How Soccer Works

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What makes a soccer ball so bouncy? How do players bend the ball around a human wall? What makes the great players great? And how can you become one of "the greats"? How Soccer Works answers all these questions and many, many more. Packed with legendary tales of the pros, fascinating "Quick Kick" facts, insider tips to help you perfect your own game, and all the dazzling science behind the sport, How Soccer Works covers soccer from every exciting angle.
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Overview

What makes a soccer ball so bouncy? How do players bend the ball around a human wall? What makes the great players great? And how can you become one of "the greats"? How Soccer Works answers all these questions and many, many more. Packed with legendary tales of the pros, fascinating "Quick Kick" facts, insider tips to help you perfect your own game, and all the dazzling science behind the sport, How Soccer Works covers soccer from every exciting angle.
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School Library Journal

Gr 3-5- Amid an overabundance of soccer books, Thomas offers a special hook that makes this title stand out: facts that fans will relish knowing and sharing with their friends. For example, he begins with a section on soccer-ball construction that has intriguing information about color and water absorption of balls. (This simple fact alone could encourage a good science-fair experiment.) Another section talks about growing and cutting turf for World Cup game fields. Here, Thomas suggests an activity with grass to try out. There are discussions about the changes in cleats and materials used for uniforms over the years, "mental toughness," and the various playing styles in different countries. The text is broken into readable blocks with a variety of colored backgrounds. Colorful photographs and digital art depict both genders enjoying the sport. A welcome title where soccer is popular.-Blair Christolon, Prince William Public Library System, Manassas, VA

Copyright 2008 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781897349014
  • Publisher: Owlkids Books
  • Publication date: 8/28/2007
  • Series: How Sports Work Series
  • Pages: 64
  • Age range: 8 - 12 Years
  • Product dimensions: 9.82 (w) x 8.44 (h) x 0.22 (d)

Table of Contents


How Does Soccer Work?     4
Legends of the Game     6
How Earth Became Planet Football
Chapter 1
That's the Way the Ball Bounces     7
Legends of the Game     14
Ronaldinho's Secret Weapon
Chapter 2
The Field     15
Legends of the Game     20
Pitch Turns Pele's Feet Green
Chapter 3
The Wear n'Gear     21
Legends of the Game     26
Look Ma, No Shorts!
Chapter 4
Cleats for Feet     27
Legends of the Game     34
The Miracle Boots of Bern
Chapter 5
The Complete Athlete     35
Legends of the Game     42
The World's Best Player
Chapter 6
The Science of Explosive Moves     43
Legends of the Game     48
Striker Takes a Corner and Scores
Chapter 7
Striker vs. Goalie     49
Legends of the Game     54
Pele Robbed by Banks
Chapter 8
The World's Game     55
Legends of the Game     60
Hand and Feet of a God?
Rules and Regs     61
Soccer Talk     62
Index     64
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