Football : The Ultimate Guide to the Beautiful Game

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This is a guide to the world's most popular sport, exploring every aspect of the game, from the sublime skills of Pele to a day in the life of a professional footballer. It covers the key rules,together with the tactics, set pieces and skills such as swerving the ball and overhead kicks. As well as offering practical advice, the book also offers an insider's view of the history of the game, profiles of the great clubs and women's football. The all-time greats, from George Best to Zinedine Zidane, make an appearance, while a section on the the great matches relives the excitement of memorable encounters such as the Brazil versus Italy 1970 World Cup Final.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 93 pages
  • 222 x 281mm | 738g
  • Kingfisher Books Ltd
  • London, United Kingdom
  • illustrations, photographs, glossary
  • 0753406357
  • 9780753406359

Table of contents

1 Half Title; 2-3 Copyright and Title; 4-5 Contents Page; Section 1 Introduction; 6-7 The Beautiful Game; The universal appeal of football across the globe; 8-9 From Early Days to the Modern Game; Historical overview from ancient China to the 20th century; 10-11 The Pitch and Players; The field of play - dimensions, pitch markings, number of players; 12-13 The Officials; The referee and assistants - their role, signals and red cards; 14-15 Key Rules; Laws of the game, infringements, the off-side rule; 16-17 Ready to Play; Kit, warm-up routines, avoidance of injuries, mental attitude; Section 2 Skills; 18-19 Ball Control; Trapping, bringing the ball down with the body, skills drills; 20-21 Passing 1; When to pass the ball, the variety of pass types; 22-23 Passing 2; Sidefoot short passing, longer passes, crossing the ball; 24-25 Movement and Space 1; How to make space, ghosting, dummies and feinting; 26-27 Movement and Space 2; Triangular drills, using the flanks, link-up play; 28-29 Tackling; Block tackles, side tackles and practice drills; 30-31 Shooting; Effective striking of the ball, volleying, half-volleying; 32-33 Heading; Controlling headers, power headers, diving headers; 34-35 Five-A-Side; Adapting skills and tacties to small-sided games; 36-37 Fancy Skills and Tricks; Swerving the ball, lobbing, overhead kicks and the flick-up; Section 3 Positions and Play; 38-39 Goalkeeping 1; Positioning, spotting danger, saving, punching and clearing; 40-41 Goalkeeping 2; Dealing with crosses, commanding your area, the back pass rule; 42-43 Attacking 1; Timing runs, through balls, scoring goals; 44-45 Attacking 2; Dummying, overlaps and attacking plays; 46-47 Defending 1; Closing down space and marking; 48-49 Defending 2; Zone defence, role of the sweeper; Section 4 Set Pieces; 50-51 Restarts: Kick-Offs, Throw-Ins; Rules and techniques, long and short throws; 52-53 Corners; Advantages of corners, long and short corners; 54-55 Free-Kicks 1; Direct, indirect, classic moves and plays; 56-57 Free-Kicks 2; Defending free-kicks, the wall, free-kick specialists; 58-59 Penalties; Taking penalties, penalty shoot-outs, mental preparation; Section 5 Tactics; 60-61 The Manager and Coach; How manager's tactics can win or lose a game; 62-63 Formations; Selection of effective formations, past and present; 64-65 Formations and Tactics; Use of wing backs, flexible formations, off-side traps; 66-67 Tactics Within a Game; From kick-off to final whistle. Changing tactics mid-game; Section 6 The Professional Game; 68-69 A Pro's Life; Excitement, glamour, commitments and responsibilities; 70-71 Clubs and Supporters; Transfer systems, clubs, stadia, 72-73 Broadcasting and Technology; Commentators, analysis, cameras and technology; 74-75 Stadiums; Great stadiums around the world; Section 7 The Greats; 76-77 The Great Competitions; Domestic and international - from Copa America, African Nations Cup, FA Cup and more; 78-79 The Great Games 1; England v Hungary 1953, Real Madrid v Eintracht Frankfurt 1960, Italy v Brazil 1970; 80-81 The Great Games 2; Congo v Mali, W. Germany v Holland 1974, France v Portugal 1984; 82-83 The Great Games 3; Argentina v Nigeria 1996, China v Norway 1999, Yugoslavia v Spain 2000; 84-85 The Great Players 1; Including Lev Yashin, Pele, Cruyff, Maradona, Platini; 86-87 The Great Players 2; Including Eusebio, Beckenbauer, George Weah, Zidane, Mia Hamm; Section 8 Reference; 88-89 Domestic Leagues and Competitions 1; Cups and leagues; 90-91 Domestic Leagues and Competitions 2; Cups and leagues continued, timeline, players not covered elsewhere; 92-93 Glossary/Websites; Full glossary and useful web addresses; 94-95 Index; 96 Acknowledgements
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"Some people think football is a matter of life and death. I can assure them it is much more serious than that." Bill Shankly; "Football is like a religion to me. I worship the ball, and I treat it like a god." Pele
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