Chelsea FC

The Official Biography - The Definitive Story of the First 100 Years

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Author: Rick Glanvill

Publisher: Headline Book Pub Limited

ISBN: 9780755314669

Category: Sports & Recreation

Page: 416

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CHELSEA FC: THE OFFICIAL BIOGRAPHY goes to the heart of what gives the club its personality. The author has access to all the key characters, including Mourinho, Abramovich and the star players, plus legendary names of the past. He addresses all the controversies, including: the near suffocation through lack of cash in the 1970s and in 2002; the impact of Abramovich's money; the club and fans' response to racism; how the hooliganism which dogged Chelsea for years has been tackled. On the lighter side, Chelsea is regarded as the country's glamour club, and fashions, good and dreadful, will feature alongside celebrity fans and the worlds of art and music. And then there is the football at the core of it all, creating moments of huge tension and excitement.

Chelsea FC: the Official Biography

The Definitive Story of the First 100 Years

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Author: Rick Glanvill

Publisher: Headline Book Pub Limited

ISBN: 9780755314652

Category: Sports & Recreation

Page: 400

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CHELSEA FC: THE OFFICIAL BIOGRAPHY is not a dry, boring history but instead goes to the heart of what gives the club its personality. The author has access to all the key characters, including Mourinho, Abramovich and the star players, plus legendary names of the past and the varied voices of backroom staff, boarding house landladies and players who never made it. All have a story to tell. The author addresses all the controversies, including: the near suffocation through lack of cash in the 1970s and in 2002; the impact of Abramovich’s money and whether it might corrupt the club’s soul; the club and fans' response to racism; how the hooliganism which dogged Chelsea for years has been tackled. On the lighter side, Chelsea is regarded as the country’s glamour club, and fashions, good and dreadful, will feature alongside celebrity fans and the worlds of art and music. And then there is the football at the core of it all, creating moments of huge tension and excitement. Years of under-achievement now sit alongside the imminent emergence of Chelsea’s most successful period in the past century.

Chelsea Football Club

The Official History in Pictures

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Author: Rick Glanvill

Publisher: Headline Book Pub Limited

ISBN: 9780755314683

Category: Sports & Recreation

Page: 224

View: 9842

In this pictorial history, Rick Glanvill brings the story to life using rare images from the club's archives as well as the words of true Blues as they remember key events and legendary faces from the past 100 years.

The Origins of Chelsea FC

The Chaps Who Made Chelsea

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Author: Rick Glanvill

Publisher: Amberley Pub Plc

ISBN: 9781445619477

Category: Sports & Recreation

Page: 168

View: 1862

Told in detail for the first time, the incredible story of the birth of Chelsea Football Club, featuring exclusive research by official club historian Rick Glanvill.

Turf Wars

A History of London Football

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Author: Steve Tongue

Publisher: Pitch Publishing

ISBN: 1785312480

Category: Sports & Recreation

Page: 317

View: 7483

Few cities in the world have as many professional football clubs as London and none have the history explored in this book by journalist and broadcaster Steve Tongue. It was in the English capital that the Football Association - the first of its kind anywhere - was founded in 1863 and that the FA Cup, the world's most famous domestic cup competition, was born. After the North and Midlands dominated the first forty-odd years of league football, three clubs in particular - Arsenal, Spurs and Chelsea - began to challenge them and eventually succeeded, joining West Ham United as trophy winners not only at home but in Europe. Between those four clubs, and more than a dozen other professional clubs past and present, grew the turf wars that are the bedrock of the great rivalries and derbies across England's most vibrant football city. Turf Wars tells the story of football in the capital.

The Anatomy of England

A History in Ten Matches

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Author: Jonathan Wilson

Publisher: Hachette UK

ISBN: 1409113647

Category: Sports & Recreation

Page: 224

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Having invented the game, everything that has followed for England and its national football team has been something of an anticlimax. There was, of course, the golden summer of 1966, and the great period of English dominance on the world stage, which fell roughly between 1886 and 1900, when England won 35 of their 40 internationals ... But before long foreign teams, with their insistence on progressive 'tactics', began to pose a few questions. And much of what followed for England constituted a series of false dawns. In THE ANATOMY OF ENGLAND Jonathan Wilson seeks to place the bright spots in context. Time and again, progressive coaches have been spurned by England - technique being all very well, but what really matters is pluck and 'organised muscularity', or, to quote Jimmy Hogan's chairman at Aston Villa in 1936: 'I've no time for these theories about football. Just get the ball in the bloody net.' Wilson takes ten key England fixtures and explores how what actually happened on the pitch shaped the future of the English game. Bursting with insight and critical detail, yet imbued with a wry affection, this is a history of England like none before.

Why Always Me? - The Biography of Mario Balotelli, City's Legendary Striker

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Author: Frank Worrall

Publisher: Kings Road Publishing

ISBN: 1782193731

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 300

View: 8881

Mario Balotelli is already a footballing legend - and he's only 22. Incredibly talented, yet frequently controversial both on and off the pitch, Balotelli lit up the Premier League from the moment he signed for Manchester City in 2010. Born in Italy to Ghanaian parents, he suffered life-threatening health problems as a baby. By the age of three he had recovered, but his parents then entrusted him to a foster family and Mario grew up in the affluent village of Concesio. He began his footballing career with Lumezzane, earning promotion to the first team at the age of just 15. Balotelli's skill soon brought him to the attention of Inter Milan and he signed with them in 2006. Having made his first team debut in 2007, he became the youngest Inter player to score in the Champions League in November 2008. His second season at Inter was blighted by disciplinary problems, and a series of high-profile clashes with manager Jose Mourinho paved the way for a move to the Premier League. Reunited with former boss Roberto Mancini at Manchester City, Balotelli soon made his mark with a series of stunning goals - and yet more incidents - which led to him being the subject of increasingly implausible newspaper reports about his antics. But the 2010/11 season was to end in glory, with a man-of-the-match performance as City won the FA Cup. A stunning performance in the Euro 2012 semi-final against Germany sealed Balotelli's status as a legend. This was eclipsed in the final game of the 2011/12 Premier League season, when Balotelli provided the assist to Sergio Aguero, who scored in the 94th minute to give City their first league title since 1968. He is sure to provide entertainment, goals and controversy for years to come. Mercurial, troublesome and frequently brilliant, this is the incredible story of the most fascinating man in world football today.

José Mourinho

Made in Portugal

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Author: Luís Lourenço

Publisher: Dewi Lewis Pub

ISBN: 9780954684334

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 223

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Looks at the life and career of the controversial Portuguese soccer manager.