Thinking Outside the Box: My Journey in Search of the Beautiful Game

Thinking Outside the Box: My Journey in Search of the Beautiful Game

by Brad Friedel

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'To be able to work well in the box, I believe you have to be able to think "outside the box"' - a fascinating insider account of the Premier League and life at the top level of football from one of the country's best-rated goalkeepers.

Goalkeepers have an unusual view of the world, but Brad Friedel's is more unusual than most. An American, a university graduate, a visionary and a deep thinker, he spurns football culture to concentrate on his game and develop his ideas.

One of the most highly-rated - and experienced - goalkeepers in the country, Friedel endured a five-year battle to play in the Premier League. His incredible journey took him from three World Cup tournaments, spells with foreign clubs, and finally to the top flight at Blackburn Rovers and Aston Villa.

Friedel's inspirational story provides true perspective and takes us outside the box and inside the world of professional football in a way only he can.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781409105435
Publisher: Orion Publishing Group, Limited
Publication date: 03/05/2009
Sold by: Hachette Digital, Inc.
Format: NOOK Book
File size: 305 KB

About the Author

Brad Friedel is one of the most successful American players in Premier League history, having joined Liverpool in 1997 before moving to Blackburn Rovers in November 2000. He won 82 caps for the USA before retiring from international football in 2005.

Table of Contents

1 The Box 1

2 The Wonder Years 7

3 The Call 19

4 California Dreamin' 31

5 Amigos Para Siempre 47

6 Bureaucrats 1 - Friedel 0 58

7 Globetrotting Goalkeeper for Hire 72

8 Gaffers in the Grey Area 83

9 Four Thousand Holes 97

10 The Cap Fits: International Duty 119

11 Up for the Cup 143

12 Hocus Pocus Focus 154

13 One Million Miles: A Goalkeeper's View of the World 171

14 There's No Business Like Good Business 207

15 Expect the Unexpected 220

16 The Wonder Years Part II 231

Index 241

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