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Best Soccer Books

Recommendations from 18 articles, Richard Osman, Roger Bennett, Daniel Ek and 6 others.
Best Soccer Books
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Modern Classics Fever Pitch book cover
Modern Classics Fever Pitch
Twentieth Anniversary Edition (Penguin Modern Classics)
Nick Hornby - 2012-09-25 (first published in 1992)
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The Twentieth Anniversary Edition*WINNER OF THE WILLIAM HILL SPORTS BOOK OF THE YEAR* Fever Pitch is Nick Hornby's million-copy-selling, award-winnning football classic'A spanking 7-0 away win of a football book. . . inventive, honest, funny, heroic, charming' IndependentFor many people watching football is mere entertainment, to some it's more lik...
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Chris Wesseling
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Inverting The Pyramid
The History of Soccer Tactics
Jonathan Wilson - 2018-08-14
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Soccer fans love to argue about the tactics a manager puts into play, and this fascinating study traces the world history of tactics, from modern pioneers right back to the beginning, where chaos reigned. Along the way, author Jonathan Wilson, an erudite and detailed writer who never loses a sense of the grand narrative sweep, takes a look at the l...
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Simon Kuper Stefan Szymanski - 2014-04-24 (first published in 2009)
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'Soccernomics' applies high-powered analytical tools to everyday football topics. It's about looking at data in new ways, revealing counterintuitive truths about football and explaining all manner of things about the game which newspapers just can't see....
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The Miracle of Castel di Sangro
A Tale of Passion and Folly in the Heart of Italy
Joe McGinniss - 2000-06-06 (first published in 1999)
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Master storyteller Joe McGinniss travels to Italy to cover the unlikely success of a ragtag minor league soccer team--and delivers a brilliant and utterly unforgettable story of life in an off-the-beaten-track Italian village.When Joe McGinniss sets out for the remote Italian village of Castel di Sangro one summer, he merely intends to spend a seas...
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Richard Osman
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The Damned Utd
A Novel
David Peace - 2014-03-11 (first published in 2006)
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Overachieving and eccentric football manager Brian Clough was on his way to take over at the country's most successful, and most reviled, football club: Leeds United, home to a generation of fiercely competitive but ageing players. The battle he'd face there would make or break the club - or him. David Peace's extraordinarily inventive novel tells ...
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Roger Bennett
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The Brazilian Way of Life
Alex Bellos - 2014-05-06 (first published in 2002)
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Since the 1950s, when Pelé first started playing, soccer has been how the world sees Brazil, but it is also how Brazilians see themselves. The essence of their game is one in which prodigious individual skills outshine team tactics, where dribbles and delicate flicks are preferred over physical challenges or long-distance passes, where technique ha...
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How Soccer Explains the World
An Unlikely Theory of Globalization
Franklin Foer - 2010-05-11 (first published in 2004)
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Soccer is much more than a game, or even a way of life. It is a perfect window into the cross-currents of today's world, with all its joys and its sorrows. In this remarkably insightful, wide-ranging work of reportage, Franklin Foer takes us on a surprising tour through the world of soccer, shining a spotlight on the clash of civilizations, the int...
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Kwame Alexander - 2016-04-05
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National Book Award Long ListNew York Times Bestseller Like lightning/you strike/fast and free/legs zoom/down field/eyes fixed/on the checkered ball/on the goal/ten yards to go/can’t nobody stop you/can’t nobody cop you…In this follow-up to the Newbery-winning novel THE CROSSOVER,  soccer, family, love, and friendship, take center stage as twelve-y...
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Simon Smith
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The Ball is Round
A Global History of Soccer
David Goldblatt - 2008-01-02 (first published in 2006)
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The definitive book about soccer. With a new foreword for the American edition. There may be no cultural practice more global than soccer. Rites of birth and marriage are infinitely diverse, but the rules of soccer are universal. No world religion can match its geographical scope. The single greatest simultaneous human collective experience is the ...
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Ulrich Hesse-Lichtenberger - 2002-05-12
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Tor! The Story of German Football does exactly "what it says on the tin". As the author explains, his aim was to write an entertaining history of the German game. He has certainly achieved his goal, or "tor" as they would say in Germany. Hesse-Lichtenberger sets out to prove that football in Germany is not necessarily the efficient, predictable mac...
Pele, King of Soccer/Pele, El Rey del Futbol by Monica Brown
Lola Levine Is Not Mean! by Monica Brown
The Fix by Declan Hill
The Crossover by Kwame Alexander
A Life Too Short by Ronald Reng
The National Team by Caitlin Murray
Soccer on SundayMerlin Mission by Mary Pope Osborne
Breakaway by Alex Morgan
One Night in Turin by Pete Davies
Morbo by Phil Ball
Calcio by John Foot
Soccer by Mary Pope Osborne
Spotlight Soccer by Ricardo Sanchez
What Is the World Cup? by Bonnie Bader
It's Hard to Dribble with Your Feet by Val Priebe
World of Reading For the Love of Soccer! by Pelé
Among the Thugs by Bill Buford
Brilliant Orange by David Winner
Happy Like Soccer by Maribeth Boelts
Soccer IQ by Dan Blank
A the Coach� (Tm)S Guide to Teaching� by Doug Lemov
Soccer iQ - Vol. 2 by Dan Blank
Soccer Tough by Dan Abrahams
When Nobody Was Watching by Carli Lloyd
Coaching Soccer for Dummies by National Alliance for Youth Sports
The Field by Baptiste Paul
How to Coach Girls by Mia Wenjen
Soccer Coaching by Dylan Joseph
Goal! by Mina Javaherbin
Alex Ferguson by Alex Ferguson
Football Against the Enemy by Simon Kuper
The Soccer Fence by Phil Bildner
The Beckham Experiment by Grant Wahl
The Italian Job by Gianluca Vialli
Living on the Volcano by Michael Calvin
Beyond Lucky by Sarah Aronson
Outcasts United by Warren St. John