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I " Jeg er Zlatan Ibrahimovic" fortæller Zlatan med egne ord om en barsk opvækst i Rosengård-kvarteret uden for Malmø. Om fædrene fra de fine dele af byen, der forsøger at få ham smidt ud af Malmö FF. Om kampen for at nå toppen af international fodbold. Fra den første hårde tid i Ajax, skiftet til Juventus, succesen i Italien og skandalen, der var ved at koste ham karrieren. Han fortæller om Inter og sejrene, om Mourinho, målene og de store stjerner. Han fortæller om kærligheden til Helena og børnene. Om livet uden for projektørlyset. Og så afslører han for første gang, hvad der skete med Pep Guardiola i Barcelona.I Zlatans selvbiografi, fortalt til forfatteren David Lagercrantz, kommer vi bag facaderne i de store klubber og får et sjældent indblik i den absolutte topfodbold. For første gang får vi hele historien om Zlatan Ibrahimovic - hans egen historie.
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 The Breaks of the Game to Summer of '49, David Halberstam has brought the perspective of a great historian, the inside knowledge of a dogged sportswriter, and the love of a fan to bear on some of the most mythic players and teams in the annals of American sport. With Michael Jordan and the Chicago Bulls he has given himself his greatest challenge and produced his greatest triumph. In Playing for Keeps, David Halberstam takes the first full measure of Michael Jordan's epic career, one of the great American stories of our time. A narrative of astonishing power and human drama, brimming with revealing anecdotes and penetrating insights, the book chronicles the forces in Jordan's life that have shaped him into history's greatest basketball player and the larger forces that have converged to make him the most famous living human being in the world.
They have names like Barmy Bernie, Daft Donald, and Steamin' Sammy. They like lager (in huge quantities), the Queen, football clubs (especially Manchester United), and themselves. Their dislike encompasses the rest of the known universe, and England's soccer thugs express it in ways that range from mere vandalism to riots that terrorize entire cities. Now Bill Buford, editor of the prestigious journal Granta, enters this alternate society and records both its savageries and its sinister allure with the social imagination of a George Orwell and the raw personal engagement of a Hunter Thompson.
Du husker sikkert, hvor du var og med hvem, da Danmark tog EM-guldet i 1992. Eller er det måske Champions League-finalen i 1999, der er din favoritkamp? De fleste fodboldfans mindes de store kampe og overraskende opgør. Men hvordan husker fodboldstjernerne dem selv? Det fortæller de største danske spillere gennem 50 år.I "Min største kamp" kan du møde: Peter Schmeichel, Sepp Piontek, Preben Elkjær, Allan Simonsen, Christian Eriksen, Morten Olsen, Stig Tøfting, Jesper Grønkjær, Daniel Agger, Lars Høgh, John "Faxe" Jensen, Ebbe Sand, Brian Laudrup, Simon Kjær, Kasper Schmeichel, Jannik Vestergaard, Pernille Harder, Klaus Berggreen, Frank Arnesen, Mathias "Zanka" Jørgensen, Thomas Gravesen, William Kvist, Nadia Nadim, Jon Dahl Tomasson, Henrik "Store" Larsen, Dennis Rommedahl, Per Røntved, Martin Jørgensen, Thomas Delaney, Thomas Sørensen og Jan Mølby.Ole Sønnichsen er uddannet journalist fra Danmarks Journalisthøjskole og San Francisco State University. Han er forfatter til flere anmelderroste biografier og til den store dokumentariske fortælling "Rejsen til Amerika".Christoffer Rosenløv Stig Christensen (f. 1981) er uddannet cand.public. fra Syddansk Universitet. Han har skrevet flere bøger samt en lang række portrætartikler for Euroman.
Penguin presents the audiobook edition of Play On by Jeff Bercovici, read by Adam Sims. Sports are about challenging our physical limits. But the greatest limit of all remains undefeated: age. Were taught to believe that ageing thwarts effort and grace, talent and grit, outstanding teamwork and individual brilliance. But a new breed of top professionals - the likes of Roger Federer, Jo Pavey and Tom Brady - are overturning long-held assumptions about the duration of primetime in a sporting career. Its not that aging causes a decline in fitness; rather, a decline in fitness causes aging. Jeff Bercovici steps inside the lives of such ageless athletes, following them as they train, compete, and recover, to dispel conventional wisdom about longevity. Full of cutting-edge science, technology and practical tips, Play On empowers you to reverse the ageing process, and extend your peak years.
Thomas Gravesen var en rebel, der skilte sig ud i fodboldens verden, hvor man forventer, at fodboldspillere bare retter ind og gør, som der bliver sagt. Han tog fyrværkeri med til træning, og han klemte luften ud af sine holdkammerater med sine berygtede bjørnekrammere. Til træning spredte han godt humør blandt medspillerne, og i kampene spredte han rædsel blandt modspillerne.Bogen er et kærligt portræt af en dygtig fodboldspiller og farverig personlighed, der insisterede på at være sig selv – en glad drengerøv, der gik sine egne veje og nåede hele vejen til toppen, da han kom til at spille for et af verdens bedste fodboldhold, Real Madrid.
Den tidligere professionelle fodboldspiller og nu fodboldekspert og -kommentator Morten Bruun tager læseren med på en passioneret rejse rundt til de største scener i engelsk fodbold.Just follow all the others … Med sin far ved hånden dukkede den danske dreng Morten op fra Seven Sisters-stationen i London en augustdag i 1976. De skulle til White Hart Lane og se Tottenham mod Middlesbrough og var så uerfarne, at de måtte spørge om vej til stadion. Sådan er det ikke længere, for som fodboldekspert og kommentator blev de engelske stadioner Morten Bruuns arbejdsplads. Som han har elsket med den samme barnlige fascination som den dag, han så sin første kamp. 11 år gammel. Han elskede spillerne, stemningen, sangene, hele den kultur og historie, der gør engelsk fodbold unik. Det er derfor, han har skrevet denne bog. For at dele ud af sine oplevelser. For at tage læseren med til de store scener i London, Liverpool og Manchester. Men også til de små. Til regnbuebyen Brighton i syd. Til de kuldsejlede kulminebyer i nord. Til de glemte storklubber i Sheffield og Birmingham. Til tipsfodboldens vugge i Wolverhampton. Og selvfølgelig til London, Mortens yndlingsby i hele verden, hvor det hele begyndte. Læserne kommer med til de store derbies, de bitre nedrykningsslag og pokal finalerne. De er med på togtur over de bløde bakker i Yorkshire og ned i de overfyldte undergrundstog til Wembley. Og de er ikke mindst med på 48 forskellige stadioner og møder alle de forskellige fodboldkulturer i England. Kort sagt: Turen går til engelsk fodbold. Og læseren skal med. Hele vejen rundt.
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 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
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
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.
When Charlie Finley bought the A's in 1960, he was an outsider to the game-an insurance businessman with a larger-than-life personality. He brought his cousin Carl on as his right-hand man, moved the team from Kansas City to Oakland, and pioneered a new way to put together a winning team. With legendary players like Reggie Jackson, Catfish Hunter, and Vida Blue, the Finleys' Oakland A's won three straight World Series and riveted the nation.Now Carl Finley's daughter Nancy reveals the whole story behind her family's winning legacy-how her father and uncle developed their scouting strategy, why they employed odd gimmicks like orange baseballs and "e;mustache bonuses,"e; and how the success of the '70s Oakland A's changed the game of baseball.
From the first third-generation baseball player in Major League Baseball history, a sometimes moving, always candid look at his familys 70 years in the world of professional baseball.Bret Boone made history in 1992 as the first third-generation major leaguer in baseball history. A five-foot-ten firecracker who was spurned by scouts for his small size, supposed lack of power, and temper tantrums (one scout called him a helmet-throwing terror), Bret didnt care about family legacy; he wanted to make his own way. He did just that, building a 14-year career that included three all-star appearances, four Gold Gloves, a bout with alcoholism, and the ignominy of being traded for the infamous player to be named later. Now that hes coaching minor leaguers half his age, and his 15-year-old son has the potential to be a fourth-generation major leaguer, Bret is ready to reflect on and tell the story of baseball from the perspective of his familys 70-year history in the sport.Combining the brashness and candor of Ball Four with a dollop of Big Russ and Me sentiment, this book will trace the evolution of the gameon the field and behind the scenesfrom Ray Boones era in the 1950s to Bret and Aarons era in the 90s and 2000s, when players made millions, dined on lobster in the clubhouse, injected themselves with PEDs, and had their choice of Anniesfemale clingers-on, or as todays players call them, road beef. Along the way, the book will touch on pieces of Boone family lore, including Bret hitting zero dingers in a home run derby and Aarons home run (if you dont know what this is referring to, then consult the nearest Red Sox fan). Blending nostalgia, behind-the-scenes profanity, close analysis of the game that only players can offer, and insight into baseballs ongoing evolution as a sport and a business, Bret Boone will offer a one-of-a-kind look at Americas favorite pastime from a family who has seen it all.
In the most candid and compelling sports memoir since Andre Agassis riveting bestseller Open, former San Francisco 49er, Super Bowl champion, NFL MVP, and Hall of Famer Steve Young gives readers an unprecedented and stunning inside look at what it takes to become a super-elite professional quarterback.Steve Young was not expected to become one of the greatest quarterbacks of all time. A devout Mormon, he had a perfect GPA in school, studied Latin and calculus, and was blessed with a photographic memory. His mother pleaded that he not play football. But Young was determined to become the next Roger Staubach.QB tells the story of a boy with a gentle demeanor who overcame personal fears and his teammates and coaches indifference to reach the pinnacle of Americas most violent game. Football was a test and a quest: listed eighth on the depth chart at Brigham Young University, Young was told hed never play quarterback in college. He went on to endure intense media scrutiny as the highest-paid player in sports history before he ever stepped on the field as a professional. As a 49er, he went head-to-head with the legendary Joe Montana in what became the NFLs greatest quarterback controversy.But Youngs biggest hurdles were invisible to the public: the physical pain that comes with being an ordinary-size man in a league of giants; the loneliness of playing sixteen seasons as a bachelor; and an undiagnosed case of separation anxiety that made him dread getting out of bed and caused him to vomit in locker room bathrooms before games. Through sheer grit, Young put on a helmet week after week, season after season, leading his team to a Super Bowl championship, endearing himself to both the city of San Francisco and football fans everywhere.
A love letter to Americas most beloved sport and an exploration of the deeper dimensions it revealsFor more than a decade, New York University president John Sexton has used baseball to illustrate the elements of a spiritual life in a wildly popular course at NYU. Using great works of baseball literature as well as the actual games fantastic moments, its legendary characters, and its routine ritualsfrom the long-sought triumph of the 1955 Brooklyn Dodgers to the heroic achievements of players like the saintly Christy Mathewson and the sinful Ty Cobb to the loving intimacy of a game of catch between a father and sonSexton teaches that through the game we can touch the spiritual dimensions of life.Baseball as a Road to God is about the elements of our lives that lie beyond what can be captured in words aloneineffable truths that we know by experience rather than by logic or analysis. Applying the inquiry usually reserved for the study of religion to the secular activity of baseball, Sexton reveals a surprising amount of common ground between the game and what we all recognize as religion: sacred places and times, faith and doubt, blessings and curses, and more.In thought-provoking, beautifully rendered prose, Baseball as a Road to God elegantly demonstrates that baseball is more than a game or even a national pastime: It can be a road to a deeper and more meaningful life.
It happens every spring. Yankees pitching great Ron Guidry arrives at the Tampa airport to pick up Hall of Fame catcher and national treasure Yogi Berra. Guidry drives him to the ballpark. They watch the young players. They talk shop. They eat dinner together and tease each other mercilessly. They trade stories about the greats they have met along the way. And the next day they do the same thing all over again.As every former ballplayer can appreciate, in that routine, every spring, there emerges a certain magic.Driving Mr. Yogi is the story of how a unique friendship between a pitcher and catcher is renewed every year. It began in 1999, when Berra was reunited with the Yankees after a long self-exile, the result of being unceremoniously fired by George Steinbrenner fourteen years before. A reconciliation between Berra and the Boss meant that Berra would attend spring training again. Guidry befriended Mr. Yogi instantly. After all, Berra had been a mentor in the clubhouse back when Guidry was pitching for the Yankees. Guidry knew the young players would benefit greatly from Mr. Yogis encyclopedic knowledge of the game, just as Guidry had during his playing days. So he encouraged him to share his insights. Soon, an offhand batting tip from Mr. Yogi turned Nick Swishers season around. Stories about handling a hitter like Ted Williams or catching Don Larsens perfect game captured the players imagination. And in Yogi, Guidry found not just an elder companion or source of amusementhe found a best friend.
What is talent? How do you fulfil your potential?How do you create a winning team? These three simple questions, which are fundamental to the running of any successful business, take Ben Lyttleton on a fascinating journey to some of the world's top football clubs to discover the innovative new methods of developing and maximising talent.Football is the most hot-housed, intense, financially-profitable talent factory on the planet. It's time we woke up to the lessons it can provide. Elite football clubs across Europe are identifying new ways to measure intangible skills 'above the shoulder', such as teamwork, adaptability, decision-making, resilience and creativity. These clubs have revealed how they get an edge. And you can do the same.Ben Lyttleton speaks to some of the most original thinkers in football, going behind the scenes at Borussia Dortmund, Chelsea, Liverpool, and the France national team, to pinpoint the skills and methodologies that are not only relevant to football but also the business world.We all want to have an edge. This is your chance to find one.
The autobiography of cricket broadcasting legend, Henry Blofeld
In interviews ranging from 1972 to 2000, Brian Clough talks about `the real Brian Clough' - how he is perceived by other people; his bluntness and forceful opinions, and what makes him a good football manager. football hysteria and hooliganism; buying football players and having managerial ability, as well as sport on TV;
I SOMMEREN 1992 blev to københavnske traditionsklubber slået sammen for at skabe en fodboldmæssig stormagt i Danmark. Det skete bare en lille uge efter den danske EM-triumf, og den 1. juli – samme dag som klubbens officielle stiftelse – spillede F.C. København sin første kamp nogensinde mod schweiziske Grasshoppers.Siden har FCK taget store spring. I sommeren 2017 kunne de fejre 25-års jubilæum med et suverænt dansk mesterskab. På et kvart århundrede er det blevet til 12 danske mesterskaber, otte pokaltitler og store europæiske eventyr i Champions League.