The Beautiful Game: Sixteen Girls and the Soccer Season That Changed Everything

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Harper Collins, Aug 22, 2000 - Social Science - 304 pages
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Once nobody noticed Santa Rosa's Thunder. They were a ragtag team of girls who wanted to play soccer, and no one took them seriously. Their male coach expected little from his "ladies, " and their mediocre performance convinced them he was right.

Then a kind of miracle happened. Emiria Salzmann, Thunder's new coach, a top player herself, knew what it took to win--discipline, relentless drills, thigh-burning sprints, and an inspired passing game. The girls hated it, but their coach never let up. Tough and determined, she showed them what it felt like to be winners--and they loved it. As the momentum grew with a string of victories, the girls thrived on the competition, believing they had the right stuff to become champions.

They were right! With spirits soaring, Thunder won its league on the last day of the season and headed for the state cup, emerging not just as powerful athletes but as strong, confident, emotionally healthy human beings--champions in the game of soccer, and in the game of life.

 

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Littman, an investigative journalist who has written two books on computer hackers, takes his title here from Brazilian soccer great Pele, who described soccer as "That beautiful game I love so well ... Read full review

Contents

Prologue
1
two Coach
17
three Catherine Choice
23
nine The Fabuloua Five
87
ELEVEN TrU6t III
111
twelve Sidelined
121
fourteen Beating the Ret
145
seventeen Catherine Commitment
170
twentyone Ca6ie6 Choice
214
twentytwo Miracle
224
TWENTYTHREE LCLAt Rite6
236
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Jonathan Littman is the author of three previous books, including The Fugitive Game and The Watchman, and his articles have appeared in the Los Angeles Times Magazine, Forbes, the San Francisco Chronicle, and other publications. A former college soccer player (on Berkeley's nationally ranked NCAA playoff sqaud), he is the father of two young daughters. He lives in the Bay Area.

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