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Teambuilding: the road to success [Kindle Edition]

Rinus Michels
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)

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Book Description

The late Rinus Michels was named FIFA Coach of the Century. He was the creator of 'Total Football', a brand of creative attacking soccer epitomized by his Dutch National Team and his club sides at Ajax and FC Barcelona. He was truly one of the giants of world soccer.

Michels called upon all his knowledge and experience to write this book, a 'soccer bible' for coaches, trainers and managers throughout the world as a source of inspiration.

All facets of the team building process, including team tactics and psychology, are included down to the smallest detail. Also included is how youth talent, per age group, should be developed. And finally, how to set up training sessions to achieve the best results.

All the chapters are interspersed with examples from Michels' personal experiences as a coach. At the same time he gives a reference framework for everyone who is, on a daily basis, involved with the team building process: from professional and youth coaches to managers in the business world.

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For over 35 years, Rinus Michels was involved in the absolute top of international soccer. The FIFA Coach of the Century developed the principles of "Total Soccer", first at Ajax Amsterdam and then with the Dutch National Team during World Cup '74. His credentials as the coach of Ajax, FC Barcelona, FC Koln, and the Dutch National Team are unmatched in the history of the sport.

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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very Detailed 13 Aug. 2010
I thought this book had everything. It showed how you have to put team over player how to get the team together by having a common enemy. There are stories of things that happened in Rinus Michels' career to associate to whatever aspect of team building he was talking about. It also had training drills, which I found difficult to understand due to the lack of diaframs (Though I felt it was the only downside to a great book). It also talks through tactics and the three fnuctions of a team. Very good book
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5.0 out of 5 stars Detailed, a must buy 24 Oct. 2014
This book is extremely detailed, hard work but a truly excellent detail.

Michels talks about virtually every aspect of building a team; technical, tactical, psychological and social. Any coach who wants to understand every aspect of building a team would benefit from reading this.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Dissapointing ramblings of a once great coach 25 Aug. 2011
By Sajjio
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase I bought this book after reading some positive reviews and was rather dissapointed. If anyone else had written this book then perhaps the euphoria would not have been present for the reviewers...

The book tends to drag on and a lot of it is Rinus reminicing of his managerial career and how well he did with his teams, but not so much on how or why things went wrong for him when he wasnt so succesful.

If you are looking to buy this book to make you a better coach and to help you build your team then DONT! Its better to use google to search for something specific. There is a LOT of litreature out there now and I wish I had done that instead of spending money on this book.

If you are looking to buy this book simply to study a great managers thoughts then go ahead as thats what I would recommend.
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By Will
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Shocking book. Very difficult to get into. More about coaching and a lack of information about his time as a coach. More a coaching manual than a biography.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars 4 Jan. 2015
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great overview to a legend and his mindset
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Big read! 29 Oct. 2013
By Pedrico
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This book is a heavy read at times (worth using a notepad), but it is packed with useful info for the softer skills of coaching as well as giving us Michels' insights and experiences. Highly recommended.
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