The Secret Footballer's Guide to the Modern Game : Tips and Tactics from the Ultimate Insider, Hardback Book

The Secret Footballer's Guide to the Modern Game : Tips and Tactics from the Ultimate Insider Hardback

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From the international top ten author Ever wanted to know how to play football like a pro?

The Secret Footballer has been outspokenly honest about his own career as a Premier League player.

Now he focuses his trademark wit, intelligence and candour to reveal how you can gain a greater depth of understanding of the beautiful game - whether you're an aspiring future star or an armchair pundit.

From in-depth analysis of tactics to how to deal with mind games (from your own teammates as well as others), from a tongue-in-cheek guide to the lingo of the pitch to a remarkable expose of modern football finances, this book will make you see the game in a whole new light.

If you want to know how to stop a player like Cristiano Ronaldo, or why exactly Rooney is worth GBP300,000 a week, or who the greatest player of all time is, you will find it all here.

Famously opinionated, always controversial, The Secret Footballer tells you what they don't want you to know.

Fully illustrated with line drawings showing the technical aspects of the game, this will be the perfect Christmas gift for aspiring football stars and armchair pundits alike.


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The Secret Footballer’s Guide To The Modern GuideThe Guardian’s Secret Footballer is back in book form, those who have read his columns are still trying to guess his identity and once again he is back in form. The Secret Footballer who has been a hit since first being published has now taken a look at the tips and tactics of the modern game and some of it can be quite eye opening.Like many football fans with a season ticket I like to think I know all about football, the tactics, the politics and everything else that makes up the modern game. I was attending games before the modern game so like many of my generation might think this book is condescending towards them as there is nothing new you could tell us. Well I am happy to say there is plenty to learn from reading this book especially from a professionals’ standpoint.This book is not quite like his columns and previous books in that it is far less gossipy and is attempting to show us what life is like as a professional football player. We go through the preseason training and the diets that they have to keep, which probably explains why my career ended when I discovered booze, birds and fags. There is also some excellent analysis of other professional footballers and the clubs that they play for, which again is quite eye opening for the fan. When he tackles the commercial side of the game, the sponsorship of players and those who sponsor is shown to be a reflection of what else is going on within the game. We see how it has also influenced the guardians of the game such as FIFA who the Secret Footballer like the rest of us does not respect.What I like about this book while not being as humorous as his previous outings we are treated to a real insight of the game that we the fans do not normally see. My hope is that the Secret Footballers revelations continue and that he is never uncovered. Buy this book and you will learn something about the game we love.