Johan Cruyff is widely regarded as one of the greatest players in football history. Throughout his playing career, he was synonymous with Total Football, a style of play in which every player could play in any position on the pitch. Today, his philosophy lives on in teams across Europe, from Barcelona to Bayern Munich and players from Lionel Messi to Cesc Fabrecas. My Turn tells the story of Cruyff's life starting at Ajax, where he won eight national titles and three European Cups before moving to Barcelona where he won La Liga in his first season, in 1973, and was named European Footballer of the Year. He won the Ballon d'Or three times, and led the Dutch national team to the final of the 1974 World Cup, famously losing to West Germany, and receiving the Golden Ball as the player of the tournament. While on the field Cruyff was in total control, off the field his life was more turbulent with a kidnapping attempt and bankruptcy. After retiring in 1984, he became a hugely successful manager of Ajax and then Barcelona when he won the Champions league with a young Pep Guardiola in his team. In 1999 Cruyff was voted European Player of the Century, and came second behind Pelé in the World Player of the Century poll. In March 2016 Cruyff died after a short battle with lung cancer bringing world football to a standstill in an outpouring of emotions. A brilliant teacher and analyst of the game he love, My Turn is Johan Cruyff's legacy.
Author: Carlo Collodi
Pinocchio is a novel for children by Italian author Carlo Collodi, written in Florence. It is about the mischievous adventures of Pinocchio (pronounced in Italian), an animated marionette; and his father, a poor woodcarver named Geppetto. Pinocchio is a puppet made from a piece of wood that curiously could talk even before being carved. A wooden-head he starts and a wooden-head he stays - until after years of misadventures caused by his laziness and failure to keep promises he finally learns to care about his family - and then he becomes a real boy.
Winner of the National Jewish Book Award International Bestseller "[An] ingenious work that circles around the rise of a state, the tragic destiny of a mother, a boy’s creation of a new self." — The New Yorker A family saga and a magical self-portrait of a writer who witnessed the birth of a nation and lived through its turbulent history. A Tale of Love and Darkness is the story of a boy who grows up in war-torn Jerusalem, in a small apartment crowded with books in twelve languages and relatives speaking nearly as many. The story of an adolescent whose life has been changed forever by his mother’s suicide. The story of a man who leaves the constraints of his family and community to join a kibbutz, change his name, marry, have children. The story of a writer who becomes an active participant in the political life of his nation. "One of the most enchanting and deeply satisfying books that I have read in many years." — New Republic
Lo spazio della libertà
Author: Fabrizio Tanzilli
Publisher: LIT EDIZIONI
Lo spazio della libertà racconta un affascinante viaggio nel tempo, nel calcio e nella società contemporanea, seguendo il percorso dell’idea rivoluzionaria nata in Olanda intorno alla metà degli anni Sessanta insieme ai primi frutti della ribellione giovanile e poi inveratasi, in una continua evoluzione di se stessa, in diversi modi, tempi e luoghi: dall’Ajax di Rinus Michels al Feyenoord di Ernst Happel, passando per la Dinamo Kiev di Lobanovskij e i miracolosi Derby County e Nottingham Forest di Brian Clough, per arrivare al Milan di Sacchi e al Barcellona a tinte arancioni di Cruijff, Van Gaal e Rijkaard, premesse ineludibili del ciclo straordinario di Pep Guardiola. Ed è proprio con Guardiola che – e qui la storia diventa cronaca in presa diretta – l’idea approda infine nella Germania dell’inarrestabile Bayern Monaco e della Nazionale campione del mondo. Fabrizio Tanzilli ripercorre con passione e competenza queste storie sorprendenti, ognuna caratterizzata da una splendida unicità, tutte accomunate dalla medesima concezione avanguardistica del calcio. Quella che, piantando le sue radici nelle fondamenta della società olandese, nella sua etica nobile e pura e nella visione dello spazio e del tempo che caratterizza il popolo dei polder, è riuscita a trasportare il suo slancio rivoluzionario sul rettangolo di gioco e, abbinando estetica ed efficacia, visione tattica e forza atletica, a lasciare a bocca aperta intere generazioni di appassionati, in ogni regione del pianeta calcio.
LinkedIn è un ottimo strumento per curare il proprio personal branding, il networking, la comunicazione digitale e il posizionamento online. Peccato però che per molti risulti uno strumento poco intuitivo, complicato se non addirittura inutile. Tanti aprono il profilo e lo abbandonano, oppure lo usano in modo talmente sbagliato da renderlo controproducente. Dopo anni di corsi sull’uso strategico di LinkedIn, Gianluigi Bonanomi – giornalista hi-tech e formatore sui temi della comunicazione digitale – ha deciso di raccogliere approfondimenti, strategie, domande e trucchi in questo libro. Occorreva però dargli un taglio diverso per rendere lo strumento accessibile a tutti, differente dagli altri manuali sul tema. Serviva una metafora. E qual è la più popolare, in Italia, se non il calcio? Da qui è nata l’idea di scrivere il manuale calcistico di LinkedIn: un testo sui generis, un po’ provocatorio, sornione, che usa alcuni concetti del gioco più bello del mondo (attacco, difesa, contropiede, figurine, tifosi, falli, cartellini e molto altro) per spiegare strumenti e comportamenti su LinkedIn.
The Mountains of My Life
Author: Walter Bonatti
Publisher: Random House Digital, Inc.
The legendary mountaineer describes his adventures in such ranges as the Alps and Himalayas, and provides details of what really happened during a controversial 1954 Italian expedition that made the first ascent of K2.
Author: Guillem Balague
The definitive biography of Cristiano Ronaldo, named Football Book of the Year at the Cross Sports Book Awards 2016 Fully updated to include the 2015-16 season Cristiano Ronaldo is one of the greatest footballers of all time, a dream he pursued from the age of just twelve when he left his humble origins on Madeira behind. It wasn't long before he had the biggest clubs in Europe knocking on his door, but it was Manchester United who won the race for his signature. Under the tutelage of Sir Alex Ferguson, Ronaldo developed into the complete footballer and athlete, winning three league titles and a Champions League along the way. He then became the biggest galáctico of them all when he transferred to Real Madrid for a record-breaking fee. However, he has endured a difficult relationship with managers, teammates and the fans - and his time at the club has often been overshadowed by his fierce rivalry with Barcelona and Lionel Messi. Guillem Balagué, respected football journalist and expert on the Spanish game, provides the definitive account of what has made Ronaldo the player and man that he is today.
The Sunday Times Bestseller and Number 1 Sport Book of 2016 'A tale that's truly inspirational' The Sun An ordinary lad from Sheffield, Jamie Vardy has become known as an against-the-odds footballing hero the world over. Yet a few years ago, things couldn’t have been any more different. Rejected as a teenager by his boyhood club, Jamie thought his chance was gone. But from playing pub football and earning £30 a week at Stocksbridge Park Steels, while still working in a factory, his off-the-cuff performances saw him rise. Jamie had a wild and turbulent youth, but football became his saving grace and, once he filled his boots with goals at FC Halifax Town and Fleetwood Town, he moved to Leicester City. After the miracle of surviving relegation, the team of unlikely outsiders bonded together to achieve the unthinkable: Jamie set the record as the first player to score in 11 consecutive Premier League matches and Leicester beat odds of 5000-1 to become champions. Jamie has now been nominated for the Ballon d’Or, firmly establishing himself as one of England’s leading goal scoring footballers. Not forgetting his roots, however, he has set up the V9 Academy in a bid to find the next big talent from non-league football. Defying all expectations, this is the story of the boy from nowhere who reached the top in his own unflinching, honest words.
Seven Days of You
Author: Cecilia Vinesse
Anna and the French Kiss meets To All the Boys I've Loved Before in this dazzling and swoonworthy YA romance set in Tokyo Sophia has seven days left in Tokyo before she moves back to the US with her family. Seven days to say goodbye to the electric city, her wild best friend, and the boy she has harbored a crush on for the past four years. Seven perfect days...that is, until Jamie Foster-Collins moves back to Japan and ruins everything. Jamie and Sophia have a history of heartbreak, and the last thing Sophia wants is for him to steal her leaving-thunder with his stupid arriving-thunder. Yet as the week counts down, Sophia is forced to admit she may have misjudged Jamie. But can their seven short days left in Tokyo end in anything but goodbye? A funny and poignant debut novel filled with first kisses and second chances.
Author: Wu Ming, Shaun Whiteside
Publisher: Verso Books
To save their threatened utopian community of Iroquois, Irish, and Scots during the start of the American Revolution, Mohawk chief Joseph Brant and a group of warriors go on a restless journey that takes them from New York to Canada, to the salons of Georgian London and the heart of the British Empire, in the latest work by a critically acclaimed collective of Italian writers known as Wu Ming.
Author: Niccolò Ammaniti
Publisher: Canongate Books
FINANCIAL TIMES BEST BOOKS OF 2017 It is four years since the virus came, killing every adult in its path. Not long after that the electricity failed. Food and water started running out. Fires raged uncontrolled across the country. Now Anna cares for her brother alone in a house hidden in the woods, keeping him safe from 'the Outside', scavenging for food amid the packs of wild dogs that roam their ruined, blackened world. Before their mother died, she told them to love each other and never part. She told them that, when they reach adulthood, the sickness will claim them too. But she also told them that someone, somewhere, will have a cure. When the time comes, Anna knows, they must leave their world and find another. By turns luminous and tender, gripping and horrifying, Anna is a haunting parable of love and loneliness; of the stories we tell to sustain us, and the lengths we will go to in order to stay alive.
Author: Carlo Ancelotti
Publisher: Penguin UK
Carlo Ancelotti is one of the greatest managers of all time, with five Champions League titles to his name. Yet his approach could not be further from the aggressive theatricals favoured by many of his rivals. His understated style has earned him the fierce loyalty of players like David Beckham, Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Cristiano Ronaldo. In Quiet Leadership, Ancelotti reveals the full, riveting story of his managerial career - his methods, mentors, mistakes and triumphs - and takes us inside the dressing room to trace the characters, challenges and decisions that have shaped him. The result is both a scintillating memoir and a rare insight into the business of leadership.
Author: Martí Perarnau