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The Soccer Book: The Sport, the Teams, the Tactics, the Cups [With Poster] Paperback – 31 Mar 2014

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  • Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: DK Publishing (Dorling Kindersley); 3 Wal Pap/ edition (31 Mar 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1465417494
  • ISBN-13: 978-1465417497
  • Product Dimensions: 18.7 x 2.8 x 25.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 194,320 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Rosemary Biesty on 10 July 2014
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The kids loved it and used it throughout the World Cup. very appreciated present!
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
Perfect 26 Feb 2012
By J. Derick Kohler - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
To me, it served as a perfect introduction to the world of Association Football. I played locally when I was younger and had watched the World Cup twice when I bought this last year. It was the, for lack of any better word, perfect introduction. It has a fundamental section in the beginning with a brief history and explanation of the culture, followed by an outline of what the different types of positions (i.e. defenders, midfielders, etc.) do on the pitch and the kinds of players (i.e. poachers, sweepers, etc.) they can be in those areas. They explain the functions and practices of teamwork, various individual and personal skills the athletes have. Then my favourite section is next: "Planet Soccer" in which each country is given a profile containing: the history of the sport in that country, some of the important moments in the national team's history, and then some detailed information regarding that nation's top teams (Manchester United, Liverpool, Paris Saint-Germain, Santos, Flamengo, River Plate, Hearts of Oak, DC United, etc. to give an idea of the teams and continents we're talking about). Lastly, they explain the major competitions, for clubs and countries, including a brief summary of every World Cup.

I have to say, this is one of the most frequently consulted books I owned as a new soccer fan and I still stumble upon occasions to use it sometimes still.

I'd say it was a perfect job :D
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
Great Book 9 Feb 2011
By IcarusPassion - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
If you're new to soccer, I can't imagine a better book. Applicable to players and fans alike, it covers every possible aspect of the game.

Of course, by covering such a broad set of subject matter, nothing is described in a whole lot of detail. But the detail provided is surprisingly complete.

I bought this book on a whim and I think I couldn't been more surprised or happy with the purchase.
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Great Book For Beginners 15 Dec 2010
By Philip Looney - Published on Amazon.com
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I got hooked on soccer this past summer with the World Cup, and have been a fan since. So far, this has been the best book I've found for new fans. It's information is presented in a very basic way, but enough information is given so that you have a foundation to better understand tactics, individual skills, and overall soccer culture.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
The Light Came On 30 Nov 2012
By Max Bville - Published on Amazon.com
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I'm a newbie to the world of soccer - when I was a kid soccer was played, if at all, by kids that couldn't play baseball. I've gotten into the game because of the Fox Soccer network. This is a great book - particularly for we Americans that weren't raised with the "beautiful game". If you want to get into the game this is the introduction you need. Clear, concise, and worth the price.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Lots of info 6 Mar 2013
By J. Samples - Published on Amazon.com
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A lot of information packed into a highly visual space. Good use of history for those who came late in life to the beautiful game. Would buy again even at full retail price.
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