Football Book of the Year

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  • 9781409155041

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    Cristiano Ronaldo by Guillem Balague

    Cristiano Ronaldo is one of the greatest footballers of all time, yet for all his success on the pitch he has often been a controversial and divisive figure off it. Guillem Balague, respected football journalist and expert on the Spanish game, provides …

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    Arsene Wenger by John Cross

    When Arsene Wenger arrived at Arsenal in 1996, his ability was doubted. But he soon transformed the team, melding the famous English defence with a hugely creative foreign attacking spirit and introducing new ideas on diet, fitness and professionalism. …

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    The Dirty Game by Andrew Jennings

    In The Dirty Game, investigative reporter and BBC Panorama presenter Andrew Jennings, who has been heralded around the world for his decade-long pursuit of this story, uncovers the eye-watering level of fraud and criminal activity at the heart of FIFA, …

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  • 9781471136481

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    Matchdays: The Hidden Story of the Bundesliga by Ronald Reng

    German football is envied around the world. The national team won the 2014 World Cup in style, while the Bundesliga offers an alternative model through its fan-friendly set-up. Ronald Reng tells the story through journeyman footballer turned manager He …

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    Living on the Volcano by Micheal Calvin

    A man punches the wall in a strategic show of anger. Another complains he has become a stranger to those he loves. A third relies on “my three a day: coffee, Nurofen and a bottle of wine.” Yet another admits he is an oddity, who would prefer to be work …

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  • 9781472912411

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    The Forever Boys by James Lawton

    Sometimes you love a football team not only for their strengths, the splendour of their play and the appealing thrust of their character, but also the haunting possibility that their best hopes may never be fulfilled. This has rarely been demonstrated …

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