and 38 mins
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I Am Zlatan Ibrahimovic

11 ratings

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'Guardiola has no balls. He drove me like a Fiat...I'm a Ferrari', Zlatan Ibrahimovic - professional football's most mercurial player, Swedish national hero, tabloid fixture, fashion icon, modern-day philosopher and black belt in Taekwondo. Born to a Muslim father from Bosnia, and a Catholic mother from Croatia, Zlatan recounts his extraordinary life story, from his poverty-stricken upbringing as an immigrant in Malmö, Sweden, to becoming one of the world's most sought-after and expensive players, gracing Europe's finest clubs, from Ajax to Juventus, Internazionale to Barcelona, Milan to Paris Saint-Germain, and now Manchester United. I Am Zlatan reveals a rare and ferocious intelligence, willpower and God-given talent most recently exhibited when Zlatan scored all four goals for Sweden in a 4-2 victory against England. His fourth goal, a 30-yard overhead kick with his back to goal is widely regarded as one of the greatest goals of all time. The BBC described it as a goal that 'combined unfathomable imagination and expert technique'.

©2013 Zlatan Ibrahimovic (P)2016 Penguin Books Ltd.

Narrator: James Hillier
Length: 10 hrs and 19 mins
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Red Card

1 rating

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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. Red Card (filmed as Houses of Deceit) will be a major film, produced by Pearl Street Films, the production company owned by Matt Damon and Ben Affleck.

©2018 Ken Bensinger (P)2018 Audible, Ltd

Narrator: Mike Capozzola
Length: 10 hrs and 31 mins
Available on Audible
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Brave New World

3 ratings

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The exclusive behind-the-scenes story of the Mauricio Pochettino revolution at Spurs, told in his own words. Since joining the club in 2014, Mauricio Pochettino has transformed Tottenham from underachievers into genuine title contenders. In the process, he has marked himself out as one of the best young managers in the world, more than holding his own against the Premier League's established heavyweights. He has done so by promoting an attacking, pressing style of football and by nurturing homegrown talent, fully endearing himself to the Spurs' faithful along the way. Guillem Balagué was granted unprecedented access to Pochettino and his backroom staff for the duration of the 2016-17 season, and he has therefore been able to draw on extensive interview material with Pochettino, his family, his closest assistants, players such as Dele Alli and Harry Kane and even a very rare conversation with Daniel Levy to tell the manager's story in his own words. From Pochettino's early years as a player and coach to his transformation of Tottenham into one of the best teams in England, this audiobook uniquely reveals the inner workings of the man and of his footballing philosophy. It also lays bare what it takes to run a modern-day football team competing at the highest level over the course of a single campaign. The result is the most comprehensive and compelling portrait of a manager and of a club in the Premier League era. Read by Piers Hampton. PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying reference material will be available in your Library section along with the audio.

©2017 Guillem Balague (P)2017 Orion Publishing Group

Narrator: Piers Hampton
Length: 11 hrs and 11 mins
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Pep Confidential

5 ratings

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Martí Perarnau was given total access to Bayern Munich during season 2013-14. This audiobook represents the first time in the modern era that a writer has got this close to one of the elite teams of world football. At the invitation of Pep Guardiola, he shadowed the Catalan, his staff and his superstar players during training and on matchdays. Bayern smashed domestic records on their way to the double, but were humiliated by Real Madrid in the Champions League semi-final. Perarnau was with them every step of the way. Perarnau is with Guardiola as he is courted by the world's greatest clubs during his sabbatical in New York. We hear Guardiola explain in detail the radical tactical moves which transform Bayern's season and reprogramme the players who will win the World Cup with Germany. Perarnau talks exclusively and in fascinating detail with players such as Arjen Robben, Manuel Neuer, Philipp Lahm, Thiago Alcântara and Bastian Schweinsteiger. Pep Confidential is much more than the story of a season it is also a lasting portrait of one of the greatest coaches in sport.

©2014 Marti Perarnau (P)2017 Audible, Ltd

Narrator: Thomas Judd
Length: 13 hrs and 5 mins
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How to Watch Soccer

4 ratings

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Ruud Gullit knows better than anyone else that to understand soccer you have to understand strategy. When he started playing soccer, his only "strategy" was to get the ball, outrun everyone else to the other end of the field, and score. At first it served him well, but as he advanced through the sport, he learned that it takes much more than speed to make a winning team. He worked his way from the Dutch junior leagues all the way to the legendary AC Milan, eventually retiring from the field to be a trainer, then a manager, and finally a commentator. Each step came with its own lessons, and its own unique perspective on the game. Having looked at soccer through just about every lens possible, Gullit is now sharing his own perspective. Most spectators simply watch the ball, but in How to Watch Soccer, Gullit explains how to watch the whole game. He shows how every part of a match, from formations to corner kicks, all the way down to what the players do to influence the referees, is important. This exhaustive guide will change the way even the most die-hard fan watches the beautiful game.

©2016 Ruud Gullit; translation copyright 2016 by Sam Herman (P)2017 Tantor

Narrator: Shaun Grindell
Length: 8 hrs and 7 mins
Available on Audible
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Masters of Modern Soccer

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In Masters of Modern Soccer, Sports Illustrated writer Grant Wahl asks: How do some of the game's smartest figures master the craft of soccer? By profiling players in every key position (American phenomenon Christian Pulisic, Mexican superstar Javier "Chicharito" Hernández, Belgium's Vincent Kompany, Spain's Xabi Alonso, Germany's Manuel Neuer) and management (Belgium coach Roberto Martínez and Borussia Dortmund sporting director Michael Zorc), Wahl reveals how elite players and coaches strategize on and off the field and execute in high pressure game situations. Masters of Modern Soccer is the definitive thinking fan's guide to modern soccer. For a supporter of any team, from the US 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, and after games and delivers a true behind-the-scenes perspective on the inner workings of the sport's brightest minds. America's premier soccer journalist, Grant Wahl, follows world-class players from across the globe examining how they do their jobs. This access imbues Masters of Modern Soccer with deep insight from the players on how goalkeepers, defenders, midfielders, and forwards function individually and as a unit to excel and win. Wahl also shadows a manager and director of soccer as they juggle the challenges of coaching, preparation, and the short- and long-term strategies of how to identify and acquire talent and deploy it on the field. A book that will stand the test of time, Masters of Modern Soccer is the most in-depth analysis of the craft of soccer ever written for the American fan. For any fan, player, coach, or sideline enthusiast, this book will change the way they watch the game.

©2018 Grant Wahl (P)2018 Random House Audio

Narrator: Grant Wahl
Author: Grant Wahl
Length: 6 hrs and 59 mins
Available on Audible
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The Football Ramble

3 ratings

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Lovers of football: pour yourself a cuppa, pull up your armchairs and prick up your ears. This is the audiobook experience you have been looking for. Downloaded over 10 million times a year, The Football Ramble podcast has established itself as the essential independent voice of football punditry. The weekly podcast has resonated with supporters around the world, and their sold-out live shows have been a massive hit with supporters. This audiobook is a collaboration by all four presenters and tackles the real issues from fans you won't see or hear on Sky Sports - or anywhere else, for that matter. From the weird and wonderful, from the Alan Pardew to the Kevin Keegan, the Ramble has it covered. Putting all aspects of the game under the microscope, this book is a timely reminder of why we just can't take our minds off football.

©2016 Marcus Speller. Pete Donaldson. Luke Aaron Moore. Jim Campbell. (P)2016 Random House Audiobooks

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Why Soccer Matters

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Soccer. Football. The beautiful game. The world’s most popular sport goes by many names, but for decades, fans have agreed on one thing: the greatest player of all time was Pelé. Now the legendary star, ambassador, and humanitarian shares a global vision for what soccer can accomplish. Now he shares his story, his experience, and his insights on the game for the very first time. Before Messi, before Ronaldo, before Beckham, there was Edson Arantes do Nascimento - known simply as Pelé. A national treasure, he created pure magic with his accomplishments on the field: an unprecedented three World Cup championships and the all-time scoring record, with 1,283 goals in his twenty year career. Now, with the World Cup returning after more than sixty years to Brazil - the country often credited with perfecting the sport - soccer has a unique opportunity to encourage change on a global level. And as the tournament’s official ambassador, Pelé is ready to be the face of progress. For the first time ever Pelé explores the recent history of the game and provides new insights into soccer’s role connecting and galvanizing players around the world. He has traveled the world as the global ambassador for soccer and in support of charitable organizations such as Unicef, promoting the positive influences soccer can have to transform young men and women, struggling communities, even entire nations. In groundbreaking detail and with unparalleled openness, he shares his most inspiring experiences, heartwarming stories and hard-won wisdom, and he puts the game in perspective. This is Pelé’s legacy, his way of passing on everything he’s learned and inspiring a new generation. In Why Soccer Matters, Pelé details his ambitious goals for the future of the sport and, by extension, the world.

©2014 Pelé, Brian Winter (P)2014 Gildan Media LLC

Narrator: Sean Pratt
Length: 7 hrs and 35 mins
Available on Audible
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Messi

Summary

Updated to include the 2018 World Cup. 

The story of one of the greatest footballers of all time, Barcelona and Argentina's Lionel Messi. 

'I have seen the player who will inherit my place in Argentine football and his name is Messi.' (Diego Maradona)

Despite all the fame and adulation, remarkably little is known about Lionel Messi, the modest and intensely private footballing genius. Just how did the boy from Rosario, Argentina, become the world's greatest player? 

Guillem Balague has had unprecedented access to Messi's inner circle: his coaches, teammates and family. In addition, Pep Guardiola has provided exclusive analysis of the player. The result is an authoritative and compelling account of the wonderful mystery that is Messi.  

'I can tell my grandkids one day that I coached Lionel Messi.' (Pep Guardiola)

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying reference material will be available in your Library section along with the audio on our Desktop Site.

©2020 Guillem Balague (P)2020 Orion Publishing Group

Narrator: Peter Kenny
Length: 24 hrs and 30 mins
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The Manager

1 rating

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From the post room to the board room, everyone thinks they can be the manager. But how do you manage outrageous talent? What do you do to inspire loyalty from your players? How do you turn around a team in crisis? What’s the best way to build long-term success? How can you lead calmly under pressure? The issues are the same whether you’re managing a Premier League soccer team or an FTSE 100 company. Here, for the first time, some 30 of the biggest names in soccer management reveal just what it takes. With their every decision, remark, skill, and success or failure under constant scrutiny from the media and the fans, these managers need to be the most adroit of leaders. In The Manager they explain their methods, give examples of lessons they’ve learned along the way, and describe the decisions they make and the leadership they provide. Each chapter tackles a key leadership issue for managers in any walk of life and, in their own words, shows how the experts deal with the challenges they face in an abnormally high-pressure environment. Offering valuable lessons for business leaders and fascinating behind-the-scenes insights for soccer fans, The Manager is an honest, accessible and unprecedented look at the day-to-day work of these high-profile characters and the world of top-level soccer management.

©2013 The League Managers Association (LMA) and Mike Carson (P)2013 Audible Inc.

Narrator: Kyle Munley
Author: Mike Carson
Length: 10 hrs and 32 mins
Available on Audible
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Thou Shall Not Pass

Summary

Football is often romanticized as "The Beautiful Game". If true, then the game's centre-half might be considered as the unsightly pimple on the end of its otherwise perfectly formed nose. The stopper, the last line of defense, the big man with small ideas. The lump who lumps it. Thou Shall Not Pass (the title comes from a command England captain Terry Butcher would shout before every match) celebrates the football position where brutal characters are loved for their hard-hitting tackles and bruising mentality and yet laughed at for their apparent lack of skill. As well as covering the long and illustrious history of the centre-half, the book will take the listener into the muddy penalty area frequented by our protagonists, into their domain. The places they head the ball, the places they tackle, the places in which they will stop at nothing to stop a forward. What makes them approach the game the way they do? What makes them different from those whose sole purpose is flair? Packed with rich and highly entertaining anecdotes, the book will explore all aspects of the position and into the mentality of those who ply their trade there.

©2021 Leo Moynihan (P)2021 Tantor

Narrator: Shaun Grindell
Author: Leo Moynihan
Length: 6 hrs and 3 mins
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Leading

15 ratings

Summary

After an astonishing career - first in Scotland and then over 27 years with Manchester United Football Club - Sir Alex Ferguson delivers Leading, in which the greatest soccer coach of all time will analyze the pivotal leadership decisions of his 38 years as a manager and, with his friend and collaborator Sir Michael Moritz, draw out lessons anyone can use in business and life to generate long-term transformational success. From hiring practices to firing decisions, from dealing with transition to teamwork, from mastering the boardroom to responding to failure and adversity, Leading is as inspiring as it is practical and a go-to reference for any leader in business, sports, and life.

©2015 Alex Ferguson and Michael Moritz (P)2015 Hachette Audio

Length: 10 hrs and 45 mins
Available on Audible
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Fear and Loathing in La Liga

Summary

It’s Messi vs Ronaldo, it’s Catalonia vs Castilla. It’s the nation against the state, freedom fighters vs Franco’s fascists. It’s majestic goals and mesmerising skills, red cards and bench brawls. It’s the best two teams on the planet going face to face and toe to toe. It’s more than a game. It’s a war. It’s Barcelona vs Real Madrid.... Only, it’s not that simple. From the wounds left by the civil war to the teams’ recent global domination, historian and expert on Spanish football, Sid Lowe lifts the lid on sport’s greatest rivalry. Lowe has spoken to the biggest names and the forgotten heroes who defined their clubs. Men like Alfredo Di Stéfano and Johan Cruyff as well as the only survivor of the most politically charged game in history, the Barcelona striker who knocked Madrid out of the European Cup for the first time ever, and the president who celebrated his club’s defining moment by taking a midnight dip in the Thames. By exploring the history, politics, culture, economics, and language, while never forgetting the drama on the pitch, Lowe demonstrates the symbiotic nature of the relationship between these two football giants. In doing so he reveals the human story behind this explosive rivalry.

©2013 Sid Lowe (P)2013 Random House AudioGo

Narrator: Sid Lowe
Author: Sid Lowe
Length: 14 hrs and 7 mins
Available on Audible
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Maradona

Summary

Bloomsbury presents Maradona by Jimmy Burns, read by Paul Thornley. Anyone doubting that Diego Maradona was more than just a football player had only to witness the outpourings after his death on 25th November 2020. During his tempestuous life and career, he played for top clubs in South America and Europe, notably Napoli, where he became an adored hero and adopted son, and grew to be a legend in his homeland of Argentina after leading them to victory in the 1986 World Cup. Having gained access to his inner circle, Jimmy Burns traces Maradona’s life from the slums of Buenos Aires, where he was born, through his great years of triumph, to the United States from where, in 1994, he was ignobly expelled after undergoing a positive drug test. He also tells of his failed attempt to bring further glory to Argentina as coach in the 2010 World Cup, and ultimately, his tragic decline and recent death. Widely regarded as the best and most revealing account of the highs, lows, genius and flaws of arguably the greatest footballer of all time, this biography inspired Asif Kapadia’s award-winning 2019 film Diego Maradona.

©2021 Jimmy Burns (P)2021 Bloomsbury Publishing Plc

Narrator: Paul Thornley
Author: Jimmy Burns
Length: 14 hrs and 20 mins
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Everything Your Coach Never Told You Because You're a Girl

3 ratings

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Written by Dan Blank, Everything Your Coach Never Told You Because You’re a Girl is one of the most inspirational stories ever written for the female athlete. Coaches and teams of all sports – from soccer to golf to equestrian – have embraced this book as the foundation for a new brand of female competitor. Everything Your Coach Never Told You isn’t a soccer book, it’s a life book filled with competitive lessons that most girls never get the chance to hear. The edgy and passionate voice of Don Bratschie makes this audio-book jump to life with stories of a small-college soccer team that refused to conform to the warm and fuzzy image of female athletes. Listeners will join their remarkable journey from doormat to champions and feel as if they are right there in the locker room on game day, listening to a coach driving them forward into battle.

©2014 Daniel Blank (P)2015 Daniel Blank

Narrator: Don Bratschie
Author: Dan Blank
Length: 4 hrs and 25 mins
Available on Audible
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Soccer Coaching: A Step-by-Step Guide on How to Lead Your Players, Manage Parents, and Select the Best Formation

Summary

Ever get a little overwhelmed by trying to think of what to teach your team in practice? Wish you had a book that was a listen quick that doubled your confidence by pointing out the most important things to focus on with your team? Want to learn the number one thing to build the bond between you and a player that takes less than five seconds. Ever have difficult players or parent(s) of a player and wish you knew the steps how to handle them in a way that is a win-win for both parties? If any of these situations describe where you are at, you are not alone. Working with the directors of your club, managing the expectations of your players’ parents, and making an enjoyable experience for the players while also wanting to win is not an easy feat. I am impressed that you are taking up this sometimes thankless position as you are making a difference in your players’ lives, even if they do not verbally tell you. As the coach, you are the leader of the team and should lead by example. The harder you work, the harder your team will work. There is not a perfect way to coach and it normally takes time to find the style that works best for you and motivates your players. This book will help you in that process. This book is not intended to be a complete guide on coaching because if you have ever coached, you realize that everything to know could not be contained in one book. Other author’s tend to fill up their pages with coaching tips for various situations, but never really say which things to know are the most important and will make the biggest difference for your team. This book does exactly that. This book’s main aim is to point out and provide help with the most important areas for you, the coach, to succeed with your team. In an ideal world, you have an infinite amount of time to work with your players. However, we both know that you hardly get enough practices each year and the players’ attention spans can make the practices even more limited.  Therefore, this book details the most important 20 percent of coaching points to help you get 80 percent of the results. This book details various coaching styles, ways to get the team to respect you even more, and work hard for you. This book does not cover the technical aspects of soccer such as how to pass the ball, shoot properly, perform a foot skill. Other books in the Understand Soccer Series have been created to cover those subjects and are also available on Amazon.com.  Outcomes of applying the facts in this book: Have the terrific feeling where you are working with your players’ parents instead of against them. Know the advantages and disadvantages of the major formations to ensure that you are using the best formation for your team to win. Understand the #1 technique to make sure all your advice is followed and not just heard, which is a major struggle for most coaches.  Why does learning these things matter? Well, building your soccer knowledge grows your coaching confidence. Coaching-esteem is key for you, the coach, to build the belief in yourself to know how to handle the difficult situations that can arise when coaching.  It is time for your Soccer Coaching to reach the next level. Become the coach that changes every game from here on out and the coach whose team every player wants to be on.  Download a copy today by clicking "Buy Now"! PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying PDF will be available in your Audible Library along with the audio.

©2019 Understand, LLC (P)2019 Understand, LLC

Narrator: Dylan Joseph
Author: Dylan Joseph
Length: 1 hr and 53 mins
Available on Audible
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Going to the Match

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A celebration of football by award-winning sports writer Duncan Hamilton.   A massive audience in sitting rooms, parks and pubs watched England in the 2018 World Cup. Yet as Duncan Hamilton demonstrates with style, insight and wit in Going to the Match, watching on TV is no substitute for being there.    Hamilton embarks on a richly entertaining, exquisitely crafted journey through football. Glory game or grass roots, England v Slovenia or Guiseley v Hartlepool, he delves beneath the action to illuminate the stories which make the sport endlessly compelling.   Along the way he marvels at present-day titans Harry Kane, Mo Salah, Kevin De Bruyne and Paul Pogba, reflects on sepia-tinted magicians Stanley Matthews, Jimmy Greaves, Bobby Charlton and Pele, and assesses managerial giants from Brian Clough and Jose Mourinho to Arsene Wenger and Gareth Southgate.   The odyssey takes Hamilton from Fleetwood to Berlin, via Glasgow and a Manchester derby, making detours into art, cinema, literature and politics as he explores the game's ever-changing culture and character.   The result, like the L. S. Lowry painting that inspired the book, is a football masterpiece.  

©2018 Duncan Hamilton (P)2018 Hodder & Stoughton Limited

Narrator: David Mounfield
Length: 11 hrs and 33 mins
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The Boy on the Shed

1 rating

Summary

Shortlisted for the 2018 William Hill Sports Book of the Year   Today was his first climb to the top. He knew if he was there, watching, then she would never leave him. Her name was Bernadette, and he climbed the shed every day.  This is a not a football book, as such. Rather, it is a memoir by someone who happened to have superior ability at the sport during his formative years, which led him on a remarkable journey. Paul Ferris became a professional footballer and at the age of 16 was the youngest ever to play in Newcastle United's first team.  Coming from Northern Ireland and being a skilful winger with dancing feet, he was inevitably hailed as 'the new George Best'. But the story of his time in the game, particularly as a young player, is one of insecurity, injuries, uncertainty, fear and, ultimately, a failure to fulfil his hopes and dreams.  The book opens in Lisburn, near Belfast. The Ferris family are Catholics in a predominantly Protestant town at the height of The Troubles. Ferris relives his childhood and teens with brutal candour laced with black humour. The Boy on the Shed is a beautifully written account of a life, but it also lifts the lid on big personalities at Newcastle United. 

©2018 Paul Ferris (P)2018 Hodder & Stoughton Limited

Narrator: Ruairi Conaghan
Author: Paul Ferris
Length: 9 hrs and 1 min
Available on Audible
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Neymar

Summary

Learn about the inspirational story of Neymar. One would think that the son of a professional footballer would inherit a paved road to success in the same sport. But, Neymar Jr.'s status as one of the best players in the world has not come without great sacrifice, persistence, endurance...and a lot of luck. He and his family have taken advantage of the big breaks which have come his way. By combining opportunity with the natural talent for soccer that he inherited from his father, he has risen to the ranks of the highest paid and best young soccer players the world has ever seen. Neymar da Silva Santos, Jr. was born in Mogi des Cruzes, São Paulo to Neymar Santos, Sr. and Nadine da Silva on February 5, 1992. Upon his birth, in order to distinguish him from his father, his father came to be called Pai which means "father." The son was called Juninho which means "junior." To the world, the son would become Neymar.

©2016 Benjamin Southerland (P)2016 Benjamin Southerland

Narrator: Chris Abernathy
Length: 1 hr and 5 mins
Available on Audible
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Soccer Passing & Receiving

Summary

If you are not interested in passing around the other team or teaching others how to use the correct receiving form to build confidence, this audiobook is not for you. This audiobook is for players who need the tips, tricks, tweaks, and techniques to increase the number of defenders he or she can pass the ball around and receive passes easily to increase the number and quality of shots on net.  In Soccer Passing & Receiving, there are well over 100 tips for you, including how to pass and receive a pass with correct form, knowing what to do before receiving a pass, how to effectively shield the ball, and insights on effective crossing.    Often, coaches only emphasize the team's abilities while giving no time for the specific passing skills of each individual. It is just as essential to develop the players within the system as it is to strengthen the squad itself.    Who this audiobook is for:  The defender who lacks the confidence to play the ball to a teammate who is far away.   The midfielder who is unable to control the ball surrounded by so many players in the middle of the field.  The forward who constantly has defenders on them and needs to be able to shield the ball and receive with great scoring opportunities.   The parent who loves their child but hates to see them struggle with a lack of self-esteem from not being confident with the ball.   The coach who knows their squad can win if their players' passing, receiving, and awareness on how to outsmart defenders were improved through increased IQ.    Outcomes of applying the facts in this audiobook:   Learn how to correctly pass with the inside of your foot.  Determine how hard your passes should be while ensuring your passes aren't blocked.   Receive a pass to set yourself up to shoot or dribble.     It is time for the countless hours of practicing passing and receiving to finally pay off. Become the player, coach, or parent who changes every game from here on out. Pass around the other team today by clicking "Buy Now". PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying PDF will be available in your Audible Library along with the audio.

©2018 Understand, LLC (P)2018 Understand, LLC

Narrator: Dylan Joseph
Author: Dylan Joseph
Length: 1 hr and 48 mins
Available on Audible
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The Age of Football

2 ratings

Summary

A monumental exploration of soccer and society in our time - by its preeminent historian. In the 21st century, soccer commands the allegiance, interest, and engagement of more people in more places than any other phenomenon in the world. David Goldblatt - author of the acclaimed, best-selling The Ball Is Round - charts the sport's global cultural ascent, economic transformation, and deep politicization. With breathtaking scope and unparalleled knowledge of the game, The Age of Football explores soccer's vital role in our social, political, and economic lives: its connections to social discord in the Middle East and political division in Europe; the reasons behind its surprising surge in popularity in China, India, and the United States; and its use (and misuse) in the global advance of equality and human rights. Goldblatt proves that whether you call it football or soccer, you can't make sense of the modern world without understanding its most popular sport.

©2019 David Goldblatt (P)2020 Tantor

Narrator: David Goldblatt
Length: 24 hrs and 38 mins
Available on Audible
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Cristiano and Leo

Summary

A Financial Times Sports Books of the Year  Cristiano and Leo is the fascinating account of the lives and rivalry between two of the best footballers to ever play the game, Ronaldo and Messi. The rivalry between Ronaldo and Messi has defined football to a generation of fans - everyone has an opinion on who is the greatest. Do you prefer Ronaldo, whose work ethic and physique have been honed for one purpose - scoring goals? Or Messi, whose superhuman natural talent means he can do the seemingly impossible with a football? Between them they have scored over 1300 goals, won the Ballon d’Or 10 times, and taken the beautiful game to even greater heights. But statistics alone cannot do justice to their skill, athleticism and dedication to stay at the top for so long of one of the most competitive sports in the world. Cristiano and Leo tells their definitive story, from children kicking a ball halfway around the world from each other to facing each other in the epic clash El Clásico, between Real Madrid and Barcelona. This is the essential audiobook to understand one the most compelling rivalries in sporting history.

©2019 Jimmy Burns (P)2019 Macmillan Publishers International Ltd

Narrator: Simon Darwen
Author: Jimmy Burns
Length: 13 hrs and 23 mins
Available on Audible
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Inverting the Pyramid

5 ratings

Summary

"An outstanding work...the [soccer] book of the decade." (Sunday Business Post) Inverting the Pyramid is a pioneering soccer book that chronicles the evolution of soccer tactics and the lives of the itinerant coaching geniuses who have spread their distinctive styles across the globe. Through Jonathan Wilson's brilliant historical detective work, we learn how the South Americans shrugged off the British colonial order to add their own finesse to the game; how the Europeans harnessed individual technique and built it into a team structure; how the game once featured five forwards up front, while now a lone striker is not uncommon.  Inverting the Pyramid provides a definitive understanding of the tactical genius of modern-day Barcelona, for the first time showing how their style of play developed from Dutch "Total Football", which itself was an evolution of the Scottish passing game invented by Queens Park in the 1870s and taken on by Tottenham Hotspur in the 1930s. Inverting the Pyramid has been called the "Big Daddy" (Zonal Marking) of soccer tactics books; it is essential for any coach, fan, player, or fantasy manager of the beautiful game.

©2018 Jonathan Wilson (P)2018 Hachette Audio

Narrator: Damian Lynch
Length: 18 hrs and 21 mins
Available on Audible
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Soccer Sleep

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Have you ever wanted to know the secret to getting a great night’s sleep every night? Ever wonder what top soccer players do to get a restful night’s sleep before a big match? Want to learn the number one thing that is holding you back from waking well-rested and full of energy each day? If any of these situations describe you, you are not alone. Balancing everything can be difficult. Not enough sleep works against you and can make it even more difficult to succeed. There are certain sleeping habits that will lift you to great heights and ways to view sleep that will hold you back. Improving your sleeping takes time to find the key things that work best for you. However, this audiobook will reduce your time to discover those things that will ensure you become the most energetic player. This audiobook’s main aim is to provide help with important areas of sleeping. Ideally, you would have an infinite amount of time to sleep as much as you need. However, we both know that it is hard to find the time needed to sleep enough. Therefore, discover what makes the biggest difference for you to become a more effective sleeper even if you can’t get in a full seven to eight hours. Outcomes of applying the facts in this audiobook: Use sleep to become better than your competition. Learn how the top 10 percent of performers sleep and what ways of sleeping to avoid. Learn how to fall asleep in 5 minutes or less. Why does learning how to sleep matter? Self-esteem is key for you to build the belief in yourself to know how to sleep in a way that helps push you to become the star you want to be. After all, sleeping is not a subject taught in most schools and you spend up to 1/3rd of your life doing it. It is time for your soccer sleep to reach the next level. Learn what it takes to become the best sleeper you know. Buy your copy today! PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying PDF will be available in your Audible Library along with the audio.

©2020 Understand, LLC (P)2020 Understand, LLC

Narrator: Dylan Joseph
Author: Dylan Joseph
Length: 1 hr and 28 mins
Available on Audible
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Soccer: How to Become a Better Soccer Player with These 10 Steps

Summary

How to become a better soccer player with these 10 steps.

©2018 Jeremy Rupert (P)2018 Jeremy Rupert

Narrator: Joseph Mitchell
Length: 6 mins
Available on Audible
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Soccer Shooting & Finishing: A Step-by-Step Guide on How to Score

Summary

How defenses think and react during a game is not easily understood...or is it? Through countless hours of practice, training, and experience, soccer's elite have shown patterns of skills that lead to predictable outcomes - more goals, more assists, and more wins! The current soccer books on the market teach about general knowledge of infrequent game situations without the steps to score. This audiobook is for players who need the tips, tricks, tweaks, and techniques to reach 10 times the goals they score in a season. There are well over 100 tips to score. From 1v1/2v1/1v2/2v2s to five shooting techniques, heading the ball to rebounding, and turning under pressure to correct ball placement on shots, this audiobook will help make you the MVP goal scorer. When many coaches’ advice for scoring is to pass more, improve your conditioning, practice taking free kicks, and hope for the best, this book stands out on turning any player into an unstoppable goal producer. Learn what coaches do not teach, not because they don’t care, but because they just don’t know how to get a player to score consistently. Often, coaches only emphasize the team's abilities to pass and work as a unit, while giving no time to the scoring skills of each individual. Who this audiobook is for: The defender who gets a few chances to shoot or who wants to be a forward The midfielder who has had little success at shooting accurately The forward who doesn’t score two goals a game The parent who loves their child but hates to see them struggle with a lack of self-esteem from not being able to score The coach who knows their squad can score more if their players' shooting power, heading form, and awareness on outsmarting defenders were improved through increased IQ It is time for hours of shooting and finishing to pay off. Become the player, coach, or parent who changes every game from here on out. PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying PDF will be available in your Audible Library along with the audio.

©2018 Understand, LLC (P)2019 Understand, LLC

Narrator: Dylan Joseph
Author: Dylan Joseph
Length: 2 hrs and 16 mins
Available on Audible
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Cristiano Ronaldo

2 ratings

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Discover the Inspirational Story of Football Superstar Cristiano Ronaldo! You're about to discover the incredibly inspirational story of football superstar Cristiano Ronaldo. If you're reading this, then you must be a fan of Cristiano, like so many others. As a fan, you must wonder how this man is so talented and want to know more about him. Cristiano is considered to be one of the greatest football players ever, and it's been an honor to be able to watch him compete throughout his career. This audiobook will reveal to you much about Cristiano's story and the many accomplishments throughout his career. Here is a preview of what you'll learn: Youth and family life Amateur career Professional career and personal life Legacy, charitable acts, and much more! If you want to learn more about Cristiano Ronaldo, then this book is for you. It will reveal to you many things that you did not know about this incredible football star.

©2015 Bill Redban (P)2015 Bill Redban

Narrator: Michael Pauley
Author: Bill Redban
Length: 48 mins
Available on Audible
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Soccer Tactics Bundle

Summary

Soccer Training Box Set (3 Books in 1) Book 1: Soccer Mental Toughness The mark of the very best players is that they have the mental toughness to overcome moments of adversity. To accept that there are times when matters do not pan out as they hope, and having accepted them, move on without allowing their confidence to drop. Call it resilience, spirit, mental strength or whatever, without a doubt such a mindset is as crucial as having the skills to play at the level to which we aspire. Here Is A Preview Of What You'll Learn...    Importance of Mental Toughness    Understanding Your Role in the Team    Getting Along with Your Team Mates    Difficulties on the Pitch    Overcoming Personal Difficulties    Improving Self-Discipline    Top Mental Exercises and Visualisations    Build a Personal Improvement Plan Book 2: Soccer Shooting Drills Go to almost any general compilation of clips online and the overwhelming majority will be shots – usually ones that lead to a goal. This book will provide a series of drills which will help coaches and players to become star shooters, leading to more goals, more wins and even greater joy at playing this most beautiful of games. Book 3: Soccer Intelligence Intelligent people in whatever field they work know that simple works best. Soccer is, at its heart, a simple game. Pass the ball, move into space (where it is easier to control a pass and to deliver a return), move the ball on. When the chance arises, attempt to score a goal. If you are a defender, try to deny the other side space. A simple pass is easier to complete than a complex one. Intercepting the ball is easier than winning it through a tackle. Moving into space, finding a good angle and communicating well makes a pass easier to deliver for a team mate. Intelligence and simplicity are brothers to one another. PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying PDF will be available in your Audible Library along with the audio.

©2018 Kumar (P)2018 Kumar

Author: Chest Dugger
Length: 5 hrs and 13 mins
Available on Audible
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Chelsea FC Quiz Book

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Are you a true fan of the Blues? Do you follow every match? Have you picked up lots of little known facts about Chelsea Football Club along the way? Then the time has come to put your knowledge to the test with this fun and enjoyable Chelsea audio quiz book. Brand new for the 2014/15 season, you will be presented with 101 informative and entertaining trivia questions, all with multiple choice answers. With 101 questions, some easy, some more challenging, this fun and educational audio book will test your knowledge and memory of the club's long and successful history. It is packed with information and is a must-have for all loyal Blues supporters. You will be asked a Shed full of wonderful questions on a wide range of topics associated with Chelsea Football Club for you to test yourself. You will be quizzed on players, legends, managers, opponents, transfer deals, trophies, records, honours, fixtures, terrace songs and much more, guaranteeing you both an educational experience and hours of fun. Sample questions include:- Why do Chelsea wear blue? Who was the youngest ever goalscorer? What song do the players run out to? Who was the club's first foreign signing? Why you should buy this book Educational, enjoyable and fun, The Chelsea Quiz Book will provide the ultimate in entertainment for Chelsea FC fans of all ages, and will test your knowledge of Chelsea Football Club and prove you know your Chelsea trivia in this fun addictive quiz book.

©2014 Colin Carter (P)2014 Colin Carter

Narrator: Ian Barker
Author: Colin Carter
Length: 59 mins
Available on Audible
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The Football Men

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The great footballers and coaches are rarely glimpsed up close. They shield themselves from the tabloids, hide their personalities behind professionalism, and in the words of the cliche, 'do their talking on the pitch'. This book gets up close to them. The Football Men is not a series of celebrity profiles, and it doesn't attempt to unearth secrets in the players' private lives. Rather, it portrays these men as three-dimensional human beings. It describes their upbringings, the football cultures they grew up in, the way they play, and the baggage that they bring to their relationships at work. This multimillion-pound, multinational world is mostly inhabited by ordinary men. The profiles in this book are sometimes funny, but never breathless or sensational. Some of the profiles in this book are based on interviews; others are the results of time the author spent with that person; sometimes the profile is a story of a country. All are fascinating and shed light on their subject to reveal things you wouldn't expect. From one of the great sports writers of our time, this is a penetrating and surprising collection of articles on the figures that have defined the modern sporting world.

©2011 Simon Kruper (P)2011 Audible Ltd

Narrator: Colin Mace
Author: Simon Kuper
Length: 11 hrs and 7 mins
Available on Audible
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The National Team (Updated and Expanded Edition)

1 rating

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The US Women’s National Soccer Team has won three World Cups and four Olympic gold medals, set record TV ratings, drawn massive crowds, earned huge revenues for FIFA and US Soccer, and helped to redefine the place of women in sports. But despite their dominance, and their rosters of superstar players, they’ve endured striking inequality: low pay, poor playing conditions, and limited opportunities to play in professional leagues.  The National Team, from leading soccer journalist Caitlin Murray, tells the history of the USWNT in full, from their formation in the 1980s to the run-up to the 2019 World Cup, chronicling both their athletic triumphs and less visible challenges off the pitch. Murray also recounts the rise and fall of US professional leagues, including the burgeoning National Women’s Soccer League, an essential part of the women’s game.   Through nearly 100 exclusive interviews with players, coaches, and team officials, including Alex Morgan, Carli Lloyd, Hope Solo, Heather O’Reilly, Julie Foudy, Brandi Chastain, Pia Sundhage, Tom Sermanni, and Sunil Gulati, Murray takes readers inside the locker rooms and board rooms in engrossing detail. A story of endurance and determination, The National Team is a complete portrait of this beloved and important team.

©2019 Caitlin Murray (P)2019 Audible, Inc.

Narrator: Andi Arndt
Length: 11 hrs and 14 mins
Available on Audible
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Men in Blazers Present Encyclopedia Blazertannica

1 rating

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Soccer has been America's Sport of the Future since 1972. Propelled by the rise of the World Cup, Premier League, the glory of the United States Women's National Team, Lionel Messi's demigod-esque talent and repeat exposure to Cristiano Ronaldo's preening abs, that future has finally arrived. The Men in Blazers are two English-born, soccer-obsessed broadcasters who have savored the dizzying growth of the game along with millions of Americans, as if it was a rollicking, sporting telenovela playing out in real life. Written in such a way that fully immerses Americans in the history and culture of the world's game, their Encyclopedia Blazertannica relives the careers of such greats such as George Best, Maradona, Beckham...and Alexi Lalas. It examines fan culture, from the tactical variations of scarf tying, to the pathos of England's classic, yet doomed, World Cup theme songs, and explores the complex physics and ethics of both celebratory knee slides and fights between players, along with such burning questions as how professional footballers deal with hair loss. Any listener will feel as if they've had a front-row seat for the classic matches - seeing every dive and missed penalty kick, and hearing every vulgar chant - and will emerge with a deeper appreciation for the dodgy haircuts and ill-judged neck tattoos that populate world football. Includes bonus material exclusive to the audiobook: an extended clip from the Men in Blazers podcast

©2018 Roger Bennett, Michael Davies (P)2018 Random House Audio

Length: 3 hrs and 57 mins
Available on Audible
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Soccer Defending: A Step-by-Step Guide on How to Stop the Other Team

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A player who could hardly defend. A bleak soccer future as a bench-warmer. An athlete who lacked confidence in their game.  Are you or a loved one enjoying soccer, but can’t stand not being confident on how to defend? Do you or a child have a problem stopping the team from shooting? Are you a parent or player that would love to stop the dribble of each opponent, but struggle even stopping the foot skills of one player? If any of these situations describe you, you are not alone. Coaches of soccer are good at having the team work together. Sadly, your abilities as an individual are often lost in the team’s tactics unless you are the star player on the team. The coach lets the best player do as they please but every other player must do their job, even though the coach may not always teach exactly how to do that job. This is great when you are the favorite player, but more often than not you are just existing on the field, and not really contributing to your team in the way you want to. Outcomes of applying the facts in this audiobook: Understand how to stop an attacker every time (plus a few mindsets to avoid). Learn the proper body positioning and placement in relation to the defender. Remove the toxic habits you need to break.  Why does learning these things matter? Well, building your knowledge grows your confidence. Self-esteem is key for any soccer player, and building the belief in yourself and your child will allow them to play to the level you know they can play. You may think those are all well and great, but how can a book really deliver on increasing the abilities of yourself, your son, your daughter, or your team? Why not just watch a YouTube video to see it too? Excitingly, this audiobook lays out step-by-step what you should work on and the most important keys to being able to perform on the field. Yes, other authors will give tips for various situations but never really say which things to know are the most important and will make the biggest difference in your game. This audiobook does exactly that. Also, though YouTube can be used to complement a book because videos show visual representations of the skills covered, each video is often unorganized and the order in which you watch the videos is not structured at all. This audiobook provides that structure to ensure that you are not just getting a little information in one spot and some knowledge in another without being able to understand the entire picture of how it all works together. It is time for hours of Soccer Defending to finally pay off. Become the player, coach, or parent that changes every game from here on out.  Please Note: When you purchase this title, the accompanying PDF will be available in your Audible Library along with the audio.

©2019 Understand, LLC (P)2019 Understand, LLC

Narrator: Dylan Joseph
Author: Dylan Joseph
Length: 1 hr and 49 mins
Available on Audible
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Soccer Positions: A-Step-by-Step Guide About Each Player on a Team

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Ever wonder what all the positions are? Think you know every position and that an audiobook on positioning is unnecessary for you? Ever hear of a False Nine, a Wing Back, or what position that referred confused an Inverted Winger to? Have you ever wanted to learn the abilities needed by each player on the pitch including the position you play in now or potentially want to play in the future? Are you a parent that is a bit confused by the differences of each spot on the field that your child plays? Well, if any of these situations describe you, you are not alone. Coaches of soccer are decent at assigning positions such as goalkeeper, defender, midfielder, and forward in addition to whether that player should be on the left side, right side, or center of the field. Sadly, coaches do not often teach the more advanced positions and what each player in that role must do. It is all well and good if your team is consistently winning and outperforming the other team. However, if your team is not always winning by a few goals, the positioning could be upgraded to effectively use the skills of each player on the team. Outcomes of learning the positions explained: Understand some of the history on how positions came to be in the modern game. Learn the specialties of each role to determine your best fit on the field. Find the tactical position to take your team to the next level.  Why does learning these things matter? Well, building your knowledge grows your confidence. Self-esteem is key for any soccer player, coach, or parent and building the belief in yourself and your child will allow them to play to the level you know they can. You may think those are all well and great, but “how can an audiobook really deliver on increasing the positioning of yourself, son, daughter, or team?” “Why not just watch a YouTube video to see it too?” Excitingly, this audiobook lays out step-by-step what you should work on and the most important keys to being able to perform in each position. Yes, other author’s may glance over the different types of players but never describe and explain the exact role based on each team’s needs. Also, though YouTube can be used to compliment an audiobook because videos show visual representations of the positions covered, each video is often unorganized and the order in which you watch the videos is not structured at all. This audiobook provides that structure to ensure that you are not just getting a little information in one spot and some knowledge in another without being able to understand the entire positional picture of how each part works together. It is time for your knowledge of Soccer Positions to go to the next level. Become the player, coach, or parent that changes every game from here on out. PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying PDF will be available in your Audible Library along with the audio.

©2019 Understand, LLC (P)2019 Understand, LLC

Narrator: Dylan Joseph
Author: Dylan Joseph
Length: 2 hrs and 3 mins
Available on Audible
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Basic Soccer Drills for Kids

1 rating

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Are you looking to take your kids' soccer game to the next level? Check out this guide for youth soccer players (under 15 years) used by coaches, parents and players alike. Soccer is the most popular team sport in the world. It is perfect for kids to play. It is safe, simple, and the skills required can be easily acquired. Becoming an expert player requires high levels of dedication, natural athleticism, and innate skills. Any girl or boy can take to the sport and find enjoyment at their own level. It is for this reason that the game is escalating to such a rapid extent in the US. And it is why the need for coaches and players is growing continuously and rapidly. After all, who would not turn down the chance for their kids to keep physically fit, to allow their natural competitiveness to be channeled in an organized way, to be kept busy in a manner that is both productive and worthwhile? In addition to this, soccer develops dexterity, problem solving, collaboration, friendship, respect, self-discipline, team spirit, and sportsmanship. All of which are life skills that are best acquired young. But there is so much to learn for youngsters who wish to become soccer players at a good club level. Shooting, defending, pressing, passing, controlling the ball, the laws of the game (even professionals struggle at times with the offside law as do, it sometimes seems, the referees themselves). And more important than all of these, children must learn about the spirit of soccer. Fair play and the sportsmanship mentioned above. This is especially so for today’s youngsters facing all the pressures of growing up in a challenging world driven by the twin pressures of consumerism and social media. Here's what's included in this audiobook: The 7 different kinds of skills that kids need to learn in soccer How ball control skills escalate the level of your kids soccer game Six passing drills that will improve team cohesion quickly Offensive tips, tricks and drills that will make your team win Six drills that will make your kids get to defend in numbers and strength How to get kids to learn from the pros on TV Six drills that will make your kids get to defend in numbers and strength Five dribbling tips and drills that will make your kid stand out How the mental side of soccer will improve your kids social and life skills What parents must do during soccer practice and games Even if you've never played or watched soccer in your life before, you and your kids will gain a significant amount of knowledge from this audiobook!

©2019 Kumar (P)2019 Kumar

Narrator: Jamie McLean
Author: Chest Dugger
Length: 3 hrs and 4 mins
Available on Audible
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The Fall of the House of FIFA

4 ratings

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In 2015, FIFA - the multibillion-dollar governing body of the world's most loved sport - was brought down by allegations of industrial-scale bribes, kickbacks, money laundering, racketeering, and tax evasion. Beginning with early morning raids in Zurich and the indictment of 27 executives by the US Department of Justice, the rottenness at the core of FIFA seemed to extend throughout all of soccer, from the decision to send the 2018 and 2022 World Cups to Russia and Qatar to lesser known cases of embezzlement from Trinidad to South Africa. David Conn writes the definitive account of FIFA's rise and fall, covering in great detail the corruption allegations and the series of scandals that continued to shake the public's trust in the organization. The Fall of the House of FIFA situates FIFA's unraveling amid revealing human portraits of soccer legends such as Michel Platini and Franz Beckenbauer and features an exclusive interview with former president Sepp Blatter. Even as he chronicles the biggest sport scandal of all time, Conn infuses the book with a passionate love of the game, delivering an irresistible audiobook.

©2017 David Conn (P)2017 Hachette Audio

Author: David Conn
Length: 12 hrs and 40 mins
Available on Audible
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In My Tribe

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In this riveting follow-up to the best seller Everything Your Coach Never Told You Because You're a Girl, Coach Dan Blank takes aim at the warm and fuzzy double-standard facing those who coach female athletes and reveals the philosophies and methods that sparked a culture of unapologetic competitiveness in a women’s college soccer team that won more games than it was ever supposed to win. In My Tribe is written specifically for coaches looking to develop a competitive culture within their teams and recounts the author's experience coaching a group of rebellious over-achievers, who became notorious for their commitment to extinguishing the spirit of their opponents.  In My Tribe details Coach Blank’s unconventional approach to culture-building, from selecting captains and indoctrinating rookies, to aggression, accountability, and self-governance. This book also includes a Tools of the Tribe section - specific exercises that helped to build a culture where teammates were ferociously loyal, where everyone was accountable, and where winning was the only acceptable outcome.    Written in Blank’s familiar, pull-no-punches style, In My Tribe speaks directly to coaches who strive to build a competitive culture that teaches girls to win, win big, and to never, ever apologize for it.

©2019 Dan Blank (P)2019 Dan Blank

Narrator: Don Bratschie
Author: Dan Blank
Length: 6 hrs and 40 mins
Available on Audible
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Soccer Coaching Bundle: 3 Books in 1

Summary

This audiobook bundle includes three titles that will help your soccer skills: Soccer Analytics Soccer Drills Soccer Offense Listen to learn more about how to improve your soccer abilities....

©2018 Kumar (P)2018 Kumar

Author: Chest Dugger
Length: 3 hrs and 3 mins
Available on Audible
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Soccer Analytics

1 rating

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Do you love soccer and want to get better in a systematic manner? Or have you ever wondered how top-level coaches and players think about the game? This audiobook is your answer. Analytics are playing an increasing role in the world of soccer. The days of gut instinct representing the main tactic in a game are passing, and a more calculated approach is being applied to coaching and playing. This has the advantage of providing a secure base on which coaches and players can apply their bits of skill, their touches of magic that can turn a game. This audiobook will explain what soccer analytics are and how they work in a game. It will analyze different parts of play during a game and provide ideas and details around how analytics can improve a team during various passages of play. It will show it is possible to carry out analytics without recourse to expensive software and the kind of backroom team that is only possible in the higher levels of the professional game. Here's what's included in this audiobook: How analytics are used in soccer Team-formation analytics Attacking set-play analytics Defensive set-play analytics Player-performance analytics Player-injury analytics Player-combination analytics Scroll up and download now.

©2018 Abhishek Kumar (P)2018 Abhishek Kumar

Narrator: Jim Cassidy
Author: Chest Dugger
Length: 1 hr and 5 mins
Available on Audible
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Inside FC Bayern

1 rating

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Christian Falk ist Journalist. Er ist Fußball-Reporter. Er ist, was den FC Bayern betrifft, ein Insider. Er nimmt die Leser erstmals mit hinter die Kulissen der Fußball- und Reporter-Welt. Die Generation um Schweinsteiger, Lahm und Podolski begleitet er so nah wie kein anderer. Von den ersten Schritten als Profis bis hin zum Weltmeister-Titel - und darüber hinaus. Falk gewährt einen Einblick durchs Schlüsselloch und lässt spüren, wie es ist, von Uli Hoeneß angebrüllt zu werden, Opfer der Scherze von Franck Ribéry zu sein oder mit Louis van Gaal Rotwein zu trinken. Neben neuen Enthüllungen und Insider-Geschichten kommen auch die Stars zu Wort.

©2020 riva Verlag (P)2020 riva Verlag

Narrator: Uwe Thoma
Length: 12 hrs and 56 mins
Available on Audible
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Jamie Vardy: The Boy from Nowhere

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Jamie Vardy, the free-scoring talisman behind Leicester City's Premier League champion title, has become a modern against-the-odds footballing hero the world over. Rejected as a teenager by his boyhood club, Sheffield Wednesday, Jamie thought his chances had gone. But from playing pub football and earning £30 a week at Stocksbridge Park Steels while working in a factory, his impressive performances and hard work saw him rise again. After successful spells at Halifax Town and then Fleetwood Town, he finally moved to championship team Leicester City. They gained their dream promotion to the Premier League, and after surviving relegation by the skin of their teeth came the fairy-tale season where a team arose together, and everything clicked. Vardy's incredible 22 goals, including setting the record as the first player to score in 11 consecutive Premier League matches, helped Leicester City beat odds of 5,000-1 to become champions. Defying all expectations, it is simply one of the greatest sporting stories of all time. 'Even now there are moments when I shake my head at the madness of it all - going from the factory floor and playing Sunday morning pub football with my mates to scoring for my country against the World Cup winners in Berlin. It's the stuff of dreams. It hasn't always been an easy journey; some doubted that I was capable, and at times I was probably guilty of not helping myself, but nobody can question my passion for football or my commitment once I set foot on the pitch. There is so much that people don't know, and I look forward to sharing all of that and more in what I hope will be an entertaining and inspiring story.' (Jamie Vardy)

©2016 Jamie Vardy (P)2016 Random House Audiobooks

Narrator: Steven Kynman
Author: Jamie Vardy
Length: 6 hrs and 55 mins
Available on Audible
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A Life Too Short

2 ratings

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Why does an international footballer with the World at his feet decide to take his own life? On November 10, 2009, the German national goalkeeper Robert Enke stepped in front of a passing train. He was 32 years old. Viewed from the outside, Enke had it all. Here was a professional goalkeeper who had played for a string of Europe's top clubs, including Jose Mourinho's Benfica and Louis Van Gaal's Barcelona. Enke was destined to be his country's first choice for years to come. But beneath the bright veneer of success lay a darker story. In A Life Too Short, award-winning writer Ronald Reng pieces together the puzzle of his lost friend's life. Reng brings into sharp relief the specific demands and fears faced by those who play top-level sport. Heartfelt but never sentimental, he tells the universal tragedy of a talented man's struggles against his own demons.

©2011 Piper Verlag GmbH, Munich. English Translation © Shaun Whiteside 2011 (P)2011 Random House AudioGo

Narrator: John Telfer
Author: Ronald Reng
Length: 13 hrs and 24 mins
Available on Audible
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Practice Soccer at Home

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Are you stuck at home or unable to get access to a soccer field? Are you worried about a lack of practice and reduced fitness? This book is your answer. Whether it's a pandemic caused by an extremely infectious pathogen or a harsh winter that causes 10 feet of snow to pile up on the soccer field, there are times when soccer takes a back seat. As we have discovered, soccer isn't more important than life or death, despite the claims to the contrary. So many coaching books require complex equipment, copious resources, and fantastic facilities. In writing Practice Soccer at Home, we are seeking to offer a guide for those times when we train alone, in our backyard, with little more than a ball and our immediate environment. Undertaking this additional work is important whether we are professionals seeking to perfect our technique at the highest level (why else would top professionals build home gyms into their luxurious houses?) or, more relevantly for this book, keen amateurs or youth players looking to develop our own game. With jobs to hold down, school to attend, and such, it is unlikely that, in the best of times, we will get more than two formal training sessions per week, plus a match at the weekend. Realistically, it is likely to be just one session. In order to maximize our potential, we must do some work on our skills and endurance alone. The most practical place for many of us is to undertake this training at home. Why get in the car to drive to the gym or park if we have a backyard we could use instead? The answer is, of course, what to do in the backyard and what to do it with! This book provides some answers to those questions.

©2020 Kumar (P)2020 Kumar

Narrator: Jim Cassidy
Author: Chest Dugger
Length: 1 hr and 43 mins
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World Soccer Mastery Books

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What do Pearl Harbor, McDonald's, Graceland and a soccer game have in common?  The mind thinks between 60,000 - 80,000 thoughts a day. That's an average of 2500 - 3,300 thoughts per hour. Yet most of those thoughts happen unconsciously and dictate your behavior.  People act based on their unconscious habits and you end up: biting your nails while you wait for the next epiphany avoiding eye contact with the people next to you on the bus eating junk food to reward yourself for the hard work you have done Not all habits are bad, but a lot of them can be the reason why you are stuck in the same routine and making the same mistakes over and over again in your soccer game. Soccer is a game of habits. It´s as simple as 1+1. The right habits create players who win. And the wrong habits get punished once your opponent intercepts the careless pass you continue to make over and over again. Mastering your soccer game means stepping out of the hamster wheel you´ve been living in for years. If you want to instantly level up your game, all you need to do is follow the simple formula of strategies to improve your habits you never even notice. You will be speechless once you discover how you can improve your soccer skills while at work, while brushing your teeth, or while waiting for the bus. Mastering the most popular sport in the world requires more than using muscle strength and the right technique…a lot of people are not even aware of what part of their game they need to work on. Soccer is one of the fastest, most unpredictable and complex games in the world. Therefore, you have to make sure you always stay in control and think one step ahead of your opponent. You´ll discover: How a “happy meal“ turned into a horror meal for soccer players  The magical “hawk-eye” of soccer to prevent failure  How numbers rule the game  Which tool your coach uses to predict the game (one hint: he doesn´t need to be a soccer expert)  How to be in the right place at the right time and turn a pass into a winning goal  The most overlooked factors to help you reach the next league  Why Sergio Ramos is the Real Madrid center back and how you can transfer this knowledge into your next game  Exactly what scouts are looking in a future World Cup player  How a mug and a toothpick can maximize your peripheral vision And much more. Even if you don’t plan to make it to the UEFA Champions League, you still want to be the best player on the soccer field. If you are passionate enough about the game, you don´t want to trust your gut when it comes to the next match and you want to ensure that you are taking the right steps to move your game to the next level... ...then get this audiobook now!

©2019 Kumar (P)2019 Kumar

Narrator: Jim Cassidy
Author: Chest Dugger
Length: 3 hrs and 11 mins
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Create a World Class Soccer Defense

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Do you want to learn the keys to improving your defensive game? Or looking for ways to solidify your team's defense? This audiobook is your answer. As was said by a great soccer manager, "Offense wins games; defense wins titles." This is the case with every level of the professional and amateur game in all countries across the globe. Although there is a correlation between scoring the most goals and winning leagues, it does not seem to be quite as strong as having a watertight defense. So, we might conclude that while scoring goals thrills the crowd and helps a team to win, to be a champion, it is even more important that the defense is as strong as it can possibly be. We hope that we have made our case. Defense is key to a team’s success. But there is another important reason for this coaching audiobook on a team’s defensive unit. We can coach attacking play; set moves, individual skills, and so forth can all help a team to create and score chances. However, goals often result from a touch of magic. The 30-yard screaming shot, the piece of dribbling brilliance, the through pass hit with precision and vision. These are hard attributes to train. Or they can result from an error by the opposition. A mishit clearance, a goalkeeping mistake, a positional defect or communication lapse. Consistent training and coaching can make a bigger impact with defense than can be with offensive players. Movement that becomes second nature, knowledge, technique, experience, and positional awareness - allied to teamwork and communication - these are the elements that come together to produce a defense hard to breach. They are all factors which the coach can improve with their team through drills and team and individual coaching. It is true, if not often said, that attackers thrill the crowd while defenders win matches, at whatever level we play the game, from professional to Under 10 teams playing on a Sunday morning. And it is there, with the match winning defense, that a coach earns his salt. Here's what's included in this audiobook: The four elements of a soccer game and how to defend in each of them Which defensive system is better? Man to man or zonal? The answer may surprise you The most efficient drills to organize your team for set pieces Nine different defensive formations with drills to incorporate each in your team How three-v-two drills are powerful methods to improve with transition in defensive Individual goalkeeping drills and strategies to improve positioning, communication, and timing The two qualities of a great defender and drills to improve them Even if you're a die-hard center forward who believes that all 11 players should attack the opposition goal all day, you'll gain a lot from this audiobook.

©2019 Kumar (P)2019 Kumar

Narrator: Jamie McLean
Author: Chest Dugger
Length: 2 hrs and 23 mins
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Soccer Drills: A 100 Soccer Drills to Improve Your Skills, Strategies and Secrets

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Are you ready to take your soccer game to the next level? Or just looking for ways to improve your team? This audiobook can help solve your problems. Whether known as football or, as in the US, soccer; the ‘beautiful game’ is the most popular sport in the world. The best players earn millions of dollars per year, and the greatest clubs are icons in their regions. Children love putting down a couple of jerseys and having a kick around. Globally, it is the team sport that has the greatest public participation and, at the highest level - such as the World Cup, top leagues and cup finals - matches are watched live by tens of thousands of cheering fans. Support is only limited by stadium size, with tens or even hundreds of millions following their team on TV. It is therefore no surprise that so many people love to play the game, and want to become better at it. Youngsters dream of becoming the next Pele, Messi, Maradona or Ronaldo. This book offers coaches and players insight into how to become a better soccer player. There are chapters on the role of the individual in this team game, and the role of the team in a sport lit up by the brilliance of individuals.   There are drills included to help the player and his side. Indeed, it is drills that lead to players becoming experts, and as good as they can be. Drills take the individual components of soccer and allow practice in a pressure-free, or pressure-controlled, environment. Imagine that a game of soccer is like an English literature examination. For that test, you get taught the information you need to know; you practice using that learning in tests, discussions, and essays. You work on it on your own, making sure that your mind is fit enough to tackle the challenge of the final exam. What you very much do not want is to be learning new concepts under the pressure of the examination hall. That is the place to show what you can do, not try out risky ideas.

©2018 Kumar (P)2018 Kumar

Narrator: Jamie McLean
Author: Chest Dugger
Length: 1 hr and 5 mins
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The Second Half

10 ratings

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Narrated by Stephen Hogan and introduced by Roy Keane. In an 18-year playing career for Cobh Ramblers, Nottingham Forest, and Manchester United (under Sir Alex Ferguson) and Celtic, Roy Keane dominated every midfield he led to glory. Aggressive and highly competitive, his attitude helped him to excel as captain of Manchester United from 1997 until his departure in 2005. He played at an international level for nearly all of his career, representing the Republic of Ireland over 14 years, mainly as team captain, until an incident with national coach Mick McCarthy resulted in Keane's walk-out from the 2002 World Cup. Since retiring as a player, Keane has managed Sunderland and Ipswich and become a notably contrarian pundit for ITV. He is assistant (to Martin O'Neill) manager of the Ireland team. The TV analyst reflects the manager, the player, and the man himself, the unique Roy Keane - Keano. As part of a tiny elite of football players, Roy Keane has lived and experienced what very few people could ever imagine. His status as one of football's greatest stars is undisputed, but what of the challenges beyond the pitch? How did he succeed in coming to terms with life as a former Manchester United and Ireland leader and champion, reinvent himself as a broadcaster, and cope with the psychological struggles this entailed? This book is a personal odyssey, a blend of anecdote and reflection which re-evaluates the meaning of success. In following his personal struggle to reinvent himself, confronting a few demons along the way, The Second Half blends memoir and motivational writing in a manner which both disquiets and reassures in Roy Keane's original voice, in a stunning collaboration brilliantly captured with Man Booker Prize-winning writer Roddy Doyle.

©2014 Roy Keane and Roddy Doyle (P)2014 Orion Publishing Group

Length: 9 hrs and 4 mins
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Gazza

1 rating

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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: the injuries that threatened his career, what really happened when he was dropped from Glenn Hoddle's World Cup squad, his battles with alcoholism and other health problems, as well as his private life away from the spotlight. He also recalls the outrageous antics that have made the headlines, and discusses his hopes for his life after football. Gazza is loved by fans of the game throughout the country, and his autobiography is quite simply the most remarkable footballing story you'll ever read.

©2004 Paul Gascoigne (P)2004 Headline Audiobooks

Length: 2 hrs and 39 mins
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Soccer Mental Toughness: Soccer Coaching to Improve Mental Toughness for a Winning Mentality

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Are you ready to take your soccer game to the next level? Improving your mental strength could be the answer. Things don’t always go our way. That is true in life, in our career, in our relationships and, of course, in sport. That sweet hit from the tee that lands perfectly on the fairway, and races on and on…and on, straight into the bunker. Or the day that our serve just will not function. Is there anything more frustrating than sending hit after hit into the net? Well, of course, there are many things harder to bear, but it doesn’t seem so at the time. Or the day we play the boss at squash, and aim to push him just so far before he defeats us with a series of devastating volleys and bias shots to the corner. Except, they just don’t come off, and we end up winning, knowing that the lift will continue to stop for us at the fifth floor, at least until next time. But these are all examples of individual sports; occasions where if things go against us it is only we that suffer, as annoying as that is. But in team games, such as soccer, we can end up letting down the entire team. Nobody wants to do that. Perhaps more significantly, we do not want the fear of that happening. Often it is the fear of doing something wrong, of making a mistake, of giving the referee a chance to award a penalty against us, that causes that particular disaster to occur. The mark of the very best players is that they have the mental toughness to overcome these moments of adversity. To accept that there are times when matters do not pan out as they hope, and having accepted them, move on without allowing their confidence to drop. Call it resilience, spirit, mental strength or whatever, without a doubt such a mindset is as crucial as having the skills to play at the level to which we aspire. Here's what you'll learn from this audiobook:   Importance of mental toughness Understanding your role in the team Getting along with your teammates Difficulties on the pitch Overcoming personal difficulties Improving self-discipline Top mental exercises and visualisations How to build a personal improvement plan Buy this audiobook now!

©2018 Kumar (P)2018 Kumar

Narrator: Paul Wilson
Author: Chest Dugger
Length: 1 hr and 59 mins
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Griezmann

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Passé au travers des mailles du filet de la formation française, Antoine Griezmann n'a jamais porté le maillot d'un club hexagonal. Jugé trop frêle, il a dû s'exiler en Espagne, à la Real Sociedad, pour accomplir son rêve de gamin et devenir footballeur professionnel. Désormais star incontestée de l'Atlético de Madrid et fer de lance de l'équipe de France, le meilleur joueur de l'Euro 2016 incarne la nouvelle génération bleue. A 26 ans, il a désormais la Coupe du monde 2018 en ligne de mire et, si sa carrière est loin d'être terminée, son histoire et ses 7 vies méritent déjà d'être contées.

©2017 Collot & Caioli (P)2020 Audible Studios

Narrator: Ronan Ducolomb
Length: 7 hrs and 57 mins
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Robbie Fowler

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To Liverpool fans he was 'God', but Robbie Fowler has never told his full story - until now.  In Robbie Fowler: My Life in Football, Robbie takes us on a journey through the games that have shaped his career and thinking about football, from Hillsborough to Istanbul, via the cup treble, that celebration, all those goals, Houllier, Benitiez, Klopp and the rest.  Personal and revealing, Robbie's stories come from a life spent inside the game. He invites us inside the dressing room, sharing stories of legendary teammates like Rush, Owen and Gerrard, his love of the Kop, his greatest achievements and his biggest regrets - as well as the money, fame and hoopla that surround the modern game.  Discussing frankly his rise to football's top table, his struggles with injuries and retirement, as well as his feelings about the modern game, Robbie Fowler: My Life in Football harks back to a simpler time when fans and players shared the same story, and when the local boy really could dream of scoring a hat-trick for his home club when Saturday came.

©2019 Robbie Fowler (P)2019 Bonnier Books UK

Narrator: Luke Francis
Length: 8 hrs and 18 mins
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Grupo salvaje [Wild Group]

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El audiolibro que firma Manuel Jabois, Grupo salvaje, traza un recorrido por el madridismo de un niño gallego. No es algo casual, porque para Jabois el fútbol y la infancia van unidos. "Yo pienso que el fútbol es un estado natural de la infancia, algo irracional que mantener dentro de los cauces de la no violencia, pero esta tontería de felicitar al rival o concederle valor nunca la acabé de ver. Uno en la vida puede tener amigos de izquierdas y de derechas, casarse con mujeres del Atlético y hasta tener a un hijo del Barcelona, si la providencia es especialmente cruel, pero todo transcurrirá con armonía y piques sanos hasta que empiece el partido. El partido de fútbol pienso yo que es la infancia alocada, parcial y furiosa de quien patalea y llora. Ahí uno está defendiendo su parcela de niñez. "Yo quería hacer con los goles de Hugo Sánchez lo que después quise hacer con mi vida: detenerlos en el tiempo, congelar la felicidad y mantenerla envasada en la nevera para cogerlos cualquier día y abrirlos como si fuesen un helado. Me avergonzaba cuando mis padres abrían la habitación y me encontraban un martes por la noche dándole al play y escuchando aquello embelesadamente, tratando de sentir dos días después lo mismo: cazar el instante, y por tanto devolverme a esos pocos segundos en los que era feliz de una manera extrema y bellísima. "Levantó los brazos espasmódicamente y todo su cuerpecillo se agitó despacio. Luego se dio la vuelta, por fin, después de tantos años, y gritó '¡gol!' mientras nosotros, sentados, nos levantábamos a chocarle la mano por lo menos. 'Higuaín,' dijo antes de desplomarse sobre su silla para seguir viendo el partido, 'es el mejor.' Así que nuestro viejo era del Pipa y ahí teníamos uno de los milagros del fútbol: un anciano gallego devoto hasta no se sabía qué punto de un veinteañero argentino, un killer que había llegado a Madrid con pinta de luchador voluntarioso. "Al fin y al cabo es a las emociones antiguas a las que se les tiene más cariño, como hijos que le acompañan a uno desde niño. Lo sagrado del partido del Madrid permanece quieto como el primer día; como si, desde el primer partido, el Madrid solo hubiera jugado un primer partido tras otro. Y ese regreso perpetuo a lo que fuimos es un milagro en la medida en que uno siempre, pase lo que pase, es del Madrid como la primera vez." Please note: This audiobook is in Spanish.

©2012 Manuel Jabois Sueiro 2012 Libros del K.O., S.L.L. (P)2020 Audible, Inc.

Narrator: Victor Manzur
Length: 46 mins
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The Farther Corner

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Widely regarded as one of the best football books ever written, The Far Corner was a vivid portrait of the sport in the North-East and of the people who bring such passion to it. Now, a generation later, Harry Pearson returns to the region to discover how much things have changed - and how much they have remained the same.  In the mid-1990s, Kevin Keegan brought sporting romance and expectation of trophies to Newcastle, Sunderland moved the the Stadium of Light backed by a wealthy consortium, Middlesbrough signed one of the best Brazilians of the era and won their first major trophy - even little Darlington had a former safe-cracker turned kitchen magnate in charge, promising the world. The region even provided England's two key players in Euro 96 in Alan Shearer and Paul Gascoigne - the far corner seemed destined to become the centre of England's footballing world. But it never happened. Using travels to and from matches in the 2018-19 season, The Farther Corner will explore the changes in North-East football and society over the past 25 years. Visiting new places and some familiar ones, catching the stories, the sentiment and the sound of the supporters, locating where football now sits in the life of a region that was once proud to be what John Arlott suggested was ‘The Hotbed of Soccer’, it will be about love and loss and the happiness to be found eating KitKats and joking about Bobby Mimms on cold February days in coal-scented northern air. The region may have been left behind in the Champions League stakes, but few would doubt the power of its beating heart. 

©2020 Harry Pearson. All rights reserved (P)2020 Simon & Schuster, UK. All Rights Reserved.

Narrator: Gordon Griffin
Length: 8 hrs and 48 mins
Available on Audible
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Grupo salvaje [Wild Group]

Summary

El audiolibro que firma Manuel Jabois, Grupo salvaje, traza un recorrido por el madridismo de un niño gallego. No es algo casual, porque para Jabois el fútbol y la infancia van unidos. "Yo pienso que el fútbol es un estado natural de la infancia, algo irracional que mantener dentro de los cauces de la no violencia, pero esta tontería de felicitar al rival o concederle valor nunca la acabé de ver. Uno en la vida puede tener amigos de izquierdas y de derechas, casarse con mujeres del Atlético y hasta tener a un hijo del Barcelona, si la providencia es especialmente cruel, pero todo transcurrirá con armonía y piques sanos hasta que empiece el partido. El partido de fútbol pienso yo que es la infancia alocada, parcial y furiosa de quien patalea y llora. Ahí uno está defendiendo su parcela de niñez. "Yo quería hacer con los goles de Hugo Sánchez lo que después quise hacer con mi vida: detenerlos en el tiempo, congelar la felicidad y mantenerla envasada en la nevera para cogerlos cualquier día y abrirlos como si fuesen un helado. Me avergonzaba cuando mis padres abrían la habitación y me encontraban un martes por la noche dándole al play y escuchando aquello embelesadamente, tratando de sentir dos días después lo mismo: cazar el instante, y por tanto devolverme a esos pocos segundos en los que era feliz de una manera extrema y bellísima. "Levantó los brazos espasmódicamente y todo su cuerpecillo se agitó despacio. Luego se dio la vuelta, por fin, después de tantos años, y gritó '¡gol!' mientras nosotros, sentados, nos levantábamos a chocarle la mano por lo menos. 'Higuaín,' dijo antes de desplomarse sobre su silla para seguir viendo el partido, 'es el mejor.' Así que nuestro viejo era del Pipa y ahí teníamos uno de los milagros del fútbol: un anciano gallego devoto hasta no se sabía qué punto de un veinteañero argentino, un killer que había llegado a Madrid con pinta de luchador voluntarioso. "Al fin y al cabo es a las emociones antiguas a las que se les tiene más cariño, como hijos que le acompañan a uno desde niño. Lo sagrado del partido del Madrid permanece quieto como el primer día; como si, desde el primer partido, el Madrid solo hubiera jugado un primer partido tras otro. Y ese regreso perpetuo a lo que fuimos es un milagro en la medida en que uno siempre, pase lo que pase, es del Madrid como la primera vez." Please note: This audiobook is in Spanish.

©2012 Manuel Jabois Sueiro 2012 Libros del K.O., S.L.L. (P)2020 Audible, Inc.

Narrator: Enric Puig
Length: 1 hr and 1 min
Available on Audible
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The Ultimate Guide to Soccer Positions

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Desperate to improve your striking skills but lack the inside knowledge on how to do so? Want to know how to imitate the world's best professional strikers? There are a few straightforward procedures you can undertake to achieve top striking ability. Listen to my book to find out how what they are and how to implement them. With the secrets contained within, you will be equipped to become the amazing goal-scorer you always wanted to be! Success in soccer is not always down to having the best shot or dribbling skills. It also depends on game intelligence - the ability to read football with a tactical and pre-emptory eye. Like a game of chess, soccer requires cunning and know-how. You must defeat your opponent mentally as well as physically and technically. Game intelligence is a hard skill to teach, but my manual has uncovered the secret. With the tips contained within it you will be able to expand your game intelligence and your knowledge of the intricacies of playing soccer exponentially. Don't waste any more time, start developing your game intelligence today! Ever tried to develop a new skill but been frustrated by failure? Ever tried something that the next footballer learns easily but you struggle to master? Learning new skills can often be an arduous task. However, the difficulties of obtaining new skills can be avoided with the information contained inside my manual. Using techniques popular among South American, and especially Brazilian, players, my guide will show you how to add new skills to your repertoire quickly and easily!

©2016 Mirsad Hasic (P)2016 Mirsad Hasic

Author: Mirsad Hasic
Length: 4 hrs and 57 mins
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Soccer Dribbling & Foot Skills

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How defenses think and react during a game is not easily understood…or is it? Through countless hours of practice, training, and experience, soccer's elite have shown consistent patterns of in-game skills that when applied, will lead to predictable outcomes - more goals, more assists, and more wins! The current soccer books on the market teach about general knowledge without the clear steps to use skills to quickly get past players on the other team. Learn what coaches do not teach, not because they don’t care, but because they just don’t know how to improve a player's confidence and abilities to get past the other team. Often, coaches only emphasize the team's abilities to pass, while giving no time to the dribbling skills of each individual. It is just as essential to develop the players within the system as it is to strengthen the squad itself. Who this book is for: The defender who lacks the confidence to control the ball in the backfield or who wants to make the transition from defense to offense. The midfielder who finds themselves passing often because they can't beat a defender. The forward who doesn’t create the space to take at least five shots per game. The parent who loves their child, but hates to see them struggle with a lack of self-esteem. The coach that knows their squad can succeed if their players' attacking foot skills, shot fakes, and awareness on how to outsmart defenders improved. Outcomes of applying the facts in this book: Learn how to create enough space to get a shot on target. Know which move to use when you are being defended. Ensure that you are using moves that will work every time. It is time for hours of practicing dribbling and foot skills to pay off. Become the player, coach, or parent that changes every game from here on out. Get up your copy today by clicking "Buy Now". Please note: When you purchase this title, the accompanying PDF will be available in your Audible Library along with the audio.

©2018 Understand, LLC (P)2018 Understand, LLC

Narrator: Dylan Joseph
Author: Dylan Joseph
Length: 1 hr and 52 mins
Available on Audible
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Soccer Training: A Step-by-Step Guide on 14 Topics for Intelligent Soccer Players, Coaches, and Parents

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With game-proven methods to score more against any team, this is your manual for success!   How teams play is unpredictable...or is it? Through countless hours of practice, training, and experience, soccer's elite have shown consistent patterns of in-game skills that, when applied, will lead to very predictable outcomes - more goals, more assists, and more wins! Learn what coaches do not teach, not because they do not care, but because they just don't know. Often, coaches emphasize the team's abilities while giving little to no time and minimal volume to the skills of each individual. It is just as essential to develop the players within the system.   This is a high-level overview of the areas that can take a player from being a benchwarmer to MVP. In a day and age where many so-called experts' advice is to improve your conditioning, get more touches, try harder, and want it more, this audiobook stands out on delivering the steps to turn any player into a great performer.   Who this is for:  The defender who does not know which direction to push an attacker  The midfielder who does not get enough assists  The forward who does not score at least two goals a game  Parents  Coaches   Outcomes of applying this audiobook:  Understand how to beat a defender every time (plus a few skills to avoid) Condition your mind-set to become one of a winner You may ask, "Why is this better than watching free YouTube videos?" Well, though YouTube can be used to complement this audiobook because videos show visuals of the skills, each video is often unorganized, and the order in which you watch the videos is not structured at all. This audiobook provides that structure. It gives every player the ability to walk onto a field and know that, one, your team will win, and two, you will lead them to victory!    It is time for hours of soccer training to pay off. Become the player, coach, or parent who changes every game from here on out. Pick up your copy today by clicking "Buy Now".  PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying PDF will be available in your Audible Library along with the audio.

©2018 Understand, LLC (P)2018 Understand, LLC

Narrator: Dylan Joseph
Author: Dylan Joseph
Length: 2 hrs and 8 mins
Available on Audible
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Newcastle United's Worst Ever Players

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Did Wayne Fereday ruin your life? Was Silvio Maric directly responsible for your high dentist bills due to the constant gnashing and grinding of your molars? Did Billy Askew's hair give you nightmares, or did the merest mention of Alain Boumsong's name have the same effect as the aftermath of a Vindaloo? Then this is the book you've been waiting for. Relive all your least favorite Newcastle United moments by taking a journey back through the labyrinth of frustration, disillusionment, and failure that is Newcastle United's worst ever players. Grimace, cringe, and wince as you take a trip down the derelict end of memory lane, through a history of Newcastle United's most inept, incompetent, and overpaid exponents of the beautiful game. Players who panicked whenever the ball came within 20 yards of them, players who would struggle to make the bench for St. Joseph's School under-sevens team and players who surprised you by managing to put their boots on the right feet. If you've ever watched a Newcastle United player and wondered how they managed to turn professional and you didn't, if you were left speechless as they were allowed to continue spreading their misery well into the second half or dumbfounded at the fact they'd managed to convince someone to pay them a wage to stumble around the field and offer nothing more to the cause than the corner flag, you'll find them all here.

©2014 Peter Nuttall (P)2015 Peter Nuttall

Narrator: Andy Patterson
Length: 3 hrs and 28 mins
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Believe Us

1 rating

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The definitive account of Jürgen Klopp’s astonishing revival of Liverpool Football Club.  Liverpool Football Club’s stunning 2020 Premier League title victory deserves a place in the official record of great sporting achievements. The Reds became the first team in British history to hold the European Cup, Super Cup, World Club Cup and domestic league title simultaneously in a masterclass of free-scoring, full throttle footballing prowess.  Journalist Melissa Reddy reveals the inside story of Jürgen Klopp’s astonishing revival of Liverpool, culminating in the club’s first domestic league trophy in 30 years. Featuring incisive and insightful reporting, and the thoughts of players, management and club hierarchy, Believe Us paints a vivid picture of this titanic sporting success. Reddy’s unparalleled access to the club brings interviews with everyone from fans and key backroom staff to players including talismanic captain Jordan Henderson, and of course Klopp himself. The perfect gift for any fan of the club or its inimitable leader, this is heavy metal football writing at its best. 

©2020 Melissa Reddy (P)2020 HarperCollins Publishers Limited

Narrator: Julie Maisey
Length: 6 hrs and 6 mins
Available on Audible
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Michael Owen: Reboot

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Michael Owen's new autobiography will enable him to open up about his football life for the first time and set the record straight once and for all. It promises to make for an explosive listen and is one of the most hotly anticipated football books of the year. The legendary striker published his first book, Off the Record, in 2004, but feels he didn't have a voice during his playing days, and now, six years after hanging up his boots, he can finally lift the lid on what really happened during his career. After breaking into the Liverpool team as a 17-year-old, Owen burst on to the international scene with a wonder goal against Argentina in the 1998 World Cup.   But controversial transfers to Real Madrid, Newcastle United, and Anfield rivals Manchester United, have always divided opinion among fans. Now Owen is revealing what really happened during a career that saw him share a dressing room with the likes of David Beckham, Zinedine Zidane, Steven Gerrard, and Alan Shearer. Exclusive bonus content, including a special Q&A section and an introduction, specifically narrated by Michael himself. 

©2019 Michael Owen (P)2019 W. F. Howes Ltd

Author: Michael Owen
Length: 10 hrs and 52 mins
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Cheer Up Peter Reid

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Peter Reid is one of the most colourful characters to emerge from England over the last 50 years. As a player, he established himself as one of the leading midfielders of his era, being named PFA Player of the Year in 1985 and credited as the fourth best footballer in the world. He won numerous honours with Everton, including two league titles, one FA Cup and one European Cup Winners’ Cup. He also won 13 England caps, playing at the 1986 World Cup - where a date with destiny at the ‘hand’ of Diego Maradona would provide a lasting, painful memory.  This is the unique story of a footballer who got to the top and never forgot his roots. Told with typical forthrightness, Peter’s audiobook will capture the imagination of football fans far and wide.

©2017 Peter Reid (P)2019 W. F. Howes Ltd

Narrator: Robin Morrissey
Author: Peter Reid
Length: 9 hrs and 51 mins
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Ballzauber

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Was ist ein Hattrick? Wenn ein Fußballspieler es schafft innerhalb einer Halbzeit drei Tore zu schießen. Übersetzt heißt das englische Wort eigentlich nicht mehr als Hut-Trick. Spieler, die diesen Trick schaffen werden in der Tat auch in Fußballbüchern als Zauberer bezeichnet. Doch wie viel haben Fußball und Zauberei tatsächlich gemein? Da die Autorin sich seit vielen Jahren mit Magie beschäftigt, kann sie mit einer Fülle von Fakten das Ballspiel beschreiben und die magischen Elemente darin enttarnen. Und dabei wird ganz schnell deutlich was für eine besondere Position dieser Sport einnimmt.

©2006 SAGA Egmont (P)2020 SAGA Egmont

Narrator: Knut Müller
Length: 3 hrs and 21 mins
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Soccer: A Step-by-Step Guide on How to Score, Dribble Past the Other Team, and Work with Your Teammates (3 Books in 1)

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A player who couldn’t score. A bleak soccer future as a bench-warmer. An athlete who lacked confidence in his game. Are you or a loved one enjoying soccer, but can’t stand not being confident on what to do with the ball? Do you or a child have a problem getting shots and making them go in? Are you a parent or player that would love to dribble several opponents at once but struggle even beating one? If any of these situations describe you, you are not alone. Coaches of soccer are good at having the team work together. Sadly, your abilities as an individual are often lost in the team’s tactics unless you are the star player on the team. The coach lets the best player do as they please, but every other player must do their job. This is great when you are the favorite player, but more often than not you are just existing on the field and not really contributing to your team in the way you want to. This three-in-one bundled book contains the second, third, and fourth books of the Understand Soccer Series. Therefore, you get the following three books for the price of two: Soccer Shooting & Finishing: A Step-by-Step Guide on How to Score Soccer Dribbling & Foot Skills: A Step-by-Step Guide on How to Dribble Past the Other Team Soccer Passing & Receiving: A Step-by-Step Guide on How to Work with Your Teammates From these three books, you will: Learn the shooting form to use most often and which ones are important in different game situation. Find out the one skill to beat a defender every time. Discover the two things to take any okay soccer player and make them great overnight. Why does learning these things matter? Well, building your knowledge grows your confidence. Self-esteem is key for any soccer player and building the belief in your child will allow them to play to the level you know they can play. You may think those are all well and great, but “how can a book really deliver on increasing the abilities of yourself, son, daughter, or team? Why not just watch a YouTube to see it too?” Excitingly, this bundled book lays out step-by-step what you should work on and the most important keys to being able to perform on the field. Yes, other author’s will fill up their pages with tips for various situations, but never really say which things to know are the most important and will make the biggest difference in your game. This book does exactly that. It is time for hours of soccer practice to finally pay off. Become the player, coach, or parent that changes every game from here on out. Listen to your copy today by clicking "Buy Now". PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying PDF will be available in your Audible Library along with the audio.

©2019 Understand, LLC (P)2019 Understand, LLC

Narrator: Dylan Joseph
Author: Dylan Joseph
Length: 4 hrs and 58 mins
Available on Audible
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Premier League Legends: The 10 Greatest Premier League Players of All Time

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The English Premier League is the richest in the world, with clubs able to attract some of the best footballing talent on the planet. But who are the 10 greatest players ever to have graced the Premier League?

©2016 Ian Slatter (P)2018 Ian Slatter

Narrator: Simon Watts
Author: Ian Slatter
Length: 2 hrs and 17 mins
Available on Audible
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Spillets forvandling

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For 30 år siden var Europas herrefodbold martret af vold og tragedie. Fodbolden var blevet synonym med grove tackling og tilskueruroligheder, der kulminerede med stadiontragedierne på Heysel og Hillsborough. Det stod så slemt til, at Margaret Thatchers britiske regering overvejede af indstille den professionelle fodbold. Det skete ikke, i stedet voksede en ny sport ud af ruinerne. Klubfodbolden blev rigere, dyrere, smukkere, renere, mere højlydt og global, men også mere ulige og forudsigelig.

Spillets forvandling er historien om tre årtier, der ændrede fodbolden for altid. Om idéernes kamp, og om nøglepersoner som Van Gaal, Mourinho, Guardiola, Wenger, Xavi, Messi, Ronaldo, Bosman, Murdoch og Abramovitj, om Premier Leagues og Champions Leagues fødsel og sejrsgang. Og om hvorfor fodboldstøvler ikke længere er sorte. 

©2019 Gyldendal (P)2019 Gyldendal

Narrator: Bo Carlsson
Length: 5 hrs and 54 mins
Available on Audible
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The Premier League's Worst Ever Players

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Did Francis Jeffers ever keep you awake at night? Did you slap yourself in the face each time you witnessed an Eric Djemba-Djemba attack-splitting pass? Did Titus Bramble cause you to eat your match program in frustration? Then this is the book you've been waiting for. Relive all your least favorite Premier League moments by taking a journey back through the maze of frustration, disillusionment and failure that is the Premier League's worst ever players. Grimace, wince and sob as you take a trip down the derelict end of memory lane, through a history of the Premier League's most inept, incompetent, overpaid and under-talented exponents of the beautiful game. Players who looked terrified whenever the ball came within 20 yards of them, players who would struggle to make the bench for their son's under-7s team and players who surprised you by managing to make it onto the field wearing the correct strip. If you've ever watched a Premier League player and wondered how they managed to turn professional and you didn't, if you were left speechless as they were allowed to continue spreading their misery well into the second half, if they rang Graeme Souness pretending to be George Weah's cousin or if they left you dumbfounded at the fact they'd managed to convince someone to pay them a wage to represent your hopes and dreams, you'll find them all here.

©2013 Peter Nuttall (P)2015 Peter Nuttall

Narrator: Hugh Noble
Length: 5 hrs and 53 mins
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44 Soccer Midfielder Mistakes to Avoid

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Forty-Four Awesome Secrets That Will Transform You into a Skillful Soccer Midfielder Today! Your mission, should you choose to accept it: Play as a successful soccer player. This means that you accept the huge responsibility of being the midfielder and commit to playing well. This position can lead the team to either victory or crushing defeat. Like most things in life, it's up to you to choose which direction you go. The tasks of a midfielder are critical on the field. The midfielder must be able to move the ball selectively, build strong attacks, defend the ball skillfully, and go the extra mile to score as many goals as possible. It's a lot of risk, but it's also a lot of reward...if you know how to take the next step. In this book I lay out the next step - and then some. Why? That's what will be required for you to rise as a midfielder, earning respect, recognition, and rewards. Let me make the path to success easier for an action taker such as yourself. Stop Failing Over and Over.... Let Me Catapult You to the Peak! In order to succeed on the soccer midfield, you need to stop doing the same mistakes over and over again and then start doing the things right. This can be really hard, especially if you are not even aware of what you are doing wrong. This is why I am going to reveal how exactly to identify those mistakes and stop doing them once for all. I guarantee that you will be able to notice amazing results in your performance on the soccer field. You will not find this information in any other book, as these are my personal objectives and thoughts that I have built through the years of an active career.

©2015 Mirsad Hasic (P)2016 Mirsad Hasic

Author: Mirsad Hasic
Length: 5 hrs and 26 mins
Available on Audible