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How to Watch Soccer

How to Watch Soccer

by Ruud Gullit

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Overview

An opinionated masterclass in the art and science of “reading” a match from one of professional soccer’s most respected and beloved international figures.

"For Americans new to European soccer, terms like 'false striker,' 'double accordion' or 'moving trios' need Mr. Gullit’s expert explications." —Wall Street Journal

 
Ruud Gullit knows better than anyone else that to understand soccer you have to understand strategy. When he started playing soccer, his only “strategy” was to get the ball, outrun everyone else to the other end of the field, and score. At first it served him well, but as he advanced through the sport, he learned that it takes much more than one player's speed to make a winning team. Over the course of his career, he worked his way from the Dutch junior leagues all the way to the legendary AC Milan, eventually retiring from the field to be a trainer, then a manager, and finally a commentator. Each step came with its own lessons, and its own unique perspective on the game. Now, having looked at soccer through every lens possible, Gullit shares his own perspective.
 
Most spectators simply watch the ball, but in How to Watch Soccer, Gullit explains how to watch the whole game. He shows how every part of a match, from formations to corner kicks, all the way down to what the players do to influence the referees, is important. And he uses his own vast experience to illustrate each point, so his lessons are filled with anecdotes from his years on the field and insights from his observations as a manager and commentator. This exhaustive guide will change the way even the most die-hard fan watches the beautiful game.


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780143130741
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 03/14/2017
Pages: 304
Sales rank: 718,719
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 7.60(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

Ruud Gullit was born in Amsterdam in 1962. He was the captain of the Netherlands team that won the 1988 European Football Championship and played in the 1990 World Cup. He was named “European Footballer of the Year” in 1987 and “World Soccer Player of the Year” in 1987 and 1989. After he retired from the field, he managed the LA Galaxy and several other teams around the world. He currently works as a broadcaster, regularly covering soccer matches on TV in the U.S., the U.K., Germany, France, the Netherlands, and across the Middle East.

Table of Contents

Foreword ix

Getting to the top 1

To Italy 11

To England 25

Manager 31

How to watch soccer 43

The dead ball 73

Systems 81

Patterns of play 115

Positions 136

Soccer cultures 180

Everything to win 213

Psychology 230

National teams 251

New developments 259

Epilogue 264

Ruud Gullit profile 269

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