Tim Howard signs book deal, “The Goalkeeper” slated for December release

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After his stellar showing at the World Cup for the USA this summer, Tim Howard’s fame has soared across the States and worldwide.

Now, everyone will get the chance to read exactly how Howard go to the top as the Everton and U.S. goalkeeper has signed a book deal.

Howard, 35, announced last week that he will be stepping away from the U.S. national team duty until Sept. 2015 to spend more time with his family. He will also be working on his memoirs as Howard has teamed up with HarperCollins Publishers to tell his story in soccer so far.

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The book,simply  titled “The Goalkeeper,” will be available in both adult and young adult editions and according to the publishers’ website it will be launched on December 9. Howard shone to prominence during the USA’s World Cup last 16 defeat to Belguim where he saved a record 15 shots and kept his side in the match.

From his days growing up in New Jersey, to playing MLS, signing for Manchester United, Everton and then starring for the USA at the 2014 World Cup, Howard hopes to tell the story of the highs and lows of his career, while also explaining how Tourettes syndrome has impacted his life.

Coming out just before the holiday period, Howard’s book is sure to be a best-seller and will be essential reading for fans of the U.S. national team, Everton and just soccer junkies in general.

Coupled with his on-air duties for NBC Sports, playing for Everton and signing this book deal, Howard will be a busy man this fall as his star continues to shine bright across the global soccer community.

VIDEO: Marco Verratti plays a brilliant pass to Eder for Italy goal

PALERMO, ITALY - SEPTEMBER 06:  Marco Verratti of Italy in action during the UEFA EURO 2016 Qualifier match between Italy and Bulgaria on September 6, 2015 in Palermo, Italy.  (Photo by Claudio Villa/Getty Images)
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Italy took a 1-0 lead over Azerbaijan through the in-form Eder in the 11th minute, but the true leg-work (see what I did there) came from bite-sized midfielder Marco Verratti.

The PSG playmaker pinged a beautiful long ball over the top of the Azerbaijan defense that fell right at the feet of Eder, who let the ball settle itself and touched home confidently past Kamran Arhayev for a 1-0 lead.

The goal is the second of Eder’s national career in just five caps, having scored on debut against Bulgaria back in March. He has six goals in seven matches for Sampdoria so far this Serie A season.

Italy needs three points in this match to ensure qualification to Euro 2016. A win would guarantee them a place in the field, while anything less would mean there is work to do in the final match on Tuesday against Norway.


Later in the match, Stephan El Shaarawy gave Italy a 2-1 lead just before halftime, his second career international goal and his first since September of 2012 which came in his third career start.

Agent: Liverpool contacted Klopp only after Rodgers firing

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 09:  Jurgen Klopp arrives to be unveiled as the new manager of Liverpool FC at a press conference at Anfield on October 9, 2015 in Liverpool, England.  (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)
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As soon as Brendan Rodgers was dismissed by Liverpool on Sunday, Jurgen Klopp’s name was tossed around as the likely successor to the then-vacant Liverpool managerial position.

However, according to Klopp’s representatve Marc Kosicke, Liverpool did not make contact with the German until after Rodgers had been officially let go.

“The first call from Liverpool came after the dismissal as coach of Rodgers,” Kosicke told Bild. “Before Liverpool there were naturally quite a few inquiries. But Jurgen always asked me not to take it any further.”

Club management was less committal than Klopp’s rep, but did say they had their eye on the German for some time. “We have learned to keep certain matters confidential. We had a meeting recently with Jurgen that he has talked about and I don’t want to talk too much about these conversations. But we have thought about him for a long time and everyone who knows football knows he is an outstanding manager.”

It’s relatively hard to believe Liverpool would have canned Rodgers without knowing for sure that a top-level target such as Klopp or Carlo Ancelotti were on board to replace him. It also would mean discussions of the contract terms and logistics would have moved at lightning speed, with just four days between the Rodgers dismissal and Klopp’s official unveiling.