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Winning Reads with Waterstones

Posted on 28th June 2019 by Martha Greengrass

The world’s greatest players have assembled in France and here at Waterstones, we’ve got all the best children’s books to make sure you get the most out of the beautiful game.

Get all the facts and figures on your favourite teams and players with official guides. Want to play like your heroes? The F2 can show you all the skills you’ll need. Get yourself to Football School and find out why football explains the world! Or why not join Girls FC or Frankie and his Magic Football for fantastic football fun. And if all that weren’t enough, we’ve got puzzles, picture books and more. All the best titles to accompany you throughout a summer of football!

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This guide provides an in-depth preview of women's football's biggest and greatest tournament.

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What made Pele the greatest player of all time? How did Nadia Nadim flee from Afghanistan and end up playing for Manchester City? Who was the Liverpool player who invented the world's most popular football boot? Empowering and inspirational, this is the perfect book to get young fans dreaming big both on and off the pitch.
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By the time Kelly Smith was nine years old, she was already so good she was running rings around the boys at her local club and scoring goals for fun. Smith is the story of how the girl from Watford refused to be held back, and became an Arsenal superstar and the England women's national team's top scorer.
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Fran Kirby is the dynamic striker who carries the future of English football on her shoulders. Having been hailed 'mini Messi' by one former manager of England, Kirby's powerful runs and clinical finishing have made her a deadly goalscorer. Read the story of how the girl from Reading earned a big move to Chelsea and took on the world with a ball at her feet.
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Alex Morgan is co-captain of Team USA and the face of women's football right across the world. As the star who leads the American attacking line, her height, speed and skill make her impossible to defend, and have helped drive USA to World Cup and Olympic glory. Alex Morgan is football's real life 'Captain America'!
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Marta is the best footballer in the history of the women's game. The Brazilian has jaw-dropping flair and skill. She has scored more World Cup goals than any other player, and has won FIFA World Player of the Year six times. But pure talent alone was never enough - this book tells the story of how Marta chased her dreams with determination and a never-give-up attitude.
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What does it take to get to the very top - to become truly 'World Class'? We are The F2 and we're going to show you what separates the Messis from the masses, the Kanes from the can'ts and the Neymars from the no-mores. We're going to show you how to elevate your game to the World Stage. Our book reveals the secrets of your favourite footballers a...
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What makes the ultimate Sunday League footballer? YouTube star ChrisMD has turned amateur Sunday afternoon kick-arounds into a social media event - and now, for the first time, he's sharing all of his secrets. Chris's debut book also includes behind-the-scenes photos from his life as a YouTuber, plus his proudest moments, biggest embarrassments and favourite memories.
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Lily has a job at the munitions factory and a goalkeeper's spot with a new women's football team, the Rockets. When the war ends, the girls lose their jobs and their football. But Lily refuses to give up her dream. If her only chance of being a goalie is to play with the men, then that's what she'll do ...
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Test your football knowledge with over 300 funny and fascinating questions about international games. How much do you know about the world game - and the world? Test yourself and your friends with over 300 brain-busting questions from Football School. Packed with hilarious cartoons and fascinating trivia, this is the perfect way for fans to learn more about the beautiful game.
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The greatest goals... The most spectacular saves... The top 40 footballers of all time are here! Every player is a winner in their own way, but who will you choose as your hero? Jam-packed full of fun footie facts about who each legend played for, how many goals they scored and the special skills they had, this is the perfect read for football fans all over the world.
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Join the Girls FC as they show the world what it really means to play like a girl! "My name is Megan Fawcett and this is the story of how I set up the best football team in the world. Get ready for kick-off!"
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Magic meets football in this fun-filled series from legendary footballer Frank Lampard, for readers aged 5 and up. Frankie and his team love playing football. There's always time for a game - whether it's real or on-screen! When Frankie is injured the magic football brings Frankie's gaming avatar through into the real world, it seems like they've got a perfect substitute.
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Everyone at Barry's school has gone football crazy, but Barry gets thrown out of the team (the Mogden Maniacs) for being completely rubbish. Then it turns out that his best friend Bunky is a super striker - so Barry becomes his manager. The cup final match is approaching and Bunky's getting carried away with his football fame - can Barry keep his head in the game?
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When the Mr Men and Little Miss decide to stage their own football tournament, Mr Small is desperate to join in - but will he be just too small to make it into the team? With legendary saves from Little Miss Somersault, clever tactics from Little Miss Bossy, and Mr Noisy as the loudest referee around, this game of football is like no other!
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It's a lovely day and Spot and his friends are ready to play football together. Spot and Helen are captains of the red and blue teams, but who will score the most goals? Join the group of animal friends and the much-loved Spot as they learn it's the taking part that counts - and, most importantly, have fun!
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This 2018 edition has been fully revised and updated, making it the perfect gift book for young football fans around the world.

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