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The football fan in your life doesn't have to stop when the game stops; they can enjoy these football books too. From ex-pros and coaches autobiographies to official UEFA football books, there is something for every age group. You can also find other sportsbooks here at The Works.

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An inspiring, positive and practical guide for kids from Marcus Rashford MBE, footballer and child food poverty campaigner. It’s hard to know what is possible until you start. You have to be able to dream big and be prepared to work towards your dreams. I’ve achieved a lot so far, but it didn’t come in one go; big things rarely happen overnight, and good things rarely happen as if by magic . . . Marcus Rashford is famous worldwide for his skills both on and off the pitch – but before he was a Manchester United and England footballer, and long before he started his inspiring campaign to end child food poverty, he was just an average kid from Wythenshawe, South Manchester. Now, Marcus Rashford MBE wants to show YOU how to achieve your dreams, in this positive and inspiring guide for life. Written with journalist Carl Anka, this empowering guide is packed full of stories from Marcus’s own life. Perfect for readers who need to hear that they already are champions – they just might not know it yet. Product Information: • ISBN: 9781529068177 • Author: Marcus Rashford, Carl Anka • Publisher: Macmillan Children's Books • Format: Paperback • Pages: 224 • Dimensions: 22.1 x 15.2 x 1.8 cm

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Andy Woodward was a wide-eyed, hopeful footballer playing for Stockport Boys, when Barry Bennell first noticed him... Andy was 11 years old, and Bennell a youth coach with a big reputation for spotting and nurturing young footballing talent. The clubs Bennell worked for and the parents of the boys he coached, trusted and believed in him, inviting him into their lives and their homes. But behind the charismatic mask was a profoundly evil man willing to go to any lengths to satisfy his own dark appetites. A compelling and relevant story of the dark secret at the heart of football and another chapter in the ongoing expose of institutionalised corruption. Product Information: • ISBN: 9781473699694 • Author: Andy Woodward • Publisher: Coronet • Format: Paperback • Pages: 352 • Dimensions: 19.69 x 13.34 x 1.91 cm

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'As a player and pundit I've seen and experienced plenty of the good, the bad and the ugly. And let's get face facts - there is still plenty of the bad and ugly. Our game can be so much better, and in this book I'll tell you just how.' Join Chris as sets his sights on 25 aspects of the modern game that need fixing told and discover which managers Sutton slams for giving bland post-match interviews, which clubs are fleecing their fans and why he believes Messi and Ronaldo aren't as good as Best and Maradona.   In his trademark tell-it-like-it-is style, delve into Chris' views on ridiculous rules and feckless agents to dreaded VAR and abusive fans - no subject is out of bounds! Now observing from the commentator's perch, his perspective is shot through with experience, passion and occasionally a little anger. Sutton is a man on a mission and he is determined to get under the skin of the game he loves and to call out exactly what's going wrong.  Product Information: ISBN: 9781913183257 Author: Chris Sutton Publisher: Monoray Format: Paperback Pages: 304 Dimensions: 23.2 x 15.2 x 2.6cm

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The phenomenal Sunday Times bestseller by Kevin Keegan, one of the greatest players in English football history, famed for his style on the pitch, his relentless ambition and passion for the game. In My Life in Football Keegan tells the story of his remarkable rise through the sport, from the Peglers Brass Works reserve team in Doncaster to winning a Bundesliga title with Hamburg and captaining England.  Fifty years since making his professional debut, Keegan tells the full story of the exhilarating highs and excruciating lows. From that epic battle with Sir Alex Ferguson and Manchester United in the 1995-6 season, as well as the pain of managing England and, finally, the shattering truth about his unhappy return to Newcastle in the controversial Mike Ashley era. Product Information: • ISBN: 9781509877232 • Author: Kevin Keegan • Publisher: Macmillan  • Format: Paperback • Pages: 352   • Dimensions: 19.05 x 13.34 x 2.54 cm

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The definitive illustrated guide to UEFA EURO 2020 that no football fan should be without. One of the most eagerly anticipated events on the sporting calendar, the 16th edition of the UEFA European Championship will take place between 11 June and 11 July 2021, at 12 venues across 12 countries, with 24 teams competing for the most prestigious international prize in the European game. UEFA EURO 2020: The Official Book covers every aspect of the tournament, from the host cities and nations to full profiles of all 24 qualified teams, along with features on the star players due to light up the competition and magic moments from EUROs past. Packed full of facts and statistics, and beautifully illustrated with a superb collection of photographs, UEFA EURO 2020: The Official Book is suitable for fans of all ages and is the perfect accompaniment to the year's biggest football event. Product Information: • ISBN: 9781787394032 • Author: Keir Radnedge • Publisher: Welbeck • Format: Paperback • Pages: 128 • Dimensions: 24.61 x 18.9 cm

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Packed with fantastic puzzles to tackle, this football puzzle book is guaranteed to keep fans entertained long after the final whistle has blown. Football-crazy kids will love to get their heads in the game with these themed quizzes, mazes, wordsearches, crosswords, guess the goals, stats attacks, spot the difference puzzles and many more. Packed full of engaging puzzles to entertain for hours, this book is suitable for supporters of any team to test their knowledge. Product Information:• ISBN: 9781780556369• Author: Clive Gifford• Publisher: Buster Books• Format: Paperback• Pages: 128• Dimensions: 13.5 x 1 x 21.6 cm

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You have the potential to make anything possible. In this hugely positive and helpful book for readers aged 12 and up, Gareth gives YOU the tools to be confident, resilient and to overcome your own challenges for your exciting journey ahead, wherever it takes you. Be Brave Bravery is not just the kind of heroic act that earns a medal. It's the quality we need to step out of our comfort zones and take on new challenges. Be Kind A force for good that comes from the heart, kindness changes lives. It opens up opportunities and can be our greatest strength. Follow Your Dreams We all have a story to tell in life. It's down to us what it will be about. So, let's begin writing your story - and make it one that truly shines. Product Information: • ISBN: 9781529135329 • Author: Gareth Southgate • Publisher: Century • Format: Hardback • Pages: 256 • Dimensions: 24.3 x 16.7 x 2.7 cm

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Inspired by the stories Danny and I have shared with each other about what life in football is really like: in the dressing room, in the commentary box, on the pitch and – with the appropriate pixellation – in the showers afterwards! What’s it really like to play with Messi? I wouldn’t know, but I have starred alongside him in an advert for Walkers crisps. And, well, his performance was world-class. And what is a life in football really like? You won’t learn much from the dull-as-dishwater post-match interviews – it’s a world of secrets, superstitions, laughs and personalities, and let me tell you, half of it you won’t believe. I’ve looked back at my playing days, from England to Leicester, Everton to Barcelona, Tottenham to, er, Nagoya Grampus Eight, and shared the chaotic behind-the-scenes secrets of Match of the Day – and Danny has chipped in with stories from a lifetime following the game as a fan. From Italia ’90 to Leicester’s Premier League fairytale, from yellow cards to World Cup trophies (I’ve never been awarded either), you’ll find it all here – everything you always wanted to know about football, but didn’t realise that you did. Product Information: ISBN: 9781529124361 Author: Gary Lineker & Danny Baker Publisher: Century Format: Hardback Pages: 368 Dimensions: 15.6 x 24 x 3cm

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There has never been a season like 2019/20. And there has never been a manager like Jürgen Klopp. On and off the pitch the campaign was extraordinary and at the heart of everything, one man had a goal to create history for Liverpool Football Club and take the club's fans somewhere they hadn't been for decades. Jürgen Klopp: Notes on a Season is an official club book that provides a fascinating look back at this unique campaign in the words of the manager who was the driving force, making it all possible. The Liverpool boss is a one-off and his programme notes for every home game gave fans a window into his thoughts as he became the first manager since Kenny Dalglish in 1990 to turn Liverpool into champions of England. Jürgen Klopp: Notes on a Season is a glorious reminder of a unique season and how the German genius plotted the course. Product Information: • ISBN: 9781911613770 • Author: Jurgen Klopp • Publisher: Reach Sport • Format: Hardcover • Pages: 224 • Dimensions: 20.4 x 13.7 x 2.2 cm

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Pat Nevin never wanted to be a professional footballer. His future was clear, he'd become a teacher like his brothers. There was only one problem with this - Pat was far too good to avoid attention. Placed firmly in the 80s and 90s, before the advent of the Premier League, and often with racism and violence present, Pat Nevin writes with honesty, insight and wry humour. We are transported vividly to Chelsea and Everton, and colourfully diverted by John Peel, Morrissey and nights out at the Hacienda. The Accidental Footballer is a different kind of football memoir. Capturing all the joys of professional football as well as its contradictions and conflicts, it's about being defined by your actions, not your job, and is the perfect reminder of how life can throw you the most extraordinary surprises, when you least expect it. Product Information: • ISBN: 9781913183370 • Author: Pat Nevin • Publisher: Monoray • Format: Hardback • Pages: 352 • Dimensions: 23.6 x 16 x 3.4 cm

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Whether you're a football fan, a tennis aficionado, a keen golfer or a basketball nut you'll love this top collection of facts – the must-have miscellany for any sports fan. Featuring obscure, unbelievable, intriguing and engaging facts about some of the world’s most popular ball sports, discover fascinating nuggets of information on the sports, the balls, the players, the history and plenty more. All the major ball sports are covered and you can find out why the number of dimples on a golf ball can make you a better player, what the fastest recorded serve is in a tennis match and who is the world’s highest-earning ball player. Product Information: • ISBN: 9781911026617 • Author: Alf Alderson • Publisher: Dog 'n' Bone • Format: Hardback • Pages: 64  • Dimensions: 18.54 x 12.32 x 1.27 cm

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St Helens Match of My Life features the proud tales of some of the greatest rugby league players ever to wear the Red Vee of St Helens. The Saints are known as one of the most successful teams of the Super League era, but the memories also cover the glory days before the game switched to the summer months. Ray French - legendary rugby league player and commentator - talks fondly about the 1966 Challenge Cup Final victory over fierce rivals Wigan Warriors, while Paul Loughlin recalls scoring 14 points in a 15-14 win over Leeds in the John Player Trophy Final - only to see the morning's newspaper headlines focus on one of his team-mates. Current St Helens captain James Roby was the first player to score a try at the new Wembley. Tommy Martyn remembers going from top of the world to rock bottom in just ten days. Keith Mason explains how his life changed from being a rugby player to attending film premieres with some of the biggest stars in the world. Tommy Makinson, Apollo Perelini, Phil Veivers and Paul Wellens also share their memories. Product Information: • ISBN: 9781785315473 • Author: David Kuzio • Publisher: Pitch Publishing Ltd • Format: Hardback • Pages: 256  • Dimensions: 22.3 x 14.6 x 2.7 cm

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Discover Jamie Redknapp in his inspirational story into the deeply moving and personal account of growing up as Harry Redknapp's second son and how his life transformed into an enchanting love letter to football 'I'm Jamie Redknapp. Chances are my surname rings a bell. I want to introduce you to a colourful cast of characters from my formative years.' 'This book is the story of my childhood and adolescence. Like many others, I guess it's a pretty typical mix of caravans and lollies, sweaty T-shirts and paper rounds, cheese sandwiches and Glacier Mints, The A Team, E.T. and Chinese takeaways. But this is also the story of a journey through an extraordinary childhood obsession with football. One minute it was all about Shoot! magazine, endless keepy-ups and countless impromptu kickabouts... The next, I'm playing for Bournemouth Reserves against terrifying, fully-grown men. Writing Me, Family and the Making of a Footballer has helped me discover so much about myself This book is my way of explaining who and what have made me... well, me.' 'One of the best books I've ever read about what it takes to become a pro.' - Frank Lampard. Product Information: ISBN: 9781472271938 Author: Jamie Redknapp Publisher: Headline  Format: Hardback Pages: 336 Dimensions: 23.6 x 15.8 x 3.4cm

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Whether it’s covering pre-season tours or getting behind dressing room doors, few people know Everton Football Club like David Prentice. As a trusted journalist for the Liverpool Echo since the 1980s he had daily visits to the training ground, interviewed players, enjoyed unrivalled access to the manager’s office and found out what was really happening on the blue half of Merseyside. A long career following the fortunes of his beloved Blues has taken him to some strange places, including Peter Johnson’s yacht in Saint-Tropez, a disco in Italy with Mike Walker and on a boozy night in Dublin with the 1995 FA Cup winning team – a far cry from the days when he would support Everton from the stands and hope to one day wear the famous royal blue strip himself. He was with the Blues every step of the way as they clinched that FA Cup and fought off relegation several times in the same decade – forging lasting friendships with Joe Royle and Walter Smith, who were guests at his wedding as he married legend Dixie Dean’s grand-daughter. He got the inside track on the controversial sale of Duncan Ferguson, was called as a witness in a court case between Wayne Rooney and David Moyes and even had to stand his ground when he was effectively put on trial in front of the entire Everton squad over an article he had written. Product Information: ISBN: 9781911613855 Author: David Prentice Publisher: Reach Sport Format: Hardback Pages: 320 Dimensions: 14.4 x 22.3 x 3.4cm

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The full story behind Liverpool's 30-year wait for a top-flight title and guide to them winning a first Premier League crown. Product Information: • ISBN: 9781913578206 • Author: Mark Platt • Publisher: Grange Communications • Format: Hardback • Pages: 96 • Dimensions: 17.7 x 24.7 x 1.4cm 

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What would you consider the greatest games ever played? Was it Liverpool 4-0 Barcelona 2019... Man United 2-1 Bayern Munich 1999 or AC Milan 3 - 3 Liverpool 2005? From Jurgen Klopp to Gary Neville, Xavi to David Beckham, Jamie Carragher speaks with teammates, rivals, managers and legends of the sport to identify and analyse football's greatest encounters! Join Carra and his contributors as they take you into the dressing rooms and out onto the pitches of the world's most celebrated stadiums. Relive some of the defining moments of their playing careers as well as many more from the greatest football matches ever played - from title deciders and cup finals to against-all-odds comebacks, tactical masterclasses and old school classics. Including an impressive compilation of hilarious stories, exclusive anecdotes and refreshing appraisals, Jamie Carragher takes you into the heart of these matches, revealing new insights into the teams, players and coaches that have shaped football! Product Information: ISBN: 9781787634084 Author: Jamie Carragher Publisher: Bantam Press Format: Hardback Pages: 368 Dimensions: 24.1 x 16.3 x 3.8cm

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The hilarious, no holds barred autobiography from sporting legend and broadcaster Alan Brazil. As Alan recounts tales from his extraordinary life, he relives the sporting occasions, radio broadcasts and famously long drinking sessions that have defined his career. He takes readers inside the talkSPORT studio for a behind-the-scenes view of his most memorable interviews, and talks for the first time about the on-pitch rivalries and dressing room debriefs of his footballing career. Packed full of never-before-told stories, refreshing appraisals, sporting controversy and a cast of larger-than-life characters, this is a brutally honesty and wickedly funny insight into an extraordinary life. Product Information: • ISBN: 9781787634169 • Author: Alan Brazil • Publisher: Bantam Press • Format: Hardback • Pages: 304 • Dimensions: 24.5 x 16.5 x 2.7 cm

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Mastering the Premier League is the story behind the success of Pep Guardiola at Manchester City! It offers an in-depth look at the tactical concepts underlying a footballing superpower - revealing who does what, how and why. Discover the secrets of the game model developed by Guardiola that sets City apart from the rest. When Guardiola joined Manchester City in 2016 there were doubts that he could replicate his successful model of football in the English game... But after a single season of acclimatisation we saw those doubts shattered as City won the Premier League in 2017/18 with a record 100 points. Delve into everything there is to know on the success of Pep Guardiola and much more! Product Information:• ISBN: 9781785315633• Author: Lee Scott• Publisher: Pitch Publishing• Format: Paperback• Pages: 256• Dimensions: 26 x 14 x 3cm

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Jürgen Klopp was confirmed as manager of Liverpool FC in October 2015 to a rapturous reception! His super-sized personality and all-or-nothing style of football and management made him the perfect choice to pump up the volume at Anfield and lift Liverpool out of a slump. Fans and club officials were delighted to get the coach they'd long admired from afar and eager to see the impact he would have on the club and the Premier League. Klopp is the manager to turn players into winners. He's authentic, approachable and funny, charming media and fans alike. He's also merciless and exceptionally driven, his quick temper bubbling away barely under the surface. Klopp's pitch-side passion has enthralled fans, leading to 2019's triumphant Champions League win and culminating in 2020 Premier League victory. Product Information: ISBN: 9780224100755 Author: Raphael Honigstein Publisher: Yellow Jersey Format: Paperback Pages: 400 Dimensions: 19.8 x 12.9 x 2.3cm

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There were those who doubted Jordan Henderson in the past... Now he is a Liverpool captain with a trademark trophy lift, such is his remarkable transformation into one of English football's most influential players.  In reality, Henderson has always been a talented footballer whose effort and commitment were second to none but becoming captain of Liverpool Football Club, combined with the faith put in him by his inspirational manager Jürgen Klopp, has seen the midfielder reach another level. He has led his Liverpool troops to success in the UEFA Champions League, UEFA Super Cup, FIFA Club World Cup, and now the holy grail, the Premier League, following in the footsteps of legends like Emlyn Hughes, Graeme Souness and Alan Hansen in captaining the Reds to become English champions. Jordan Henderson: Notes on a Season is an official club book that provides a fascinating look back at the unique 2019/20 campaign in the words of the skipper who led he way. Thoughtfully penned by Henderson himself, his programme notes give a unique insight into the outlook of the players as they plotted a recordbreaking season and clinched Liverpool's first title since 1990. Henderson's messages give a snapshot of the mindset instilled in his mentality monsters' by Klopp that helped them set such a relentless pace at the top of the table. Put simply, nobody else could get near them.  Product Information: ISBN: 9781911613787 Author: Jordan Henderson  Publisher: Reach Sport Format: Hardback Pages: 224 Dimensions: 13.5 x 20.5 x 2.3cm

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