I Think Therefore I Play Book

I Think Therefore I Play


  • Author : Andrea Pirlo
  • Publisher : BackPage Press Limited
  • Release Date : 2014
  • Genre: Soccer players
  • Pages : 200
  • ISBN 10 : 1909430161

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I Think Therefore I Play Excerpt :

Pirlo's profile could not be much higher, having competed in the Champions League final in May 2015 and then embarking on a new career signing with MLS side New York City FC in July 2015. The vibrancy, humor and vivid insight that carry Pirlo's autobiography along confounds his image as a dead-eyed assassin on the field of play. All the big names are in there: Lippi, Ancelotti, Conte, Maldini, Shevchenko, Seedorf, Buffon, Kaka, Nesta, Costacurta, Gattuso, Berlusconi and Ronaldo ("the real one"). But they're not always in their work clothes. We hear Berlusconi playing the piano and telling "various types" of joke at Milan's training ground. We see Pirlo and Daniele De Rossi drawing Nesta's ire as they take him on a mystery tour of the German countryside in a hire car days before a World Cup semi-final. And we smell the aftermath of Filippo Inzaghi's graphically described pre-match routine.

Pele  The Autobiography Book
Score: 4
From 3 Ratings

Pele The Autobiography


  • Author : Pelé
  • Publisher : Simon and Schuster
  • Release Date : 2008-09-04
  • Genre: Biography & Autobiography
  • Pages : 368
  • ISBN 10 : 9781847394880

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Pele The Autobiography Excerpt :

Even people who don't know football know Pelé. The best of a generation of Brazilian players universally acknowledged as the most accomplished and attractive group of footballers ever to play the game, he won the World Cup three times and is Brazil's all-time record goalscorer. But how did this man -- a sportsman, a mere footballer, like many others -- become a global icon? Was it just by being the best at what he did, or do people respond to some other quality? The world's greatest footballer now gives us the full story of his incredible life and career. Told with his characteristic grace and modesty, but covering all aspects of his playing days and his subsequent careers as politician, international sporting ambassador and cultural icon, PELE: THE AUTOBIOGRAPHY is an essential volume for all sports fans, and anyone who admires true rarity of spirit.

The Artist  Being Iniesta Book
Score: 5
From 1 Ratings

The Artist Being Iniesta


  • Author : Andrés Iniesta
  • Publisher : Headline
  • Release Date : 2016-09-08
  • Genre: Biography & Autobiography
  • Pages : 320
  • ISBN 10 : 9781472232328

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Andrés Iniesta is the Barcelona and Spain legend, rated by the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo, Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez and Paul Scholes as one of the greatest footballers of all time. This is the thinking fan's footballer with a thinking fan's football book. Andrés Iniesta was twelve years old when scouts invited him into Barcelona's famous La Masia academy. Shortly after he joined the club, Barca legend Pep Guardiola remarked of him, 'This lad is going to retire us all.' Iniesta rapidly became a permanent fixture in the Barca midfield, propelling the club to a raft of trophies, including eight La Liga championships and four Champions League titles. With his country he has won the European Championship twice, and scored the winning goal in the 2010 World Cup final. Behind the wonderfully graceful passing and movement, and the accolades and trophies he has garnered, there exists an intelligent and thoughtful man who, until now, has let his beautifully skilful feet do the talking. In The Artist: Being Iniesta, the Spanish maestro paints a vivid self-portrait, in his own words but also in those of his coaches, team-mates, opponents, friends and family. The result is intriguing.

My Story Book
Score: 5
From 1 Ratings

My Story


  • Author : Steven Gerrard
  • Publisher : Penguin UK
  • Release Date : 2015-09-24
  • Genre: Biography & Autobiography
  • Pages : 496
  • ISBN 10 : 9781405924429

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My Story Excerpt :

Steven Gerrard is the former captain of Liverpool football team and of the England national football team, and is the only player ever to have scored in a FA cup final, a league cup final, a UEFA cup final and a champion's league final. His entire career, since 1998, has been spent at Anfield with Liverpool. In this book he charts his full playing career, shedding light on the defining games, his life off the pitch as well as the players and managers he's encountered. Explosive, controversial and searingly honest, this will be the last word from an era-defining player.

I Think  Therefore I Draw Book

I Think Therefore I Draw


  • Author : Daniel Klein
  • Publisher : Oneworld
  • Release Date : 2021-03-04
  • Genre: Art and philosophy
  • Pages : 320
  • ISBN 10 : 1786075636

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Luka Modric Book

Luka Modric


  • Author : Luka Modric
  • Publisher : Bloomsbury Publishing
  • Release Date : 2020-08-20
  • Genre: Biography & Autobiography
  • Pages : 337
  • ISBN 10 : 9781472977953

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THE FIRST AND ONLY AUTOBIOGRAPHY FROM REAL MADRID GALÁCTICO AND WORLD CUP SUPERSTAR LUKA MODRIC. 'Enthralling.' – Oliver Holt, Mail on Sunday 'Awesome' – Match Magazine 'Solemn, soulful and occasionally romantic' – Alyson Rudd, The Times 'an illuminating insight into the career of one of the greatest players in the modern game' – Late Tackle 'On a level with the great midfield players of the last 20 years.' - Sir Alex Ferguson, CBE For the first time, Real Madrid galáctico and Croatian legend Luka Modric tells the story of his journey from a childhood in his war-torn homeland to becoming a serial UEFA Champions League winner and one of the most celebrated footballers in the world. Regarded as one of the great midfield players of the last 20 years, Luka reveals the difficulties of growing up during the Croatian War of Independence and his beginnings as a footballer. The FIFA World Cup finalist sets the record straight regarding key moments at Dinamo Zagreb, Tottenham Hotspur and Real Madrid; he gives us intimate insights into his treasured home life; and he brings us his personal account of his career peak – Croatia's dramatic path to the 2018 FIFA World Cup Final. What were his thoughts during decisive matches? What was his relationship with key players and coaches? What is the inner determination that keeps him on the pitch? What does it take to become the best footballer in the world? Luka was consistently underestimated in his early career, but through grit and determination he has defied the expectations of everyone who doubted him, and reached the ultimate heights of world football. This is Luka Modric in his own words.

My Turn Book
Score: 5
From 2 Ratings

My Turn


  • Author : Johan Cruyff
  • Publisher : Bold Type Books
  • Release Date : 2016-11-29
  • Genre: Biography & Autobiography
  • Pages : 336
  • ISBN 10 : 9781568585727

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The autobiography of Dutch soccer legend Johan Cruyff, whose remarkable life and impeccable style have influenced star players and clubs for decades Johan Cruyff embodied a footballing philosophy that now dominates coaching and playing styles in all the leading club sides around the world. You can dispute whether Cruyff was the greatest player ever--he was certainly one of the top three--but he is undoubtedly the player who single-handedly changed the nature of the game. My Turn tells the story of Cruyff's remarkable career, built on the techniques he learned playing in the streets of postwar Amsterdam while hoping to be noticed by the city's famous club, Ajax. He would eventually inspire that team to eight league championships and three European cups. He won his first of three Ballons d'Or at twenty-four in 1971. In 1973, Cruyff was sold to Barcelona for a world-record transfer fee. He led the Catalans to victory in La Liga for the first time since 1960, and went on to leave a lasting mark on Spanish soccer. In the 1974 World Cup, Cruyff propelled the Dutch team to the final for the first time. Cruyff's lasting influence, however, is not in the medals he won, but in the style of play he epitomized and then applied to the Barcelona and Ajax teams he coached. His vision of "Total Football" transformed the way soccer was played, and its dazzling fluidity became the basis of the most admired sides around the world. He was the sport's uncompromising genius on and off the field of play.

Quiet Leadership Book

Quiet Leadership


  • Author : Carlo Ancelotti
  • Publisher : Penguin UK
  • Release Date : 2016-05-26
  • Genre: Business & Economics
  • Pages : 336
  • ISBN 10 : 9780241975381

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Carlo Ancelotti is one of the greatest managers of all time, with five Champions League titles to his name. Yet his approach could not be further from the aggressive theatricals favoured by many of his rivals. His understated style has earned him the fierce loyalty of players like David Beckham, Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Cristiano Ronaldo. In Quiet Leadership, Ancelotti reveals the full, riveting story of his managerial career - his methods, mentors, mistakes and triumphs - and takes us inside the dressing room to trace the characters, challenges and decisions that have shaped him. The result is both a scintillating memoir and a rare insight into the business of leadership.

Finite and Infinite Games Book
Score: 4
From 16 Ratings

Finite and Infinite Games


  • Author : James Carse
  • Publisher : Simon and Schuster
  • Release Date : 2011-10-11
  • Genre: Philosophy
  • Pages : 256
  • ISBN 10 : 9781451657296

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Finite and Infinite Games Excerpt :

“There are at least two kinds of games,” states James Carse as he begins this extraordinary book. “One could be called finite; the other infinite.” Finite games are the familiar contests of everyday life; they are played in order to be won, which is when they end. But infinite games are more mysterious. Their object is not winning, but ensuring the continuation of play. The rules may change, the boundaries may change, even the participants may change—as long as the game is never allowed to come to an end. What are infinite games? How do they affect the ways we play our finite games? What are we doing when we play—finitely or infinitely? And how can infinite games affect the ways in which we live our lives? Carse explores these questions with stunning elegance, teasing out of his distinctions a universe of observation and insight, noting where and why and how we play, finitely and infinitely. He surveys our world—from the finite games of the playing field and playing board to the infinite games found in culture and religion—leaving all we think we know illuminated and transformed. Along the way, Carse finds new ways of understanding everything from how an actress portrays a role, to how we engage in sex, from the nature of evil, to the nature of science. Finite games, he shows, may offer wealth and status, power and glory. But infinite games offer something far more subtle and far grander. Carse has written a book rich in insight and aphorism. Already an international literary event, Finite and Infinite Games is certain to be argued about and celebrated for years to come. Reading it is the first step in learning to play the infinite game.

Jamie Vardy  From Nowhere  My Story Book

Jamie Vardy From Nowhere My Story


  • Author : Jamie Vardy
  • Publisher : Random House
  • Release Date : 2016-10-06
  • Genre: Biography & Autobiography
  • Pages : 336
  • ISBN 10 : 9781473550469

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The Sunday Times Bestseller and Number 1 Sport Book of 2016 'A tale that's truly inspirational' The Sun An ordinary lad from Sheffield, Jamie Vardy has become known as an against-the-odds footballing hero the world over. Yet a few years ago, things couldn’t have been any more different. Rejected as a teenager by his boyhood club, Jamie thought his chance was gone. But from playing pub football and earning £30 a week at Stocksbridge Park Steels, while still working in a factory, his off-the-cuff performances saw him rise. Jamie had a wild and turbulent youth, but football became his saving grace and, once he filled his boots with goals at FC Halifax Town and Fleetwood Town, he moved to Leicester City. After the miracle of surviving relegation, the team of unlikely outsiders bonded together to achieve the unthinkable: Jamie set the record as the first player to score in 11 consecutive Premier League matches and Leicester beat odds of 5000-1 to become champions. Jamie has now been nominated for the Ballon d’Or, firmly establishing himself as one of England’s leading goal scoring footballers. Not forgetting his roots, however, he has set up the V9 Academy in a bid to find the next big talent from non-league football. Defying all expectations, this is the story of the boy from nowhere who reached the top in his own unflinching, honest words.

Stillness and Speed Book
Score: 4
From 1 Ratings

Stillness and Speed


  • Author : Dennis Bergkamp
  • Publisher : Simon and Schuster
  • Release Date : 2013-09-26
  • Genre: Biography & Autobiography
  • Pages : 272
  • ISBN 10 : 9781471129544

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In Stillness and Speed, one of football's most enigmatic stars finally opens up about his life and career, revealing the things that motivate and inspire him. Viewed by many as one of the most influential figures in Premier League history, and scorer of the goal that Arsenal fans voted the best in the club's history, Dennis Bergkamp is a true giant of the game. As a youngster, Bergkamp learned from the Dutch master Johan Cruyff. By the time the pupil was ready to graduate from Ajax and move abroad, he was ready to spread the word, but in Italy he found few willing listeners. It was only when he moved to Arsenal and linked up with Arsene Wenger that he met someone else who shared his vision for football's possibilities. Bergkamp became central to everything the club did: now he had become the teacher, their creative genius, and the one who inspired some of the wayward old guard to new heights, helping them to seven major trophies. Few footballers' books make you think anew, but in Stillness and Speed Bergkamp presents a new vision for the game and how it might be played. He was a player like no other; his story is told like no other. It is a book that will inspire football fans everywhere, whatever their allegiance.

Wenger Book

Wenger


  • Author : Arsène Wenger
  • Publisher : Chronicle Books
  • Release Date : 2020-11-10
  • Genre: Biography & Autobiography
  • Pages : 352
  • ISBN 10 : 9781797206172

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In Wenger: My Life and Lessons in Red and White, world-renowned and revolutionary soccer coach Arsène Wenger finally tells his own story for the very first time. Wenger opens up about his life, sharing principles for success on and off the field with lessons on leadership, personal development, and management. This book charts his extraordinary career, including his rise from obscurity in France and Japan to his 22 years at the helm of Arsenal Football Club. • Covers the years of controversy that led up to his resignation in 2018 and his current seat as chief of global football development for FIFA • Wenger offers studious reflections on the game and his groundbreaking approach to motivation, mindset, fitness, and the winning edge. •He popularized the attacking approach and belief that the game should be entertaining. • Includes full-color photo insert. Among the most successful managers of all time, Wenger, affectionately nicknamed "the professor," has won multiple championships and run one undefeated and unmatched English Premier League season. This is a must-read for Arsenal fans, soccer fans, athletes, trainers, business leaders, and anyone seeking the tools for success in work and life. The story of one of the most revered and successful coaches—and his tactics and vision—in the world's largest sport • Makes a great book for diehard soccer fans around the world • You'll love this book if you love books like Alex Ferguson: My Biography by Alex Ferguson, Beckham: Both Feet on the Ground: An Autobiography by David Beckham and Tom Watt, and Eleven Rings: The Soul of Success by Phil Jackson and Hugh Delehanty. Digital audio edition read by the author.

We Think  Therefore We are Book
Score: 3
From 1 Ratings

We Think Therefore We are


  • Author : Peter Crowther
  • Publisher : Penguin
  • Release Date : 2009
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Pages : 324
  • ISBN 10 : 0756405335

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We Think Therefore We are Excerpt :

Featuring contributions from Stephen Baxter, Eric Brown, Robert Reed, and Ian Watson, this brilliant collection of fifteen original stories explores the nature of artificial intelligence, playing on our fear and fascination with robots, computers, and technology. Original.

Carlo Ancelotti Book

Carlo Ancelotti


  • Author : Carlo Ancelotti
  • Publisher : Rizzoli Publications
  • Release Date : 2010-10-19
  • Genre: Sports & Recreation
  • Pages : 272
  • ISBN 10 : 9780847835584

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Carlo Ancelotti Excerpt :

The entertaining, revealing, and controversial bestselling autobiography of one of the most respected figures in the world of soccer. Carlo Ancelotti is one of only six people to have won the Champions League—European soccer’s most coveted trophy—as both player and coach. After a successful career playing for several of the most important teams in Italy—and for the Italian national team—Ancelotti went on to become one of the most acclaimed and outspoken coaches in European football, managing Italian giants Parma, Juventus, and Milan before moving to Chelsea, one of the Premier League’s most successful clubs, in 2009. The book moves from anecdotes of his life growing up in Reggio Emilia to stories of his time playing among the best footballers in the world. With a characteristic mixture of sharp insight and humor, Ancelotti explores the differences between the Italian and the English games, shares his thoughts on soccer’s future with the MLS in America, and reflects on the 2010 World Cup in South Africa. With a preface by the legendary former captain of the Italian national team, Paolo Maldini, this book is at once a tactician’s bible from one of the world’s most celebrated footballing minds, the fascinating story of an ordinary man reaching great heights, and in part a revealing tell-all from an outspoken insider in the cut-throat world of European soccer. The perfect book for anyone with a passion for the beautiful game.