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‘More Than 90 Minutes: Analyzing Success in European Club Soccer’ book review

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Author Alejandro Perez has long been an observer of the European club game. Currently he works for Telemundo, the Spanish language right-holders to the World Cup in the U.S., but he is also a long-time blogger and former ESPN employee. He sees the games millions of us watch every weekend and applies a keen strategic eye to what the men on the sideline are doing and why they are doing it.

‘More Than 90 Minutes: Analyzing Success in European Club Soccer’ book review

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Author Alejandro Perez has long been an observer of the European club game. Currently he works for Telemundo, the Spanish language right-holders to the World Cup in the U.S., but he is also a long-time blogger and former ESPN employee. He sees the games millions of us watch every weekend and applies a keen strategic eye to what the men on the sideline are doing and why they are doing it.

English Premier League

Jurgen Klopp biography ‘Bring the Noise’ reflects on manic brilliance of Liverpool manager

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The career of a successful manager is filled with disappointments, failures, and firings. For every Sir Alex Ferguson, who always seemed to succeed, there is an Antonio Conte, who undoubtedly has a sterling resume but seemingly is about to walk away from a second managerial job in his career rather than be sacked.

Jurgen Klopp biography ‘Bring the Noise’ reflects on manic brilliance of Liverpool manager

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The career of a successful manager is filled with disappointments, failures, and firings. For every Sir Alex Ferguson, who always seemed to succeed, there is an Antonio Conte, who undoubtedly has a sterling resume but seemingly is about to walk away from a second managerial job in his career rather than be sacked.

The Arsenal Yankee book review: Delve inside the struggle to achieve success

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When we see Christian Pulisic score a stoppage time goal for Borussia Dortmund, we have a general sense of how special he is and how hard he has to work to reach this level. Academically, we know he didn't walk off the street and start for a major Bundesliga club. But we really don't have a sense of the long hours and small breaks he had to achieve this level.

The Lost Savior: A Review of “I Am Sam” by James Durose-Rayner

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What if? It's a question fans of history and sports always like to ask, usually at a pub or in the depths of despair. What if this person did this, or a manager made that decision? When authors write about these decisions, they tend to be straightforward historical retellings. However, author James Durose-Rayner takes a different path to share the story of the lost star of his favorite team.

The Lost Savior: A Review of “I Am Sam” by James Durose-Rayner

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What if? It's a question fans of history and sports always like to ask, usually at a pub or in the depths of despair. What if this person did this, or a manager made that decision? When authors write about these decisions, they tend to be straightforward historical retellings. However, author James Durose-Rayner takes a different path to share the story of the lost star of his favorite team.

Book Review of ‘The Game Of Our Lives’ by David Goldblatt

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It is difficult to describe in wordswhat an outstanding storyteller and incomparable researcher David Goldblatt is. Following up on his remarkable works Futebol Nation and The Ball is Round, Goldblatt has tackled a topic few have managed to truly understand. – the emergence of soccerand the Premier League as a global window to the new more urbane and sophisticated (at least in theory) Britain.

Book Review of ‘The Game Of Our Lives’ by David Goldblatt

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It is difficult to describe in wordswhat an outstanding storyteller and incomparable researcher David Goldblatt is. Following up on his remarkable works Futebol Nation and The Ball is Round, Goldblatt has tackled a topic few have managed to truly understand. – the emergence of soccerand the Premier League as a global window to the new more urbane and sophisticated (at least in theory) Britain.

David Goldblatt Shines a Light On His New EPL Book at Nevada Smiths

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Most people around the world get soccer. It comes at them packaged in so many ways for their consumption: on television, online, in print. They get it. It is available all the time. In fact, it is even more than available. It is there to indulge in, to feast on, even to glut on. There are, however, very few people who 'get' soccer.

soccer field

Review of ‘Soccer Travels: One Man. One Journal. One Beautiful Game’ book

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As a soccer fan, you have the advantage of being able to see any number of game day experiences at any number of stadiums and leagues. As a worldwide game, almost any location theoretically has a soccer field you can visit hopefully on a game day and have a game day experience unlike one you may have the next week in a different country.

Review of ‘Soccer Travels: One Man. One Journal. One Beautiful Game’ book

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As a soccer fan, you have the advantage of being able to see any number of game day experiences at any number of stadiums and leagues. As a worldwide game, almost any location theoretically has a soccer field you can visit hopefully on a game day and have a game day experience unlike one you may have the next week in a different country.

FC Barcelona

Review of ‘Messi, Superstar’ children’s book

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Writing a children's book is difficult.You have a delicate balancing act when you are writing it to appeal to the right age of children, and stick to that age range throughout. Not only do you have to appeal to kids, but you have to make it interesting, which is extra hard for an adult. And, since kids usually do not make purchase decisions, your content has to at least catch an adult's eye and make them chuckle enough to think their kid will like it.

Review of ‘Messi, Superstar’ children’s book

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Writing a children's book is difficult.You have a delicate balancing act when you are writing it to appeal to the right age of children, and stick to that age range throughout. Not only do you have to appeal to kids, but you have to make it interesting, which is extra hard for an adult. And, since kids usually do not make purchase decisions, your content has to at least catch an adult's eye and make them chuckle enough to think their kid will like it.

Reading

Book Review: The Sum of the Parts/Great Football League Teams 50: Reading 2005-6

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The Sum of the Parts by Jon Keen
Published byMickle Press
2016, £20.49

Records set outside the uppermost levels of football usually gain no more than a footnote in the record books and rarely enter the consciousness outside of the fan base of the clubs which have set them.

Book Review: The Game of Our Lives

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The Game of our Lives by David Goldblatt
Published byPenguin
2015, £7.99

The Game of Our Lives scooped the 2015 William Hill Sports Book of the Year Award and deservedly so – for this is an all-encompassing overview of the socio-cultural background to British football over the past few decades.

Brighton and Hove Albion

Book Review: Living on the Volcano

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Living on the Volcano by Michael Calvin
Published by Century
2015, £7.99

Michael Calvin stands apart from the main crowd of football journalists in the United Kingdom. His previous book, The Nowhere Men was a fascinating expose of that unsung breed, club scouts; often more familiar with Watford Gap services than Watford FC.

Book Review: Hard Case: The Autobiography of Jimmy Case

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Hard Case by Jimmy Case Published by by John Blake Publishing 2014, £18.99 [I]n advance of a salvo posts on the precariousness or otherwise of the managerial hot seat which we shall be running next week, we are pleased to first present to you a review of former Liverpool and Brighton and Hove Albion man Jimmy Case's new autobiography.

Book Review: Hard Case: The Autobiography of Jimmy Case

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Hard Case by Jimmy Case Published by by John Blake Publishing 2014, £18.99 [I]n advance of a salvo posts on the precariousness or otherwise of the managerial hot seat which we shall be running next week, we are pleased to first present to you a review of former Liverpool and Brighton and Hove Albion man Jimmy Case's new autobiography.

Sports science

‘This is Your Brain on Sports’ book tells sports fans what we already know

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Sports and science have often intersected over the years inmemorableways. Whether it's a player or team hiring a therapist to overcome a mental block, a beverage being refined to maximize physical recovery, or new medical techniques to speed up healing, we as sports fans have become accustomed to getting regular science lessons as we follow our favorite clubs.

‘This is Your Brain on Sports’ book tells sports fans what we already know

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Sports and science have often intersected over the years inmemorableways. Whether it's a player or team hiring a therapist to overcome a mental block, a beverage being refined to maximize physical recovery, or new medical techniques to speed up healing, we as sports fans have become accustomed to getting regular science lessons as we follow our favorite clubs.

Books

Review: Honigstein’s ‘Das Reboot’ is required reading for fans of German, US soccer

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"Das Reebot," anew book from Raphael Honingstein which hits book stores and online retailers on Tuesday, is a masterful look at how German soccer broke out of its conservative traditions to create a world champion. While Germany has always from the view of outsiders been a world powerhouse, having never fallen short of the World Cup quarterfinals in its post-World War II history, failures at the 2000 and 2004 European Championships exposed the Germans as caught and passed by several European rivals.

Review: Honigstein’s ‘Das Reboot’ is required reading for fans of German, US soccer

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"Das Reebot," anew book from Raphael Honingstein which hits book stores and online retailers on Tuesday, is a masterful look at how German soccer broke out of its conservative traditions to create a world champion. While Germany has always from the view of outsiders been a world powerhouse, having never fallen short of the World Cup quarterfinals in its post-World War II history, failures at the 2000 and 2004 European Championships exposed the Germans as caught and passed by several European rivals.

Book Review: The Club: Living the Dream at the Bottom of English Football

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The Club: Living the Dream at the Bottom of English Footballby Simon Akam
Published by Newsweek Insights
2014, £1.99

Simon Kuper, author of the outstanding Football Against the Enemy and the deeply flawed Soccernomics aka Why England Lose, is responsible for one of my least favourite quotes from modern footballing lore and one that Simon Akam, in this intriguing new book published in Newsweek's excellent Insights series .

Book Review: From the Back Page to the Front Room

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From the Back Page to the Front Room by Roger Domeneghetti
Published by Ockley Books
2014, £9.99

Our latest book review features yet another offering from the industrious Ockley Books, an enterprise that has left no stone unturned in producing quality offerings from the football blogging community.

Book Review: The Country of Football

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The Country of Football edited by Paulo Fontes and Bernardo Buarque de Hollanda Published by by Hurst Publishing 2014, £16.99 [H]aving reviewed David Goldblatt's Futebol Nation in June, here we are pleased to provide an appraisal of another book timed to coincide with the World Cup. Assisting us with this process by applying his thoughts to paper has been Stephen Brandt.

Book Review: The Country of Football

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The Country of Football edited by Paulo Fontes and Bernardo Buarque de Hollanda Published by by Hurst Publishing 2014, £16.99 [H]aving reviewed David Goldblatt's Futebol Nation in June, here we are pleased to provide an appraisal of another book timed to coincide with the World Cup. Assisting us with this process by applying his thoughts to paper has been Stephen Brandt.

Book Review: The Country of Football

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The Country of Football edited by Paulo Fontes and Bernardo Buarque de Hollanda Published by by Hurst Publishing 2014, £16.99 [H]aving reviewed David Goldblatt's Futebol Nation in June, here we are pleased to provide an appraisal of another book timed to coincide with the World Cup. Assisting us with this process by applying his thoughts to paper has been Stephen Brandt.

Serie A

Review of Andrea Pirlo’s book, ‘I Think Therefore I Play’

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The Italian midfielder Andrea Pirlo's autobiography I Think Therefore I Play does what most books of its kind sadly fail to do, stay truthful. Pirlo can be best described as one of the most intelligent players of this generation and in his book he speaks his mind; no holds barred.

The title of the book gives us a little bit preview of what to expectandis a clever restatement of ‘Cogito ergo sum,' which means "I think, therefore I am", famously said by Rene Descartes, the renowned French philosopher of the 17th century.

Review of Andrea Pirlo’s book, ‘I Think Therefore I Play’

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The Italian midfielder Andrea Pirlo's autobiography I Think Therefore I Play does what most books of its kind sadly fail to do, stay truthful. Pirlo can be best described as one of the most intelligent players of this generation and in his book he speaks his mind; no holds barred.

The title of the book gives us a little bit preview of what to expectandis a clever restatement of ‘Cogito ergo sum,' which means "I think, therefore I am", famously said by Rene Descartes, the renowned French philosopher of the 17th century.

Celtic

Book Review: Scotball

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Scotballby Stephen O'Donnell
Published by Ringwood Publishing
2014, £9.99

Following on from his impressive debut Paradise Road, reviewed in these pages earlier this month, Stephen O'Donnell's Scotball has been a much anticipated book, promising as it does to lift the lid on the thorny issues facing the sport north of the border.

Book Review: The Old Firm: Sectarianism, Sport and Society in Scotland

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The Old FirmbyBill Murray
Published byJohn Donald
1984

On being asked once about the musical tastes of the Glasgow Rangers squad, Ally McCoist remarked that while he favoured the beat combos of the 1960s, most of his team mates favoured songs from the 1690s. Therein lies the rub of the bitterest rivalry British and possibly world football has ever known an endless cause .

Book Review: The A to Z of Football Hates

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The A to Z of Football Hatesby Richard C. Foster
Published byAmberley Publishing
2014, £11.69

A list will always get people talking and it's not just online that Tops 10s and A to Zs are endlessly regurgitated and refashioned. There is a healthy appetite for such exercises in book form – from the offensive/amusing likes of Crap Towns, through the mildly diverting Is it me or is .

Book Review: Roy Keane: The Second Half

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Roy Keane: the Second Half by Roy Keane with Roddy Doyle
Published by Weidenfeld & Nicolson
2014, £8.99

I haven't read the first Roy Keane autobiography co-authored to much fanfare with Eamon Dunphy in 2001, but it's clear that the publishers of this follow up effort will have been scratching their heads over how to spice up a tome in order for it to match the success of that earlier .

The Rest

Book Review: When Football Came Home

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When Football Came Homeby MichaelGibbons
Published byPitch Publishing
2016, £12.99

In June this year, Henry Winter will publish Fifty Years of Hurt , a volume that will use England's 1966 World Cup victory as a springboard to examine the fortunes of the national XI over the subsequent half century.

Book Review: Ahead of the Game

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Ahead of the GamebyGreville Waterman
Published byBennion Kearny
2015, £15.99

This is a remarkable book from Greville Waterman. Weighing in at a colossal 400 pages, it's a sumptuous chronicle of one of the best seasons in the history of Brentford Football Club, a warts and all expose of club's march to the Championship play-offs which, although predicted (kind of) in these quarters, obviously came as .

Book Review: Female Football Fans: Community, Identity & Sexism

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Female Football Fans: Community, Identity & SexismbyCarrie Dunn
Published byPalgrave Macmillan
July 2014, £45

Judging a book by its cover, which of course we have all been advised never to do, this work by Carrie Dunn appears to be scholarly but not a forbidding, heavyweight tome.

Book Review: Haircuts and League Cups: The Rise and Fall of Carson Yeung

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Haircuts and League Cups: The Rise and Fall of Carson YeungbyDaniel Ivery and Will Giles
Published by GHI HK Limited
2014, £20

The career of Carson Yeung, and his troubled reign as Birmingham City chairman, is chronicled in a colourful book by Blues blogger Daniel Ivery.

Book Review: ‘The Numbers Game: Why Everything You Know About Soccer Is Wrong’

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Two college professors, Chris Anderson and David Sally, decided to write a book titled The Numbers Game: Why Everything You Know About Soccer Is Wrong to go over famous philosophies in the sport and use data to determine if notable ideals were true or just results of people falsely waxing poetically.