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COMPETITION: Donate £1 to Yorkhill and win FOUR Football books

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With just £200 left to raise to reach our target of £1000 for Yorkhill Children’s Hospital, we are running a new competition for our readers.

We have FOUR Football Books to give away and rather than just giving them away to the winner for free as we usually do, we felt that it would be much more worthwhile if those who enter donate at least £1 to our charity.

All monies raised through our Justgiving page will go to Yorkhill Children’s Foundation, which funds medical equipment and projects invaluable to the treatment, care, physical and mental well being of sick children and babies at the Royal Hospital for Sick Children at Yorkhill in Glasgow and at other related facilities throughout NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde.

So to enter please donate your quid first via our charity page or you can donate by text message. Just send a text message with the code SCTZ67 and the amount you wish to donate – such as £1 – to 70070. Then answer the simple question below:

 

What city is Yorkhill Children’s Hospital based?

Send your answer to mail@scotzine.com with the subject header: Yorkhill £1 Book Competition. Our competition will close on Saturday 1st December 2012 at 6pm. Any entries sent after that date will not be accepted. The winning entry will be drawn out of a hat and will be notified by email thereafter.

The Books on Offer

Futebol: The Brazilian Way of Life

The Brazilian football team is one of the modern wonders of the world. At its best it exudes a skill, flamboyance and romantic pull like nothing else on earth. Football is how the world sees Brazil and how Brazilians see themselves. The game symbolises racial harmony, flamboyance, youth, innovation and skill, and yet football is also a microcosm of Latin America’s largest country and contains all of its contradictions. Travelling extensively from the Uruguayan border to the northeastern backlands, from the coastal cities of Rio de Janeiro and Sao Paulo to the Amazon jungle -Bellos shows how Brazil changed football and how football shaped Brazil. He tells the stories behind the great players, like Pele and Garrincha, between the great teams, like Corinthians and Vasco de Gama, and the great matches, as well as extraordinary stories from people and pitches all over this vast country. With an unerring eye for a good story and a marvellous ear for the voices of the people he meets, Alex Bellos describes the startling range of football spinoffs found in Brazil; from Autoball, literally football with cars and a giant leather ball to Ecoball, played in the heart of the rainforest, from Button football and its highly regulated procedures organised by fearsome Buttonistas to the truly alarming Footbull (yes with bulls).

Goal!: The Story of the Homeless World Cup

They were discussing how best homeless street paper sellers could benefit from the international dimension of their work and agreed that football was an international language that everybody understood, so they decided to organise a football tournament. The first Homeless World Cup took place in Graz, Austria, in April 2003, and it was such a phenomenal success that the organisers agreed to make the event annual. The second World Cup was held in Gothenburg in July 2004, the third one is due to be held in New York City in July 2005 and the 2006 World Cup is to be held in Cape Town. This remarkable book documents the entire project, focusing on the glorious atmosphere in Graz, the philosophy behind the tournament, the psychological team-building, the impact of poverty worldwide and, most importantly, the players themselves, who were transformed from society’s outcasts into heroes. Some players have even signed up to professional football clubs now. Professional clubs like Real Madrid and Manchester United are becoming involved and the world’s governing football authorities, as well as the United Nations, are now offering support to develop street soccer as a tool to tackle homelessness and exclusion.

Sent Off at Gunpoint: The Willie Johnston Story

Sent Off at Gunpoint is the official biography of Willie Johnston. In exclusive interviews with author Tom Bullimore, Johnston lays bare for the first time the truth about what happened in Argentina in 1978 when he was controversially sent home from the World Cup having tested positive for drugs. Willie’s career as a silky, classy player who jinked his way down the wing to create goal after goal, and score the odd one too, took him from Glasgow Rangers, where he helped the club win the only European trophy in their history, the Cup Winners Cup in 1972, netting the winning goal in the final, to West Bromwich Albion, Vancouver Whitecaps, Birmingham City, Hearts and of course Scotland, for whom he won 22 caps. Such was his status, at each of his clubs he became a cult hero, but Johnston was perhaps the most controversial player of his times. Stricken with a legendary temper, he was sent off a record 22 times. Controversy seemed to follow him about. He once raced naked around the Hawthorns for a bet, teased opponents by sitting on the ball in matches and was incredibly both sent off and drummed out of South America at gunpoint. With contributions by Ron Atkinson, Johnny Giles and Sandy Jardine amongst a stellar cast, Sent Off at Gunpoint tells Johnston’s incredible story in full for the first time.

Downfall: How Rangers FC Self Destructed

Fundamental reading for anyone interested in the history of British football, Downfall – How Rangers FC Self Destructed contains a wealth of exclusive material as well as collecting the prophetic articles by investigative journalist Phil Mac Giolla Bhain. Phil gained the attention of notable writers such as James MacMillan, Professor Roy Greenslade and sports journalist Brian McNally – who compared his work to that of Woodward and Bernstein – by breaking the wall of silence of mainstream football journalism in Scotland, denouncing its corruption. With an introduction by Alex Thomson of channel Four News, Downfall. How Rangers FC Self Destructed has four sections which expose Rangers tax strategy and the luscious dinners for major reporters, as well as detailing the failure of corporate governance by the SFA and SPL and the culture of Ranger s supporters and how they failed to mobilise. The Fan’s Revolution, when SPL fans held back from buying season tickets until they were sure their Chairmen would not let Rangers Newco back into the SPL, is documented also.

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Andy Muirhead is the Editor of Scotzine and the Scottish Football fanzine FITBA. He is the Scottish Football columnist for The Morning Star and has written for a number of other publications including ESPN, Huffington Post UK, BT Life's a Pitch and has had his work featured in the Daily Record, The Scotsman and the Daily Mail.

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