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VINE VOICEon 28 September 2010
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As the title suggests this is a book that is for someone who knows not much about football, but saying this it is also an excellent book for the more seasoned follower of the beautiful game to just pick up and read, and say oh I didn't actually know that. The book is of same style as the other for dummies titles. There is in introduction about the book, and football in general. Following on there are 21 chapters in total.

These range from the History of football, to the equipment you need, to the laws. Following on from this the book explores positions and tactics in great depth. There is also an excellent section on honing your football skills.

The book then goes on to talk about keeping fit playing football, to the roles of management and leadership in the game. There is a good section on how to start your own club. The book then talks about the likes of players, clubs, woman's football, and it is an excellent read all round. One any self respecting fan wouldn't be without, and even if you know a lot, this book is going to surprise you like it did me. 5 Stars.
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This book makes no assumptions about previous knowledge, so many people may find it explaining things they already know, but that is only to be expected and in a way its a good thing - footie fans quite like to be told what they already know don't they?

The remarkable thing is how concisely the book is written. It starts with a history of the game, a subject that can fill a book on its own, but within 30 pages all the main points are covered. The book then goes on to explain the rules, how to play the game, how to watch the game either live or on TV and even about betting on football or playing fantasy football.

There are a few lists (famous players, famous games, winners of various competitions, famous clubs and so on) but not many. There is no way a book this size can include all the other stuff and still be as comprehensive as a Rothman's Yearbook so, wisely, it doesn't even try. It is, however, a lot more accessible than the yearbooks.

I guess you could read this from cover to cover, and maybe an absolute beginner might do. I have been dipping into it, and find that it is ideal for that sort of approach, with lots of interesting little bits of trivia scattered throughout meaning that even a fanatic would probably find something they didn't know.

If nothing else, this book is more entertaining than England v. Algeria at the World Cup.
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on 27 May 2010
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This book covers not just about football in general but covers referees, linesmen, woman's football,the equipment used etc etc., their is also a history of football how it all started years and years ago. It doesn't matter if your a complete novice or have been a fan, player etc for years you will find lots of interesting info here. There's info on management tactics, famous footballers, achieving skills on the park like passing, dribbling, tackling etc and how to warm up safely before reaching a peak physical condition, what you eat and drink is important as a player, how to prevent injuries. Contains football related film reviews such as Damned Utd,Arsenal Stadium Mystery, Escape to Victory, and the ever loved Gregorys Girl for instance. Reviews of soccer mags, fanzines,online mags, the football pools and how it works not just the treble chance but perms etc too. Their is a nice section on soccer shirts and their valuations from years gone by. If your into PC football games their is plenty of info on this topic too. How to join a supporters club and what to expect. If your interested in the greatest players of all time their is plenty there too and the greatest teams of all time and the greatest games of all time. All in all the book just about covers everything you need to know about football.
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VINE VOICEon 20 May 2010
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This book follows the dummies format and assumes the reader knows next to nothing about the subject, I am guessing this book is aimed at children in order for them to pick up a little knowledge of the rules of the game etc. I don't feel this book would be a worthwhile purchase for any football fan, maybe the 'for dummies' guys are running out of subjects.
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on 17 June 2010
This book is packed full of historical and statistical information useful even to the serious student of the Game; a good resource and reference work. For this reason the inaccuracies are annoying. The "goal area", that is missing in the field description, is identified on the diagram as "Six-yard Box". The book is 2010 vintage, yet it writes that the winner of the toss has the option of kick-off or or goal to attack - not so since 1997. It perpetuates some myths, such as: -the referee must whistle for the taking of a free kick, - the captain is entitled to communicate with the referee and - tackles from behind are illegal. It also left out second caution from the list of sending-off offenses.
Nevertheless it is a good acquisition. Recommended.
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VINE VOICEon 20 April 2010
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In a memorable episode of Father Ted Mrs Doyle, the housekeeper is presented with a book called How To Watch Football For Women and explained, apparently, the intricacies of chanting and shouting abuse at officials! This sprang to mind when I first chanced on this book by Scott Murray. Here at last was something which could explain my obsession with the beautiful game to those yet to be converted.
Mr Murray, a regular contributor to the Guardian, Four Four Two and the Observer, does not disappoint. Pitching the anticipated knowledge level of his reader at zero or thereabouts he explores every little detail of how to play the game, what equipment is required, how to watch the game, how to get a decent bite to eat at an away match and even how to understand the offside rule - this last should be of particular interest to certain Premier League referees.
Fastidiously up to date Murray has timed the release of this book with the perfection of a Steve Gerrard cross to capitalise on the excitement and expectation generated by the World Cup. Whether or not the expectations will be fulfilled we can at least console ourselves in the aftermath with Murray's lists of the ten greatest teams of all time (England 1966 don't make it) and ten great matches ( yes, THAT World Cup Final is included this time). The book concludes with a very handy glossary which will make, with practise, the most resilient of football-phobes sound like John Motson. All in all a very welcome addition to a genre that is already straining under the extra weight generated by football fever. Long may it be so.
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VINE VOICEon 5 April 2010
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Simple enough game you might think that doesn't really require coverage from a book like this. Yes while it may be a simple enough to explain and understand at the basic level, there are many intricacies to understand to fully enjoy the game, hence cue this book...

At last the beautiful games succumbs to having its very own dummies book. The first thing I thought was how can such book possibly be written to cater for this subject. Well believe me they have indeed written an awesome book. With loads of information regarding footie various facts figures rules and their application and generally virtually every aspect of the game is covered here. Generally the following broad subjects are covered: the rules, techniques, all major cup competitions covered across the globe, Major leagues + teams, best all time players, best ever teams, as well as detailed stats for many major competitions with past winners, scorers etc. Literally everything is covered if a little briefly at times from watching, understanding and playing the beautiful game.

There is information in here that will satisfy many people from absolute novices wishing to understand the game (after all they are supposedly the dummy in the book title!) right through to seasoned followers. If you can concisely and accurately describe the current offside rule then you are truly the kind of John Mottson guru type who need not read this book. However if you are a lesser mortal then you will certainly find this book useful to some degree. I urge all footie fans to get this book, it really is a useful reference for say those ongoing debates at the pub regarding aspects of the game. Armed with this book you can quickly elevate yourself to the position of football stats demi god, or failing that you could just hit your opponent over the head with it.

-Well written and laid out
-Very witty style
-Loads of material
-easily readable
-aimed at beginner and more seasoned followers

-no colour pictures
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TOP 1000 REVIEWERon 29 March 2010
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It's never a good sign when you open a book on a random page to be confronted with a glaring error; in this instance, something that involves `Law 16: the goal kick'. This guide claims, "No players, other than the kicker, are allowed in the area when the kick is taken". Incorrect. However, that's the only error I've discovered in `Football for Dummies' - notwithstanding the author's claim that Escape to Victory was a `decent' football film and West Ham United are thought of as a big and successful club.

Split into 21 Chapters, ranging from the Laws of the Game through to following the game on telly and in print, via sections on coaching, betting odds, ten great players and matches, and other delights. (The chapter on women's football includes a great, though undated, photo of Dick, Kerr Ladies' team.) Whilst large parts are indisputable, some is based on that old chestnut of which much of football is built: opinion. Though the best teams can be argued, there are some amusing sidelines included; club sides such as Deportivo Moron from Argentina and Mysterious Dwarfs (Ghana) would have many a commentator stifling an audible grin if those two ever met. (`Bend it Like Beckham' is absent from the aforementioned supposedly decent football films, whilst something called `Zidane: A 21st Century Portrait' is included - no, I've never heard of it, either.) Okay, my list of best teams, players, films, etc would have been different, but that's what football is all about.

As this is the UK edition, what it isn't about is giving pitch measurements in Imperial on a diagram but in Metric within the text, albeit with UK distances given in parenthesis? I've never heard it called the 16.5 metre line. A minor quibble perhaps, but something that may very well annoy the traditionalists amongst you.

Those lists is just one segment of this book and Scott Murray has produced a worthy addition to the `...for Dummies' series, which is now well into three figures. For anyone familiar with this range of guides, you'll know the layout and style; for those unfamiliar, you'll find it easy to get into and understand. You'll also come away knowing everything you need to know to make a significant contribution to any football discussion.

Hint: leave this out for your girlfriend to read then she might not object to standing in the wind, the rain and the cold as you, or someone else, chases a leather ball around to no avail. The only question to be asked is why it has taken so long to publish this.
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VINE VOICEon 20 March 2010
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Written by Scott Murray, a seasoned football journalist, I am the prime target audience or `Dummy'. I have no interest in football but I happen to work with a group of football enthusiasts and It's a running joke at work, because I have no interest in it but often try and bluff for comedic value.

The book starts with a lighthearted remark under the heading 'About The Author' and It proves how little I know about the game, as I don't think I actually get it!

`The club he supports has won quite a lot of trophies, but then he also has to follow Scotland, so it all balances out'.

(I think I might know what it means but let me move on....!)

In the tradition of Dummies guides, this is packed full of information you didn`t know you needed to know. Neatly spaced out into easy to read paragraphs and sub headings, there is an irritating look at the Offside Rule, the absolute classic conundrum that football and non-football enthusiasts know is controversial. It may be a Dummy guide but I still don't get it.

Crammed full of general knowledge style information that would be essential learning for a quiz goer - an example:

Tv's first ever live game was 16 Sept 1937, a BBC experiment that featured 15 minutes of Arsenal players warming up but was to prove so successful (3 cameras) the real games began to be televised soon after.

Okay, there is plenty of padding but it is charming padding:


Park Kickabouts: During the summer months....local parks.....people get together and play football'.

If it's worth knowing, it's covered in this book:

Passing Skills, Tactics, Managers of note, players names, Away games, Transfers.

If it's not worth knowing, it's covered in the book:

Pies, Stickers, Looking For Eric, Having a pint before a game.

In summary, this is a charming and comprehensive guide that will interest enthusiasts and non-enthusiasts alike.
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2010 is a big year for football with the World Cup just around the corner, and football writer Scott Murray has produced a timely addition to the "Dummies" series of reference books. At nearly 400 pages Murray's Football for Dummies is packed with information, facts and figures that will entertain and inform long-time fans of the game and beginners alike. It could be particularly useful if read in the pre World Cup period as it could help you make sense of the competition and turn you into an expert overnight! Well, maybe.

Although aimed mainly at a UK readership the book covers a whole world of football, from rules and advice to famous players and clubs. From schoolboys (and girls) just starting out playing the game to pub experts looking to increase their knowledge of the offside-rule or creating a Fantasy Football league this book has it all.

If you are new to the "Dummies" series of books don't be put off by the name - they just try to make everything easier! I've used a number of their books over the last twenty years, and they are all of a very high standard, but this volume on football is one of the best I've seen to date. There is a really Informative Product Description provided by Amazon which outlines the books contents in some detail. If you are looking for a single volume reference book to make sense of the funny old game I would highly recommend Scott Murray's Football for Dummies, and I rate it with five stars - especially if read in the summer of 2010!
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