How Football Explains the World

Author: Alex Bellos,Ben Lyttleton

Publisher: Football School

ISBN: 9781406367249

Category: Science

Page: 208

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This is a new series that teaches you about the world through the prism of football. The first book is packed with awesome true stories, real science and fascinating facts and will make you laugh loads. When do footballers poo? Can you play football on Mars? What is a magic sponge? You will find the answers to these questions and more in chapters on subjects such as history, geography, biology and maths. Illustrated throughout with hilarious cartoons and filled with laugh-out-loud gags this is the perfect book for any boy or girl who loves football. Your coaches at Football School, Alex Bellos and Ben Lyttleton, are journalists, broadcasters and award-winning science and sports writers. Their knowledge, enthusiasm and engaging writing make them the perfect team to teach you how to score with your head.

Where Football Explains the World

Author: Alex Bellos,Ben Lyttleton

Publisher: Football School

ISBN: 9781406367256

Category: Soccer

Page: 208

View: 5343

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A groundbreaking new series from two bestselling writers that teaches you about the world through the prism of football. Illustrated throughout with hilarious cartoons and filled with laugh-out-loud gags this is the perfect book for any boy or girl who loves football. Your coaches at Football School, Alex Bellos and Ben Lyttleton, are journalists, broadcasters and award-winning science and sports writers. Their knowledge, enthusiasm and engaging writing make them the perfect team to teach you how to score with your head.

Football School

Where Football Explains the World

Author: Alex Bellos

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9781406373400

Category: Soccer

Page: 208

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Twelve Yards

The Art and Psychology of the Perfect Penalty Kick

Author: Ben Lyttleton

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 0698188373

Category: Sports & Recreation

Page: 352

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An all-encompassing look at the penalty kick, soccer’s all-or-nothing play—its legendary moments and the secrets to its success No stretch of grass has been the site of more glory or heartbreak in the world of sports than the few dozen paces between goalkeeper and penalty kicker in soccer. In theory, it’s simple: place the ball beyond a single defender and secure a place in history. But once the chosen players make the lonely march from their respective sides of the pitch, everything changes, all bets are off, and anything can happen. Drawing from the hard-won lessons of legendary games, in-depth statistical analysis, expert opinion, and the firsthand experience of coaches and players from around the world, journalist Ben Lyttleton offers insight into the diverse attitudes, tactics, and techniques that separate success from failure in one of the highest-pressure situations sports has to offer. From the Trade Paperback edition.

Where Football Saves the World

Author: Alex Bellos,Ben Lyttleton

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9781406379211

Category: Juvenile Nonfiction

Page: 208

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This book is packed with awesome true stories, real science and fascinating facts and will make you laugh loads - and it's all about football. YOu'll find chapters on subjects such as biology, maths and history. ILlustrated throughout with hilarious cartoons and filled with laugh-out-loud gags this is the perfect book for any boy or girl who loves football.

How Soccer Explains the World

An Unlikely Theory of Globalization

Author: Franklin Foer

Publisher: Harper Collins

ISBN: 0061864706

Category: Sports & Recreation

Page: 288

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“An eccentric, fascinating exposé of a world most of us know nothing about.” —The New York Times Book Review "An insightful, entertaining, brainiac sports road trip." —The Wall Street Journal "Foer’s skills as a narrator are enviable. His characterizations… are comparable to those in Norman Mailer's journalism." —The Boston Globe A groundbreaking work—named one of the five most influential sports books of the decade by Sports Illustrated—How Soccer Explains the World is a unique and brilliantly illuminating look at soccer, the world’s most popular sport, as a lens through which to view the pressing issues of our age, from the clash of civilizations to the global economy.

Soccer Empire

The World Cup and the Future of France

Author: Laurent Dubois

Publisher: Univ of California Press

ISBN: 0520269780

Category: History

Page: 352

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"Laurent Dubois mines the history of French soccer for fascinating theories and riveting stories. His understanding of the relationship between the game and politics is subtle, leading readers deep into important discussions about race and national identity. For those of us who admired the poetics of Les Bleus this is essential reading."—Franklin Foer, author of How Soccer Explains the World "Laurent Dubois is historian, fan and graceful writer all in one. In soccer, he has found an innovative way to explore France and its empire. A serious book and an excellent read."—Simon Kuper, author of Soccernomics "Beautifully lyrical and authoritative. We meet a host of players, colonized and colonizer, following them from their original playing fields—a vast lawn, a concrete lot—to their triumphs in national and international play." —Alice Kaplan, author of The Interpreter "This book is a brilliant, beautifully written, and unique history of French colonialism and post-coloniality through the lens of football/soccer. Dubois weaves an eminently readable and engaging narrative that tracks tensions around race and national identity through the biographies of key football players and officials who became iconic of the aspirations of peripheral subjects of the French empire. More than a simple history of French football, the book amounts to a description of France's imperial project and an incisive reflection on the race question in contemporary France. It will please both fans of the 'beautiful game' and those inclined to dismiss sports as but the opium of the masses."—Paul Silverstein, author of Algeria in France: Transpolitics, Race and Nation

Brilliant Orange

The Neurotic Genius of Dutch Football

Author: David Winner

Publisher: A&C Black

ISBN: 1408835770

Category: Sports & Recreation

Page: 288

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

How Fantasy Sports Explains the World

What Pujols and Peyton Can Teach Us about Wookiees and Wall Street

Author: A. J. Mass

Publisher: Skyhorse Publishing Inc.

ISBN: 1620876035

Category: Games & Activities

Page: 216

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Shows how skills and information learned from life, literature, history, and popular culture are used in fantasy sports.

Take Your Eye Off the Ball

How to Watch Football by Knowing Where to Look

Author: Pat Kirwan

Publisher: Triumph Books

ISBN: 1617492779

Category: Sports & Recreation

Page: 240

View: 1321

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While more and more football fans are watching the NFL each week, many of them don't know exactly what they should be watching. What does the offense's formation tell you about the play that's about to be run? When a quarterback throws a pass toward the sideline and the wide receiver cuts inside, which player is to blame? Why does a defensive end look like a Hall of Famer one week and a candidate for the practice squad the next? Now Pat Kirwan, popular analyst for NFL.com and Sirius NFL Radio and a veteran front office executive, and co-author David Seigerman present Take Your Eye Off the Ball, a book that takes you inside a coach's mind as he builds a roster or constructs a game plan, to the line of scrimmage with the quarterback, and deep into the perpetual chess match between offense and defense.

My Football Book

Author: Gail Gibbons

Publisher: Harper Collins

ISBN: 0688171397

Category: Juvenile Nonfiction

Page: 24

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Football is fun--let's play! Find all the basics in this lively guide. The markings on a football field What football players wear The positions, from quarterback to wide receiver The excitement of the kickoff The thrill of scoring a touchdown All these and more are included with a useful glossary at the end.

Half a Man

Author: Michael Morpurgo

Publisher: Candlewick Press

ISBN: 0763680915

Category: Juvenile Fiction

Page: 64

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From a young age, Michael was both fascinated by and afraid of his grandfather. Grandpa’s ship was torpedoed during the Second World War, leaving him with terrible burns. Every time he came to stay, Michael was warned by his mother that he must not stare, he must not make too much noise, he must not ask Grandpa any questions about his past. As he grows older, Michael stays with his grandfather during the summer holidays and learns the story behind Grandpa’s injuries, finally getting to know the real man behind the solemn figure from his childhood. Michael can see beyond the burns, and this gives him the power to begin healing scars that have divided his family for so long.

I Believe in Unicorns

Author: Michael Morpurgo,Danyah Miller,Dani Parr

Publisher: Oberon Books

ISBN: 1783199989

Category: Drama

Page: 42

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Tomas loves playing outdoors ... he hates school, books and being dragged to the library by his mother. But his world is turned upside down the day he meets the Unicorn and the Unicorn Lady and is spellbound by their story. Discover the power of storytelling to transform lives as Tomas, with his newfound love of books, becomes instrumental in saving his burning library when his village is devastated by war. We challenge you not to believe in unicorns ... absolutely!

Julius Zebra: Rumble with the Romans!

Author: Gary Northfield

Publisher: Candlewick Press

ISBN: 0763680486

Category: Juvenile Fiction

Page: 288

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From a smelly water hole on the African savanna, Julius Zebra is captured, along with Milus the scarred lion and Cornelius the clueless warthog. Transported to the ferocious clamor of the Colosseum, Julius Zebra and his motley menagerie of friends must gear up to be . . . gladiators! The only way they will gain their freedom is if they win the love of the Roman crowds. But do they have what it takes to succeed in a world where only the meanest and toughest survive? Follow the madcap adventures of Julius Zebra and his pals in short chapters with funny, irreverent text and zany cartoon-style illustrations, with an illustrated guide to Roman numerals and a handy glossary at the end.

Pirate Diary

The Journal of Jake Carpenter, Cabin Boy

Author: Richard Platt

Publisher: Candlewick Press

ISBN: 0763678503

Category: Juvenile Fiction

Page: 128

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Curious about life on a pirate ship? Climb aboard this account of adventure on the high seas as told by a feisty nine-year-old carpenter's apprentice, circa 1716. Historically accurate illustrations of ship and crew, a map of Jake's travels, and a detailed glossary and index vividly reveal the fascinating — and harsh —-life of a pirate in the eighteenth century. Ships ahoy!

How Football Explains America

Author: Sal Paolantonio

Publisher: Triumph Books

ISBN: 1633192911

Category: Sports & Recreation

Page: 240

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ESPN's Sal Paolantonio explores just how crucial football is to understanding the American psyche Using some of the most prominent voices in pro sports and cultural and media criticism, "How Football Explains America" is a fascinating, first-of-its-kind journey through the making of America's most complex, intriguing, and popular game. It tackles varying American themes--from Manifest Destiny to "fourth and one"--as it answers the age-old question Why does America love football so much? An unabashedly celebratory explanation of America's love affair with the game and the men who make it possible, this work sheds light on how the pioneers and cowboys helped create a game that resembled their march across the continent. It explores why rugby and soccer don't excite the American male like football does and how the game's rules are continually changing to enhance the dramatic action and create a better narrative. It also investigates the eternal appeal of the heroic quarterback position, the sport's rich military lineage, and how the burgeoning medium of television identified and exploited the NFL's great characters. It is a must read for anyone interested in more fully understanding not only the game but also the nation in which it thrives. Updated throughout and with a new introduction, this edition brings "How Football Explains America" to paperback for the first time.

Billion-Dollar Ball

A Journey Through the Big-Money Culture of College Football

Author: Gilbert M. Gaul

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 0698142918

Category: Sports & Recreation

Page: 288

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• A Boston Globe Best Book of 2015 • “A penetrating examination of how the elite college football programs have become ‘giant entertainment businesses that happened to do a little education on the side.’”—Mark Kram, The New York Times Two-time Pulitzer-Prize-winning journalist Gilbert M. Gaul offers a riveting and sometimes shocking look inside the money culture of college football and how it has come to dominate a surprising number of colleges and universities. Over the past decade college football has not only doubled in size, but its elite programs have become a $2.5-billion-a-year entertainment business, with lavishly paid coaches, lucrative television deals, and corporate sponsors eager to slap their logos on everything from scoreboards to footballs and uniforms. Profit margins among the top football schools range from 60% to 75%—results that dwarf those of such high-profile companies as Apple, Facebook, and Microsoft—yet thanks to the support of their football-mad representatives in Congress, teams aren’t required to pay taxes. In most cases, those windfalls are not passed on to the universities themselves, but flow directly back into their athletic departments. College presidents have been unwilling or powerless to stop a system that has spawned a wildly profligate infrastructure of coaches, trainers, marketing gurus, and a growing cadre of bureaucrats whose sole purpose is to ensure that players remain academically eligible to play. From the University of Oregon’s lavish $42 million academic center for athletes to Alabama coach Nick Saban’s $7 million paycheck—ten times what the school pays its president, and 70 times what a full-time professor there earns—Gaul examines in depth the extraordinary financial model that supports college football and the effect it has had not only on other athletic programs but on academic ones as well. What are the consequences when college football coaches are the highest paid public employees in over half the states in an economically troubled country, or when football players at some schools receive ten times the amount of scholarship awards that academically gifted students do? Billion-Dollar Ball considers these and many other issues in a compelling account of how an astonishingly wealthy sports franchise has begun to reframe campus values and distort the fundamental academic mission of our universities. From the Hardcover edition.

Do Goalkeepers Wear Tiaras?

Author: Helena Pielichaty

Publisher: Girls FC

ISBN: 9781406383324

Category: Children's stories

Page: 112

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Nine-year-old Megan Fawcett loves football and is desperate to be on her school team. She tries everything to get the coach to notice her, even wearing a tiara! But nothing works ... Then she has a brainwave - she'll set up her own team. An all-girls team! Now all she needs is a pitch, a coach ... and ten other players.

The Turbulent World of Middle East Soccer

Author: James M. Dorsey

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9781849043311

Category: Soccer

Page: 288

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A fascinating look at Middle Eastern and North African football, a key battleground for political control, social justice, identity and gender rights.