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Nutrition for Top Performance in Football: Eat Like the Pros and Take Your Game to the Next Level

Published Date: September 30, 2021

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Out Winter 2021

241 x 165 mm




“Whatever level you play at, this book is a great read for anyone who is interested in improving their performance…” Brendan Rodgers


Nutrition plays a crucial role in the match performance and recovery of the athlete.


To apply the principles of sports nutrition in football, this book provides nutrition basics as well as insight into the physiological demands of the game itself by looking into what elite players eat and drink. Appropriate food choices and timing are also important for a player to perform hard, avoid illness, and recuperate from injury.


This book uses the UEFA 2020 Expert Group Consensus Review on Nutrition in Elite Football to give evidence-based guidelines for optimizing football performance through appropriate nutrition and the latest comprehensive information on nutrition guidelines for professional players-also relevant to the amateur player. Included are the specific needs of female players and match officials and relevant issues such as eating during travel and food hygiene.


Finally, the book provides some example meal plans and snacks for training, match, and recovery days. Meal recipes are provided by elite performance chefs, Rachel Muse and Bruno Cirillo, who regularly prepare meals for elite players.


The science behind sports nutrition is evolving fast. Knowing what the top professional players are eating and drinking can help amateur players improve their own performance, recovery, and health.



Author information

Michael Gleeson is Emeritus Professor of Exercise Biochemistry at Loughborough University. He retired in 2016 after 40 years of research and teaching mostly related to the diet, metabolism, health and performance of athletes. He had a particular interest in the effects of diet and exercise on the function of the immune system and is a Past-President of the International Society of Exercise and Immunology (ISEI).


He has co-authored several books on exercise biochemistry, sport nutrition and exercise immunology and published over 200 research papers in scientific and medical journals. He is still an active science writer and in the past few years has contributed to international expert consensus reviews sponsored by the IOC (training load and illness risk), ISEI (immuno-nutrition) and UEFA (nutrition in elite football) as well as completing the 3rd edition of his highly popular book Sport Nutrition co-authored with Professor Asker Jeukendrup.


In 2020 he released his first solo books: Eat, Move, Sleep, Repeat, Beating Type 2 Diabetes and The Pick’n’Mix Diet Loss Plan. These are healthy lifestyle guidebooks intended for those with an interest in nutrition, exercise, fitness, weight loss or health.


Gleeson is considered a world authority on exercise biochemistry, immunology, and nutrition, and he has worked with numerous world-class athletes and professional football clubs. He has taught sport nutrition at the university level and has published several books and over 250 scientific articles in scientific and medical journals. Gleeson is a fellow of the the British Association of Sport and Exercise Sciences and the European College of Sport Science and a member of the American College of Sports Medicine, and the Physiological Society. He enjoys playing tennis, hill walking, and watching football and films.


Gleeson has his own personal website “prof4health” with lots of information about his books plus blogs, photos and videos on topics in sport science, football, nutrition, fitness and health. Here is the link:



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