Books by "Illugi Jökulsson" (22)

Stars of Women's Soccer

Third Edition (World Soccer Legends)

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Here are the best of the best: the stars of the dominant U.S. national team—like Megan Rapinoe, Alex Morgan, Julie Ertz, and Rose Lavelle—and their top competitors from around the world, like Sam Kerr of Australia, Lucy Bronze of England, Wendie Renard of France, and Marta of Brazil.

This lively book features short biographies of twenty-eight athletes in all, illustrated with color photographs of the stars in action. Revised and updated from cover to cover, Stars of Women’s Soccer is sure to whet the appetite of young fans who are eager to see the titans of the women’s game battle it out (finally) at the Tokyo Olympics.

 

 

 

 

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Messi versus Ronaldo

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A head-to-head comparison of the two greatest soccer stars of their generation—and perhaps of all time

One, diminutive and reserved; the other, tall and theatrical. One with six Ballons d’Or, and the other with five. There’s no doubt about it—Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo are the best. But which one is better?  This lively book compares every aspect of the legendary rivals’ careers, to let the reader decide. It compares their stats, including their ten years of matchups in El Clásico, their club trophies, and their individual awards and milestones. It analyzes their style of play, and how it has evolved throughout their careers. And, it looks at how their rivalry continues off the field, in terms of endorsement deals, social media followings, and philanthropic endeavors.  Packed with color photos of the champions in action, Messi and Ronaldo will spark discussion among both players’ partisans.

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Stars of World Soccer

Third Edition

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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, from legends like Messi and Ronaldo to dynamic newcomers like Kylian Mbappé. This lively book features short biographies of some thirty stars in all—goalkeepers, defenders, midfielders, and attackers.  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.

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Alex Morgan

Second Edition (World Soccer Legends)

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Learn all about one of the top stars of the U.S. Women’s National Team in this action-packed book

 

Unlike most professional soccer players, Alex Morgan did not start playing club soccer until she was fourteen. But her talent was so obvious that only three years later she was called up to the U.S. women’s under-20 team. That was just the beginning of a history-making career that led her, most recently, to a second World Cup title as co-captain of the U.S. women’s team. This new edition of Alex Morgan―revised and updated from cover to cover―follows every step of her journey, not only as a soccer player but also as a best-selling author, an actor, and so much more!

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Megan Rapinoe

(World Soccer Legends)

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Learn all about one of the top stars of the U.S. Women’s National Team in this action-packed book

Megan Rapinoe captured global attention in the 2019 Women’s World Cup, not only with her amazing skills―she won both the Golden Ball and the Golden Boot―but also with her strong commitment to social justice. Megan Rapinoe traces her rise to stardom, from her childhood in a soccer crazy Northern California family, to her outstanding college career at the University of Portland, to her co-captaincy of the dominant U.S. women’s team.

Like all the volumes in the best-selling World Soccer Legends series, this one is full of the exciting on-field shots, key stats, and little-known facts that true soccer fans love.

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The World's Greatest Clubs

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Get an inside look at the top-ranking clubs from around the globe, all in one action-packed book
 
Meet the most legendary clubs in the game. From the storied Liverpool, to the star-studded Real Madrid, these are the clubs setting new standards of teamwork year after year. Learn about each team’s history, and their greatest accomplishments along the way. Get to know the coaches and stars, from Barça’s attacking duo of Messi and Suárez, to Man City’s brilliant manager Pep Guardiola and his winning strategy.
 
Full of exciting color photos, The World’s Greatest Clubs includes teams from all the top leagues, including England’s Premier League, Spain’s La Liga, and Italy’s Serie A. It will be an indispensable companion for young soccer fans everywhere, regardless of their allegiance.

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Before They Were Stars

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What were the world’s greatest players like when they were your age?
 
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.
 
Did you know that . . .
 
. . . as a boy, Pelé practiced with a newspaper-stuffed sock or a grapefruit, because he couldn’t afford a proper football?
 
. . . Mia Hamm discovered the sport of soccer as a toddler in Florence, Italy, where her father, a U.S. Air Force pilot, was stationed?
 
. . . 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?
 
Illustrated with rare photos of stars-to-be on and off the field, Before They Were Stars 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

Second Edition

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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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Stars of Women's Soccer, Second Edition

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The greatest stars of international women's soccer today.

One of the most anticipated sports events on the horizon is the 2019 Women’s World Cup, to be held from June 7 to July 7, in nine French cities, including Lyons, Nice, and Paris. With the last Women’s World Cup breaking records for worldwide viewership, here is required reading in advance of 2019: The World Soccer Legends series completely revised edition of Stars of Women’s Soccer, with 28 of the best female players from around the world. Discover tournament attendees from the world over, including longtime favorites and impressive newcomers, such as American goal-scoring machine Carli Lloyd; tall, Martinique-born defender Wendie Renard; and the razor-sharp Brazilian defender, Marta.

Here is a compilation no fan can do without, filled with all-new photos of the women in action, updated stories that relate each player’s upbringing and unique talents, and callout boxes that distill essential information—including birthdate, flag, height, position, current team, international games, and goal tallies.

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

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World Cup 2018

The Teams, the Stars, the Stories

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Learn all about the 2018 World Cup!

Discover the tournament's brightest stars, including unstoppable scorers Messi, Neymar, and Ronaldo, promising newcomers like France's Mbappé, and the world's best goalkeeper, Neuer. Get the inside scoop on the teams heading to the showdown in Moscow—and why the Americans fell short. Here are the backstories to previous tournaments—from the first small Cup in Uruguay to the shocking French loss in 1996 to Germany's recent triumph in Brazil. Filled with World Cup records, player stats, and incredible action shots of on-field wizardry.

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Stars of All Time

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Here are the best men’s team players throughout soccer history!

Stars of All Time highlights both iconic pioneers of world soccer, including Pelé, Johan Cruyff, and Maradona, and more recent all-star players, such as Messi and Ronaldo. Young readers will learn about where each player grew up, how he made it to the top, and what makes his playing style unique. Filled with facts and illustrations, showcasing the most exciting players of the past and present, this book will wow both the soccer novice and the passionate fan.

 

PRAISE FOR STARS OF ALL TIME

Joyful, ethusiastic, well-versed, and uplifting... The worldwide scope of the players representing is impressive, and it also gives a sense of world history, as in the entry on Mozambique's Eusébio, who played for then-imperial Portugal. — Kirkus Reviews

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Messi, Neymar, and Suárez

The Barcelona Trio

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The most powerful alliance in the world of soccer today

Lionel Messi, an attacking genius and longtime player on FC Barcelona, is widely recognized as one of the greatest soccer players in history. When the emerging Brazilian talent Neymar joined him in 2013, they became known as the Invincible Duo. Then, when the colorful Luis Suárez joined their roster the following year, the most unbeatable attacking unit in history had been created.Together, this trio has scored a record-breaking number of goals, and has proven time and again that their strategic unit outshines each player on his own.

The book includes details of each player’s career, vivid photos of the trio’s electric force on the field, impressive stats, and fun facts about the most successful offensive formation playing today.

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James Rodriguez

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Soccer's brightest new star

For the past decade, the same remarkable players have been dominating the headlines for soccer, but, finally, they have met their match! Colombia's young star James Rodriguez burst onto the scene in the 2014 World Cup in Brazil, where he was awarded the Golden Boot as the tournament's top scorer, with six impressive goals—he is the one to watch. In this entertaining and informative book, we follow Rodriguez from his humble beginnings in Ibagué, Colombia, to his meteoric superstardom as a midfielder with Spain's Real Madrid. Learn about his personality, family, and favorite hobbies, along with his strengths and playing style. Get to know the major star of tomorrow—James Rodriguez!

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Alex Morgan

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Gold medal winner and Athlete of the Year

One of the most exciting players on the scene, Alex Morgan has rocketed into the top echelon of world soccer stars. At just 22, she was the number one pick in the Women's Professional Soccer draft and the youngest player on the U.S. team in the FIFA World Cup. Now a member of the Portland Thorns, Morgan has already amassed a string of accomplishments. In 2012 she won an Olympic gold medal and was also named the U.S. Soccer Female Athlete of the Year.

The book includes details of her historic early career, vivid photos of her electric force on the field, impressive stats, and fun facts and little-known information about this popular player on the rise.

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Neymar

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On his way to the top

This book tells the story of Neymar da Silva Santos Junior, one of the great players of the game, from his childhood days in Brazil to his signing by the legendary Spanish soccer club Barcelona for a record amount of money. One of the biggest names at the 2014 World Cup, Neymar, playing for Brazil, sustained a serious injury but healed quickly and is now back on the field, winning games for Barcelona. The book also traces the history of the Brazilian national team, the most successful organization in the history of the World Cup. The book contains fascinating facts, spectacular images, and captivating and informative text.

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U.S. Women's Team

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The number one women's team in the world!

Learn all about the U.S. Women’s National Team, the winner of the first ever Women’s World Cup, which made soccer superstars of Mia Hamm and Brandi Chastain. In the six FIFA Women’s World Cups since 1991, the U.S. Team, founded in 1985, has won twice, placed second once, and placed third three times. Now led by head coach Jill Ellis, the team will feature current stars Alex Morgan and Crystal Dunn in 2017 contests.

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