Author: Rick Glanvill
Publisher: Headline Book Pub Limited
Release Date: 2006
Genre: Sports & Recreation
CHELSEA FC: THE OFFICIAL BIOGRAPHY goes to the heart of what gives the club its personality. The author has access to all the key characters, including Mourinho, Abramovich and the star players, plus legendary names of the past. He addresses all the controversies, including: the near suffocation through lack of cash in the 1970s and in 2002; the impact of Abramovich's money; the club and fans' response to racism; how the hooliganism which dogged Chelsea for years has been tackled. On the lighter side, Chelsea is regarded as the country's glamour club, and fashions, good and dreadful, will feature alongside celebrity fans and the worlds of art and music. And then there is the football at the core of it all, creating moments of huge tension and excitement.
Author: Phil Ascough
Publisher: A&C Black
Release Date: 2012-05-07
Genre: Sports & Recreation
Two decades of Premier League football have brought glitz and glamour, wonder-goals and WAGs, billionaires and bail-outs - but how much do you remember? Whether you're a die-hard fan or a cosseted member of the prawn-sandwich brigade, Kissing the Badge will test your football knowledge and refresh your memory of the heroes and zeroes, the one-season wonders and the ever-presents. With 20 categories of facts and stats, quiz questions and soundbites, Kissing the Badge recalls the brilliant best of the Premier League - and the occasions when football's superstars haven't quite covered themselves in glory. It's time to sort the seasoned football anoraks from the part-timers who only sing when they're winning.
The dramatic and controversial history of the world's leading tournament. Brian Glanville's classic account is a celebration of the great players and matches from Uruguay in 1930 to Germany in 2006 - and a bold attack on all those who have mismanaged the 'beautiful game'.
There are few soccer clubs in the world that attract as much interest in the modern game as Chelsea. Whether it is the latest observations from former coach Jose Mourinho, his successor Antonio Conte, big-money transfer targets, the style of play or results in Europe, everybody thinks they know what's happening--or at least has an opinion on it. The arrival of Russian billionaire tycoon Roman Abramovich as owner turned a glamorous club with a long history of under-achievement into an international powerhouse. After one championship in 99 years, the Blues have, in a dozen years, won four Premier League titles, plus the UEFA Champions League, UEFA Europa League, four FA Cups and three Football League Cups. The club always was a magnet for well-known names--vaudeville legend George Robey played for the Pensioners in the club's earliest days--and, in the modern era, Stamford Bridge has become home to a dazzling array of world stars. From Ron "Chopper" Harris and Ken Bates through Ruud Gullit, Roberto Di Matteo and Glenn Hoddle to Mourinho, Costa, John Terry, Diego Costa, David Luiz, and Thibaut Courtois, there is no lack of characters to draw on for quotes.
“A beautiful story, expertly told.” —Per Mertesacker, Arsenal defender and member of the German national team, winners of the 2014 World Cup Estádio do Maracanã, July 13, 2014, the last ten minutes of extra time in the World Cup Final: German forward Mario Götze jumps to meet a floated pass from André Schürrle, cushions the ball with his chest, and in one fluid motion volleys the ball past the onrushing Argentine goalkeeper into the far corner of the net. The goal wins Germany the World Cup for the first time in almost thirty years. As the crowd roars, Götze looks dazed, unable to comprehend what he has done. In Das Reboot, Raphael Honigstein charts the return of German soccer from the dreary functionality of the late 1990s to Götze's moment of sublime, balletic genius and asks: How did this come about? The answer takes him from California to Stuttgart, from Munich to the Maracanã, via Dortmund and Amsterdam. Packed with exclusive interviews with key figures, including Jürgen Klinsmann, Thomas Müller, Oliver Bierhoff, and many more, Honigstein's book reveals the secrets of German soccer's success.
Tommy Docherty managed Chelsea FC for six tumultuous years. Between 1961 and 1967 he got hired, relegated, promoted, lauded, let down, criticised, vilified, backed, victimised and fined. His departure was in keeping with much of his time at Chelsea - controversial and played out in newspaper headlines. Garrulous, volatile, unpredictable, impulsive, innovative, intensely competitive, highly talented and much-loved by Chelsea supporters, 'The Doc' won one trophy for The Blues and was close to winning plenty more. He transformed and modernised the club, built a highly-regarded young team from the ashes he inherited but over time he fell out with, and sold, key players. In the end, amid gathering controversy, his parting was probably inevitable. It can be argued that more happened to Chelsea in the six years of The Doc's reign than in any comparable period before or since and this book to cover every major incident and key personality. The famous victories. The numbing defeats. The players - Venables, Tambling, Bridges, Bonetti, Mortimore, Blunstone, Upton, Shellito, Murray, Harris, McCreadie, Graham, Hollins, Hinton, Boyle, Osgood, Cooke and more. The supporters. The heroes. The villains. The rows and the fall-outs. The controversies - Blackpool, Bermuda, the Roma riot and more. His relationships with chairmen, players, journalists and the football authorities. The stars he created, bought and sold. Diamonds, Dynamos and Devils utilises extensive newspaper and book research to examine all of these and more, and draws a series of conclusions about one of the most exciting periods in Chelsea history. It also includes an exclusive recent interview with The Doc, whose talent for expressing trenchant views remains undimmed. Docherty is still revered by many lifelong supporters who saw his teams play and Tim Rolls explains exactly why he is remembered with such affection, half a century after he left the club.
Today was his first climb to the top. He knew if he was there, watching, then she would never leave him. Her name was Bernadette and he climbed the shed every day.~ This is a not a football book, as such. Rather, it is a memoir by someone who happened to have superior ability at the sport during his formative years which led him on a remarkable journey. Paul Ferris became a professional footballer and at the age of 16 was the youngest ever to play in Newcastle United's first team. Coming from Northern Ireland and being a skilful winger with dancing feet, he was inevitably hailed as 'the new George Best'. But the story of his time in the game, particularly as a young player, is one of insecurity, injuries, uncertainty, fear and, ultimately, a failure to fulfil his hopes and dreams. The book opens in Lisburn, near Belfast. The Ferris family are Catholics in a predominantly Protestant town at the height of the 'Troubles'. Ferris re-lives his childhood and teens with brutal candour laced with black humour. The Boy on the Shed is a beautifully written account of a life, but it also lifts the lid on big personalities at Newcastle United.
For years, the rivalry between Real Madrid and Barcelona has defined top-level European football. At its heart: a personal battle – Messi vs Ronaldo. Since they were first pitted against each other in 2007, the two men’s domination of the record books has been unparalleled. Their styles, personalities and footballing allegiances continue to divide opinion but one thing is beyond doubt: this is football’s greatest ever head-to-head. In this new edition of Messi vs Ronaldo, updated to include all the action from 2016/17, Luca Caioli draws on the exclusive testimonies of managers, teammates, friends and family to tell the inside story of this momentous rivalry.
Mourinho is a beautiful illustrated book which is both a sumptuous celebration of The Special One's managerial career so far, and an enigmatic insight into his unique brand of football wisdom and philosophy. In the legendary manager's very first book, and in his own images and captions, Jose Mourinho charts the peaks and troughs of the opening fifteen years of what has been a stellar rise to the summit of the global game. Through more than 120 personally selected images (some of which are exclusive to the book), fans will relish an intimate and unmissable opportunity to understand and further appreciate this giant of the sport.
Author: Carlo Ancelotti
Publisher: Penguin UK
Release Date: 2016-05-26
Genre: Business & Economics
Carlo Ancelotti is one of the greatest managers of all time, with five Champions League titles to his name. Yet his approach could not be further from the aggressive theatricals favoured by many of his rivals. His understated style has earned him the fierce loyalty of players like David Beckham, Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Cristiano Ronaldo. In Quiet Leadership, Ancelotti reveals the full, riveting story of his managerial career - his methods, mentors, mistakes and triumphs - and takes us inside the dressing room to trace the characters, challenges and decisions that have shaped him. The result is both a scintillating memoir and a rare insight into the business of leadership.