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Goalless Draws

Author : David Squires
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Half-and-half scarves? VARs? England winning penalty shoot-outs? Modern football can be baffling. But if you're contemplating throwing it all in for the simpler pleasures of quantum mechanics, don't despair just yet: help is at hand. In Goalless Draws, David Squires unpicks the modern game with an unmissable selection of his Guardian football cartoons from 2014 to the 2018 World Cup. From the ever-dizzying managerial roundabout to the absurdities of the transfer window, and from the annual tradition of poppygate to the 'stable genius' of José Mourinho, the result is a riotous reminder of all the pitfalls of the modern game, as well as everything that keeps us coming back for more.

England Managers

Author : Brian Glanville
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The England national team has had 12 full-time managers and Brian Glanville has known them all. In this fascinating account of each man his strengths, weaknesses and impact on the game Brian Glanville provides an in-depth analysis of the team as well as the individuals under scrutiny. Funny, controversial, measured and thought-provoking, Glanvilles assessment of why England has underachieved is required reading for all football fans and for every member of the FA Committee if they are prepared to confront some unpalatable truths. On Revie: He was never cut out for the lonely exposed life of an international manager almost pathologically thin-skinned. On Robson: A mixture of good and bad luck characterised his years. He never seemed fully in control. On Venables: Highly competent but appointed a few years too late. On Hoddle: A curates egg of a regime.'

Behind The Back Page

Author : Christopher Davies
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You have read the back pages - here Christopher Davies tells the stories behind the stories. Recounting the tales of his 40 years as a sports reporter in places as diverse as Albania, Nigeria, Malaysia, Colombia, Japan, New York...and even the Vatican which he visited with the Republic of Ireland squad during Italia 90. Davies opens the lid on a career spent rubbing shoulders with some of the greatest sports icons at the world's biggest sporting events. He reveals how he was mistaken for Christ and that he was spied on by the KGB. A great mix of drama, intrigue and humour 'Behind the Back Page' gives a fascinating insight to one of the most sought-after of jobs."e;One of the funniest things I have ever read. Some of the reminiscences will have fellow journalists purring nostalgically and empathising with the frustrations of life on the road - dodgy hotel rooms, faulty lap-tops, deaf copy-takers. But, at the same time, all sports fans will love to read how it really is. I've heard some of the Jack Charlton stories on the circuit, but - even sitting alone in my lounge - I was still helpless with laughter as Chris re-told the tales of those vintage days with Ireland. If you were making a documentary about life on the front-line as a national sports journalist, then this would be your script: humour, reality and - above all - a genuine sense that the author remembers (when other hacks sometimes forget) just what a wonderful professional life he's been fortunate to live!"e; --Peter Drury, ITV Sport"e;Prepare to be entertained."e; --Alan McKinlay, Daily Mirror"e;Christopher Davies has a wealth of experience as a national newspaper journalist - and a wealth of stories to go with it. He tells them with great wit too... a funny guy!"e; --Ian Ridley"e;Journalists like to imagine that theirs is a serious, stressful profession. The truth, at least as far as football reporters is concerned, is that it is a great life. Christopher Davies happily acknowledges that truth and his book takes the reader behind the scenes for a peek at the privileged, joyful business of being in the football media and a close-up view of some of the biggest names and biggest events of the game."e; -- Mick Dennis, Daily ExpressAuthor Biog: Christopher Davies has spent more than 40 years reporting the beautiful game, 20 of those with the Daily Telegraph. He's clocked up 64 countries, 9 World Cups, 9 European Championships, 17 European club finals, almost 200 Republic of Ireland internationals, 18 Super Bowls, 2 muggings (victim not perpetrator), and even had an audience with the Pope - all contributing to a million happy memories. A former chairman of the Football Writers' Association, he can be heard regularly on talkSPORT and is now part of the People's sports reporting team. Davies lives in Bromley, enjoys cooking and drinking New Zealand sauvignon blanc.

Tell Him He s Pele

Author : Phil Shaw
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My parents have always been there for me, ever since I was about seven - David Beckham For Tony to admit he is an alcoholic took an awful lot of bottle - Ian Wright on Tony Adams I've been playing in a golf day for a boy seriously injured in a car accident. I had to drive like a lunatic to get here - Ray Houghton, TalkSport football pundit, on why he was late on-air Reporter: What would you be if you weren't a footballer? Peter Crouch: A virgin. I've never been so certain about anything in my life. I want to be a coach. Or a manager. I'm not sure which - Phil Neville Footballers may not be known for their profound insights, but it seems no one in the game is above a mixed metaphor or confused cliché. From Harry Redknapp to Martin O'Neill, Patrice Evra to Jason McAteer, see the funny side of the beautiful game with this hilarious collection of verbal own goals. Packed full of hilarious quotes, quips and misfires from the biggest names in football, Tell Him He's Pele is a must for everyone with a sense of humour.

OptaJoe s Football Yearbook 2016

Author : Duncan Alexander
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Kane or Vardy? Pep or José? Pulis or ... anybody else? Football is a game of opinions. A world where received wisdom and the law of the hunch reign supreme. But football is becoming more intelligent. The history books may say that Leicester City winning the premier league ‘defied logic’, but if you looked more closely, they were always going to win . . . From distances run to pass success rate, shots on target to corners won, counter-attacks to tackles made, Opta, the world’s leading sports data company, records everything. But what does it all mean? And how can it add to our love of the game? From the author and statistician behind the popular OptaJoe Twitter account, what follows is a hugely entertaining and insightful guide to football in 2016, analysing data from the world's greatest teams, players, leagues and tournaments. Stats can never tell us everything, but combining cutting-edge analysis with wry humour, this book debunks countless myths peddled by pundits, managers, and even players. The ideas that follow are both surprising and satisfying, but may also leave you with the feeling that ‘yes, that’s what I was thinking all along’.

Make Us Dream A Fan s View of the 2013 14 Season

Author : Neil Collins
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LAST summer few football fans would've given Liverpool a realistic chance of Champions League qualification, let alone a title challenge sustained to the final day. But one man believed. The 2013/14 season marked the year when Brendan Rodgers revolutionised the club by restoring the faith and reconnecting it with its fans. Throughout the entire campaign he oversaw a breathtaking brand of football spearheaded by Suarez, Sturridge, Sterling and Steven Gerrard - or "poetry in motion" as the Anfield faithful called it. Kopites asked the squad to ""make us dream,"" and Liverpool were finally awoken from being one of the game's sleeping giants to becoming a force again. Relive all the classic moments through the eyes of a diehard supporter on the road with Rodgers' Reds. And experience fly-on-the-wall accounts of the sights, sounds, songs and smells of match-days. Crammed with in-depth analysis, humour and facts Make Us Dream is not the closing of a chapter, but the start of a compelling new one."

England s World Cup Story

Author : Andy Groom
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Are you a loyal England supporter? Do you look forward to the World Cup and eagerly follow England’s progress? Would you like to find out more about the history of your national team and their past performance in top flight football? If so, this book is certain to appeal to you. England’s World Cup Story documents England’s journey in the World Cup from 1950 under the guidance of Sir Walter Winterbottom up to 2010 with Fabio Capello at the helm as manager. Packed with fascinating facts, quotes and profiles of many of the all-time great players, this book tells the story of the England team through the years from the many near misses and disappointments to victory in 1966 and beyond. Who can forget the likes of Gordon Banks, Bobby Moore and Sir Stanley Matthews to name but a few? They are all in this book together with more recent heroes such as David Beckham, Alan Shearer and Wayne Rooney. As one of only eight national sides to have lifted the World Cup trophy, this book is a fitting tribute to the England team. This is a must-have for all fans of the beautiful game and anyone with an interest in the history of the World Cup.

Brian Clough Nobody Ever Says Thank You

Author : Jonathan Wilson
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The final word on Brian Clough In this first full, critical biography, Jonathan Wilson draws an intimate and powerful portrait of one of England's greatest football managers, Brian Clough, and his right-hand man, Peter Taylor. It was in the unforgiving world of post-war football where their identities and reputations were made - a world where, as Clough and Taylor's mentor Harry Storer once said, 'Nobody ever says thank you.' Nonetheless, Clough brought the gleam of silverware to the depressed East Midlands of the 1970s. Initial triumph at Derby was followed by a sudden departure and a traumatic 44 days at Leeds. By the end of a frazzled 1974, Clough was set up for life financially, but also hardened to the realities of football. By the time he was at Forest, Clough's mask was almost permanently donned: a persona based on brashness and conflict. Drink fuelled the controversies and the colourful character; it heightened the razor-sharp wit and was a salve for the highs of football that never lasted long enough, and for the lows that inevitably followed. Wilson's account is the definitive portrait of this complex and enduring man.

Bristol Rovers

Author : Stephen Byrne
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The official, definitive history of Bristol Rovers FC, from its origins in 1883 to the present day.

Gordon Banks

Author : Jim Morris
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A look at the life of one of the footballing greats.