SA Library Holiday Gift Ideas: 2021 Soccer Books 11/28/2021

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We think the books we’ve reviewed, brought back, or retrieved this year could very well help you find gifts for your soccer family and friends. They included the memories of one of the greatest players in MLS history and an earlier era of American football – the NASL Cosmos. The last by Simon kuper, too recently interviewed by Arlo Moore-Bloom, follows from behind the curtain the glory of Barcelona to its current desperate situation.

By Ian Plenderleith review of The Barcelona complex: Lionel Messi and the creation – and the deconstruction – of the biggest football club in the world through Simon kuper:

“The author set out to write a book exploring what made Barcelona so special, and the chapters on the Cruyff and Messi years are an engaging read. In tandem with the Masia and their sensitive upbringing of skillful little players, both men have been central to Barcelona’s reputation and success. Kuper’s research, however, coincided with the downfall …

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By Mike Woitalla review of DeRo: my life through Dwayne De Rosario with Brendan Dunlop:

“DeRo’s book is appealing to longtime North American football fans who will enjoy being teammates with the stars of the day and his positive and negative experiences with coaches. It’s also a neat tale of a childhood that includes fear, love, and courage in the world unique to most of us. In other words, it’s a rewarding read beyond the sport. “

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SA Library (Memoirs & Biographies)

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Of Ian plenderleith‘s review of I am with the cosmos: the story of Steve Hunt Through Steve hunt with Ian McCauley:

England winger Steve Hunt was among several young players to counter the idea that the North American Football League was a place where waning stars of the 1970s came for money, highlights, and to brag about ” playing alongside Pelé, Johan Cruyff and Franz Beckenbauer. At just 20 when he was sold to the New York Cosmos by his home club Aston Villa, Hunt thrived during the league’s peak years and was named MVP in Pelé’s last game as a pro, the 1977 Championship final against the Seattle Sounders. … Hunt settles some scores, praises family, friends, and some former teammates, and is pleasantly free and non-diplomatic with his opinions.

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By Ian Plenderleith review of: On the sidelines: sport, culture and being a woman in America‘ through Julie dicaro:

“Julie DiCaro’s inspiration for the book came” because I realized, around the second year of my six years working in sports media, that whatever issues women face in society at large, they are magnified by a factor of about a million in sport. Women working in industry are swimming in a toxic stew of gender inequalities. Often it feels like no one cares. “… The book covers many areas where men in clubs, leagues and media organizations need to do better.”

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By Ian Plenderleith review of The Hard Yards: a season in the league, football’s toughest league through Nige Tassel:

“Tassell has a real knack for getting his subjects to say something interesting about the game.… The voices in this book should prompt the reader to take a closer and much more regular look further up the league pyramid. Just below the over-hyped, self-proclaimed ‘biggest league in the world’ is one of the most difficult, but also the most variable and intriguing flights of 24 football teams – oscillating between the extremes of Liverpool FC , six-time European champion, and what in English football is commonly referred to as “the likes of Lincoln City”.

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The New Way of Playing Soccer: Skill + Instinct + Mentality = Success through Dominik voglsinger & Thomas mangold, 2021 (Kindle Edition)

Excerpts:
The 5 worst punishments
Four ideas to promote discipline
Pay attention to your body language

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By Mike Woitalla review of What happened to the USMNT: the ugly truth about the beautiful game through Steven G. Mandis & Sarah Parsons Wolter:

“Do whatever you like with the theses and theories of the book – and if there really is an ‘ugly truth’ – the account of recent American football history, its players and their backgrounds provides a wealth of guidance. thought-provoking information. “

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Roger Bennett on ‘Reborn in the USA’, a fandom based on the love and disappearance of Eurosnobs by Arlo Moore Bloom

Roger Bennett’s new book debuted at # 1 on the New York Times bestseller list. Bennett rose to fame over the past decade as one half of the Men In Blazers football show on NBC Sports.

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Football Books 2020: Gift ideas for the SA library celebrations

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