. It all adds up to a revolutionary new approach that has helped change the way the game is played. This world cup edition features ample new material, the surge in domestic violence during World Cups, including fresh insights into FIFA's corruption, and Western Europe's unprecedented dominance of global soccer.
Inverting The Pyramid: The History of Soccer TacticsBold Type Books #ad - Through jonathan wilson's brilliant historical detective work we learn how the South Americans shrugged off the British colonial order to add their own finesse to the game; how the Europeans harnessed individual technique and built it into a team structure; how the game once featured five forwards up front, while now a lone striker is not uncommon.
Inverting the pyramid provides a definitive understanding of the tactical genius of modern-day Barcelona, for the first time showing how their style of play developed from Dutch "Total Football, " which itself was an evolution of the Scottish passing game invented by Queens Park in the 1870s and taken on by Tottenham Hotspur in the 1930s.
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This is a sports and business tale of how money, ambition, and twenty-five years of drama remade an ancient institution into a twenty-first-century entertainment empire. The club is the previously untold inside story of how English soccer’s Premier League became the wildest, richest, most popular sports product on the planet.
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Some succeeded beyond their wildest dreams. Some lost everything.
How Soccer Explains the World: An Unlikely Theory of GlobalizationHarper Perennial #ad - It's a perfect window into the crosscurrents of today's world, with all its joys and sorrows. Soccer is much more than a game, or even a way of life. Harper Perennial. In this remarkably insightful, the international economy, wide-ranging work of reportage, shining a spotlight on the clash of civilizations, Franklin Foer takes us on a surprising tour through the world of soccer, and just about everything in between.
Penguin Books. How soccer explains the World is an utterly original book that makes sense of our troubled times.
Football Hackers: The Science and Art of a Data RevolutionBlink Publishing #ad - Football's data revolution has only just begun. There is no turning back. Now the race is on between football's wealthiest clubs and a group of outsiders, nerds and rule-breakers, who are turning the game on its head with their staggering innovations. A book full of exciting ideas and inside views on modern football.
We can now fully assess player performance, analyse the role of luck and measure what really leads to victory. Harper Perennial. The most exciting book in an exciting time for football. Thomas Hitzlsperger Penguin Books. The future of football is now. The arrival of advanced metrics and detailed analysis is already reshaping the modern game.
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The mixer is the first book to delve deep into the tactical story of the Premier League, and take a long view of how the game has developed over the last quarter century. Harper Perennial. The creation of the premier League coincided with one of the most seismic rule changes in football history: the abolition of the back-pass.
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The game was physical, based on strength over speed, bruising and attritional, aggression over finesse. It was the era of the midfield general, reducers, big men up front and getting it in the mixer; 4-4-2 was the order of the day.
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Finally, europe's most successful coaches found themselves competing in England, introducing a brilliant cacophony of styles to the Premier League. Zonal marking is a glorious travelogue through soccer's triumphant styles and characters. Harper Perennial. Next, barcelona and spain won everything during a very obvious four-year period of dominance, before tiki-taka's decline meant Bayern and Germany took control.
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. What's the connection between an ant colony and total football, dutch-style? How is the Barcelona midfield linked geometrically? And how can we relate the mechanics of a Mexican Wave to the singing of cicadas in an Australian valley? Welcome to the world of mathematical modeling, expressed brilliantly by David Sumpter through the prism of soccer.
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Money and Soccer: A Soccernomics Guide: Why Chievo Verona, Unterhaching, and Scunthorpe United Will Never Win the Champions League, Why Manchester ... and Manchester United Cannot Be StoppedBold Type Books #ad - Harper Perennial. Modern soccer is big business. From the ill-received takeover of manchester United by the Glazer family to Paris Saint Germain's current shopping spree for the best footballers on the planet, soccer finance has become an increasingly important part of the game. Barely a summer goes by now without a cherished club going into administration or a wealthy businessman funding a mid table team's ascension to Champions League competitor.
Through careful research and informative stories drawn from around the globe, Szymanski provides an accessible guide to the world of soccer finance. Drawing on extensive research into financial records dating back to the 1970s, Szymanski provides clear analysis of the way that clubs have transformed in the modern era.
This book isn't limited to European clubs. Penguin Books. From the abolition of the maximum wage in the 1960s, or lack of, through to the impact of TV money both at home and abroad in the 1990s and 2000s, Szymanski explains how money, affects your favorite club. Szymanski, a renowned expert on sports management and economics, looks at what we can learn from comparing the ascension of Europe's biggest clubs to their lofty perches and with new financial models across the world.
Money and Soccer: A Soccernomics Guide: Why Chievo Verona, Unterhaching, and Scunthorpe United Will Never Win the Champions League, Why Manchester ... and Manchester United Cannot Be Stopped #ad - But for many fans, soccer finance remains, frustratingly, a world that is opaque and difficult to grasp. Stefan szymanski, co-author of the bestselling Soccernomics, tackles every soccer fan's burning questions in Money and Soccer: A Soccernomics Guide. Understanding soccer finance has become essential for comprehending the beautiful game.