Ernesto e Alberto arrivano nel 1952 a Leticia, piccolo paese colombiano sul Rio delle Amazzoni. Qui trascorrono quindici giorni allenando una squadra di calcio fatta di soldati e campesinos convinti di essere la peggiore del Sudamerica. Ernesto insegna il football e l´importanza di essere una squadra utilizzando tanto la poesia quanto il modulo del Grande Torino, la cui fama ha fatto il giro del mondo. Ernesto se ne andrà per lasciare un segno nella storia. Quei giocatori, invece, famosi non lo diverranno mai, ma conserveranno per sempre il ricordo di quelle due incredibili settimane. ´´Independiente Sporting´´ è una delle storie che dimostrano che lo sport può cambiare il mondo. Racconta di sogni, ideali, politica, libertà lungo tutto il Novecento. Dal dolore e dalle tragedie degli emigranti italiani che a inizio secolo attraversavano l´oceano per cercar fortuna in Argentina alla vergogna del Mondiale di calcio del 1978, quello del dittatore Jorge Rafael Videla, dei desaparecidos e delle madri della Plaza de Mayo. Dentro a ´´Independiente Sporting´´ ci sono storie di calciatori e di soldati, di povera gente e di eroi, di poeti e di pazzi, di vittime e di carnefici. In mezzo c´è sempre un pallone di cuoio, marrone come il cioccolato e cucito a mano. Questo audiobook in edizione integrale vi è offerto in esclusiva per Audible ed è disponibile solamente in formato audio digitale. 1. Italian. Alberto Olivero. http://samples.audible.de/bk/asit/000318/bk_asit_000318_sample.mp3.
In sport, the term ´good bloke´ doesn´t mean what it says. Like ´fun run´, it in fact often means the exact opposite.Titus O´Reily, the sports historian Australia neither needs nor deserves, examines why our nation´s sportspeople can do terrible things yet be so readily forgiven. In this Great Southern Land, a sportsman can be excused almost any sin if he is elevated to the mythical status of being a ´good bloke´. So, what does it take to earn the title of ´good bloke´? And can female athletes be good blokes, too?With ridiculous tales from Australia´s chequered sporting history, A Sporting Chance dissects the scandals big and small, the mistakes made in covering them up and the path athletes tread back to redemption.From the corrupt cop who gave us the race that stopped a nation to the Australian boxing champion who refused to train - not to mention the sandpaper-loving Australian Test cricket team - Titus reveals the key archetypes at the heart of our greatest sporting scandals.In his own rambling and at times incoherent style he asks the question: are Australians really that forgiving of their sporting heroes? Or, with the rise of social media, women´s sport and the drive towards greater equality, are the good blokes of Australia´s sporting landscape becoming an endangered species? 1. Language: English. Narrator: Titus O´Reily. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/prau/000031/bk_prau_000031_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
A hilarious collection of BBC broadcasting blunders presented by John Inverdale. There are no gaffes like sporting gaffes.In the excitement of the moment, and live on air, commentators and sports personalities can say the most amazing and silliest things. This complication includes slips-of-the-tongue and scrambling of words, which produce gales of laughter from the commentary box - and those listening in. 1. Language: English. Narrator: John Inverdale. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/rt/bbcw/002263/rt_bbcw_002263_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
In post war Britiain a new writing style emerged from the bleak times. It was commonly known as ´´kitchen sink drama´´. That sounds a little disrespectful now, perhaps, but these stories brought realism and raw emotion to their readers. David Storey´s This Sporting Life, set in the industrial north, brilliantly conveys 21-year-old steelworker Arthur Machin´s love of his rugby league, his success on the field, and his feelings towards his widowed landlady, as well as his bouts of doubt and anxiety. Stephen McGann perfectly captures the mood and the character in his reading. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Stephen McGann. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/copy/000032/bk_copy_000032_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
At the 1968 Olympics, Tommie Smith came in first in the 200-meter dash. As they received their medals, he and bronze winner John Carlos each raised a black-gloved fist, creating an indelible image of courage and protest that still resonates 40 years later. In this, his autobiography, Smith fills out the story of that moment - how it came to be and where it led him - and paints a vivid picture of the long, painful backlash that came with his fame, and his fate, all of which was rapped up in his ´´silent gesture´´. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Derrick Hardin. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/015486/bk_acx0_015486_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
What can Roger Federer teach us about the secret of longevity? What do the All Blacks have in common with improvised jazz musicians? What can cognitive neuroscientists tell us about what happens to the brains of sportspeople when they perform? And why did Johan Cruyff believe that beauty was more important than winning? Matthew Syed, the Sports Journalist of the Year 2016, answers these questions and more in a fascinating, wide-ranging and provocative book about the mental game of sport. How do we become the best that we can be as individuals, teams and organisations? Sport, with its innate sense of drama, its competitive edge, its psychological pressures, its sense of morality and its elusive quest for perfection, provides the answers. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Simon Slater. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/hodd/001110/bk_hodd_001110_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Fast bowler, six-hitter, popular hero, one of the lads, king of the jungle - Andrew Flintoff is all of those things. In Second Innings, his searingly honest yet uplifting autobiography, Flintoff reveals unseen, surprising sides to his career and personality. The restless need to push and challenge himself that led him to take up professional boxing. The complex and troubled relationship with discipline, alcohol and authority during his exhilarating cricket career. The search for an authentic voice as a player, free from the blandness and conformity of modern professionalism. Is Flintoff the last of his kind in any sport? Through all his highs and lows, triumphs and reversals, this book reveals a central tension. There is ´´Fred´´ - performer, extrovert, centre of attention. Then there is ´´Andrew´´ - reflective, withdrawn and uncertain. Two people contained in one extraordinary life. And sometimes, inevitably, keeping the two in balance proves too much. We are taken backstage, seeing the mischief and adventure that has defined Andrew Flintoff´s story. Above all, we observe the enduring power of fun, friendship and loyalty - the pillars of Flintoff´s career. At ease with his faults as well as his gifts, Andrew Flintoff has sought one thing even more than success: to be himself. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Richard Burnip. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/hodd/000871/bk_hodd_000871_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Cliff Morgan talks to sporting personalities of the past. In this recording he is in conversation with the first full-time manager of the England football team, Walter Winterbottom.Walter Winterbottom was the first full-time manager of the England football team. He was appointed in 1946 and held the job for sixteen years. In the 1930s he played for Manchester United but his on-field career was cut short by a spinal condition. Under his management England had mixed fortunes, with impressive results statistics set against some spectacular failures, notably the defeat by the United States in the 1950 World Cup. After leaving the FA he became director-general of the Sports Council. Sir Walter, who was knighted in 1978, died in 2002 at the age of 89. ´´Morgan the Magnificent” was the title given to Cliff Morgan by South African newspapers when he toured the country with the British Lions team in 1955.His success in that tour earned him the captaincy of Wales the following season. Cliff was born into a mining family in the Rhondda in 1930 and joined Cardiff Rugby Club straight from school, playing at fly-half. When his playing career ended in 1958 he joined the BBC, working as a TV commentator and producer. For the last ten years of his BBC career he was Head of Television Sport and Outside Broadcasts, with overall responsibility for the coverage of state occasions, as well as all major sporting events. After he retired from the staff of the BBC he became the presenter of the popular Radio 4 programme ´´Sport on Four´´. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Sir Walter Winterbottom, Cliff Morgan, OBE CVO. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/crim/000016/bk_crim_000016_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Cliff Morgan talks to sporting personalities of the past. In this recording he is in conversation with the legendary racing driver, Stirling Moss. Stirling Moss is often described as the best driver never to win the Formula 1 World Championship. He was runner-up four times, winning 16 Grand Prix races, before a serious crash in 1962 ended his career. Born in 1929 his interest in cars started at an early age. He was only eighteen when he first drove competitively, taking part in Hill Climb events. During the 1950s he won many Sports Car trophies and events, as well as pursuing his Formula 1 career. Following his retirement from top flight motor racing Stirling Moss continued to race ´´for fun” in events for touring cars and historic sports cars. He still travels widely to promote motor racing and was knighted in 2000. ´´Morgan the Magnificent” was the title given to Cliff Morgan by South African newspapers when he toured the country with the British Lions team in 1955. His success in that tour earned him the captaincy of Wales the following season. Cliff was born into a mining family in the Rhondda in 1930 and joined Cardiff Rugby Club straight from school, playing at fly-half. When his playing career ended in 1958 he joined the BBC, working as a TV commentator and producer. For the last ten years of his BBC career he was Head of Television Sport and Outside Broadcasts, with overall responsibility for the coverage of state occasions as well as all major sporting events. After he retired from the staff of the BBC he became the presenter of the popular Radio 4 programme ´´Sport on Four´´. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Sir Stirling Moss, Cliff Morgan, OBE CVO. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/crim/000014/bk_crim_000014_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.