Soccer: The Ultimate Guide to the Beautiful Game

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From the sublime skills of Pele to a day in the life of a professional soccer player, this gloriously illustrated book explores every aspect of the game. Rules, skills, and tactics are clearly explained and presented with state-of-the-art digital diagrams and photographs. This newly revised edition of a worldwide bestseller offers both practical advice as well as an insider's view of the history of the game, profiles of legendary players, great clubs, and women's soccer. Now including a two-page guide to U.S. ...

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Overview

From the sublime skills of Pele to a day in the life of a professional soccer player, this gloriously illustrated book explores every aspect of the game. Rules, skills, and tactics are clearly explained and presented with state-of-the-art digital diagrams and photographs. This newly revised edition of a worldwide bestseller offers both practical advice as well as an insider's view of the history of the game, profiles of legendary players, great clubs, and women's soccer. Now including a two-page guide to U.S. domestic leagues and competitions and with dazzling action photos of today's top stars, from Ecuador's Clever Chala to Norway's Margunn Haugenes, Soccer is a must-have for fans of the game.

Presents the game of soccer, including its basic rules, structure, playing positions, needed skills, and great players.

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Editorial Reviews

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Children's Literature

This is a must-have for any school library.

School Library Journal

A solid addition to those in constant need of books on the sport.

Children's Literature
It is immediately evident that the author of this book truly loves the sport of soccer. It is one of the most comprehensive books pertaining to a sport that I have ever read. It explains the history, skills, terminology, and tactics of soccer. Soccer's famous players are introduced—only one of whom is a woman. It is jam-packed with information and illustrations. This book covers every possible aspect of soccer from its earliest beginnings to what it is like to be a soccer pro in today's society. The use of real-life photographs and computer-generated images make each aspect of soccer very easy to visualize. There is a reference section which includes soccer's history, statistics and facts; a glossary; and a list of related web sites. This book would be a very useful resource for any gym teacher or soccer coach. And it is definitely an extremely useful resource for anyone, of any age, who is interested in soccer. This is a must-have for any school library. 2004 (orig. 2002), Kingfisher/Houghton Mifflin Company, and Ages 9 to 13.
—Lisa B. C. O'Connell
School Library Journal
Gr 5-8 An all-encompassing book that covers the history of the sport; basic rules, skills, and tactics; information on stadiums, soccer media, and "A Pro's Life"; as well as biographies of important players. Few women are mentioned. Small blocks of text are interspersed with a variety of digitally created illustrations that often lend a slightly eerie and surrealistic look to the figures. Color photos enhance the text. The left-hand margin of each page contains see-also topics and page numbers that will allow readers quick access to related information. The final sections include summaries of great competitions and games, one-paragraph biographies, statistics, and a one-page glossary. Web-site selections cover a wide variety of topics from the author's own Web site to "Ask the Ref" and women's soccer. Libraries that own Gary Lineker's Soccer and Hugh Hornby's Soccer (both DK, 2000) probably won't need Gifford's title. However, it will be a solid addition to those in constant need of books on the sport. -Blair Christolon, Prince William Public Library System, Manassas, VA Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780753457528
  • Publisher: Kingfisher
  • Publication date: 4/28/2004
  • Edition description: Revised
  • Pages: 96
  • Sales rank: 465,208
  • Age range: 8 - 12 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.42 (w) x 10.14 (h) x 0.38 (d)

Meet the Author

Clive Gifford is an award-winning author of more than fifty books on the subjects of sports and soccer. His previous titles for Kingfisher include The Kingfisher Soccer Encyclopedia, Soccer Skills, Summer Olympics, and Soccer.

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Table of Contents

Introduction
The Global Game 6
From Earliest Beginnings 8
The Field and Players 10
Key Rules 12
Fouls and Misconduct 14
Ready to Play 16
Skills
Ball Control 18
Passing 20
Advanced Passing 22
Movement and Space 24
On-ball Skills 26
Tackling 28
Volleying and Shooting 30
Heading 32
Small-sided Games 34
Fancy Skills 36
Position and Play
Goalkeeping Basics 38
Goalkeeping Choices 40
Attacking Skills 42
Opening up Defenses 44
Defending 46
Defending as a Unit 48
Set Pieces
Restarts 50
The Corner Kick 52
Free Kicks 54
Free Kicks in Attack 56
Penalty! 58
Tactics
Managers and Coaches 60
Formations 62
Tactics 64
Tactics in a Game 66
A Pro's Game
A Pro's Life 68
Teams and Fans 70
Soccer Media 72
Stadiums 74
The Greats
Great Competitions 76
Great Games 78
Great Players 84
Reference
Soccer History 88
Stats and Facts 90
Glossary and Web sites 92
Index 94
Acknowledgments 96
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