Whether you want to impress friends and colleagues with new-found football wisdom, brush up on details you're unsure about (the offside rule, anyone?) or improve your practical skills, this is the book for you! Covering all the basics of the game, rules and tactics, as well as giving an in-depth history of the sport and how it has evolved to the present day, this indispensable guide will get you up to speed on the most popular game in the world in no time. With dream team formations, tips on football betting and supporting, essential coverage on the World Cup, and stats on current teams, players and managers both at home and abroad, football expert and Guardian journalist Scott Murray keeps it fun, fresh and knowledgeable to get you through the major tournaments and beyond. Football For Dummies includes: PART 1: KICK OFF Chapter 1: The bare essentials Chapter 2: A rich history Chapter 3: Get your boots on - the gear you need PART 2: PLAYING THE GAME Chapter 4: Laying down the laws Chapter 5: Positions and tactics Chapter 6: Honing your skills Chapter 7: Talented training Chapter 8: Coaching, managing and leadership Chapter 9: Putting it all into practice PART 3: THE WORLD OF FOOTBALL Chapter 11: The World Cup Chapter 12: The international scene Chapter 13: The British club scene Chapter 14: Taking on the world Chapter 15: Women's football PART 4: FANS ENCLOSURE Chapter 16: Going to the match Chapter 17: Read all about it... Chapter 18: Compulsive viewing: Football on TV (and film, and DVD...) Chapter 19: Joining in (sort of...) PART 5: THE PART OF TENS Chapter 20: Great players Chapter 21: Great managers Chapter 22: Great matches Chapter 23: Bad behaviour PART 6: APPENDICES Appendix 1: Appendix A: Honour Boards Appendix 2: Glossary Appendix 3: Key Football Organisations
Introduction. Part I: Kicking Off. Chapter 1: Welcome to Planet Football. Chapter 2: The Ball Starts Rolling: A Potted History of Football. Chapter 3: Getting Your Boots On: The Gear You Need. Part II: Playing the Game. Chapter 4: Laying Down the Laws. Chapter 5: Players, Positions and Tactics. Chapter 6: Honing Your Skills. Chapter 7: Keeping Fit for Football. Chapter 8: Coaching, Managing and Leadership. Chapter 9: Getting the Game On. Part III: Exploring the World of Football. Chapter 10: The World Cup. Chapter 11: Surveying the International Scene. Chapter 12: The Club Scene. Chapter 13: Focusing on Famous Clubs. Chapter 14: Women’s Football. Part IV: The Fans’ Enclosure: Following the Game. Chapter 15: Going to the Match. Chapter 16: Compulsive Viewing: Football on Screen. Chapter 17: Read All About It! Chapter 18: Other Football-based Pastimes. Part V: The Part of Tens. Chapter 19: Ten Great Players. Chapter 20: The Ten Greatest Teams of All Time. Chapter 21: Ten Great Matches. Part VI: Appendixes. Appendix A: Roll of Honour. Appendix B: Glossary. Index.
Scott Murray is a freelance journalist who writes for The Guardian, FourFourTwo, Men's Health and Shortlist, amongst others. Prior to this he was the Sports Editor of guardian.co.uk. Scott is the co-author of the football miscellany, Day of the Match.
Discover how to get the most out of playing, watching and supporting the beautiful game Whether you're a wannabe football superstar, a seasoned fan or a complete novice when it comes to the mighty game, this easy-to-follow guide has it all. Covering everything from improving your goal-scoring skills and understanding the offside rule, to following foreign teams and managinga fantasy league, Football For Dummies is your ticket to becoming a football expert. Perfect if you need to prep for a big game! Find out how it started — explore the history of football (men's and women's!) and why it appeals to millions of people worldwide Enjoy a kickabout — understand the rules and positions, practise key techniques and join a local team Look further afield — access the latest information on the international scene, from La Liga and Serie A to the Copa America and the Olympics Home is where the heart is — discover how the most important leagues work and identify famous clubs Get into the fan's enclosure — use newspapers, fanzines and official sites to keep up-to-date with fixtures and transfer rumours and learn how to spot dodgy refereeing decisions Open the book and find: Handy diagrams to illustrate key points and techniques Advice on the kit you need to shine on the pitch Strategies for motivating your team Tips on supporter etiquette, home and away How to prepare yourself before a game Profiles of the greatest players and matches in history Information on spread and in-match betting A rundown of the best football films, internet clips and computer games Learn to: Get to grips with the history, rules and tactics of the game Perfect your skills and master star-player techniques Understand the club scene at home and abroad, from local tournaments to the World Cup Become a superfan and follow your team without missing a thing
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