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Product Details

  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: HarperOne (May 4, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0061735353
  • ISBN-13: 978-0061735356
  • Product Dimensions: 9.9 x 11.8 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #471,396 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

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“Don’t let the long title intimidate you: This large-format offering is filled with gorgeousphotos and candid interviews with some of the sport’s most accomplished players, who share their love of the game.” (Washington Post)

“...lush, evocative photography...” (goal.com)

“...readers will no doubt find something to identifywith in the anecdotes of great players.” (goal.com)

“...the undemanding book is fun to flip through and 5 percent ofthe revenue from the book goes to UNICEF. Recommended.” (Los Angeles Daily News)

“...a generous collection of eye-catching photographs, this coffee-table book lets some of the world’s best players track back to their days as youngsters and write about how the sport seduced them.” (New York Times)

“A Beautiful Game also offers an interesting data set: a rare chance to considerthe question of what makes a player from the perspectives of the players themselves.” (Pitch Invasion)

“Full of vibrant images, the book is an inspiring ode to the sport.” (San Francisco Chronicle)

“...a great promise that’s beautifully executed.” (Oregonian (online))

From the Back Cover

Wherever you are on earth, it's only a matter of time before you come across children playing soccer. Another five minutes and you will probably find yourself having a ball rolled to your feet as an invitation to join in the game. Soccer is a common language and a culture shared: a joy, a passion, an escape, and an affirmation of identity understood and celebrated by children—and their parents—in every country around the globe.

For this unique collaborative project, soccer writer Tom Watt talked to the world's top players about growing up and falling in love with the game: Argentina's Lionel Messi and Brazil's Gilberto Silva; England's David James and Scotland's Craig Gordon; Italy's Fabio Cannavaro, Spain's Iker Casillas, and France's Franck Ribéry; South Africa's Benni McCarthy and Nigeria's Nwankwo Kanu; USA's Landon Donovan and Japan's Shunsuke Nakamura; and the world's most famous player, David Beckham.

A Beautiful Game tells their stories, in the players' own words—stories of boys who would grow up to be heroes for a new generation of young players and fans. They look back to their childhoods: to their family homes, to their schoolrooms, to the friends they grew up with, and to the places where they first played the game that has made them stars. The players' words are brought to life with over 160 full-color images that offer rare, emotive, and striking insights into childhood all over the world, and celebrate soccer's ability to touch the lives of children—and adults—wherever the beautiful game is played.

Five percent of the originating publisher's revenue from sales of the book worldwide will benefit selected UNICEF sports-related projects.


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I bought this book as a gift for my boyfriend's dad.
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It's a good read all in one sitting, or even a book to come back to again and again over time.
Txarito
The pictures in the book are wonderful and the information is very interesting.
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26 of 26 people found the following review helpful By M.S. on May 29, 2010
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The bigger picture this book paints of how the game affects lives, all over the world, in profound ways is what is most impressive. The photographs are moving and interweave brilliantly with the short biographies of world famous professionals. Stories from tiny countries to the worlds super powers help you get a sense of what this game represents globally. I suppose it could be any sport, soccer happens to be the most popular game all over the world for good reason: it's simplicity plus it is a universal language. It has a massive impact on lives.

My son loves this book and loves to learn about some of his favorite players. The stories are short and you don't need to read it from front to back. Easy to pick up and flip through for a few moments, gives the reader a real sense of some far away land. It truly is a moving book for anyone, not just a soccer fan
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By DCResidentPK on July 31, 2010
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I bought this for my son's birthday (15). I got a brief chance to look through it before and was impressed with the whole thing. I do plan to go back and read it all. He loves it and has commented a few times how much he likes it and thanked me more than once! He said he has read it through 3 times. He loves the game and this was just a great way to get more info on players he loves and some he doesn't. You won't be disappointed whether for you or as a gift.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By JohnGalt on January 10, 2011
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This is, simply, a fantastic book. I can't imagine a better read to give a sense of soccer and its role in the world. The photography is incredible and really makes me appreciate the passion this sport has garnered. Some of the interviews seem choppy and shallow but this is clearly the result of translations and casual interviews. It is this lack of polish that makes it a true gem. I read it electronically and now am buying a hard cover for my office coffee table.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Stephen Katz on July 9, 2011
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LOVE THIS BOOK! IT LOOKS AMAZING ON MY COFFEE TABLE! IT'S UNIQUE BECAUSE IT'S WRITTEN FROM THE PLAYERS THEMSELVES AND FROM THE STANDPOINT OF HOW SOCCER AT A PERSONAL LEVEL CHANGED THEIR LIVES AND WHAT THE WORLD GAME MEANS TO THEM ON A DEEPER LEVEL. A MUST HAVE FOR ANY SOCCER PLAY/FAN!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Txarito on January 25, 2011
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I bought this for a gift, and the person I gave it to was excited to to share it with his son. I peeked throught the pages before handing it over, and found it to be a wonderful book full of stories not only about the game but also about the players and the worlds they come from. It's a good read all in one sitting, or even a book to come back to again and again over time.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Frangie on November 22, 2012
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We bought this book for christmas 2011. I have 4 sons between 9-13 who have almost memorized the book. short bios on players from humble backgrounds are not only inspiring, but a geography lesson as well. The big format makes the book easily approachable, and you find yourself wanting to read "just one more". The book puts a human face on professional soccer, and helps focus on the journey more than the success. Highly recommended for young and old alike.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By cathy fischer on August 31, 2012
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I have never written a review before but this book inspired me to. It is a beautiful book with amazing photos and players telling their stores in their own words. My son is 2 and loves to look at the photos now. I can't wait to start reading him all the stories. The book really captures the importance of soccer in many (most) parts of the world.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Alex Lewis on July 17, 2012
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When I purchased this book I was a little surprised by its physical size as it is very large. That being said, I think this book is a great representation of the beauty of soccer, the way that it is written where the players tell about how they fell in love with the game is really interesting especially because some great players are featured. This book more or less changed the way I address the game whenever I am able to play where now I try to smile as often as possible while playing and remember the game for what I loved when I was younger growing up.
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