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    #2Sides: My Autobiography (Hardcover)

    Rio Ferdinand is one of the finest footballers of his generation – a Champions League and Premier League-winning centre back who began life as an ambitious kid on the council estates of south-east London only to grow into one of the game’s greatest stoppers. Candid, outspoken and supremely honest, this is his story: from the early days as a schoolboy trying to impress the local kids on the muddy pitches of Peckham, through to picking up the Champions League trophy on a rainy summer’s night in Moscow, #2Sides is the tell-all account of a unique life in the game. On winning and losing; on defending and attacking; on managers and fellow players; on friendships and rivalries; on the ups and downs of the beautiful game; and on playing for club, country and for yourself – this is a full spectrum of life at the very top of the footballing tree, and a superb retrospective of a truly fascinating career

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    Alex Ferguson: My Biography

    Sir Alex Ferguson’s compelling story is always honest and revealing he reflects on his managerial career that embraced unprecedented European success for Aberdeen and 26 triumphant seasons with Manchester United.

    Sir Alex Ferguson’s best-selling autobiography has now been updated to offer reflections on events at Manchester United since his retirement as well as his teachings at the Harvard Business School, a night at the Oscars and a boat tour round the Hebrides, where he passed unrecognised.

    The extra material adds fresh insights and detail on his final years as United’s manager.

    Both the psychology of management and the detail of football strategy at the top level can be complex matters but no-one has explained them in a more interesting and accessible way for the general reader than Sir Alex does here.

    MY AUTOBIOGRAPHY is revealing, endlessly entertaining and above all inspirational.

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    Andy Murray: Seventy-Seven: My Road to Wimbledon Glory(Hardcover)

    Andy Murray is one of Britain’s best loved athletes. On the 7th July 2013 he became the first British man to lift the Wimbledon trophy for 77 years. His new book, Andy Murray: Seventy-Seven, will take us on a personal journey through his career. Focusing on the last two dramatic years, he will share with us his thoughts on the pivotal moments of his playing career and allow us a glimpse into his world – his intense training regime, his close-knit team and his mental and physical battle to get to the very top. This beautiful and very personal book will be a stunning celebration of Andy’s career so far.

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    Big Sam: My Autobiography (Hardcover)

    Football fans will love this insight into the life and mind of Big Sam. With nearly 20 years as a player – plus almost 25 years as a coach and manager – under his belt, Sam Allardyce is one of the most recognisable figures in British football.

    ‘Big Sam’ has been a robust defensive general throughout the seventies and eighties, and an imposing touchline presence as a gaffer since 1994.

    Over the last four decades, Allardyce has seen it all. The game he so loves is radically different to that in which he made his debut back in 1973, and in telling his wonderfully colourful story for the very first time, Allardyce talks intriguingly about the changing face of players and managers. His autobiography positively crackles with characteristic insight, honesty and hard-hitting opinions.

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  • Black Stars – The Long Road to Greatness

    A photographic documentation of Ghana’s football history.

    This is the success of Ghana’s senior national football team ,the Black Stars,told in exciting ,historic and memorable photographs. It begins with the epoch making tour of the team to Great Britain in 1951, where they played ten matches losing eight and winning only two. The team played barefooted and in unfamiliar cold weather but they learnt useful lessons in tactics that would benefit them in the future.It was not accident that the Black Stars won the Africa cup for the first time in 1963.Ghana retained the cup in Tunisia 1965 and reached the final twice in succession in Ethiopia 1968 and Sudan 1970.

    In 1969, the legendary Pele was in Ghana with his club Santos to further boost the game in Ghana. All these visits and their resultant beliefs helped Ghana to achieve laurels both at the World youth championships in Italy 1991 and the 1992 Barcelona Olympic games .This culminated in the historic maiden appearance at the FIFA World Cup in 2006 and the momentous victory by the Black Satellites in becoming the first African Country to win the FIFA Under-20 World Cup in Egypt in October 2009. All these historic events are captured in exciting pictures in this magazine.

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    Blessed – The Autobiography

    George Best needs little introduction. A legend in his own lifetime, he is undoubtedly the greatest footballer the UK has ever produced. Blessed with an extraordinary gift he brought a beauty and grace to the game never before seen. But Best was unable to cope with the success and fame his football genius brought. His fabled story is littered with tales of women and sex and, of course, alcohol.

    Much has been written about Best, but very little substantiated by the man himself. That is until George Best opened his heart and engaged us in one of the most exhilarating life stories for years, Blessed. In his own words George recounts the halcyon days at Manchester United, the big games and European Cup win of ’68. And then there’s the heartbreaking truth about the death of his mother and his struggles with alcohol that forced him to face up to a life without drink.

    Blessed reveals the man behind the up-for-a-laugh, boozy, womanizing stereotype that had dogged George Best for so long. Open and honest about his mistakes, George is also incredibly candid about his triumphs, his regrets, and, only three years before his death, what he had hoped for the future.

    ‘Don’t coach him, he’s a genius’ Sir Matt Busby

    ‘Unquestionably the greatest’ Sir Alex Ferguson

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  • Bouncing Back from Failure: By A Kid for Kids

    A teenager’s thoughts on how to recover from failure. Bouncing Back from Failure is an honest and concise account of Adom’s encounters with disappointment. His uplifting perspective, motivates the reader to adopt a positive mindset.

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  • Boxing Is No Cakewalk! Azumah ‘Ring Professor’ Nelson in the Social History of Ghanaian Boxing

    Boxing Is No Cakewalk! Azumah ‘Ring Professor’ Nelson in the Social History of Ghanaian Boxing explores the social history of boxing in Ghana and its interesting nexus with the biography of Azumah Nelson, unquestionably Ghana’s most celebrated boxer. The book posits that sports constitute more than mere games that people play. They are endowed with enormous political, cultural, economic and social power that can influence people’s lives in various ways.

    Boxing is no cakewalk! interrogates the social meaning and impact of boxing within the colonial and postcolonial milieux of popular culture in Ghana. Consequently, it reconsiders the prevailing conception of boxing as adversative to ‘enlightened’ human culture by arguing that it is a positive formulator of individual and national identities. The historicising of sports and the lives of sportspersons in Ghana provides an eloquent backdrop for an understanding of the past social dynamics and their effect in the present.

    The book’s analytical narrative offers an intellectual contribution to the promising areas of social and cultural history in Ghana’s historiography and the scholarly discourse on identity formation and social empowerment through the popular culture of sports.

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    Brendan Rodgers – The Road to Paradise: The Official Autobiography

    From a small village on the north-east coast of Ireland, to the treble-winning manager of Celtic, Brendan Rodgers’ football journey has been a remarkable one of dedication, hard work, a desire to always keep improving and a determination to succeed at the highest level of the sport … and throughout his life there has always been a love of his team, Celtic Football Club.

    Now, for the first time, he tells this inspiring story in his official autobiography, The Road to Paradise.

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    Brian Clough: Nobody Ever Says Thank You: The Biography

    In this first full, critical biography, Jonathan Wilson draws an intimate and powerful portrait of one of England’s greatest football managers, Brian Clough, and his right-hand man, Peter Taylor. It was in the unforgiving world of post-war football where their identities and reputations were made – a world where, as Clough and Taylor’s mentor Harry Storer once said, ‘Nobody ever says thank you.’ Nonetheless, Clough brought the gleam of silverware to the depressed East Midlands of the 1970s. Initial triumph at Derby was followed by a sudden departure and a traumatic 44 days at Leeds. By the end of a frazzled 1974, Clough was set up for life financially, but also hardened to the realities of football. By the time he was at Forest, Clough’s mask was almost permanently donned: a persona based on brashness and conflict. Drink fuelled the controversies and the colourful character; it heightened the razor-sharp wit and was a salve for the highs of football that never lasted long enough, and for the lows that inevitably followed. Wilson’s account is the definitive portrait of this complex and enduring man.

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    Carlo Ancelotti: Quiet Leadership: Winning Hearts, Minds and Matches

    ‘After playing under so many different types of coaches, all different characters, in Carlo I finally met the best coach ever.’ ~ Zlatan Ibrahimovic

    Carlo Ancelotti is one of the greatest managers of all time, with five Champions League titles to his name. Yet his approach could not be further from the aggressive theatricals favored by many of his rivals. His understated style has earned him the fierce loyalty of players like David Beckham, Zlatan Ibrahimovic, and Cristiano Ronaldo. In Quiet Leadership, Ancelotti reveals the full, riveting story of his managerial career—his methods, mentors, mistakes, and triumphs—and takes us inside the dressing room to trace the characters, challenges, and decisions that have shaped him. The result is both a scintillating memoir and a rare insight into the business of leadership.

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    David Beckham: My Side (Hardcover)

    With endless newspaper column inches devoted to one of the most talked about men in the world, it seems that we know everything there is to know about David Beckham. Or do we?

    This is Beckham’s life story in his own words. The book deals with his complex relationship with United boss Alex Ferguson and looks at how he handles the pressure of playing alongside some of the most volatile footballers of his generation, from the likes of Cantona, Schmeichel and Keane. It tells the England story, from being vilified by the nation before returning as the prodigal son and almost single-handedly guiding his country as captain to the 2002 World Cup Finals.

    From Beckham himself, we gain an insight into the family man behind the famous footballer, the international model and fashion leader. He describes how he first met and then married ex-Spice girl Victoria Adams and the upbringing of their two children Brooklyn and Romeo. He goes on to discuss how his family’s every step is monitored by a posse of newshounds and paparazzi. He also tells of the influence of his parents, growing up as a shy youngster in the family home and how their subsequent split affected him.

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