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The Complete Book of Soccer
by Hunt, Chris

9781554076888Chris Hunt (Editor)The Complete Book of Soccer Updated with the results of the World Cup 2010 and all the latest international soccer action. The Complete Book of Soccer captures the color and passion of the world's most popular spectator sport. This revised and updated edition is packed with new photographs and new content, including the stats of the World Cup 2010 and post-cup results. Editor Chris Hunt outlines a comprehensive history of the game, profiles its greatest stars and includes data on every key tournament, along with team and club histories and statistics galore. Here are some of the features: Informative biographies of 200 of the greatest players of all time Profiles of more than 100 top contemporary players Stories of the legendary coaches and teams Detailed histories of the World Cup and European championships Origins and evolution of soccer and its rules of play 500 action photographs There is new content in every section of the book, including Soccer Nations of the World, Great Clubs of the World, Legends of Soccer, Great Players of Today, Great Managers and Women's Soccer. Experts also examine controversial topics, such as the increasing power of clubs, the latest disasters and international scandals. Hunt tells the whole story of the world's major competitions, including the Champions League, the World Club Cup, the UEFA Cup, the Copa Libertadores, the Olympic soccer competitions, the African Nations Cup, the Copa America, the Asian Cup and the Women's World Cup. Fans will find the answer to most any question about the great game of soccer. - Description from Syndetics
Glendale CC Library - GENERAL - GV943 .C66 2010
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The Ball is Round: a Global History of Soccer
by Goldblatt, David

9781594482960David GoldblattThe Ball Is Round: A Global History of SoccerThe definitive book about soccer, from the author of The Games: A Global History of the Olympics. There may be no cultural practice more global than soccer. Rites of birth and marriage are infinitely diverse, but the rules of soccer are universal. No world religion can match its geographical scope. The single greatest simultaneous human collective experience is the World Cup final. In this extraordinary tour de force, David Goldblatt tells the full story of soccer's rise from chaotic folk ritual to the world's most popular sport-now poised to fully establish itself in the USA. Already celebrated internationally, The Ball Is Round illuminates soccer's role in the political and social histories of modern societies, but never loses sight of the beauty, joy, and excitement of the game itself. - Description from Syndetics
Glendale CC Library - GENERAL - GV942.5 .G65 2008
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Born to Run: A Hidden Tribe, Superathletes, and the Greatest Race the World has Never Seen
by McDougall, Christopher

9780307266309Christopher McDougallBorn to Run: A Hidden Tribe, Superathletes, and the Greatest Race the World Has Never SeenFull of incredible characters, amazing athletic achievements, cutting-edge science, and, most of all, pure inspiration, Born to Run is an epic adventure that began with one simple question: Why does my foot hurt? In search of an answer, Christopher McDougall sets off to find a tribe of the world's greatest distance runners and learn their secrets, and in the process shows us that everything we thought we knew about running is wrong. Isolated by the most savage terrain in North America, the reclusive Tarahumara Indians of Mexico's deadly Copper Canyons are custodians of a lost art. For centuries they have practiced techniques that allow them to run hundreds of miles without rest and chase down anything from a deer to an Olympic marathoner while enjoying every mile of it. Their superhuman talent is matched by uncanny health and serenity, leaving the Tarahumara immune to the diseases and strife that plague modern existence. With the help of Caballo Blanco, a mysterious loner who lives among the tribe, the author was able not only to uncover the secrets of the Tarahumara but also to find his own inner ultra-athlete, as he trained for the challenge of a lifetime: a fifty-mile race through the heart of Tarahumara country pitting the tribe against an odd band of Americans, including a star ultramarathoner, a beautiful young surfer, and a barefoot wonder. With a sharp wit and wild exuberance, McDougall takes us from the high-tech science labs at Harvard to the sun-baked valleys and freezing peaks across North America, where ever-growing numbers of ultrarunners are pushing their bodies to the limit, and, finally, to the climactic race in the Copper Canyons. Born to Run is that rare book that will not only engage your mind but inspire your body when you realize that the secret to happiness is right at your feet, and that you, indeed all of us, were born to run. - Description from Syndetics
Glendale CC North Library - GENERAL - GV1061.23 .M6 M33 2009
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by Worrall, Frank

9781857828054Frank WorrallChicharitoThe exciting life story of Javier Hernandez--better known to legions of Manchester United fans as Chicharito   Born in Guadalajara, Mexico, Hernandez joined his local club C.D. Guadalajara at the age of nine and signed his first contract at 15. Making his full debut in 2006, he impressed in the Mexican league so much so that he caught the eye of a Manchester United scout in 2009. He signed for United in April of 2010 and scored on his debut in the MLS All-Star Game on July 28. Since then, Hernandez has continued to light up the Old Trafford pitch, becoming a firm favorite with fans who voted him Sir Matt Busby Player of the Year in 2011, scoring vital goals for the club. He became the first player since Ruud van Nistelrooy to score more than 20 goals in his debut season as United clinched a record-equaling 19th Premier League title. Despite some injury concerns in the opening half of the 2011/12 season, he has continued to be a major player in the United lineup. Still only 24 years old, the "little pea" has committed himself to United until 2016 and looks set to help the Reds to yet more glory. - Description from Syndetics
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