“Why does England lose? Why does Scotland suck? Why doesn’t America dominate the sport internationally. . .and why do the Germans play with such an efficient but robotic style? These are questions every soccer aficionado has asked. Soccernomics answers them.
Using insights and analogies from economics, statistics, psychology, and business to cast a new and entertaining light on how the game works, Soccernomics reveals the often surprisingly counterintuitive truths about soccer. An essential guide to the world of soccer, Soccernomics is a new way of looking at the world’s most popular game.”
Soccer lies at the heart of popular culture around the world. It is played, watched, written about, and talked to death by millions virtually every day of the year. But how do the characteristics of England and Italy—two of the most passionate soccer playing countries—affect the game in these two nations? Do the national stereotypes of Italians as fervent, stylish lotharios and the English as cold-hearted eccentrics still hold true when they kick a ball around? For the first time, a player of the first rank—Gianluca Vialli—in conjunction with sportswriter and broadcaster Gabriele Marcotti, tackles this debate head on, and they have invited some of the biggest names to join them. Sir Alex Ferguson, Jose Mourinho, Arsene Wenger, Sven Goran Eriksson, Fabio Capello, and Marcello Lippi, among others, add their not inconsiderable weight to the highest-profile symposium on soccer ever convened. Every aspect of the game is explored, be it tactical and technical or cultural and sociological. Stuffed full of controversial opinions and gripping revelations, this study on the sport takes you on a journey to the very heart of two of the world’s great soccer cultures.
Working out can be fun and rewarding. But if you’re not doing it correctly, it can seem pointless, and even painful. Knowing the best way to build muscle—and knowing why it’s the best way—can mean the difference between a lifelong devotion to exercise and a fabulously fit body, or giving up in frustration. Health and fitness expert Pat Manocchia gives readers the tools they need to embark on a journey of fitness and health, from basic movements to information on how to build a complete exercise plan. With step-by-step instructions and easy-to-follow illustrations of starting positions and movement paths, it’s like having your very own personal trainer.
Learn what to do and what not to do. For example, hands should be shoulder-width apart during a chin-up, and you should never, ever swing the body during that move. Keep a slight arch in the back while performing a dead lift, and do so by keeping the head up. Find out how to get results by following these and other exercises. Anatomy of Strength Training brings a new dimension to workouts, helping readers target every problem area—and helping them stay on the path to health and fitness.
Anatomy of Exercise is revolutionary for its insights into how different muscles of the body actually work during exercise. The book is organized by body area and shows common sequences in the progression of a typical workout. Lifelike anatomical illustrations demonstrate each exercise and reveal in colorful detail exactly which muscles are engaged, which are being conditioned and how those muscles respond. The following features help the reader gain the greatest benefit from each exercise and thereby improve fitness and well-being:
– Detailed, full-color anatomical illustrations for all the exercises
– Annotations identifying the active and stabilizing muscles
– Concise how-to instructions for each exercise
– Identification of the specific muscles that benefit the most from each exercise
– Suggested modifications for different levels of difficulty
– Instructions on stabilizing the body throughout each movement
– A visual index of exercises that allows easy navigation through the book
– A glossary of anatomical terms.
No other book provides such rich detail tailored to the general reader. Beginners, those already committed to exercise, competing athletes, trainers, coaches, physiotherapists, massage therapists and the many others involved in fitness will find Anatomy of Exercise fascinating, instructive and practical.
Soccer-4th Edition: Steps to Success
Master key techniques on the soccer field with Soccer: Steps to Success. This comprehensive guide features step-by-step instruction on becoming skilled in individual techniques and team tactics.
Improve your abilities in dribbling, passing, receiving, shooting, defending, tackling, heading, and goalkeeping with the help of detailed descriptions and full-color photos and illustrations of all fundamental techniques. Then learn how and when to apply those skills in game situations, such as winning one-on-one matchups, attacking, and defending. More than 170 exercises and small-sided games.