With top players like Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo, Luis Suarez, and Neymar, soccer is the most popular sport around the globe! From Brazil and England to Italy and Australia, the world is crazy for the game they call football. Now you can learn more about the brightest international stars through entertaining biographies, fun trivia, and thrilling action photography.
Get your cleats ready; this is going to be an epic game! Soccer is full of stories about the great players and the amazing GOOOOOOOOOOALS. But soccer also has a wild side, and tons of wacky stuff happens week after week. Some of the stories in this book are weird, a bit odd, and definitely on the crazy side. Others are about amazing (and not so amazing) records and those passionate fans in the stadiums. In all, these are the totally epic, true, and wacky soccer facts and stories that every fan should know. So, start dribbling and be ready for an epic run to the goal!
Author: Sebastian Abbot
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company
Release Date: 2018-03-06
Genre: Sports & Recreation
The gripping story of a group of boys discovered in what may be the largest talent search in sports history. Over the past decade, an audacious program called Football Dreams has held tryouts for millions of 13-year-old boys across Africa looking for soccer’s next superstars. Led by the Spanish scout who helped launch Lionel Messi’s career at Barcelona and funded by the desert kingdom of Qatar, the program has chosen a handful of boys each year to train to become professionals—a process over a thousand times more selective than getting into Harvard. In The Away Game, reporter Sebastian Abbot follows a small group of the boys as they are discovered on dirt fields across Africa, join the glittering academy in Doha where they train, and compete for the chance to gain fame and fortune at Europe’s top clubs. We meet Diawandou, a skilled Senegalese defender whose composure makes him a natural leader on the field; Hamza, a midfielder from Ghana with great talent but a mercurial personality to match; Ibrahima, a towering striker who scores goals by the bucketload; Serigne Mbaye, who glides by players effortlessly but happens to be deaf; and Bernard, often the smallest kid on the field but a sublime playmaker who invites constant comparison to Messi. Abbot masterfully weaves together the dramatic story of the boys’ journey with an exploration of the art and science of trying to spot talent at such a young age. As in so many other sports, data analytics in soccer have expanded in the wake of Moneyball, with scouts employing more sophisticated metrics like "expected goals" and tracking data to judge players. But, as The Away Game chronicles, soccer genius depends more on intangible qualities like "game intelligence" than on easily quantifiable ones. Richly reported and deeply moving, The Away Game is set against the geopolitical backdrop of Qatar’s rise from an impoverished patch of desert to an immensely rich nation determined to buy a place on the international stage. It is an unforgettable story of the joy and pain these talented African boys experience as they chase their dreams in a dizzying world of rich Arab sheikhs, money-hungry agents, and soccer-mad European fans.
Meet the hottest players from all your favourite teams! Hockey, basketball, soccer, football and baseball fans unite! Meet twenty of the players at the top of their game. Profiles include glossy, full-page colour photos, bios, previous season stats, and pull-out interview quotes. MVP Superstars includes the top players of each sport, players on Canadian teams and Canadian players league-wide. It's the ultimate book for the ultimate Canadian sport fan! Featuring: hockey stars Sidney Crosby, Alex Ovechkin, Erik Karlsson, PK Subban, Marie-Philip Poulin, Connor McDavid and Johnny Gaudreau; baseball greats Josh Donaldson, Joey Votto, Mike Trout, Jose Altuve, Clayton Kershaw, Aaron Sanchez and Gary Sanchez; basketball hotshots Demar Derozan, Andrew Wiggins, LeBron James, Stephan Curry, Russell Westbrook, Kelly Olynyk and Cory Joseph; football titans Mike Reilly, Cam Newton, Tom Brady, Adam Bighill, Julio Jones, Brad Sinopoli and J.J. Watt; and soccer sensations Julian de Guzman, Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo, Paul Pogba, Christine Sinclair, Will Johnson and Fraser Aird.
Get the lowdown on the hottest stars of soccer! GOAL! This guide is a winner, guaranteed to give fans the information they want on their soccer heroes, both current and upcoming. The international array of profiles ranges from proven stars such as Lionel Messi, Neymar, and Cristiano Ronaldo to hopes of the future like 17-year-old Jadon Sancho of Borussia Dortmund, 18-year-old Gabriel Jesus of Manchester City, 19-year-old Theo Hernandez of Real Madrid, and 20-year-old Ousmane Dembélé of Barcelona.
Under the Lights and in the Dark: Untold Stories of Women's Soccer takes an unprecedented look inside the lives of professional football players around the world – from precarious positions in underfunded teams and leagues, to sold-out stadiums and bright lights. Award-winning filmmaker and journalist Gwendolyn Oxenham tells the stories of the phenoms, underdogs, and nobodies – players willing to follow the game wherever it takes them. Under the Lights and in the Dark takes us inside the world of women’s soccer, following players across the globe, from Portland Thorns star Allie Long, who trains in an underground men’s league in New York City; to English national Fara Williams, who hid her homelessness from her teammates while playing for the English national team. Oxenham takes us to Voronezh, Russia, where players battle more than just snowy pitches in pursuing their dream of playing pro, and to a refugee camp in Denmark, where Nadia Nadim, now a Danish international star, honed her skills after her family fled from the Taliban. Whether you’re a newcomer to the sport or a die-hard fan, this is an inspiring book about stars’ beginnings and adventures, struggles and hardship, and, above all, the time-honored romance of the game.
Author: James Buckley Jr.
Publisher: Scholastic Inc.
Release Date: 2016-11-29
Genre: Juvenile Nonfiction
For sports fans everywhere! The 2017 edition of Year in Sports features full-color action photographs throughout, completely updated facts and stats, and a colorful interior design. Featuring info about all of the top athletes, championships, and legends from the major and secondary sports. Including all your favorite stars in baseball, basketball, football, and more, this book is perfect for sports beginners, as well as the most devoted fans.
Author: David Hepworth
Publisher: Henry Holt
Release Date: 2017-11-21
Genre: Biography & Autobiography
An elegy to the age of the Rock Star, featuring Chuck Berry, Elvis, Madonna, Bowie, Prince, and more, uncommon people whose lives were transformed by rock and who, in turn, shaped our culture Recklessness, thy name is rock. The age of the rock star, like the age of the cowboy, has passed. Like the cowboy, the idea of the rock star lives on in our imaginations. What did we see in them? Swagger. Recklessness. Sexual charisma. Damn-the-torpedoes self-belief. A certain way of carrying themselves. Good hair. Interesting shoes. Talent we wished we had. What did we want of them? To be larger than life but also like us. To live out their songs. To stay young forever. No wonder many didn’t stay the course. In Uncommon People, David Hepworth zeroes in on defining moments and turning points in the lives of forty rock stars from 1955 to 1995, taking us on a journey to burst a hundred myths and create a hundred more. As this tribe of uniquely motivated nobodies went about turning themselves into the ultimate somebodies, they also shaped us, our real lives and our fantasies. Uncommon People isn’t just their story. It’s ours as well.