G is for Golazo
G is for Golazo

G is for Golazo

The Ultimate Soccer Alphabet
By James Littlejohn, By Matthew Shipley



32 Pages, 8.5 x 11

Formats: Hardcover Picture Book, PDF

Hardcover Picture Book, $17.95 (CA $23.95) (US $17.95)

ISBN 9781629376714

Rights: WOR

Triumph Books (May 2019)

Price: $17.95
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An A-to-Z overview of the sport, featuring men and women superstars from around the globe
S is for soccer. F is for football, and fútbol, and fußball… No matter what you call it, everyone loves the beautiful game! The creators of B is for Baller return with a vibrant, stylish parade of soccer legends. Featuring dozens of international superstars like Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo, Neymar, Pelé, Diego Maradona, Marta, Mia Hamm, and Abby Wambach, G is for Golazo is the ultimate ABC book for budding soccer fans.


"Get ready for the ultimate soccer alphabet book! It's a high-energy, international celebration of the biggest names, greatest plays, and fascinating history of the sport. Search this colorful and creative gallery of original artwork from A to Z for all your favorite teams and athletes, whether they are famous bicycle kickers and jugglers or infamous yellow card holders. Learn about early players or how nicknames were earned while cultivating an appreciation of the well-loved game."Foreword Reviews  

Author Biography

James Littlejohn is a writer, father, and sports fan. He used to think he was a pretty decent soccer player, until he lived in South America and learned this was not the case. Matthew Shipley is an illustrator whose art has appeared in projects from Major League Soccer, Bleacher Report, TheTwoPointOne, and The Globe and Mail, among others. With James Littlejohn, he is the creator of B is for Baller: The Ultimate Basketball Alphabet.

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G is for Golazo

The Ultimate Soccer Alphabet

By James Littlejohn, Illustrated by Matthew Shipley


Contact: Sam Ofman, Triumph Books, 312.568.5450,


Nothing brings people together like Soccer. All around the world fans demonstrate an unparalled passion for the sport. Love of the game connects people across the globe, serving as a universal language spoken by billions. Like any language, mastering the language of soccer begins with the ABCs.


In G is for Golazo: The Ultimate Soccer Alphabet (Triumph Books, May 14, 2019), James Littlejohn and Matthew Shipley provide a fun and engaging guide to the history of the beautiful game. Letter-by-letter, they expose little fans to legendary icons and today’s biggest stars, bridging the gap between the old school and the new. Whether taking their first shot at the alphabet or learning to read, young soccer fans will find value in this great new picture book. Highlights include:


  • Clever, unique illustrations that capture the personality and style of soccer’s biggest stars, including Pelé, Mia Hamm, Diego Maradona, Marta, Abby Wambach and more
  • Stylish and informative entries illuminating key moments in the history of the sport
  • The best player nicknames from generations of superstars, including the Blond Arrow, the Illusionist, and the Maestro
  • Creative entries that will surprise parents, and eye-popping illustrations sure to delight young readers


Littlejohn and Shipley showcase the same enthusiasm and creativity they brought to last year’s B is for Baller in this impressive addition to the series. Parents will cherish G is for Golazo, using the book to develop a bond with their children through a shared appreciation of professional soccer’s rich history. No fan’s library is complete without it.


About the Authors:

James Littlejohn is a writer, father and fan of fast breaks where nobody dribbles. He once tried out for a pro minor-league basketball team. He didn't make it.


Matthew Shipley is an illustrator whose art has appeared in projects with Major League Soccer, Bleacher Report, ESPN and others.