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Sælfinten er svær. Der er mange på Kaspers fodboldhold, der ikke kan lave den. Men Kasper har øvet sig på den. Måske kan han lave den til fodboldkampen.Jørn Jensen, født 1946, yderst produktiv og prisbelønnet børnebogsforfatter, uddannet guldsmed og lærer. I sin tid som skolelærer mødte Jørn Jensen mange børn med læsevanskeligheder og fandt, at der var mangel på læsemateriale til de små nye læsere, der kunne vække ægte læseglæde. Hans tanke var, at læseglæde og indlæring går hånd i hånd, og at kun den gode historie og appetitlige bog kan fange børnenes interesse, og derfor gik han selv i gang med at skrive. Han står nu bag flere hundrede letlæselige bøger til børn, hvoraf især genrer som mystik og gys skal fremhæves.
Kasper er helt vild med fodbold. En dag skal han spille kamp. Målmanden er blevet syg. Træneren beder Kasper om at stå på mål. Mon Kasper er god til at være målmand?Jørn Jensen, født 1946, yderst produktiv og prisbelønnet børnebogsforfatter, uddannet guldsmed og lærer. I sin tid som skolelærer mødte Jørn Jensen mange børn med læsevanskeligheder og fandt, at der var mangel på læsemateriale til de små nye læsere, der kunne vække ægte læseglæde. Hans tanke var, at læseglæde og indlæring går hånd i hånd, og at kun den gode historie og appetitlige bog kan fange børnenes interesse, og derfor gik han selv i gang med at skrive. Han står nu bag flere hundrede letlæselige bøger til børn, hvoraf især genrer som mystik og gys skal fremhæves.
Åge Hareide sagde engang, at han glædede sig til et liv uden fodbold. Kort efter blev han træner. Flere gange har han kvittet jobbet, men hver gang er han vendt tilbage for at vinde nye mesterskaber og triumfer. Og hver gang med held. Han kan ikke slippe det, han er Skandinaviens mest vindende træner, og han har prøvet det meste på sin vej. I 80’erne som knogleknusende forsvarer på det norske landshold og i engelsk fodbold, hvor det gik ud over legender som Kevin Keegan og Ian Rush. Og som ung træner i indædt kappestrid med Nils Arne Eggen, Rosenborgs store maestro, og Egil ’Drillo’ Olsen.I Danmark kender vi ham som manden, der ’hjalp’ os til VM i 1986, sagde op i Brøndby og kvalificerede landsholdet til VM i Rusland. Den fulde historie er både lang og bumlet og fyldt med venner og fjender, had og kærlighed. Åge er bag den hyggelige facade en hård hund, og få har mærket det som forfatteren af denne bog, Arild Stavrum, der spillede under ham i flere sæsoner. Det er en historie om skideballer på størrelse med Alex Fergusons berømte hårtørrer, en vindervilje grænsende til det brutale, men også om stor sårbarhed og menneskekundskab. ÅGE favner det hele. Når du lærer ham at kende INDEFRA.
Den hemmelige fodboldspiller (The Secret Footballer) startede som en blog i den engelske avis The Guardian i begyndelsen af 2011. En anonym fodboldspiller med en lang karriere i Premier League og Championship fortæller om livet bag facaden i verdens største og dyreste liga. I efteråret 2012 udkom bogen I am The Secret Footballer så og skabte med det samme sensation – også uden for England – og blev en øjeblikkelig bestseller. Den hemmelige fodboldspillers identitet er stadig ukendt. Kun en håndfuld personer ved, hvem han er. I England har gætterierne stået på siden bloggens begyndelse, og der findes sågar en webside, whoisthesecretfootballer.co.uk, der nøje kortlægger spor og kandidater. Favoritten lige nu er ... ja, tjek selv. Men er det vigtigt at vide, hvem han er? Egentlig ikke. Det interessante er det, han fortæller om livet som professionel fodboldspiller. Det er artige sager, saftige sager, som på mange måder bekræfter fordommen om, at moderne fodboldspillere lever på en anden planet, men som man læser bogen, fortælles der også en anden historie, en menneskelig historie om de omkostninger, der lurer bag dårskaben, hårdheden og rigdommen. For alle fodboldelskere er hans bog et must-read af de sjældne. Premier League hjemme i sofaen bliver aldrig helt den samme igen.
Som bare 23-årig vandt Viktor Axelsen verdensmesterskabet i badminton. I denne bog fortæller han om sin helt egen vej fra talentfuld ungdomsspiller til den mest succesfulde danske badmintonspiller i nyere tid. Men det har langtfra været en let og lige vej. I bogen fortæller Viktor ærligt om mislykkede kostplaner og et liv som ensom teenager. Man må gøre noget ekstraordinært for at blive ekstraordinær til sin sport, lyder hans mantra. En dag besluttede Viktor Axelsen, at han ville lære mandarin. Siden har han indtaget Kina under navnet An Sai Long – den rolige konkurrencemindede drage. Og når han møder unge kinesere på kinesisk jord, hepper publikum ikke på hjemmebanefavoritten, de hepper på Viktor. DEN DANSKE DRAGE er en ærlig og inspirerende beretning om sejre og nederlag, om et ungt menneske med enorme krav til sig selv og sine omgivelser. Om ikke at passe ind, og om at finde sin egen vej.
Former NFL general manager and three-time Super Bowl winner Michael Lombardi reveals what makes football organizations tick at the championship level. From personnel to practice to game-day decisions that win titles, Lombardi shares what he learned working with coaching legends Bill Walsh of the 49ers, Al Davis of the Raiders, and Bill Belichick of the Patriots, among others, during his three decades in football.Why do some NFL franchises dominate year after year while others can never crack the code of success? For 30 years Michael Lombardi had a front-row seat and full access as three titans--Bill Walsh, Al Davis, and Bill Belichick--reinvented the game, turning it into a national obsession while piling up Super Bowl trophies. Now, in Gridiron Genius, Lombardi provides the blueprint that makes a successful organization click and win--and the mistakes unsuccessful organizations make that keep them on the losing side time and again. In reality, very few coaches understand the philosophies, attention to detail, and massive commitment that defined NFL juggernauts like the 49ers and the Patriots. The best organizations are not just employing players, they are building something bigger. Gridiron Genius will explain how the best leaders evaluate, acquire, and utilize personnel in ways other professional minds, football and otherwise, won't even contemplate. How do you know when to trade a player? How do you create a positive atmosphere when everyone is out to maximize his own paycheck? And why is the tight end like the knight on a chessboard? To some, game planning consists only of designing an attack for the next opponent. But Lombardi explains how the smartest leaders script everything: from an afternoon's special-teams practice to a season's playoff run to a decade-long organizational blueprint. Readers will delight in the Lombardi tour of an NFL weekend, including what really goes on during the game on and off the field and inside the headset. First stop: Belichick's Saturday night staff meeting, where he announces how the game will go the next day. Spoiler alert: He always nails it. Football dynasties are built through massive attention to detail and unwavering commitment. From how to build a team, to how to watch a game, to understanding the essential qualities of great leaders, Gridiron Genius gives football fans the knowledge to be the smartest person in the room every Sunday.
Ex-NFL player, gentleman scholar, and Fox Sports personality Marcellus Wiley sucks you into a world of inner-city violence, Ivy League intrigue, and pro-football escapades that's one part touching, one part hilarious, and all parts impossible to put down.Marcellus Wiley has never had a problem expressing his opinion, whether it was growing up in Compton with a football tucked under his arm, or going to college at Columbia University, where he learned to survive Advanced Calculus and self-important pseudo-intellectuals. Or making it to the NFL against all odds, where he put together a ten-year career of massive paydays, massive painkillers, and massive sacks of everyone from Steve Young to Peyton Manning.Now, in Never Shut Up, Fox Sports' hottest rising persona doesn't hold back as he goes off on everything that's controversial with the game today, from concussions to political protests to inherent violence that's worse than the hood he grew up in. Not because he hates football, but because he wants to save it.Marcellus has never held back, even when a lot of people wanted him to. Now, he's letting it all hang out--right there on each page. Way more than just another book about the latest NFL scandals, this warm, moving, and genuinely funny story of awkward transitions, family loyalty, fame, fortune, and failure will make you fall in love with Marcellus--and football--all over again. In Never Shut Up, Marcellus will take you on a truly unique journey from Crenshaw to Broadway to the Buffalo Bills and back again, sometimes making you laugh, sometimes making you cry, but always leaving you entertained.
From acclaimed New York Times Magazine author Michael Sokolove, the astonishing inside story of the epic corruption scandal that has rocked the NCAA and exposed the rot and hypocrisy at the heart of big-time college sports.At a lavish annual event in late August 2017, the University of Louisville athletic director, who made more than $5 million in compensation in 2016, announced an extension of his school's sponsorship deal with Adidas: $160 million for another 10 years. The invitees were city's gentry - horse breeders, bourbon distillers, partners at big law firms, the state's governor, Matt Bevin, and its most powerful politician, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell. One month later, the FBI revealed that it had reached the endgame of a sprawling investigation of large-scale corruption involving Adidas, Louisville and a host of other colleges, in which large payments were laundered from Adidas through a network of coaches and fixers to athletes and their families to induce them to go to Adidas-branded college programs. In short order, Hall of Fame basketball coach Rick Pitino (salary: $8 million) and athletic director Tom Jurich were fired, and fear and trembling swept through the world of bigtime college athletics. Because there is another shoe, as it were, and it will fall.In THE LAST TEMPTATION OF RICK PITINO, Michael Sokolove lifts the rug on the Louisville scandal and places it in the context of the much wider problem, the farce of amateurism in bigtime college sports. In a world in which even assistant coaches can make high-six and seven-figure salaries, as long as they keep the "e;elite"e; athletes coming in, shoe deals can reach into the nine figures, and everyone is getting rich but the players, can it be surprising that unscrupulous parties would pay athletes, creating in effect a black market in young men, a veritable underground railroad of talent? But a few bad apples are one thing. In THE LAST TEMPTATION OF RICK PITINO, Michael Sokolove shows an elaborate, systematic machine, involving hundreds of thousands of dollars in illicit payments and connecting at least one of the largest apparel companies in the world with schools across the country. The Louisville-Adidas scandal has revealed a web of conspiracy whose scope has shaken big-time college sports to its core, delivering a devastating blow to the fantasy of amateurism, of "e;scholar athletes."e; A Shakespearean drama of greed and desperation involving some of the biggest characters in the arena of sports, THE LAST TEMPTATION OF RICK PITINO will be the definitive chronicle of this scandal and its broader echoes.
Out of the greatest dynasty in American professional sports history, an intimate story of race, mortality, and regretAbout to turn ninety, Bob Cousy, the Hall of Fame Boston Celtics captain who led the team to its first six championships on an unparalleled run, has much to look back on in contentment. But he has one last piece of unfinished business. The last pass he hopes to throw is to close the circle with his great partner on those Celtic teams, fellow Hall of Famer Bill Russell, now 84. These teammates were basketball's Ruth and Gehrig, and Cooz, as everyone calls him, was famously ahead of his time as an NBA player in terms of race and civil rights. But as the decades passed, Cousy blamed himself for not having done enough, for not having understood the depth of prejudice Russell faced as an African-American star in a city with a fraught history regarding race. Cousy wishes he had defended Russell publicly, and that he had told him privately that he had his back. At this late hour, he confided to acclaimed historian Gary Pomerantz over the course of many interviews, he would like to make amends. At the heart of the story THE LAST PASS tells is the relationship between these two iconic athletes. The book is also in a way Bob Cousy's last testament on his complex and fascinating life. As a sports story alone it has few parallels: An poor kid whose immigrant French parents suffered a dysfunctional marriage, the young Cousy escaped to the New York City playgrounds, where he became an urban legend known as the Houdini of the Hardwood. The legend exploded nationally in 1950, his first year as a Celtic: he would be an all-star all 13 of his NBA seasons. But even as Cousy's on-court imagination and daring brought new attention to the pro game, the Celtics struggled until Coach Red Auerbach landed Russell in 1956. Cooz and Russ fit beautifully together on the court, and the Celtics dynasty was born. To Boston's white sportswriters it was Cousy's team, not Russell's, and as the civil rights movement took flight, and Russell became more publicly involved in it, there were some ugly repercussions in the community, more hurtful to Russell than Cousy feels he understood at the time. THE LAST PASS situates the Celtics dynasty against the full dramatic canvas of American life in the 50s and 60s. It is an enthralling portrait of the heart of this legendary team that throws open a window onto the wider world at a time of wrenching social change. Ultimately it is a book about the legacy of a life: what matters to us in the end, long after the arena lights have been turned off and we are alone with our memories.
TheNew York Timesbestseller!From the #1 New York Times bestselling author of This Town, an equally merciless probing of America's biggest cultural force, pro football, at a moment of peak success and high anxietyLike millions of Americans, Mark Leibovich has spent more of his life tuned into pro football than he'd care to admit. Being a lifelong New England Patriots fan meant growing up on a steady diet of lovable loserdom. That is, until the Tom Brady/Bill Belichick era made the Pats the most ruthlessly efficient and polarizing sports dynasty of the modern NFL, and its fans the most irritating in all of Pigskin America. Leibovich kept his obsession quiet, making a nice career for himself covering that other playground for rich and overgrown children, American politics. Still, every now and then Leibovich would reach out to Tom Brady to gauge his willingness to subject himself to a profile. He figured that the chances of Brady agreeing were a Hail Mary at best, but Brady returned Mark's call in summer 2014 and kept on returning his calls through epic Patriots Super Bowl victory and defeat, and a scandal involving Brady--Deflategate--whose grip on sports media was as profound as its true significance was ridiculous. So began a four-year odyssey that took Mark Leibovich deeper inside the NFL than anyone has gone before. From the owners' meeting to the draft to the sidelines of crucial games, he takes in the show at the elbow of everyone from Brady to big-name owners to the cordially despised NFL Commissioner, Roger Goodell. Ultimately, BIG GAME is a chronicle of "e;peak football"e;--the high point of the sport's economic success and cultural dominance, but also the time when the dark side began to show. It is an era of explosive revenue growth, but also one of creeping existential fear. Players have long joked that NFL stands for "e;not for long,"e; but as the true impact of concussions becomes inescapable background noise, it's increasingly difficult to enjoy the simple glory of football without the buzz-kill of its obvious consequences.And that was before Donald Trump. In 2016, Mark's day job caught up with him, and the NFL slammed headlong into America's culture wars. BIG GAME is a journey through an epic storm. Through it all, Leibovich always keeps one eye on Tom Brady and his beloved Patriots, through to the 2018 Super Bowl. Pro football, this hilarious and enthralling book proves, may not be the sport America needs, but it is most definitely the sport we deserve.
A sweeping and revelatory history of basketball, drawing upon hundreds of hours of interviews with the greatest players, coaches, executives, and journalists in the history of the game.In an effort to tell the complete story of basketball in all its fascinating dimensions, acclaimed authors Jackie Macmullan, Rafe Bartholomew and Dan Klores have compiled nearly a thousand hours' worth of interviews with a staggering number of basketball greats. They've talked to hundreds of legendary players, such as Kobe Bryant, LeBron James, and Magic Johnson, and spoken with renowned coaches, including Phil Jackson and Coach K, as well as numerous executives, commissioners, and journalists. Most impressive was the extraordinary quality of the interviews. Again and again, players spoke candidly about secrets and told stories they'd never before discussed on the record.The book that grew out of those interviews is an extraordinary project and quite possiblythe most ambitious basketball book ever written. At once a definitive oral history and something far more literary and intimate, this is the never-before-told story of how basketball came to be, and about what it means to those who've given their lives to the game.Read by James Fouhey,Jim Frangione,Sullivan Jones,Pete Larkin,January LaVoy, andCarol Monda
Hun var stjerne i Far til fire-filmene, han var nationens største fodboldstjerne, og i 1961 mødte de hinanden i 'Far til fire med fuld musik' i rollerne som Mie og fodboldtræneren Mister. Allerede under optagelserne var der amoriner i luften, et filmkys blev snart til meget mere, og i dag har Harald og Rudi dannet par i hen ved et halvt århundrede.I Kærlighed A/S fortæller Rudi og Harald Nielsen om livet i rampelyset og på grønsværen. Om årene i Italien, hvor Harald spillede fodbold på højeste niveau, mens Rudi sørgede for familien Nielsen. Og om årene i Danmark, hvor Rudi og Harald Nielsen A/S er blevet et succesfuldt familiefirma med investeringer i alt fra F.C. København til typehuse og læderimport.
I 15 år har JAKOB KJELDBJERG været kendt som den karismatiske ekspeditionsleder på Robinson Ekspeditionen. Før det var han professionel fodboldspiller. Men karrieren blev kort. I en alder af 26 år fik han beskeden: Du er fodboldinvalid.JAKOB KJELDBJERG var dog ikke knust. Han var lettet. Gennem hele karrieren havde angsten for at fejle overskygget glæden ved at vinde. Selv når han neutraliserede legenden Diego Maradona på det danske landshold eller spillede FA Cup-finale på Wembley for Chelsea FC, åd præstationsangsten ham op. Han prøvede bare at overleve.Jakob Kjeldbjerg blev i stedet kastet ind i tv-branchen, hvor han skabte sig en karriere som den hårde Robinsonvært i en tid, hvor programmet tabte seere. Det fik Kjeldbjerg og co. vendt til en kæmpesucces, der i år fejrer 20-års jubilæum.I SURVIVOR kommer du ind under huden på Jakob Kjeldbjerg og hører om det liv, der førte ham til tops i tv og fodboldverdenen trods voksenmobning, livstruende sygdom, dødsangst og indre og ydre kampe bag kameraerne.Det er en kontant fortælling om sårbarhed og styrke, kynisme og empati i jagten på at levere varen og slippe køteren løs. Om at gribe de chancer, der opstår i livet, og skabe sin egen succes.
Michael Mortensen var engang Danmarks bedste tennisspiller. Han blev kaldt ’den danske Björn Borg’ og fejrede internationale triumfer op igennem 1980’erne, særligt som doublespiller. Senere blev han træner for Caroline Wozniacki og Frederik Fetterlein, og fremtiden tegnede lys. Men i 2011 brast hans verden i grus, da han mistede sin datter i en trafikulykke. Tragedien indtraf, mens trænerkarrieren var på sit højeste. Et halvt år forinden havde han vundet French Open med kinesiske Li Na. I stedet blev Michael sendt til tælling og måtte tage tilværelsen op til revision. I GRUS fortæller han sin hjerteskærende historie om barndommen på Vestegnen, der var præget af tab, men også om tennissportens gyldne æra, hvor han var en del af jetsettet med Borg, Wilander og McEnroe, trænede de danske prinser, var fold-ud-mand i bladene og skabte Davis Cup-sensation med KB-makkeren og rivalen Peter Bastiansen. GRUS er en stærk og bevægende fortælling om tennis, liv og død. Om at jagte sine drømme og blive den, man er. Om at finde lykken og blive frarøvet den igen. Og at overkomme den største sorg i livet. Michael Mortensen er i dag tenniskommentator på Eurosport og træner.
A brilliant, funny and insightful analysis of Paul Gascoigne's crazy up and downs during his three years at Lazio - a period which shows his entire career in microcosm. 4th July, 1990.Turin, ItalyEngland are on the brink of reaching their first World Cup final in 24 years. Twenty-three-year old Paul Gascoigne has been one of the breakout stars of the tournament. His athleticism, speed of thought and incredible natural gifts have given England fans renewed faith in their perennially underachieving national side. Then in the 99th minute of a tense semi-final against Germany, Gascoigne lunges into a mistimed tackle. The ref awards him his second yellow card of the tournament, meaning that if England were to win, he would miss the final. Gascoigne turns away, tries to hold it together, but can't. Floods of tears run down his face. We understand. We feel his pain and anguish. The legend of Gazza is born. Two years later, after an injury-stricken season at Spurs, he arrives at Lazio for a then record transfer fee. Expectations are sky high; he is welcomed as a footballing Messiah by the Roman fans. But all is not what it seems. There are doubts over his fitness, doubts over how he will adjust to life in Italy, doubts over whether his obvious potential can finally be achieved. The three subsequent years in Italy, shot through with incredible highs and self-inflicted lows, show Gascoigne in all his complexity - an immense natural talent flawed by a too-fragile personality.
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
When Sports Illustrated declared on the cover of a June 2014 issue that the Houston Astros would win the World Series in 2017, people thought Ben Reiter, the article's author, was crazy. The Astros were the worst baseball team in half a century, but they were more than just bad. They were an embarrassment, a club that didn't even appear to be trying to win. The cover story, combined with the specificity of Reiter's claim, met instant and nearly universal derision. But three years later, the critics were proved improbably, astonishingly wrong. How had Reiter predicted it so accurately? And, more important, how had the Astros pulled off the impossible?Astroball is the inside story of how a gang of outsiders went beyond the stats to find a new way to winand not just in baseball. When new Astros general manager Jeff Luhnow and his top analyst, the former rocket scientist Sig Mejdal, arrived in Houston in 2011, they had already spent more than half a decade trying to understand how human instinct and expertise could be blended with hard numbers such as on-base percentage and strikeout rate to guide their decision-making. In Houston, they had free rein to remake the club. No longer would scouts, with all their subjective, hard-to-quantify opinions, be forced into opposition with the stats guys. Instead, Luhnow and Sig wanted to correct for the biases inherent in human observation, and then roll their scouts' critical thoughts into their process. The numbers had valuebut so did the gut.The strategy paid off brilliantly, and surprisingly quickly. It pointed the Astros toward key draft picks like Carlos Correa and Alex Bregman; offered a path for developing George Springer, Jose Altuve, and Dallas Keuchel; and showed them how veterans like Carlos Beltrn and JustinVerlander represented the last piece in the puzzle of fielding a championship team.Sitting at the nexus of sports, business, and innovationand written with years of access to the team's stars and executivesAstroball is the story of the next wave of thinking in baseball and beyond, at once a remarkable underdog story and a fascinating look at the cutting edge of evaluating and optimizing human potential.
Det var slet ikke meningen, at Årets Dansker 2017, fodboldspilleren Nadia Nadim, skulle være dansk. Hun er født ind i en velhavende familie i Afghanistan, hvis liv blev totalt forandret, da faren, som var general i den afghanske hær, blev bortført og brutalt henrettet af Taliban, da Nadia var bare ni år gammel. Et par år senere tog Nadias mor konsekvensen af de dystre fremtidsudsigter for sine i alt fem døtre og flygtede ud af landet. England var målet, men efter en barsk flugt endte familien ved et tilfælde i Randers. Sin første tid i Danmark tilbragte Nadia i et asylcenter i Nordjylland., hvor hun snart viste ekstraordinære evner i den lokale fodboldklub. Med sin fandenivoldske stil og charmerende frækhed har hun siden spillet sig ind i danskernes hjerter og under EM i kvindefodbold i 2017 blev den legesyge stjerneangriber et folkeeje. I dag spiller hun professionelt for Manchester City og er en af de største profiler på det danske landshold. Hun er desuden næsten færdig med sit medicinstudie på Aarhus Universitet, og hendes målbevidsthed, ukuelighed, råstyrke og fightermentalitet gør hende til et forbillede for mange – ikke mindst unge kvinder. I denne selvbiografi fortæller hun sin dramatiske historie ud fra et ønske om at inspirere andre til at forfølge drømme og kæmpe for sine mål.
Random House presents the audiobook edition of The Secret Footballer: What Goes on Tour by The Secret Footballer, read by Damien Lynch.Since his first book was published in 2012, The Secret Footballer has been able to take the reader behind the scenes of footballers' lives like no other player has been able, or will ever be able, to do. Anonymity has been a potent weapon in revealing the real world of football stars, and five years on, he has now penned the work that all his fellow professionals have been urging him to do from the start, The Secret Footballer: What Goes on Tour. And it isn't going to stay on tour any more...From Marbella and Ibiza to Dubai and Las Vegas, The Secret Footballer lays bare the worst, most embarrassing and most hilarious excesses of these fit and mostly fickle young men whose million-pound salaries, to use his own words, 'open up a host of recreational opportunities'. Fuelled by rampaging desires for sex, drugs, booze and rock'n'roll, these footballers think up ever more extreme ways of splashing the cash, and needless to say, it doesn't always end well...
Random House presents the audiobook edition of Klopp: Bring the Noise by Raphael Honigstein, read by Adam James.'I like the total intensification, when there are crashes and bangs everywhere, pure adrenaline and no one being able to breathe'Jurgen Klopp's super-sized personality and all-or-nothing style of football and management made him the perfect choice to pump up the volume at Anfield. The appointment sparked hysteria in the city with fans and club officials delighted to get the coach they'd long admired from afar and eager to see the impact he would have on the club and the Premier League. With exclusive access to Klopp's friends, family, colleagues and players, Raphael Honigstein goes behind-the-scenes at Liverpool, Mainz and Dortmund to tell the definitive story of Klopp's career, transformative footballing genius and how he is bringing the noise to Anfield.Klopp's the manager to turn players into winners, to get that little bit more from them and transform teams like mid-table Borussia Dortmund into title winners and one of Europe's most acclaimed sides in just two seasons. He's authentic, approachable and funny, charming media and fans alike. He's also merciless and exceptionally driven, his quick temper bubbling away barely under the surface. Expectations have been high and even when results haven't gone their way, Liverpool's exciting football and Klopp's pitch-side passion have enthralled, culminating in a triumphant return to Champions League football.Klopp follows his story from its Black Forest beginnings, as a player with 'fifth division skills and a first division brain', his accidental fall into management and the success at Mainz and Dortmund which paved the way to Anfield.
In 1966 England won the World Cup at Wembley. Sir Bobby Charlton, England's greatest ever player, was there on the pitch. Now, fifty years on, Sir Bobby looks back on the most glorious moment of his life and England's greatest sporting achievement. In 1966 he takes us through the build-up to the tournament and to the final itself, describing what he saw, what he heard, and what he felt. He explains what it was like to be part of Sir Alf Ramsey's team, gives us his personal memories of his teammates, the matches, the atmosphere; the emotion of being carried on the wave of a nation's euphoria and how it felt to go toe-to-toe with some of the foremost footballers to ever play the game. He reveals what it means to be forever defined by one moment; how a life fully lived can come back to one single instance, one day when a man stands side-by-side with his best friends united in a single aim, in front of a watching nation.
'England invented football, codified it, became champions of the world in 1966 but humiliatingly then forgot how to play the greatest game of all. England took their eye off a ball they arrogantly thought they owned, allowing other nations to run off with it.'It has been Fifty Years of Hurt since Bobby Moore lifted the World Cup trophy at Wembley, and in this groundbreaking book, Henry Winter will address the state England are in on the golden anniversary of their greatest moment. Part lament, part anatomy of an obsession, both personal and collective, it analyses the truth behind the endless excuses, apportions the blame for the crimes against English football, but is also a search for hope and solutions.Fifty Years of Hurt weaves more than forty exclusive interviews with the biggest names in the game - Jack Charlton, Alan Mullery, Peter Shilton, Glenn Hoddle, John Barnes, Chris Waddle, Gary Lineker, Ian and Mark Wright, Alan Shearer, Michael Owen, Frank Lampard, Steven Gerrard, Roy Hodgson - with a narrative dissection of the highs and lows of five decades of football. And as well as players and managers, Henry Winter talks to the fans, to agents, to officials, to the governing bodies, about every aspect, good and bad, of English football, to provide answers to the question: 'where did it all go wrong?'.It is a passionate journey by a writer with vast personal insight into the national team, with unprecedented access to all areas of the game, but also by a fan who wants his England back. The Fifty Years of Hurt must end.
Introducing Luke Carlton - ex-Special Boat Service commando, and now under contract to MI6 for some of its most dangerous missions. Sent into the steaming Colombian jungle to investigate the murder of a British intelligence officer, Luke finds himself caught up in the coils of a plot that has terrifying international dimensions. Hunted down, captured, tortured and on the run from one of South America's most powerful and ruthless drugs cartels and its psychotic leader thirsting for revenge, Luke is in a life-or-death race against time to prevent a disaster on a truly terrifying scale: London is the target, the weapon is diabolical and the means of delivery is ingenious. Drawing on his years of experience reporting on security matters, CRISIS is Frank Gardner's debut novel. Combining insider knowledge, up-to-the-minute hardware, fly on the wall insights with heart-in-mouth excitement, CRISIS boasts an irresistible, visceral frisson of authenticity: smart, fast-paced and furiously entertaining, here is a thriller for the 21st century.
For much of the past decade, William Skidelsky has not been able to stop thinking about Roger Federer, the greatest and most graceful tennis player of all time. It's a devotion that has been all-consuming.In Federer and Me, Skidelsky asks what it is about the Swiss star that transfixes him, and countless others. He dissects the wonders of his forehand, reflects on his rivalry with Nadal, revels in his victories and relives his most crushing defeats.But this is more than just a book about Federer. In charting his obsession, Skidelsky explores the evolution of modern tennis, the role of beauty in sport and the psychology of fandom, weaving his own past into the story.Thought-provoking and beautifully written, Federer and Me is a frank, funny and touching account of one fan's life.
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 "e;Chicharito"e; Hernndez, Belgium's Vincent Kompany, Spain's Xabi Alonso, Germany's Manuel Neuer) and management (Belgium coach Roberto Martnez 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 U.S. 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.
Denne autoriserede biografi om Danmarks største fodboldspiller gennem tiderne dækker hele Michael Laudrups karriere som fodboldspiller og bygger på samtaler med alle de store personligheder, som blev afgørende for hans karriere, foruden Michael Laudrup selv. Femten år blev det til, fra han som kun nittenårig rejste til Italien for at spille for Lazio i Rom. Bogen følger ham videre over Juventus til Barcelona, Madrid og Ajax og helt frem til drømmeafskeden i VM-kvartfinalen mod Brasilien i 1998. I de femten år udviklede Laudrup uden for banen sin elegante og diplomatiske stil, samtidig med at han på banen igen og igen demonstrerede det enestående talent, der bidrog afgørende til, at Danmark for alvor kom på fodboldens verdenskort. ”Det er en fascinerende og fremragende skrevet bog, som fortæller om Michaels karriere og ikke mindst om mennesket bag. Når man først har åbnet den, slipper man den ikke, før man har læst den sidste linje.” - Brian Laudrup Jakob Kvist er uddannet journalist og har udgivet en række biografiske bøger. Han er til daglig kreativ direktør i People'sPress
Jürgen Klopps trænerkarriere begyndte i ydmyge rammer hos FSV Mainz 05, som han førte op i Bundesligaen for første gang i 41 år. I 2008 skiftede han til Borussia Dortmund, hvor han vandt mesterskabet og kom i Champions League-finalen. Han forlod Tyskland til fordel for England og den falmede storklub Liverpool FC. Det var ikke et job for en mand, der var svag i troen, men i Klopp fandt Liverpool omsider en mand, der var i sync med klubbens ånd og spillestil: angrebsfodbold med tryk på alle kedler. Klopp er dynamisk, udtryksfuld, rastløs; han lever sig ind i sit holds op- og nedture. Der brænder en ild i øjnene på ham, og hans krævende spillestil – det berømte gegenpressing – håndhæver han ved at være en fabelagtig motivator.
From a Sports Illustrated senior writer, a moving epic of football and industrial America, telling the story of Aliquippa, Pennsylvania, its now-shuttered steel mill, and its legendary high school football teamAliquippa, Pennsylvania, is famous for two things: the Jones and Laughlin Steel mill, an industrial behemoth that helped win World War II, and football, with a high school team that has produced numerous NFL stars including Mike Ditka and Darrelle Revis. But the mill, once the fourth largest producer in America, closed for good in 2000. What happens to a town when a dream dies? Does it just disappear?In Playing through the Whistle, celebrated sports writer S. L. Price tells the story of this remarkable place, its people, its players, and through it, a wider story of American history from the turn of the twentieth century. Aliquippa has been many things-a rigidly controlled company town, a booming racial and ethnic melting pot, and, for a brief time, a workers' paradise. Price expertly traces this history, while also recounting the birth and development of high school sports, from a minor pastime to a source of civic pride to today, when it sometimes seems like the only way out of a life of poverty, drug abuse, and crime. Playing through the Whistle is a masterpiece of narrative journalism that will make you cry and cheer in equal measure.
Love them or hate them, what the New England Patriots have been able to do over the past fifteen years is nothing short of remarkable. In addition to their four Super Bowl championships, the Patriots have the best coach in the league, a smart and savvy front office, and a future Hall of Fame quarterback who is internationally recognized as the face of the NFL. The longer the Patriots continue to dominate on the field as well as in the media and the American pop culture landscape, the harder it becomes for anyone to remember them as something other than a model franchise and the ultimate paradigm of success and accomplishment.Anyone, that is, except for Jerry Thornton. It wasn't always sunshine and roses for the Patriots; in fact, for the bulk of their existence, it was exactly the opposite. Though difficult to fathom now, the New England Patriots of old weren't just bad-they were laughably bad. Not so long ago, the Pats were the laughingstock of not only the NFL but also the entire sporting world.From Darkness to Dynasty tells the unlikely history of the New England Patriots as it has never been told before. From their humble beginnings as a team bought with rainy-day money by a man who had no idea what he was doing to the fateful season that saw them win their first Super Bowl, Jerry Thornton shares the wild, humiliating, unbelievable, and wonderful stories that comprised the first forty years of what would ultimately become the most dominant franchise in NFL history.Witty, hilarious, and brutally honest, From Darkness to Dynasty returns to the thrilling, perilous days of yesteryear-a welcome corrective for those who hate the Patriots and a useful reminder for those who love them that all glory is fleeting.