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The Kingfisher Soccer Encyclopedia captures the triumph and despair of pivotal moments in world soccer. Packed with pictures and profiles of the world's most skilful soccer players - old and new - from Beckham to Messi, Pel to Ronaldo, Rooney to Neymar. Over 40 of the best sides to have lit up the game are covered in detail, including the U.S's men's and women's teams, Brazil, Manchester United, Arsenal, and Spain.
All the drama of the "beautiful game" is fully analyzed with dynamic full-spread photos and digital artworks that recreate famous moves and goals, while each chapter includes links to websites, providing a valuable access point to databases of players, international results, all the major tournaments, and club histories. Includes in-depth coverage of every aspect of soccer, including rules and skills; fans and the media; managers and tactics. Packed with the latest statistics and fully updated for this new edition, this is a superbly detailed reference book for all the family.
Clive Gifford is an award-winning author who has written hundreds of articles and over 50 books. For Kingfisher, Clive's titles include Soccer - The ultimate guide to the beautiful game, Soccer Skills, Olympics, 10 Explorers Who Changed the World, How the World Works and Think Again!. He has received commendations from PBS and the Smithsonian Museum and received a Times Educational Supplement Information Book of the Year award. He won the Royal Society Young People's Book Prize with Eye Benders. A life-long supporter of the London team Queens Park Rangers, he has also been a soccer coach and contributed to various soccer fanzines. Clive lives in Manchester, England.