“Life is itself a game of football”
– Sir Watler Scott
The results of the game are much more than just the 90+ mins we experience.
The list below is just a small sample of those moments outside of the game, the stuff that makes the game what it is and the Midfielder who he is.
Each personal battle, failure or triumph helps to craft the many rich stories and tales of what it takes to be a true legend of the Midfield.
Maradona: The Autobiography of Soccer’s Greatest and Most Controversial Star
A poor boy from a Buenos Aires shanty town, Diego Maradona became a genius with the soccer ball, kicking his way to the heights of South American, European, and world soccer, yet his struggles with the pressures of life inside and outside the game repeatedly threatened to tear him and his legend down.
Hero or villain, one thing about Maradona is certain: He was the greatest soccer player of his generation—and perhaps of all-time.
Never before has the legendary Maradona given us his extraordinary story in his own words—until now.
Diego Maradona is an Argentine retired professional footballer and manager. Many in the sport, including football writers, players, and fans, regard Maradona as the greatest football player of all time.
My Turn: A Life of Total Football
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.
Johan Cruyff was a Dutch professional football player and coach. Cruyff was a major exponent of the football philosophy known as Total Football.
The “Cruyff Turn”, a move widely replicated in the modern game is named after him.
The Artist: Being Iniesta
Andrés Iniesta is the Barcelona and Spain legend, rated by the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo, Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez and Paul Scholes as one of the greatest footballers of all time.
This is the thinking fan’s footballer with a thinking fan’s football book.
Andrés Iniesta Luján is a Spanish professional footballer who plays as a central midfielder for Barcelona and the Spain national team.
He serves as the captain for Barcelona.
Doctor Socrates: Footballer, Philosopher, Legend
Socrates was always special. A hugely talented athlete who graduated in medicine yet drank and smoked to excess. The attacking midfielder stood out – and not just because of his 6’4″ frame.
Fans were enthralled by his inch-perfect passes, his coolness in front of goal and his back heel, the trademark move that singled him out as the most unique footballer of his generation.
Sócrates Brasileiro Sampaio de Souza Vieira de Oliveira, MD, simply known as Sócrates, was a Brazilian footballer who played as an attacking midfielder.
How To Watch Soccer
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Ruud Gullit is a Dutch football manager and former footballer who played professionally in the 1980s and 1990s as a midfielder or forward.
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