Football Encyclopaedia

Football Encyclopaedia

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Pele holding aloft the Jules Rimet trophy in 1970; Maradona's 'goal of the century' in 1986; and Greece's triumph against the odds at Euro 2004 - the world's most popular game has provided some of the most iconic and memorable moments in sport. All these and many more are captured in "The Kingfisher Football Encyclopedia", a treasure trove of information about the beautiful game that is packed with stunning action photographs and state-of-the-art digital illustrations. The opening chapter examines the rise of football by comparing early versions of the game, such as pallo, kemala and mob football, to today's money-spinning global industry. 'Playing the Game' uses stunning digital illustrations to explain the key rules, features and skills of football, while the third section profiles over 75 of the greatest players, from Alain Giresse of France to Brazil's Zico. Managers, tactics and formations are explored in 'The Brain Game', and section five celebrates more than 40 of the best international and club sides to have graced the sport. 'Footballing Fortunes' examines issues in and around the game - the demands of being a professional player, fans and the media, wages and transfers, as well as the darker side of the game, such as hooliganism, match fixing and stadium tragedies. The final chapter surveys the great competitions, from the World Cup to the Japanese J-League. Rounding off the book are comprehensive national statistics, a glossary and an index. Each chapter is capped by a dramatic full-spread photo capturing the triumph or despair of one of the pivotal moments in world football, including Real Madrid's astonishing attacking display in the 1960 European Cup final and Roberto Baggio's heartbreaking penalty miss in the 1994 World Cup final. Throughout the book, illuminating 3D computer-generated 'Match Action' artworks recreate the most famous moves and goals from world football, while each chapter also includes a selection of links to stable websites, providing a valuable access point to statistical databases of players, international results and club histories. "The Kingfisher Football Encyclopedia" is the perfect reference and gift book to accompany the 2006 World Cup and more

Product details

  • 12-17
  • Hardback | 144 pages
  • 216 x 274 x 22mm | 961.61g
  • Pan MacMillan
  • Kingfisher Books Ltd
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • photos, digital artworks
  • 0753412357
  • 9780753412350
  • 2,140,651

About Clive Gifford

Clive Gifford is an award-winning author who has written hundreds of articles and over 50 books. For Kingfisher, Clive's titles include Football - The ultimate guide to the beautiful game, Football Skills, Olympics, Kingfisher Knowledge - Spies and The Kingfisher Book of Living Worlds. Clive lives in Manchester, more

Table of contents

1 Half title; 2 Imprint; 3 Title; 4-5 Contents; 6-13 Chapter 1: Introduction; 6-7 The beautiful game; 8-9 Then and now; 10-11 Football's origins; 12-13 The global game; 14-15 Snapshot; Madrid's magnificent seven: Real Madrid v Eintracht Frankfurt,; European Cup final, 1960; 16-33 Chapter 2: Playing the Game (FOOTBALL RULES AND SKILLS); 16-17 Basic skills (such as ball shielding, ball control, restarts); 18-19 Movement and space; 20-21 Officials; 22-23 Defending; 24-25 Goalkeeping; 26-27 Attacking; 28-29 Goalscoring; 30-31 Free kicks and penalties; 32-33 Snapshot; Baggio's penalty miss: Roberto Baggio's penalty shootout miss hands the 1994 World Cup to Brazil; 34-55 Chapter 3: Football Legends; Profiles of over 75 footballing greats, with statistical details for each player; 34-35 Goalkeepers 1; 36-37 Goalkeepers 2 / Defenders 1; 38-39 Defenders 2; 40-41 Defenders 3; 42-43 Midfielders and wingers 1. 44-45 Midfielders and wingers 2; 46-47 Midfielders and wingers 3; 48-49 Strikers 1; 50-51 Strikers 2; 52-53 Strikers 3; 54-55 Strikers 4; 56-57 Snapshot; Maradona's World Cup: Maradona inspires Argentina to the 1986 world crown; 58-67 Chapter 4: The Brain Game (MANAGERS AND TACTICS); 58-59 The brain game; 60-61 Formations; 62-63 Tactics; 64-65 The manager's role; 66-67 Great managers - including Herbert Chapman, Rinus Michels, Helenio Herrera and Alex Ferguson; 68-69 Snapshot; The Wingless Wonders - England win the 1966 World Cup; 70-91 Chapter 5: Great sides; Featuring over 40 of the world's greatest club and international sides, for example:; * France, late 1990s; * Brazil, 1958-70; * West Germany, 1970s; * AC Milan, 1988-96; * Benfica, 1960-69; * Liverpool, 1974-83; * Kaizer Chiefs (South Africa), 1970s; 92-93 Snapshot; The World Cup comes home: France win the 1998 World Cup on home soil; 94-105 Chapter 6: Football Fortunes; 94-95 Football dreams (the route a young player has to follow to reach the top); 96-97 A pro's life (training, diet, injuries, travel, sponsorships, etc); 98-99 The players' stage (stadiums, behind the scenes at a game); 100-101 Supporters and teams; 102-103 The football industry (professionalism, wages, transfers, Bosman, media); 104-105 Football nightmares (racism, hooliganism, stadium disasters, player tragedies). 106-107 Snapshot; Greece win Euro 2004 against the odds; 108-133 Chapter 7: Competitions; 108-109 The World Cup 1; 110-111 The World Cup 2; 112-113 The World Cup 3; 114-115 The World Cup 4; 116-117 The World Cup 5; 118-119 The European Championships; 120-121 The Olympics; 122-123 Copa America / African Nations Cup; 124-125 Asian Cup and Asian Games / Concacaf Championship; 126-127 Leagues 1 (including Serie A, Bundesliga, Spanish league, English Premiership); 128-129 Leagues 2 (including Japanese J-League, US Soccer league, Brazilian and Argentinian leagues); 130-131 Club Cup competitions (including South American Club Cup, African and Asian club cups, UEFA Cup, World Club and Super Cups); 132-133 European Championshow more

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