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Soccer: From Beckham to Zidane

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Soccer is a sport that's played by more and more U.S. kids - boys and girls - and it's getting lots of press with the arrival on these shores of a genuine international superstar, David Beckham. This is the definitive book on soccer - its history, its greatest games, its lore, and its stars.

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Overview

Soccer is a sport that's played by more and more U.S. kids - boys and girls - and it's getting lots of press with the arrival on these shores of a genuine international superstar, David Beckham. This is the definitive book on soccer - its history, its greatest games, its lore, and its stars.

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Children's Literature - Sarah Maury Swan
There is a lot of interesting information about soccer in this book, if you can get past the heavy emphasis on David Beckham's influence on the game. He is a very talented and charismatic player, but certainly not the best ever. Although there is mention of such greats as Brazilian player Pele, who dominated the game in the 1960s and '70s, we don't get the in-depth history of them that we do of Beckham. But having said that, the book does explain a great deal about the history and different styles of playing soccer, which elsewhere in the world is called football or futbol or futebol. It is an exciting game to watch or play and will definitely keep you in good physical shape. It is the only game I know of where you cannot use your hands. Instead you must use your feet to dribble the ball and your feet or body or head to pass the ball. The author describes how to stop a ball with your body so it lands at your feet. More information about great women players and how the game has evolved for women would have been nice, but at least the author included some information. Wonderful action photos are included capturing and further explaining amazing kicks, such as the overhead kick where the player launches himself into the air and kicks the ball back over his head. Gotta hurt when he lands. At the back of the book you can find information about people who have been influential to and in the game. The book is an informative addition to any sports book collection. Reviewer: Sarah Maury Swan
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781416958352
  • Publisher: Aladdin
  • Publication date: 7/29/2008
  • Pages: 144
  • Age range: 8 - 12 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 8.20 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Table of Contents


Soccer's Coming to North America     7
A World Sport     19
Manchester United     33
David Beckham     45
"No Hands, Please"     67
Fancy Kicks and Other Tricks     87
Women and Girls on the Field     105
Soccer Schools and Scholarships     115
Greats of the Game     123
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  • Posted January 30, 2010

    Young Soccer fans

    I gave this book to a 9y/o who loves soccer. Great to encourage reading. Reading level is a little above a 9y/o, though. Great for ages 9-18.

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