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biggest and best football annual around brings you unrivalled
analysis of the 2006 World Cup qualifying competition and
England's bid to make the finals in Germany. There is also
the customary first-class coverage of the UEFA Champions League
as well as an extensive breakdown of all English and Scottish
league and cup games, increased information on all Nationwide
Conference clubs and an invaluable season-by-season who's
who-style players' directory. Complete with English, Scottish
and international fixtures for 2005-06, this is the one guide
to the season you cannot afford to be without.
Rafael Benitez was appointed manager of under-achieving Liverpool
at the start of the 2004-2005 season, the reaction of many
fans was 'Who the **** is Rafael Benitez?'. The Liverpool
fans had grown used to French manager Gerard Houllier but
he had been a fan of the club himself since his days as a
teacher on Merseyside. A Spaniard with admittedly a wonderful
record at Valencia was going to take over management of Liverpool's
famous Boot Room and try and win over a disillusioned Kop.
But in one season, Benitez's importation of Spanish players,
coaching methods and diet has led to a revolution, even usurping
Jose Mourinho's Chelsea, whereby the team has ended the season
winning the ultimate trophy for any European club - the European
Champions League. No fan will ever forget the comeback from
a 3-0 deficit to a 3-3 scoreline, then dramatic success in
the penalty shoot-out. With the co-operation of Benitez himself,
highly regarded Spanish soccer pundit Guillem Balague explains
how he did it.
into the CBBC series to be aired in November 2005 and again
in February 2006, "Jonny's Hotshots: How to Play Rugby
My Way" is a practical, highly illustrated, hands-on
instruction manual in which Jonny reveals and explains in
detail the skills and expert techniques that have made him
one of the world's greatest rugby players. Aimed at teenagers
who already know the basics, but equally applicable to adults
who want to refine their skills, Jonny will cover topics such
as tackling, kicking goals, kicking with both feet, passing,
running with the ball, being playmaker and placekicking. He
has also called on his fellow presenters, Jonathan Davies,
Keith Wood and Jeremy Guscott to give their expert insights
into other specialist skills required, such as scrimmaging,
rucking and line outs. Jonny will also offer advice and tips
on the broader aspects of the game, including health, positive-thinking,
tactics, exercise and diet.
Wegner has either personally trained many of the world's pros
or been acknowledged by them for the efficacy of his method
after they trained on it. These pros include Bjorn Borg, Gustavo
Kuerton, Vincent Spadea, Venus and Serena Williams, and many
others. Oscar is known as the "father of modern tennis"
- meaning that when he discovered that the way the pros played
was not at all what the coaches around the world were teaching
their students, he developed a completely new way of teaching
tennis - the way pros actually play. With this system he popularized
tennis in Spain and Brazil and is now setting the stage in
the United States. He single-handedly changed coaching methods
and contributed to a new worldwide tennis boom.
is one of those sports books that you can read over a couple
of days. That is not to say that it is an uninteresting effort.
The ghost writer has done a good job and through him we learn
Gazza's story sensitively told. I think it is truthful and
probably a must read for aspiring young stars in the game.
I think Gazza has now grown up and he is able to look back
on his life (so far) with a realistic eye. I loved him as
a footballer but hearing the stories of his personal life,
not as a man. Although never justifying his worst excesses,
this book has redeemed him somewhat. He blames nobody but
himself and for that I respect him.
just finished reading this book and it has proved to be a
very enjoyable read. If you want to know the torment the players
went through during the drawn game at Old Trafford or the
agony of that superb win at Trent Bridge then this book is
for you. I found it fascinating to understand the thinking
behind many things that went on during the Ashes series though
I'm sure that there are equally many things that remain unsaid.
Two things that particularly stand out for me are firstly
the England players/management reaction to Australian Captain
Ponting's outburst at Trent Bridge when he was run out and
secondly the reaction of the England players again to Ponting's
decision to bat when he won the toss at Edgbaston. Some of
the views expressed in this book are frank and honest but
one gets the sense from this book that the team spirit so
evident on the field among the England players is genuine
and deeply rooted. This book has lots of beautiful images
but the biggest impression this book will leave you with is
the sheer joy the players felt to win the Ashes and in the
process generate huge interest among the people in England
and around the world.
question of how a man could have everything and be systematically
destroyed by alcoholism is at the heart of George Best's unflinching
autobiography Blessed. In 1990, Best--arguably the most extravagantly
talented footballer the UK has ever produced; certainly domestic
football's first and brightest superstar--irrevocably redefined
himself in the public's mind as a bloated, foul-mouthed, pitiful
drunk with that appearance on the prime-time TV chat show
Wogan. The pictures tell at least part of the story. The young
Beatle-haired Best of the 1960s at Manchester United; the
scrawny boy from Northern Ireland, breathtakingly audacious
with the ball at his feet, dismantling Europe's finest defences.
The ever-more chubby, bearded Best of the 1970s, after his
shock "retirement" at 26, exercising his increasingly
elusive talent with second-rate teams. The Best of today:
mottled, grey, eyes now tinted with jaundice and seemingly
sharing the general sense of surprise that he's still here
at all. Now Best is able to candidly reflect on the story
of his rise and fall. He revels in the highs, which were spectacular:
a brilliant career with Man Utd, including a European Cup
medal; a media darling, with a Miss World or two on his arm.
But he also calmly recounts the lows: a litany of professional
and domestic woe, including that public humiliation on Wogan.
FC: THE OFFICIAL BIOGRAPHY is not a dry, boring history but
instead goes to the heart of what gives the club its personality.
The author has access to all the key characters, including
Mourinho, Abramovitch and the star players, plus legendary
names of the past and the varied voices of backroom staff,
boarding house landladies and players who never made it. All
have a story to tell. The author addresses all the controversies,
including: the near suffocation through lack of cash in the
1970s and in 2002; the impact of Abramovitch's money and whether
it might corrupt the club's soul; the club and fans response
to racism; how the hooliganism which dogged Chelsea for years
has been tackled. On the lighter side, Chelsea is regarded
as the country's glamour club, and fashions, good and dreadful,
will feature alongside celebrity fans and the worlds of art
and music. And then there is the football at the core of it
all, creating moments of huge tension and excitement. Years
of under-achievement now sit alongside the imminent emergence
of Chelsea's most successful period in the past century.
is a game in which even the experienced player can reap the
benefits from expert instruction. Covering every possible
aspect of developing a repeatable, effective golf swing, Steve
Newell's "The Golf Instruction Manual" works systematically
through every type of shot - from tee shots, iron play, pitching
and chipping to coping with bunkers and putting. Each section
includes a test to establish your level of ability and provides
a series of progressive excercises designed to develop your
technique. A section on the 10 most common faults that can
creep into your game shows you how to fix them quickly and
efficiently. Beyond striking the ball, the books also shows
you routines to help you think more decisively on the coure
and deal with high-pressured situations. An invaluable reference
section advises you on buying equipment, guides you through
all-important golf etiquette, clearly explains golf's most
important rules, and defines all the key terms used by golfers.
is something for every Manchester United fan in The Official
Manchester United Annual 2006. Read the profiles of all the
top players including Wayne Rooney, Ruud van Nistelrooy, Paul
Scholes, John O'Shea and Cristiano Ronaldo. Solve the many
word and picture puzzles and quizzes, all based around Old
Trafford and the team, and enjoy the stunning action moments
captured on camera by United's official photographer, including
Fergie's 1,000th game. Plus Fred the Red returns for more
of his hilarious adventures around Old Trafford.
book is absolutely superb! I bought it for my father who constantly
drones on about how great football was in the 50's and how
"down to earth" all the players were. I always replied
with a "yeah, right!" until he encouraged me to
read this after him. Gary Imlach really knows how to write.
The style is easy and flowing and I almost felt I knew his
father. It seems my Dad was right and football was a more
honest and respectful sport back then. My own father has often
told me tales of taking the bus up to Highfield Road (we're
Coventry City fans!) in the 50's. He said that players would
take the same bus! It's a concept I can't quite get my head
around! I cannot imagine standing next to one of the many
talented Coventry City players on a bus! No sarcasm, please!
Seriously, a great insight of a time when football was innocent
and written with great affection.
football is one of the most popular sports in the world. During
the 1990s there was a tremendous surge of interest in football
memorabilia, which has become one of the fastest growing areas
of collectibles. This volume comprises a collectors' guide
to memorabilia, covering the sport from its formative years
through to the millennium. All collecting fields are presented
and illustrated in colour, showing the diversity of material
that is available to collectors. The book also provides details
of where football memorabilia can be seen and acquired, and
from whom collectors can seek further help, advice and information.
Life of O'Reilly" is a chronicle of the career of one
of the European PGA Tour's most famous caddies - John O'Reilly
- and it's full of funny stories as only this Irishman can
tell them. Like the one about the time he and some fellow
caddies were arrested and jailed in East Germany on their
way to the German Open in Berlin. Or the one about the Tour
pro who, in a fit of temper after a bad shot, put his foot
through the bottom of his golf bag and could not get it out
again! The Life of O'Reilly is a rollicking ride around the
world--and the world of professional golf - by one of the
game's most interesting characters. No golf library would
be complete without it. "I hope that you'll find this
book as entertaining as I found Johnny to be throughout our
three successful years on tour. There was never a dull moment!"
- Padraig Harrington
played club golf for 30yrs off 17ish handicaps. Listening
and watching Simon explain things clearly and in detail has
hugely improved my understanding of how to use a golf club.
I can hit a ball relatively well but what Ii struggle with
is consistency of direction. Since listening to Simon, I'm
able to take what I've learned to the range and understand
what I'm aiming to get repeatedly good at and why it matters.
I'd reccomend this to anyone with the patience to listen hard
and to think about what is said, plus the perseverence to
practice until the improvements become your routine. If you
are looking for a quick fix, this DVD will not help- take
up an easier sport.
First Touch system lets players take instant full control
of the ball.
Incredible environmental realism makes the game look more
like a real-life TV broadcast; Zoom shots and close-ups that
make the action come alive; Fantastic sounds recorded at actual
games, complete with real crowd chants; Listen to play-by-play
commentary; Fantastic new create-a-player mode.
a real game of football; Accelerated core gameplay engine
and new animation system makes for incredibly responsive gameplay
with precise control; Fast and fluid gameplay; New skills
including: the Quick 135-degree pass, dummies, close control,
fakes, and fine positioning adjustment; Incredibly detailed
players and stunning visual effects; More football action
specific to your team!
Play in Domestic, European and Custom matches and tournaments;
Create yourself as a player and hone your skills in preparation
to play for the first team.
been a national institution for over decade now and the latest
FIFA game is finally here, with lots more attacking gameplay,
more customisation, more attention to detail, more online
and offline multiplayer options and the deepest manager mode
ever for the series. With Konami’s Pro Evolution Soccer
series snapping at its heels with ever more voracity, suddenly
it’s FIFA that’s got something to prove. The answer
for this year’s edition is a new emphasis on attacking
play, with a suite of new tackling, dribbling and shielding
controls. Naturally, it’s got all the new stats for
the 05/06 season, but with the new create-a-player option
you can change the facts to fit you. Also new is a 15 year
career manager mode to prove your footballing skills don’t
end when you’re off the pitch.
Spaniard Fernando Alonso crowned as his nation's first Formula
1 title holder in Brazil, the fight was now on to win the
constructors' championship. It was going to be tough for his
team Renault to regain the lead after McLaren moved in front
by two points with its 1-2 finish at Interlagos. McLaren's
MP4-20 was clearly the class of the field, but was Alonso’s
R25 strong enough to take on Kimi Raikkonen and Juan Pablo
Montoya? Let the battle commence! This official review features
the best coverage from every round, including practice &
qualifying sessions, plus mind-blowing on-board laps.