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on 5 March 2010
I bought this Official FA Fitness Guide with my grandson in mind. His footballing skills are sublime but fitness needs work. This is a must read for any young footballer and his/her parents, a teaching-aid for amateur or professional. It's academic reading in simple terms but it's laid out in such a way that chapters can be read in isolation and the reader will benefit from constant revision. It's a great way to start as it explains how the body works, how specific detailed exercises, attention to diet and nurturing self-discipline by keeping a diary all contribute to developing fitness and injury-free enjoyment of the game. Its summary at the end of each chapter requires the reader to interact by answering test questions. The idea that natural talent alone is the lynchpin to a top professional career is exposed as a myth as fitness, desire and dedication are equally important... `football is full of professionals whose determination to succeed has more than made up for their lack of natural ability. There are also many examples of very talented footballers who have relied too much on natural talent and never fulfilled their potential.'
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on 18 May 2013
It's a good book, useful for amateur coaches or more advanced coaches whom want to improve their knowledge about fitness in football. It's simple but effective: I fully recommend it.

Not recommended if you are a pro, but sure you've read it already then!
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on 10 July 2013
Lacking in fitness drills, this reads more like a biology and physiology book than a book on fitness for football. Also in need of an update - this book is from 2004.
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on 27 August 2015
Real goo read, gave some good ideas
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