France's performance in the 2002 World Cup brought back painful memories of a time when France was a weak contender in world and European football -- a time when national or club teams rarely won, and the French were renowned for having little interest in the game. Today, football plays a unique role in French society. French players and coaches are highly sought after abroad and the national team has chalked up significant recent victories, including a World Cup and European Championship. This book is the first in English to examine the extraordinary cultural, economic, and political history behind French football's development throughout the twentieth century and up to the present day. It focuses on the past twenty years and concludes with a discussion of the fallout from the World Cup 2002.
In observing today's football coaching techniques on the high school level, I have noticed that some coaches try to follow college and even pro football coaches' sophisticated methods such as elaborate signals, multitude of plays, etc. It seems to me that on the high school level, the "KISS" (Keep it Simple Stupid) technique should only be as sophisticated as the boys who are new to the game. Fancy signals, etc., which are confusing to say the least, just add unnecessary stress.
With this in mind, I am introducing a straightforward approach; based on sound plays, sound fundamentals, hard workouts, discipline and repetition so that each player has an automatic response under game conditions.
This book chronicles the life of a football fan from childhood in the 1980s up until 2016. Written by a Manchester City fan, this story also includes memories of Crewe Alexandra, Everton and Shrewsbury Town. All of these clubs have touched the author's life. Also included is memories of the England and Wales international teams. As well as these memories the author also provides plenty of opinions and views of the current state of English football, all from the viewpoint of a passionate football fan.
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