Soccer Stars on the Pitch: Biographies of Today's Best Players Audio CD – Audiobook, May 12, 2020
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About the Author
For the past 20 years, Tanya Keith has traveled around the world following US Soccer. First as a referee, then as a coach, player, supporter, and parent, she has experienced American soccer from all angles, and shared her experiences on her blog, www.SoccerFamilyStyle.com. Across the United States and through eight different countries, Ms. Keith has watched Americans grow from a small group of fans in the early 90s to stadiums full of supporters today. Passionate Soccer Love is her memoir of stories collected following the rise of US Soccer.
Ms. Keith lives in Des Moines, Iowa, where she tries not to terrify Midwesterners with her brash Jersey Girl attitude. She lives with her husband, Doug and their two kids, Aviva and Raphael, or Wonder Woman and Captain America, as they are known among soccer fans. When she's not watching soccer or writing about soccer, she works on restoring the 125 year old Hatton House in the River Bend neighborhood.
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I appreciated how the author was able to include in each brief chapter unique elements of the players' backgrounds, professional journeys and abilities. The book gives readers a better understanding of the players' lives and what shaped them. For example, I learned that as a young adult Virgil Van Dijk had a mysterious illness related to his appendix. That illness nearly killed him. Also, I learned that Raheem Sterling is originally from Jamaica and moved to England when he was 5 years old after his father had been killed. Luka Modric overcame the trials of being a refugee from war.
In addition to the main profile chapters, there are “honorable mention” profiles that are shorter but also enlightening about star players and some highlights about past legends of the game.
All in all, the book is an interesting and informative book. In the back of the book, there is a create your dream team sheet that is a nice attribute to the book. It is fun to read about the origins and journey of the players listed in the book. I recommend this book for any soccer fans.
Some of the bios are several pages long, detailing how the players overcame obstacles and practiced hard to be the best. Other spotlight or honorable mention bios are one page long with stats and the main features of that player's career. There are also pages that give information about the rules and regulations of pro soccer, common terminology, fun facts, and diagrams that show the pitch and positions.
The best thing about this book are the emotional stories of the players, how they fought hard, relied on their team and their families, overcame racism and hatred, connected with their fans, and won glory in their sport.
Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for a free and honest review. All the opinions stated here are my own true thoughts, and are not influenced by anyone.
(the publisher sent me this book with a request for an honest review.)
The information on each of the key soccer players can be motivating. The stats are interesting along with the fun facts. The chart for creating a fantasy team can be a fun activity for both kids and parents. There is an extensive list of references for anyone who wants to do further reading.
Overall, I expected the book to be different but would recommend it for anyone interested in learning more about soccer stars and their motivation.
This book was a complimentary copy from the publisher. I received no compensation from the author or publisher. My review is totally voluntary.
I received an advanced copy of the book from the publisher with no obligation to provide a review.