A Matter of Life and Death: A History of Football in 100 by Jim White PDF

By Jim White

ISBN-10: 1781859264

ISBN-13: 9781781859261

Soccer promises ardour, drama, targets aplenty. yet especially what the world’s hottest game generates is phrases, phrases or even extra words…

The ‘beautiful game’ is, in truth, the tremendous noisy online game. From the over-heated burblings of commentators to the cliché-fest of the post-match interview; from the hypertensive outbursts of the soccer phone-in to the extra measured decisions of newshounds and different writers at the online game, soccer is surrounded through a effervescent, boiling, unstoppable torrent of talk…

Jim White has chosen 100 of the main memorable soccer quotations to create an off-the-cuff, freewheeling and entertainingly opinionated heritage of the sport. The fees generate a chain of concise and shiny essays that discover such matters as vintage fits (including the 1966 international Cup ultimate and the Germany vs Brazil semi-final of the 2014 global Cup); nice avid gamers (the likes of Pelé, top, Moore and Maradona); maverick managers (from Shankly and Clough to Ferguson and Mourinho); and footballing issues as eclectic because the commercialization of the sport, the paintings of the mantra, the increase of the WAG, and the modern phenomenon of the tattooed footballer.

Generously sprinkled with anecdotes, one-liners, very good images and the occasional second of searing footballing perception, an issue of lifestyles and dying is the correct current for someone with a keenness for the attractive online game.

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During this spell, he also led Watford to the final of the Football Association Challenge Cup, the premier knock-out cup competition in English football. As a result of such successes, Graham’s services were in demand, and he subsequently joined Aston Villa Football Club. Between 1987 and 1990, he not only successfully guided the club to promotion to the first division, but he also led them to a second place finish in the championship. Following what he defines as a ‘mixed spell’ as head coach to the England national team, during which they qualified for the European Championships in 1992, Graham returned to club football with Wolverhampton Wanderers in 1994 before again rejoining Watford as head coach.

He encouraged me to do the ‘B’ licence and stuff like that and so I did it to get better experience. I then worked with an older age group of players at the club I was with at the time and found that I preferred working with those players who could play a bit. I then got my ‘A’ (UEFA) licence and here we are. Additionally, she considers another of her former coaches, Alan May, now ironically part of her staff, as also having been highly influential in the development of her coaching philosophy and consequent practice: 33 HOPE POWELL Alan May really taught me how to deal with personalities and people, if you like, the people management side of things.

He considers this to be a by-product of his position as team captain during the amateur days of rugby union, when captaincy involved 43 BOB DWYER a ‘coaching-type role’. In order to make a worthwhile contribution in this capacity, Bob seized the opportunity to attend the then newly created coaching workshops and seminars offered by the Australian Rugby Union. He found the programme to be highly rewarding, and considers it the greatest inspiration in his development as a coach. The major influence in how I coach was probably the Australian Coaching Programme, which came into being in the last two years of my playing career.

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