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Best Soccer Books

Explore the books that capture the spirit of the beautiful game, from biographies to tactical analyses. These soccer books have been top picks across numerous sports literature round-ups.

Recommendations from 28 articles, Richard Osman, Roger Bennett, Sarah Spain and 7 others.
Best Soccer Books
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Modern Classics Fever Pitch
Twentieth Anniversary Edition (Penguin Modern Classics)
Nick Hornby - 1998-03-01 (first published in 1992)
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This award-winning football classic captures the highs and lows of being a true football fan. Brimming with honesty and wit, it perfectly showcases what it means to be a fan and what it means to be a man. A must-read for anyone who wants to understand the power of sports in shaping our lives.
Recommended by
Chris Wesseling
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Inverting The Pyramid
The History of Soccer Tactics
Jonathan Wilson - 2008-09-02
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This riveting study explores the history of soccer tactics from its chaotic beginnings to modern times. Author Jonathan Wilson delves into the lives of iconic players and thinkers who have shaped the game. He also examines why the English have been resistant to abstract concepts. With its erudite and sweeping style, this modern classic of soccer writing is a must-read for any fan of the beautiful game.
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Simon Kuper Stefan Szymanski - 2009-10-27
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Discover new insights about the world's favorite sport with this insightful read. Using powerful analytical tools, the authors take a fresh look at football and reveal surprising truths that go against conventional wisdom. From interesting data trends to hidden stories behind the game, 'Soccernomics' is a must-read for any football fanatic.
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How Soccer Explains the World
An Unlikely Theory of Globalization
Franklin Foer - 2005-07-05 (first published in 2004)
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Explore the world through the lens of soccer, as Franklin Foer takes readers on an insightful and surprising tour across various continents. From the intersection of cultures to the global economy, How Soccer Explains the World sheds light on the joys and sorrows of modern society. Get ready for a unique and fascinating read that makes sense of our troubled times.
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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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Follow Joe McGinniss as he travels to a remote Italian village to cover a minor league soccer team's unlikely success. Along the way, he develops a bond with an absurd yet irresistible cast of characters, all while introducing readers to an Italy that no tourist guidebook has ever described. Get ready for a sad, funny, desolating, and inspiring story that will keep you on the edge of your seat from start to finish.
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The Damned Utd
A Novel
David Peace - 2007-04-05 (first published in 2006)
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This gripping novel follows the turbulent journey of football manager Brian Clough as he takes the reins of one of the country's most successful, yet despised, clubs. Leeds United's aging team proves a challenge for Clough and the battle could mean victory or ruin. Set in the gritty 1970s, the book explores the themes of fear, ambition, and success. You won't be able to put it down.
Recommended by
Roger Bennett
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The National Team
The Inside Story of the Women Who Changed Soccer
Caitlin Murray - 2019-04-02
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This book covers the 40-year history of the U.S. Women's National Soccer Team, including their four World Cup and Olympic wins. It explores the challenges the team faced off the pitch, such as poor pay and limited opportunities to play in professional leagues, and the rise and fall of U.S. women's soccer leagues. Featuring exclusive interviews with superstar players and coaches, this is an engrossing portrait of an enduring team.
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The Brazilian Way of Life
Alex Bellos - 2003-01-01 (first published in 2002)
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Discover the way soccer embodies the spirit of Brazil in this classic read by Alex Bellos. Through skillful storytelling and interviews with locals, Bellos fully captures the essence of what makes Brazil's Beautiful Game so spectacular. Explore the role that soccer has played in the lives and history of Brazilians, as well as the country's flamboyance and innovation. In 2022, it still proves to be a must-read for soccer fans everywhere.
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The Beckham Experiment
How the World's Most Famous Athlete Tried to Conquer America
Grant Wahl - 2009-07-14
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This book explores the fascinating story of soccer legend David Beckham's 2007 move to the Los Angeles Galaxy, with unprecedented access to the team and exclusive interviews with Beckham, his teammates, and manager. Author Grant Wahl delves into the inner circle of the experiment, revealing the clashes, gambles, and expectations that surrounded the high-profile player's move to American soccer. It's an engaging behind-the-scenes look at the cultural and professional sports collision that followed, with insights into Beckham's relationships with teammates and behind-the-scenes management.
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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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Explore the global phenomenon of soccer with this definitive book. From chaotic folk ritual to the world's most popular sport, discover the cultural and social impact of soccer on modern societies. Delve into its universal rules and geographical scope, and learn about its role in political and social history. And at its heart, never lose sight of the beauty, joy, and excitement of the game itself.
Lola Levine Is Not Mean! by Monica Brown
Masters of Modern Soccer by Grant Wahl
A Life Too Short by Ronald Reng
The Club by Joshua Robinson, Jonathan Clegg
Breakaway by Alex Morgan
When Nobody Was Watching by Carli Lloyd
Pele, King of Soccer/Pele, El Rey del Futbol by Monica Brown
The Field by Baptiste Paul
Booked by Kwame Alexander
A Season with Verona by Parks Tim
Das Reboot by Raphael Honigstein
Tor! by Ulrich Hesse-Lichtenberger
Morbo by Phil Ball
A the Coach� (Tm)S Guide to Teaching� by Doug Lemov
Brilliant Orange by David Winner
Goodnight Soccer (Sports Illustrated Kids Bedtime Books) by Michael Dahl
Coaching Soccer for Dummies by National Alliance for Youth Sports
Goal! by Mina Javaherbin
Soccer Coaching by Dylan Joseph
Soccer in a Football World by David Wangerin
The Soccer Fence by Phil Bildner
The Fix by Declan Hill
The Crossover by Kwame Alexander
Among the Thugs by Bill Buford
Soccer on SundayMerlin Mission by Mary Pope Osborne
Soccer IQ by Dan Blank
One Night in Turin by Pete Davies
Everything Soccer by Blake Hoena
Soccer iQ - Vol. 2 by Dan Blank
Soccer Tough by Dan Abrahams
My First Book of Soccer by The Editors of Sports Illustrated Kids
Soccer by Mary Pope Osborne
Happy Like Soccer by Maribeth Boelts
What Is the World Cup? by Bonnie Bader
Spotlight Soccer by Ricardo Sanchez
Alex Ferguson by Alex Ferguson
Soccer Star by Mina Javaherbin
World of Reading For the Love of Soccer! by Pelé
The Complete Keeper - Youth Goalkeeper Training from A to Z by Peter Greiber, Robert Freis
The Italian Job by Gianluca Vialli
Outcasts United by Warren St. John
Living on the Volcano by Michael Calvin
Beyond Lucky by Sarah Aronson
Seeing Red by Graham Poll
Soccer Counts! / El fútbol cuenta! by Barbara Barbieri McGrath
Kick It, Mo! by David A. Adler, Sam Ricks
Men in Blazers Present Encyclopedia Blazertannica by Roger Bennett, Michael Davies
The Berenstain Bears by Mike Berenstain
Football Hackers by Christoph Biermann
Messi by Steve Herman
Calcio by John Foot
Pep Guardiola - 88 Attacking Combinations and Positional Patterns of Play Direct from Pep's Training Sessions (Volume) by Soccertutor Com
The Sound and the Glory by Matt Pentz
It's Hard to Dribble with Your Feet by Val Priebe
Making Youth Soccer Fun! Ages 4 to 8 by Paul Sabiston
Football Against the Enemy by Simon Kuper
Red Card by Ken Bensinger
Ajax, the Dutch, the War by Simon Kuper
The Story of the World Cup by Brian Glanville
How to Coach Girls by Mia Wenjen