Soccer: The Ultimate Guide to the Beautiful Game

Soccer: The Ultimate Guide to the Beautiful Game

by Clive Gifford


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Soccer: The Ultimate Guide to the Beautiful Game by Clive Gifford

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780753457528
Publisher: Kingfisher
Publication date: 04/08/2004
Edition description: Revised
Pages: 96
Sales rank: 371,342
Product dimensions: 8.42(w) x 10.14(h) x 0.38(d)
Age Range: 8 - 12 Years

About 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.

Table of Contents

The Global Game6
From Earliest Beginnings8
The Field and Players10
Key Rules12
Fouls and Misconduct14
Ready to Play16
Ball Control18
Advanced Passing22
Movement and Space24
On-ball Skills26
Volleying and Shooting30
Small-sided Games34
Fancy Skills36
Position and Play
Goalkeeping Basics38
Goalkeeping Choices40
Attacking Skills42
Opening up Defenses44
Defending as a Unit48
Set Pieces
The Corner Kick52
Free Kicks54
Free Kicks in Attack56
Managers and Coaches60
Tactics in a Game66
A Pro's Game
A Pro's Life68
Teams and Fans70
Soccer Media72
The Greats
Great Competitions76
Great Games78
Great Players84
Soccer History88
Stats and Facts90
Glossary and Web sites92

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