´Simply magnificent.´ Mail on Sunday A massive audience in sitting-rooms, parks and pubs watched England in the 2018 World Cup. Yet as Duncan Hamilton demonstrates with style, insight and wit in Going to the Match, watching on TV is no substitute for being there. Hamilton embarks on a richly entertaining, exquisitely crafted journey through football. Glory game or grass roots, England v Slovenia or Guiseley v Hartlepool, he delves beneath the action to illuminate the stories which make the sport endlessly compelling. Along the way he marvels at present-day titans Harry Kane, Mo Salah, Kevin De Bruyne and Paul Pogba, reflects on sepia-tinted magicians Stanley Matthews, Jimmy Greaves, Bobby Charlton and Pele, and assesses managerial giants from Brian Clough and Jose Mourinho to Arsene Wenger and Gareth Southgate. The odyssey takes Hamilton from Fleetwood to Berlin, via Glasgow and a Manchester derby, making detours into art, cinema, literature and politics as he explores the game´s ever-changing culture and character. The result, like the L.S. Lowry painting that inspired the book, is a football masterpiece.
Auskickis a national program in Australia to develop and promote participation in Australian rules football by children. It has proven to be popular with both boys and girls. The program was devised in 1998 and began in Victoria the traditional home of the sport under the name Vickick. It was supported by the Australian Football League, the national professional competition for the sport, which began to roll it out nationally. Under current corporate sponsorship rights (as of 2005) the program is officially named NAB AFL Auskick and is sponsored by the National Australia Bank, while previous sponsors include Simpson, a whitegoods company and, even earlier, fast food giant McDonald´s. Auskick is a national football coaching network, with clinics held weekly (usually on Saturday mornings) run by volunteers.
Published to coincide with the club´s centenary celebrations 100 Years of Leeds United tells the story of a one-club city and its tumultuous relationship with its football team. Since its foundation in 1919, Leeds United Football Club has seen more ups and downs than most, rising to global fame through an inimitable and uncompromising style in the 70s, clinching the last Division One title of the pre-Sky Sports era in 1992, before becoming the epitome of financial mismanagement at the start of the 21st century. Despite this demise, United remains one of the best supported - and most divisive - clubs in football, with supporters´ clubs dotted across the globe. In 100 Years of Leeds United , Chapman delves deep into the archives to discover the lesser-known episodes, providing fresh context to the folkloric tales that have shaped the club we know today, painting the definitive picture of the West Yorkshire giants.
As seen on BBC Football Focus and BT Sport... ´One man and his quest to see a game in every UEFA nation in one season´ Paul Doyle, Guardian EUROPE UNITED follows Matt Walker´s unprecedented challenge to experience top-division football in all 55 UEFA countries in a single season. In June 2017, Matt said farewell to his job, surrendered his Fulham FC season ticket and set off for Georgia, the first stop on his mission. He would end his adventure eleven months later in Montenegro, having conquered the continent and captured the imagination of its sporting media. His epic journey would pose its challenges. Yet no amount of airport confusion in Iceland, unusual betting activity in Latvia, spectator bans in Albania, disturbances in Kosovo or ropey breakfast buffets in Moldova would make Matt miss a matchday. And then there were the games themselves: showcasing the full spectrum of footballing theatre, from the truly sublime to the utterly ridiculous. Matt´s trip would also bequeath him footballing wisdom beyond his imagination. Not only would he learn that Liechtenstein had its very own ´golden generation´, but also why one football club in Gibraltar is benefitting from a television gameshow, who in La Liga´s mascot is a giant anchovy, how Tony Adams fared in his managerial spell in Azerbaijan, and just what Bosko Balaban is up to these days. This is the story of one fan on a once-in-a-lifetime experience: travelling to Europe´s unseen corners, talking with its unsung supporters, and tracing the beautiful game across the breadth of our brilliant, bizarre continent.