Rick Stead

Books

Brave New World: Inside Pochettino's Spurs by Guillem Balague

Guillem Balague, the Sky Sports presenter and Spanish football expert, has been granted unprecedented access to Pochettino and his backroom staff over the course of the 2016-17 season, resulting in the most comprehensive and compelling portrait of a manager and of a club in the Premier League era.

The exclusive behind-the-scenes story of the Mauricio Pochettino revolution at Spurs.


Pochettino transformed Tottenham from underachievers into genuine title contenders. In the process, he marked himself out as one of the best young managers in the world.

Cristiano Ronaldo: The Biography by Guillem Balague

Cristiano Ronaldo became the most expensive footballer in history when he moved from Manchester United to Real Madrid in 2009 in a transfer worth over £80 million. He is, in short, a phenomenon. But little is truly known about this great footballer and athlete. Guillem Balague's insightful and revelatory biography casts an illuminating eye on what some consider - officially - the greatest footballer on earth.

Messi by Guillem Balague

This is the history of the most famous footballer on the planet, told for the first time in this authorised portrait of Messi. Researched in collaboration with his family, it looks in detail at his career and includes testimonies from colleagues, friends, family and coaches. Across more than 600 pages, Guillem tells the incredible story of the most extraordinary player of all time. Includes foreword by the Argentinian manager Alejandro Sabella and a chapter in which Pep Guardiola explains for the first time the most personal details of his relationship with Leo.

Pep Guardiola: Another Way of Winning by Guillem Balague

Fully updated to include Pep Guardiola's Bayern years and his decision to join Manchester City. 'Pep' Guardiola has transformed Barcelona into arguably the greatest club side of all time, and this entertainingly perceptive biography explains how. Guardiola spent the majority of his playing days with Barca and was an integral part of Johan Cruyff's European Cup-winning 'dream team'. But it was on retiring from playing that he really made his mark on the club.

Barça by Guillem Balague

This book traces the club's history from its formation in 1899, the trials and triubulations of growth, the battle to emerge from the shadow - politically and sportingly - of Madrid, the blossoming of the club in the 1970s, European glory in the 1980s and 90s, and now this juggernaut of soccer that brushes aside all-comers.

Barca

Celebrates the rise and rise of the most dominant soccer team in the modern era. It is not just that the team has won everything there is to win, it is that they do it with a style rarely seen in world soccer.

World Cup Diary by Guillem Balague

Guillem Balague's thoughts, reflections and numerous articles whilst attending the 2014 World Cup in Brazil. All proceeds from the sale of the book will be donated to "Football beyond Borders" whose youth work in the favelas of Brazil Guillem is keen to support and promote.

Great eBook

Another great read from Guillem, following his World Cup journey via photos, tweets and articles.

A Season on the Brink by Guillem Balague

When Rafael Benitez was appointed manager of under-achieving Liverpool at the start of the 2004-2005 season, the reaction of many fans was 'Who the **** is Rafael Benitez?'. The Liverpool fans had grown used to French manager Gerard Houllier but he had been a fan of the club himself since his days as a teacher on Merseyside. A Spaniard with admittedly a wonderful record at Valencia was going to take over management of Liverpool's famous Boot Room and try and win over a disillusioned Kop.

Red & White Kop (RAWK)

The book is a must read for any fan wanting to live through the excitement of the Champions League Final again, and to hear from many of the key personalities involved.