Toward the Goal, Revised Edition: The Kaka Story

Toward the Goal, Revised Edition: The Kaka Story

by Jeremy V. Jones


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“I learned that it is faith that decides whether something will happen or not.” At the age of eight, Kaká already knew what he wanted in life: to play soccer and only soccer. He started playing in front of his friends and family, but after a crippling injury, doctors told him he would never play again. Through faith and perseverance Kaká recovered and has since become a FIFA World Player of the Year, and winner of the Ballon d’Or. This updated edition tells the story of the midfielder for Real Madrid who has become one of the most recognized faces on the soccer field.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780310738404
Publisher: Zonderkidz
Publication date: 02/25/2014
Series: ZonderKidz Biography Series
Edition description: Revised
Pages: 160
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.80(d)
Age Range: 9 - 12 Years

About the Author

Jeremy V. Jones has played soccer throughout his life, including being goalkeeper for his high school team. Now he coaches his daughter’s team when he’s not writing about sports, outdoor adventure, music, and other fun topics. Jeremy is an award-winning writer and former editor of Breakaway magazine, whose recent books include Walking on Water. He absolutely adores his wife, daughter, and son—and most of the time thinks his two dogs are pretty cool too. The whole family loves to travel and explore the Colorado mountains near their home.

Table of Contents

1 A Champion Among Champions 7

2 A Boy in Brazil 13

3 Jogo Bonito 20

4 God and Soccer 26

5 The Accident 32

6 Instant Craque 38

7 Sudden Fame 43

8 The Yellow and Green 48

9 World Champion 54

10 Europe Calling 61

11 Benvenuti in Italia 66

12 Learning the Hard Way 71

13 Radical Reputation 77

14 Not-So-Magic in Germany 83

15 Golden Year 90

16 Not About the Money 99

17 Champions Heading for the World Cup 107

18 Reality at Real 114

19 Back to the World Cup 121

20 Sidelined by Surgery 128

21 Ups and Downs-For Kakà and Club 137

22 Hope 143

23 Toward the Goal 148

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