Illugi Jökulsson

Illugi Jökulsson

Illugi Jökulsson is a journalist, editor, and author based in Iceland.

Before They Were Stars

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<b>What were the world’s greatest players like when they were your age?</b><br>&nbsp;<br>Learn how the top soccer stars of all time grew up and conquered the sport. This exciting book follows twenty-eight of the best men’s and women’s players from their first childhood encounter with association football—whether at the school gym or a pickup game in a vacant lot—to their first appearance in a top-division match or their first international cap. For every one of them, it was a journey with its share of both tragedy and triumph.<br>&nbsp;<br>Did you know that . . .

<br>&nbsp;<br><i>. . . as a boy, Pelé practiced with a newspaper-stuffed sock or a grapefruit, because he couldn’t afford a proper football?</i><br>&nbsp;<br><i>. . . Mia Hamm discovered the sport of soccer as a toddler in Florence, Italy, where her father, a U.S. Air Force pilot, was stationed?</i>

<br>&nbsp;<br><i>. . . at age ten, Messi was diagnosed with a growth hormone deficiency that threatened to end his soccer career—until Barça offered to pay for his treatment?</i>

<br>&nbsp;<br>Illustrated with rare photos of stars-to-be on and off the field, <i>Before They Were Stars</i> is sure to entertain and inspire any budding soccer legend.

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Women's World Cup 2019

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Learn all about the 2019 Women’s World Cup in France!
 
The eighth edition of the Women’s World Cup begins on June 7, 2019—and it promises to be the most exciting one yet.
 
This book will tell you all you need to know about the

twenty-four national teams competing for the top spot, from established powerhouses like Team USA (the defending champions) and Germany (gold medalists at the 2016 Olympics) to newcomers like Chile.
 
It will give you the inside scoop on the top players in the tournament—like Megan Rapinoe of the USA and Marta of Brazil—and their strengths and weaknesses.
 
It will take you on a whirlwind tour of host country France and the World Cup venues—like the 59,000-seat Parc Olympique Lyonnais, where the semifinals and finals will be played.
 
And it will catch you up on the history of the Women’s World Cup, from the first eight-team showdown in China in 1991 to the clash of twenty-four seasoned squads in Canada in 2015.
 
Women’s World Cup 2019 even includes handy fill-in brackets so you can track the progress of your favorite teams in the tournament.

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Stars of World Soccer

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The best-selling guide to today’s most exciting players, completely revised and updated.

Here are the best of the best: the iconic forwards Ronaldo, Neymar, and Suárez; the legendary goalkeeper Manuel Neuer; and perhaps the greatest player of our time, Lionel Messi. This lively and accessible book features short biographies of some thirty athletes in all: who they are, where they come from, and what they have accomplished.

With the same action-packed photos and colorful graphics that fans have come to expect from the critically acclaimed World Soccer Legends series, Stars of World Soccer shows what it takes to be at the top of the game.

Illugi Jökulsson is a journalist, editor, and author based in Iceland.

 

PRAISE FOR WORLD SOCCER LEGENDS

These books address a largely unfilled niche: short, highly readable biographies of contemporary soccer stars. The texts are printed over and around voluminous, richly printed photographs. . . . These entries are excellent. —School Library Journal

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