Tag: Football

Gas Masks for Goal Posts Football in Britain during the Second World War


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English | 2007 | ISBN: 075094031X, 0750940301 | EPUB | pages: 288 | 0.4 mb
"I was 12th man for England against Wales at Wembley. Within a few minutes, the Welsh half-back broke his collar bone. They had no reserves and I as the only spare player to hand. That’s how I made my international debut – for Wales." – Stan Mortensen, Blackpool and England. When Britain declared war on Germany in September 1939, football came to an abrupt halt. Large crowds were banned, stadiums were given over to military use, most players joined up. Then it was realised that if victory was the national goal, soccer could help – and football went to war. For the next six years the game became hugely important to Britain. Boosting morale among servicemen, munitions workers and beleaguered citizens alike – and raising hundreds of thousands of pounds for war funds. It was a game with plenty of human stories. Some footballers were dubbed ‘PT commandos’ or ‘D-Day dodgers’. Others, however, saw action. Pre-war heroes on the pitch became wartime heroes off it. This book captures the atmosphere of the time and tells the story of a unique period in football’s history.

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The People’s Game Football, State and Society in East Germany


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English | 2014 | pages: 374 | ISBN: 1107052033, 1107649714 | PDF | 7,5 mb
Sport in East Germany is commonly associated with the systematic doping that helped to make the country an Olympic superpower. Football played little part in this controversial story. Yet, as a hugely popular activity that was deeply entwined in the social fabric, it exerted an influence that few institutions or pursuits could match. The People’s Game examines the history of football from the interrelated perspectives of star players, fans, and ordinary citizens who played for fun. Using archival sources and interviews, it reveals football’s fluid role in preserving and challenging communist hegemony. By repeatedly emphasising that GDR football was part of an international story, for example, through analysis of the 1974 World Cup finals, Alan McDougall shows how sport transcended the Iron Curtain. Through a study of the mass protests against the Stasi team, BFC, during the 1980s, he reveals football’s role in foreshadowing the downfall of communism.

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An Ode to Four Four Two Football’s Simplest and Finest Formation


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English | ISBN: 1785318381 | 2021 | 224 pages | EPUB | 3 MB
An Ode to Four Four Two: Football’s Simplest and Finest Formation examines how coaches in Europe, and particularly England, settled on the 4-4-2 formation to build iconic teams which would dominate both domestically and in Europe. Formations have continually evolved since the birth of the game in the mid-nineteenth century. From teams playing with four or five forwards, to the modern era of teams with just the one. Arguably the greatest formation has been 4-4-2. Some of the greatest teams have lined up in this multi-functional system. Flick through the football history books and it is filled with teams like AC Milan, Manchester United, Liverpool, Leeds United and Barcelona, all enjoying glorious eras playing 4-4-2. But it isn’t just the elite of world football. Who can forget Leicester City, led by Claudio Ranieri, reviving the system against all odds to outperform the Premier League’s big six to claim a historic title in 2016? Author John McNicoll looks at how and why these teams used the formation to such effect. How they dominated in their era to stand out from the rest. It is the story of how teams, both big and small in status, have played the system to perfection.

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Gooaal! The Joy of the Football Celebration


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English | 2021 | ISBN: 178531730X | EPUB | pages: 224 | 4.4 mb
Football celebrations are a vital part of the beautiful game. Gooooaaaaal! The Joy of the Football Celebration is all about what happens in the exhilarating moments after a goal. Where once a firm handshake was the norm-with a brief head nod if it had been a really good goal-today we see backflips, finger-pointing, ear-cuffing, badge-bashing, knee-sliding, camera-mugging, thumb-sucking-and sometimes something entirely original and funny. Often, the celebration is instinctive and all the better for it, but others are carefully planned and designed to make a point. Some are controversial or political, and an unfortunate few have resulted in injuries. Peter Crouch, Wayne Rooney, Paul Gascoigne, Jurgen Klinsmann, Jamie Vardy, Raheem Sterling, Alex Morgan, Bebeto, finger-wagging Jimmy Bullard, golf club-waving Craig Bellamy, line-sniffing Robbie Fowler-all of them are among the 200-plus celebrations featured in this book. You’ll discover exactly what went on-and why.

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Underground, Overground The fault lines of football clubs


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English | 2021 | ISBN: 1919624015 | EPUB | pages: 176 | 0.4 mb
"The Domesday Book of modern football"Michael Calvin "A book of real soul and poetry that fundamentally understands football is by the people, and for the people"John Nicholson What is a football club, really, when you get right down to it? In 2001, the owners of Wimbledon announced one possible answer to this a football club is a thing that can be moved to Milton Keynes. A year later, Wimbledon’s fans provided another answer when they founded AFC Wimbledon. This moment wasn’t just exceptionally controversial. It also forced English football to look at itself and consider what it is that truly matters about football clubs. Is it the connection between club and place, or between fans and players? Or do the interests of the owners trump all other concerns? Does a connection with the past matter more than the prospects for the future? Can a club ever be moved, and if not, why not? And what even is ‘Milton Keynes’? This book looks at how football fans have answered and continue to answer these questions. How ordinary supporters, in all their wide and glorious variety, think about the clubs they follow up and down the country. For some, their club is a community.For others, a family. And for a few, it is a thing with a soul.

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