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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 worshipped across the continent. Then the baton passed to the Italians, who clearly boasted Europe's strongest league. But when France started winning everything at the 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.
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 twenty-five 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.
Let's Tell This Story Properly by Ellah Wakatama Allfrey Pdf
Honouring strong new voices from around the world, the 2014 Commonwealth Short Story Prize is a global award, open to unpublished as well as published writers, with a truly international judging panel. This global anthology presents the winner of the 2014 Short Story Prize, Jennifer Nansubuga Makumbi’s “Let’s Tell This Story Properly,” alongside some of the most promising and original stories entered for the prize during the past three years by emerging writers across the literary landscape of the world. Gathered from over ten thousand entries, the selected stories are provocative, rich in flair and ambition, and push the boundaries of fiction into fresh territory.
Well written and thoughtful. Takes us on a tour of some of Europe's most innovative football thinkers - Financial Times The future of football is now. Football's data revolution has only just begun. The arrival of advanced metrics and detailed analysis is already reshaping the modern game. We can now fully assess player performance, analyse the role of luck and measure what really leads to victory. There is no turning back. Now the race is on between football's wealthiest clubs and a group of outsiders, nerds and rule-breakers, who are turning the game on its head with their staggering innovations. Winning is no longer just about what happens out on the pitch, it's now a battle taking place in boardrooms and on screens across international borders with the world's brightest minds driving for an edge over their fiercest rivals. Christoph Biermann has moved in the midst of these disruptive upheavals, talking to scientists, coaches, managers, scouts and psychologists in the world's major clubs, traveling across Europe and the US and revealing the hidden - and often jaw-dropping - truths behind the beautiful game. 'A book full of exciting ideas and inside views on modern football. The most exciting book in an exciting time for football.' Thomas Hitzlsperger
An opinionated masterclass in the art and science of “reading” a match from one of professional soccer’s most respected and beloved international figures. "For Americans new to European soccer, terms like 'false striker,' 'double accordion' or 'moving trios' need Mr. Gullit’s expert explications." —Wall Street Journal 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 one player's speed to make a winning team. Over the course of his career, 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. Now, having looked at soccer through every lens possible, Gullit shares 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. And he uses his own vast experience to illustrate each point, so his lessons are filled with anecdotes from his years on the field and insights from his observations as a manager and commentator. This exhaustive guide will change the way even the most die-hard fan watches the beautiful game.
The Netherlands has been one of the world's most distinctive and sophisticated football cultures. From the birth of Total Football in the sixties, through two decades of World Cup near misses to the exiles who remade clubs like AC Milan, Barcelona, Arsenal and Chelsea in their own image, the Dutch have often been dazzlingly original and influential. The elements of their style (exquisite skills, adventurous attacking tactics, a unique blend of individual creativity and teamwork, weird patterns of self-destruction) reflect and embody the country's culture and history. This book lays bare the elegant, fractured soul of the Dutch Masters and the culture that spawned them by exploring and analysing its key ideas, institutions, personalities and history in the context of wider Dutch society.
“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
The Expected Goals Philosophy by James Tippett Pdf
The Expected Goals method is football's best-kept secret. The metric gives unparalleled insight into which teams and players are performing at the highest level. Professional gamblers have used Expected Goals to make millions through football betting. Club scouts have used Expected Goals to identify hidden gems in the transfer market. And the media have recently started using Expected Goals to offer more profound insight in their broadcasts. Despite this, most ordinary fans still don't understand what the Expected Goals method is - or appreciate the significant impact that it is set to have on the sport in coming years. Expected Goals (otherwise known as xG) was originally conjured up by a small corner of the online football analytics community. It didn't take long for professional gamblers to begin using xG to predict match outcomes. These bettors utilised the Expected Goals method to turn over hundreds of millions of pounds from the bookmakers. Before long, football clubs had caught on to the ground-breaking insight given by xG. Brentford FC were leaders in this field, managing to assemble a Play-Off-reaching squad on a shoe-string budget. In the last five years, the small West London side have turned over more than £100m in transfer revenue from their use of the Expected Goals method in player recruitment. More recently, the Expected Goals method has been adopted by the media as a form of insight. Fans are finally catching on to the pioneering means of football analysis. Soon enough, anyone who doesn't understand the Expected Goals philosophy will be left behind. "This book will make you watch football differently" - Tobias Pedersen "Possibly the most ground-breaking football book ever written" - Football Impact "A brilliant account of the history and future of Expected Goals" - StatShot
Manchester United’s Tony Strudwick leads an all-star panel in providing the most current research on soccer. Soccer Science features the world’s leading experts in soccer history, biomechanics, physiology, psychology, skill acquisition, coaching, tactical approaches, and performance and match analysis.
Soccer: The Ultimate Guide to Football History, Skills, Strategies, and Performance by Marcus B. Cole Pdf
"To play soccer is to dance with the ball and sing with the heart." Discover the beautiful game of soccer like never before in "Soccer: The Ultimate Guide to Football History, Skills, Strategies, and Performance." This comprehensive guide will take you on an incredible journey through the world of soccer, from its origins to the modern era, exploring the rules, tactics, and strategies that have shaped the sport we know and love today. Dive into the stories of legendary players like Pelé, Diego Maradona, Lionel Messi, and Cristiano Ronaldo, and learn what it takes to reach the pinnacle of soccer success. Develop your skills with goalkeeping, defending, midfield, and attacking drills, and uncover the secret tips shared by professional players to excel on the field. Find out about the world's top competitions, including the FIFA World Cup, UEFA Champions League, and Copa America, as well as the most successful teams and World Cup winners. Uncover records from both men's and women's soccer, and learn how to optimize your physical conditioning, nutrition, and hydration for peak performance. This book also covers essential topics such as coaching, youth development, soccer culture, and the psychology of the game. Learn about soccer equipment and gear, refereeing, analytics, fitness testing, cross-training, and the sport's impact on social issues. "Soccer: The Ultimate Guide to Football History, Skills, Strategies, and Performance" is the definitive resource for soccer enthusiasts, aspiring players, coaches, and anyone who wants to deepen their understanding and appreciation of the world's most popular sport. Get ready to be inspired and unlock your soccer potential with this ultimate guide. Table of Contents The History of Soccer Origins and development Spread around the world Modern soccer Understanding the Rules Basic rules and regulations Offside rule Fouls and misconduct Famous Players and Their Stories Pele Diego Maradona Lionel Messi Cristiano Ronaldo Goalkeeping Drills Shot stopping Positioning Handling and distribution Defending Drills Tackling techniques Defensive positioning Zonal marking and man-to-man marking Midfield Drills Ball control and passing Dribbling and turning Creating space and movement Attacking Drills Shooting techniques Heading and finishing Combination play and movement off the ball Ball Control Tips First touch Juggling and freestyle skills Receiving and turning Secret Tips from Professionals Mental preparation Visualization techniques Game day rituals Top Competitions FIFA World Cup UEFA Champions League Copa America World's Top Teams FC Barcelona Real Madrid Manchester United World Cup Winners List of past winners Memorable moments Greatest upsets Men's and Women's Records Most goals scored Longest unbeaten streaks Fastest hat-tricks Physical Conditioning for Soccer Endurance training Strength training Flexibility and mobility exercises Nutrition and Hydration for Soccer Players Balanced diet Pre- and post-game meals Importance of hydration Injury Prevention and Recovery Proper warm-up and cool-down routines Common soccer injuries Rehabilitation and return to play Soccer Tactics and Strategies Formations Playing styles Attacking and defending principles Coaching Soccer Developing a coaching philosophy Practice planning and organization Player evaluation and feedback Youth Soccer Development Age-appropriate training Long-term athlete development Building a love for the game Soccer Equipment and Gear Choosing the right soccer ball Soccer boots and footwear Protective gear and apparel Soccer Culture and Fandom Famous soccer clubs and their supporters Soccer rivalries The impact of soccer on society The Psychology of Soccer Mental toughness and resilience Building team chemistry Coping with pressure and stress Off-the-field Skills for Soccer Players Communication and leadership Time management and organization Balancing soccer and life Women's Soccer Evolution and growth Key milestones and achievements Notable women's soccer players Soccer Training and Practice Games Small-sided games for skill development Fun and engaging drills for all ages Adaptive soccer for players with disabilities Refereeing and Officiating Laws of the game and their interpretation Becoming a soccer referee Challenges and rewards of officiating Soccer Analytics and Technology Use of data and statistics in soccer Technological advancements in the sport Video analysis and its role in coaching Fitness Testing for Soccer Players Testing speed, strength, and endurance Evaluating soccer-specific skills Monitoring progress and setting goals Cross-Training and Alternative Sports for Soccer Players Benefits of participating in other sports Common cross-training activities Developing well-rounded athletes Soccer and Social Issues The role of soccer in promoting social change Combating racism and discrimination in the sport Soccer's impact on gender equality The Future of Soccer Emerging talents and potential stars Developments in coaching and player development Predictions for the sport's growth and evolution The Essentials Have Questions / Comments? Get Another Book Free This book also covers essential topics such as coaching, youth development, soccer culture, and the psychology of the game. Learn about soccer equipment and gear, refereeing, analytics, fitness testing, cross-training, and the sport's impact on social issues. "Soccer: The Ultimate Guide to Football History, Skills, Strategies, and Performance" is the definitive resource for soccer enthusiasts, aspiring players, coaches, and anyone who wants to deepen their understanding and appreciation of the world's most popular sport. Get ready to be inspired and unlock your soccer potential with this ultimate guide.