When Arsene Wenger left Arsenal in May 2018, some believed the club was saying farewell to its greatest ever manager, a man who had set new standards in the game and who deserved nothing less than respect for all his achievements. On the other hand, his critics believed he had overstayed his welcome and overseen a decline in the club's fortunes that left them trailing their major rivals. Now,..
Abebe Bikila was the first African to win an Olympic gold medal, running barefoot in Rome in 1960 and again - wearing shoes this time - in Tokyo four years later. His story has never been told. Born in an Ethiopian village, Bikila joined the Imperial Guard of Emperor Haile Selassie, where his running career began. Following his spectacular victory at the 1960 Olympics , however, Bikila's life took..
It's Messi vs Ronaldo. It's Catalonia vs Castilla. It's the nation against the state, freedom fighters vs Franco's fascists. It's the best two teams on the planet going face to face and toe to toe. It's more than a game. It's a war. It's Barcelona vs Real Madrid. Only its not that simple, from the wounds left by the civil war to the teams recent global domination, historian and expert on Spa..
Sir Alex Ferguson is the most controversial and compelling figure in football today. For many he ranks as the greatest manager of all time. He is certainly the most successful. His reign at Manchester United has seen him win every major footballing honour. And then win them again. It's been over ten years since that unforgettable night in Barcelona when Ferguson's embattled players triumphed over ..
This Ruud Gullit masterclass will change the way you watch and talk about the game. From his unrivalled perspective as player, manager and analyst, the Dutch legend shows how to 'read' a match - revealing the hidden patterns behind the world's most successful teams. Crammed full of global statistics, tactical diagrams and fresh insights, How to Watch Football is a revelation for all fans of t..
This is the story of how a Swedish immigrant rose from poverty to become a football genius. In his own inimitable style, Zlatan recalls every goal and training ground bust-up on his journey to dominate the world's top clubs, including Barcelona, PSG and now Full of wicked one-liners and amazing stories, Zlatan lifts the lid on some of the biggest names in football, including Guardiola, M..
WHO IS LOUIS VAN GAAL? An ex-PE teacher who only knows how to act like a dictator? Or a footballing visionary and one of the greatest European managers of all time? This definitive biography offers the best psychological insight so far into the man tasked with returning Manchester United to their glory days. ..
Alex Ferguson is already a legend in football while still at the height of his powers. Under his management, Manchester United has piled up success upon success, culminating in the unique treble of 1999 that brought them the Premiership title, the FA Cup and the European Cup in 11 incredible days. Memories of 1999 were further enriched when Ferguson was awarded a knighthood for his achievements an..
Admired around the globe for his atheliticism, skill and fierce competitiveness, Leo Messi has already shattered scoring records at FC Barcelona and won numerous club trophies and international awards, including - for an unprecedented three years in a row - the title of the world's best player. Relying on original interviews with Messi, his friends and family, his team mates and even his favourite..
In the spring of 2010, Jose Mourinho was unveiled as the new manager of Real Madrid, having just completed a glorious treble with Inter Milan. Despite getting off to a winning start over arch rivals Barcelona in the Copa del Rey, he found himself and his team being overshadowed by the Catalans for much of his tenure. Until , that is, he led Real to a triumphant La Liga title in 2012., thereby join..