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How To Lose Games and Irritate People: The Memoirs of an Amateur Football Team Player-Manager

'How to Lose Games and Irritate People' is a collection of stories and memories from the perspective of the manager of an amateur football team. Whilst still clinging onto my youth and playing the game I explore the reasons why I put myself through the stresses of managing adult footballers every weekend.

The book is littered with wacky and wonderful stories of player cry offs for ridiculous reasons that are both funny and unbelievable. The job is unpaid and so I investigate the personality traits which makes me and thousands of other similar people up and down the country put themselves through it.

The book also lifts the lid on the behind the scenes club politics which are part and parcel of an amateur football club.

Whilst many of the tales relate to friends, family and individuals known only to a select group, the stories will resonate with everyone who has ever played or managed an amateur football club. This particular manager bases his experiences on the last twelve years in the Lancashire Amateur League with two of his local teams.

The Unforgettable World Cup: 31 Days of Triumph and Heartbreak in Brazil

The 2014 World Cup brought with it excitement, drama, artistry and disappointment -- both on and off the field. This e-book from The Wall Street Journal collects dispatches from our coverage of the sights, sounds and culture of the world's favorite sport as seen in Brazil, its spiritual home.

We've collected highlights from The Journal's coverage of the tournament, added an introductory essay from WSJ Sports Columnist Jason Gay and more to bring you the most interesting, unexpected and insightful reporting from the Journal's correspondents in Brazil and around the world. It looks at everything from the sport itself to the people, places and culture that make the World Cup one of the most engaging sporting events on the planet.

How To Play Soccer: The Basic Rules of the Beautiful Game

FIFA's most recently published rule book is 140 pages long, which is a bit heavy for the casual player who is just becoming familiarized with the sport. For this reason, the simplified version below should allow you to learn the basic rules of football. It is also vital to note that although FIFA publishes an established set of rules, they are often modified by national and regional leagues and organizations. With that, you should ensure that you inquire with your coach, fellow players or league manager regarding any rules that deviate from the regular rules.