Gunning for Greatness: My Life

With an introduction by Jose Mourinho

Author: Mesut Özil

Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton

ISBN: 1473649943

Category: Sports & Recreation

Page: 336

View: 2349

Mesut Ozil is a midfield magician, casting an elegant spell over opponents and conjuring passes through gaps lesser mortals can't even see. After an eventful sojourn among the Galacticos of Real Madrid he has savoured silverware at Arsenal, while in 2014 he lifted the World Cup with Germany. But his life and career have been a test of resilience. Growing up in Germany's Turkish community, he faced prejudice from those who claimed his dual identity would prevent him giving his all for the national team. Later came questions over a different type of commitment, the kind levelled against those, like Mesut Ozil, who excel in football's finer arts rather than relying simply on running and ruggedness. He has proved concerns on both these issues lack substance. In Gunning for Greatness, Mesut Ozil reveals the inside stories of his relationships with Jose Mourinho and Arsene Wenger, his quest to help the under-fire Frenchman restore Arsenal's pre-eminence - and how he silenced the sceptics by conquering the world.
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Gunning for Greatness: My Life

With an introduction by Jose Mourinho

Author: Mesut Özil

Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton

ISBN: 9781473649927

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 336

View: 1649

Mesut Ozil is a midfield magician, casting an elegant spell over opponents and conjuring passes through gaps lesser mortals can't even see. After an eventful sojourn among the Galacticos of Real Madrid he has savored silverware at Arsenal, while in 2014 he lifted the World Cup with Germany. But his life and career have been a test of resilience. Growing up in Germany's Turkish community, he faced prejudice from those who claimed his dual identity would prevent him giving his all for the national team. Later came questions over a different type of commitment, the kind leveled against those, like Mesut Ozil, who excel in football's finer arts rather than relying simply on running and ruggedness. He has proved concerns on both these issues lack substance. In Gunning for Greatness, Mesut Ozil reveals the inside stories of his relationships with Jose Mourinho and Arsene Wenger, his quest to help the under-fire Frenchman restore Arsenal's pre-eminence - and how he silenced the skeptics by conquering the world.
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Gunning for Greatness: My Life

With an introduction by Jose Mourinho

Author: Mesut Özil

Publisher: Hachette UK

ISBN: 1473649943

Category: Sports & Recreation

Page: 336

View: 9288

Mesut Ozil is a midfield magician, casting an elegant spell over opponents and conjuring passes through gaps lesser mortals can't even see. After an eventful sojourn among the Galacticos of Real Madrid he has savoured silverware at Arsenal, while in 2014 he lifted the World Cup with Germany. But his life and career have been a test of resilience. Growing up in Germany's Turkish community, he faced prejudice from those who claimed his dual identity would prevent him giving his all for the national team. Later came questions over a different type of commitment, the kind levelled against those, like Mesut Ozil, who excel in football's finer arts rather than relying simply on running and ruggedness. He has proved concerns on both these issues lack substance. In Gunning for Greatness, Mesut Ozil reveals the inside stories of his relationships with Jose Mourinho and Arsene Wenger, his quest to help the under-fire Frenchman restore Arsenal's pre-eminence - and how he silenced the sceptics by conquering the world.
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Thierry Henry

Lonely at the Top

Author: Philippe Auclair

Publisher: Pan Macmillan

ISBN: 0230767389

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 300

View: 3569

‘The football book of the year’ Ian Herbert, Independent Thierry Henry – gifted, charismatic and a genuinely world-class footballer – has passed into Arsenal legend as the hero of a team that finally ended Manchester United’s dominance. But as he approached the autumn of his career, Thierry’s crown began to slip – from the infamous ‘Hand of Gaul’ incident to a dismal World Cup 2010 campaign. Suddenly, a player who Arsene Wenger once dubbed ‘the greatest striker ever’, a man who had spent his career at the very top of the game, began to learn how lonely such a position could be. Drawing from numerous interviews and impeccable sources, as well as his own observations over the course of Henry’s entire career, award-winning author Philippe Auclair has produced the most complete portrait of the Arsenal hero ever to be written. Clear-eyed, lyrical and passionately argued, Thierry Henry: Lonely at the Top is as raw, shocking and thought-provoking as it is celebratory of Henry’s outstanding flair and talent. ‘Superb . . . a thoroughly recommended read’ James Olley, Evening Standard ‘Illuminated by finely turned phrases and vivid insights’ Richard Williams, Guardian Sports Books of the Year
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The Wenger Revolution

Twenty Years of Arsenal

Author: Amy Lawrence

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

ISBN: 1472933885

Category: Sports & Recreation

Page: 208

View: 9066

In September 1996 a Frenchman, so little known in English football that fans asked "Arsène Who?�?, walked into Arsenal. In the subsequent twenty years as manager he transformed the club. A total renovation of the training, stadium, style, economics of the team and the attraction of a global audience has taken place under Wenger's instruction. This fascinating era is chronicled from the very beginning with distinctive photographs taken from inside the inner sanctum of the club by official Arsenal photographer Stuart MacFarlane, who has had privileged access for many years. Award winning journalist Amy Lawrence introduces each section to set the scene. This captivating collection of images is captioned with personal anecdotes from Arsène Wenger himself as he reminisces about the significant moments and people that have defined his time at the club over the last 20 years.
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Sober

Staying Stopped

Author: Tony Adams

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9781471166433

Category:

Page: 320

View: 3075

The stunning new autobiography from Tony Adams, author of the critically acclaimed bestseller Addicted. Tony Adams was a charismatic figure on the football field, a true leader for Arsenal and England. He won league titles in three separate decades, and after the Gunners moved to their new stadium at the Emirates, it was fitting that a statue of him was erected outside to celebrate his extraordinary career. But, for much of that time, he was also drinking heavily and eventually admitted in his book Addicted that he was an alcoholic. Now, in that book's stunning successor Sober, Adams reveals what happened next. He discusses the impact that Arsene Wenger had when he arrived at Arsenal in 1996, and how the manager's new methods helped extend his career and brought new success to the club. Always a great thinker on the game, Adams moved into coaching and management on retirement, playing a key role in Portsmouth's famous FA Cup triumph in 2008, and taking on new challenges in the Netherlands, Azerbaijan, China and now Spain to broaden his perspective. He movingly explains the struggles he's faced to stay sober for twenty years and why he set up Sporting Chance, the charity which provides treatment and support for sports stars suffering from addictions. He gives his incisive thoughts on England's continued failings in major tournaments and assesses why Arsenal have struggled to repeat the title-winning formula of his own time there. Sober is a truly inspirational memoir from someone who has battled with his demons, but has continued to take things on, one day at a time.
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Arsene Wenger

The Inside Story of Arsenal Under Wenger

Author: John Cross

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9781471177866

Category:

Page: 496

View: 2327

THE MOST COMPREHENSIVE BIOGRAPHY OF ARSENE WENGER EVER PUBLISHED, NOW FULLY REVISED AND UPDATED TO THE END OF HIS ARSENAL CAREER. When Arsene Wenger arrived at Arsenal in 1996, he was little known to fans at the club and many doubted he could bring back the glory days of George Graham. But soon he was transforming the way the team played, melding the famous English defensive spine of Tony Adams, Martin Keown, Lee Dixon, Nigel Winterburn and David Seaman with a hugely creative foreign attacking spirit, epitomised by Dennis Bergkamp, Thierry Henry and Robert Pires, that could both outplay and outmuscle their rivals. At the same time, he introduced new ideas on diet, exercise, training and tactics, which many players believe extended their careers. Having won numerous trophies, and led the Invincibles to an unprecedented unbeaten league season in 2003-04, Wenger then had to help the Gunners through the next stage of their development when they moved from Highbury to the Emirates Stadium, a move that was followed by a nine-year trophy drought. Despite the financial constraints he faced, he still managed to keep the club playing in the Champions League year after year while remaining true to his philosophy of how the game should be played. Some began to question whether he had been left behind, despite picking up back-to-back FA Cups in 2014 and 2015, and in the end in April 2018 he decided the time was right to step away. Now, in this updated edition of John Cross's acclaimed biography, the author provides a compelling account of the man and his methods across 22 years in charge. He assesses the scale of Wenger's achievements and whether the criticism he faced towards the end was justified. Arsene Wenger builds into the most complete portrait of the Frenchman yet written.
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The Madness Is on the Pitch

The Autobiography of Jens Lehmann

Author: Jens Lehmann

Publisher: Decoubertin Books

ISBN: 9781909245624

Category:

Page: 250

View: 4113

In this candid autobiography, Jens Lehmann reflects on the 23-year playing career as an elite goalkeeper, performing at the pinnacle of European and International football. In a career spanning four decades, Lehmann was twice voted Europe's best goalkeeper. He won league titles in both England and Germany, and the UEFA Cup with his boyhood club Schalke. This extraordinary sportsman has now taken stock to write about his career. Imparting his own dry humour, Lehmann takes us from Schalke to rivals Borussia Dortmund, via Milan. From there he moves to Arsenal, before his career comes to a close with Stuttgart in Germany.
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Rugby: The Game of My Life

Battling for England in the Professional Era

Author: Rob Andrew

Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton

ISBN: 1473664179

Category: Sports & Recreation

Page: 352

View: 8147

'An excellent read' - Rugby World Rob Andrew is one of the key figures in modern rugby history: an outstanding international who won three Grand Slams with England and toured twice with the British and Irish Lions, he also played a central role in the game's professional revolution with his trailblazing work at Newcastle. During a long spell on Tyneside, he led the team to a Premiership title at the first opportunity, brought European action to the north-east and gave the young Jonny Wilkinson his break in big-time union by fast-tracking him into the side straight out of school. What happened off the field was equally eventful. Rob produced 'The Andrew Report' - the most radical of blueprints for the future of English rugby - and then, over the course of a decade as one of Twickenham's top administrators, found himself grappling with the extreme challenges of running a game repeatedly blown off course by the winds of change. He did not merely have a ringside seat as one of the world's major sports went through its greatest upheaval in a century: more often than not, he was in the ring itself.
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80 Not Out: My Favourite Cricket Memories

Author: Dickie Bird

Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton

ISBN: 1444769626

Category: Sports & Recreation

Page: 352

View: 9261

Hardly a week goes by without Dickie Bird visiting a county or Test match arena where he can keep up to date with all that is happening in the cricket world, while at the same time taking the opportunity to reflect, in the company of old friends and acquaintances, on his own colourful contribution to the sport that lasted for over half a century. Dickie remains the most famous umpire of them all and is still highly respected throughout the world. A lovable eccentric with a joyful sense of fun, he decided, as he approached his eightieth birthday, to recall the highlights of his life in cricket, while also providing an illuminating insight into what he has been up to since his retirement.
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Invincible

Inside Arsenal's Unbeaten 2003-2004 Season

Author: Amy Lawrence

Publisher: Penguin UK

ISBN: 0241970504

Category: Sports & Recreation

Page: 256

View: 6486

Invincible by Amy Lawrence: A gripping insider's account of how Bergkamp, Henry, Vieira and Pires became the first team in 100 years to go the entire season undefeated 2014 Writer of the Year, Football Supporters' Federation 'This book is so full of exclusive interviews you'll soon feel like part of the squad. A worthy tribute to one of English football's best ever teams, it makes you long for one more game at Highbury' Shortlist 'Unbeatable insight' Henry Winter, Daily Telegraph In 2003-04, a team that played with lightning speed and lustrous skill fulfilled Wenger's lifelong dream - to go a whole season unbeaten. They pushed and inspired each other, bringing the best out of strong characters like Jens Lehmann, a self-styled 'Mad German', Sol Campbell, an intense competitor, Robert Pirès, an instant friend if you give him a football, Patrick Vieira, a soft-spoken, battle-hardened captain, Gilberto, a thoughtful Brazilian, Thierry Henry, a supremely gifted and obsessed scorer and creator, and Dennis Bergkamp, the perfectionist conductor. Based on exclusive player interviews, and with a foreword and afterword by Arsene Wenger, this definitive book allows the Invincibles to tell their own story. Football writer Amy Lawrence weaves together the team's recollections, and the testimonies of other key players and protagonists around the club, to relive the pivotal games and moments. From the battle of Old Trafford to jubilation at White Hart Lane, from training ground sparks to dressing room revelations, readers will go behind closed doors, onto the pitch, and into the players' minds to understand the teamwork and the psychology to go unbeaten. Published in time for the 10-year anniversary, this is a must-have read for any Arsenal fan. It will be enjoyed by readers of memoirs by Dennis Bergkamp and Tony Adams, and will also appeal to football fans everywhere who enjoy classic sports books such as The Damned United. Amy Lawrence has watched football avidly since her first trip to Highbury at the age of six, and has written about it, mostly for the Guardian and the Observer, for twenty years. She lives in London.
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Stillness and Speed

My Story

Author: Dennis Bergkamp

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 1471129543

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 272

View: 5306

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.
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Red and Me

My Coach, My Lifelong Friend

Author: Bill Russell,Alan Steinberg

Publisher: Harper Collins

ISBN: 0061915734

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 224

View: 1251

“Bill Russell was the greatest team basketball player ever….[He] has produced a moving tribute to his friend and, in a larger sense, to friendship.” —Booklist In Red and Me, Boston Celtics basketball legend Bill Russell pays homage to his mentor and coach, the inimitable Red Auerbach. A poignant remembrance of a life-altering relationship in the tradition of Big Russ and Me and Tuesdays With Morrie, Red and Me tells an unforgettable story of one unlikely and enduring friendship set against the backdrop of the greatest basketball dynasty in NBA history.
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Growing Up Fast

Author: Joanna Lipper

Publisher: Picador

ISBN: 1250086655

Category: Social Science

Page: 336

View: 7517

Growing Up Fast tells the life stories of Shayla, Jessica, Amy, Colleen, Liz, and Sheri--six teen mothers whom Joanna Lipper first met in 1999 when they were enrolled at the Teen Parent Program in Pittsfield, Massachusetts. Less than a decade older than these teen parents, she was able to blend into the fabric of their lives and make a short documentary film about them. Over the course of the next four years she continued to earn their trust as they shared with her the daily reality of their lives and their experiences growing up in the economically depressed post-industrial landscape of Pittsfield, Massachusetts.
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Greatness

Inside Geelong's Path to Premiership History

Author: Scott Gullan

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9780646567259

Category: Australian football

Page: 226

View: 5264

Author Scott Gullan delves inside the premiership year that stamped Geelong as one of modern football's outstanding football clubs.Over a five-season rebirth, the Geelong Football Club elevated itself from perennial bridesmaid to competition powerhouse. Three premierships from four Grand Finals marked that incredible span of success - no team has ever won so many games of football across such a sustained period.The Cats punctuated this success with an unlikely 2011 flag that came after the highly controversial exit of their best player, Gary Ablett, and their coach, Mark Thompson. The departure of both men was notable for ongoing drama and bad blood, be it internal turmoil, fans' claims of treachery or comment on the mercenary nature of professional football.Countless players stepped up to fill the breech left by the departure of Ablett and, in Thompson's place, the club handed the reins to untried coach Chris Scott, who made an impact from day one of his coaching journey.Highly respected Melbourne journalist Scott Gullan, author of The Mission and The Mission 2, now returns to Kardinia Park to complete the picture of a club that defied reason to remain at the head of the pack. Gullan chronicles the year that unfolded, including:* Gary Ablett's extraordinary decision to turn his back on his hometown Cats and sign with new AFL club, the Gold Coast Suns.* Coach Mark Thompson's walkout on the club, despite denials of his intentions just 24 hours before his decision to quit.* The heartbreak for veterans Darren Milburn and Cameron Mooney, two-time premiership players whose bodies denied them a glorious final chapter in their careers.* The plotting of the downfall of reigning premier, the Cats' 2010 conqueror who seemingly had Geelong's measure entering the season.
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The Life and Times of Herbert Chapman

The Story of One of Football's Most Influential Figures

Author: Patrick Barclay

Publisher: Weidenfeld & Nicolson

ISBN: 0297868519

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 288

View: 7995

The definitive story of the father of modern football, Herbert Chapman. Herbert Chapman, the boss of the all-conquering Arsenal team of the 1930s, was the father of modern football management. A relative journeyman as a player, he moved into the dugout aged 29 with Northampton Town, before building a multiple-title-winning team with Huddersfield in the 1920s. It was at Arsenal, however, where Chapman would leave an indelible mark on the landscape of football. Patrick Barclay's poignant and detailed biography weaves Chapman's story into the momentous times through which he lived, including the tragedy of the First World War, the subsequent Depression and the rise of fascism. Deeply influential on Arsenal successors such as George Graham and Arsène Wenger, he also pioneered changes in the game's scenery and tactical approaches. As Sir Matt Busby later remarked, Herbert Chapman changed the game of football.
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Quiet Leadership

Winning Hearts, Minds and Matches

Author: Carlo Ancelotti

Publisher: Penguin UK

ISBN: 0241975387

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 336

View: 7087

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.
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Arsenal Match of My Life

Gunners Legends Relive Their Greatest Games

Author: Alex Crook

Publisher: Pitch Publishing

ISBN: 9781785313110

Category:

Page: 192

View: 7658

Twenty Arsenal legends come together to tell the stories behind their favourite ever games for the club. Such unique access behind the dressing-room door enables fans of all ages to relive these magic moments through the eyes and emotions of the men who were there, pulling on the famous red-and-white shirts. Contained in these pages are previously untold insights from fan favourites including Ian Wright on his record-breaking goalscoring feats, and Ray Parlour on winning the Premier League title at Old Trafford and then scoring the winner in a cup final in the space of four magical days. Alan Sunderland relives his dramatic last-gasp FA Cup Final goal in the never-to-be-forgotten 1979 Wembley win over Manchester United. Legendary keeper Bob Wilson recalls leading the Gunners to European glory, Jack Wilshere remembers the night he helped tame mighty Barcelona in Arsenal's own back yard, while midfielder Aaron Ramsey talks us through his cup final winner, which completed his comeback from a horrific leg injury.
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José Mourinho: Up Close and Personal

Author: Robert Beasley

Publisher: Michael O'Mara Books

ISBN: 1782438874

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: N.A

View: 8816

The gripping biography of one of the most successful managers in the game, José Mourinho, giving a rare insight into Mourinho the man as well as Mourinho the manager. José Mourinho is undoubtedly one of the most charismatic and controversial characters in football today. Never far away from the headlines, it is the drama surrounding him as much as his many successes that make him such a fascinating figure. Having worked at some of the biggest clubs in the world - Porto, Chelsea, Inter Milan, Real Madrid and Manchester United - Mourinho knows how to deliver when it matters. Leaving trophy cabinets bursting wherever he's been, he has a claim on being the greatest manager in his sport. But is the way he conducts himself on the touchline and in front of the cameras the real José Mourinho, or an act he puts on for the watching world? Author Robert Beasley has followed Mourinho's career closely since his arrival on the English football scene in 2004. An award-winning sports correspondent, Beasley has been the one person granted privileged access to the Special One's inner sanctum, and he found there a man few ever get to know - let alone get to call a friend. This is the story of José Mourinho, up close and personal. Delving into the workings of the famed manager's mind, as well as the backroom antics and transfer sagas at the game's greatest clubs, we see the world from José's point of view. Revealing the untold stories behind how close Mourinho came to getting the England and Tottenham jobs and his sometimes tumultuous relationships with the likes of Roman Abramovich, Rafael Benítez and Arsenal boss Arsène Wenger, and why he will always put family and friends before football, this is a side to José Mourinho you never thought you'd see.
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