Soccer: The Ultimate Guide to the Beautiful Game

Soccer: The Ultimate Guide to the Beautiful Game

by Clive Gifford
     
 

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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

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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. 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.

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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:
04/28/2004
Edition description:
Revised
Pages:
96
Product dimensions:
8.42(w) x 10.14(h) x 0.38(d)
Age Range:
8 - 12 Years

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