Books About Soccer

Here you will find a list of Books about Soccer. The list is culled from multiple sources.

I’d like to suggest that if you have an interest in purchasing a book, use a local bookseller such as Left Bank Books here in St Louis.

Soccer in a Football World: The Story of America’s Forgotten Game by David Wangerin
Review in Soccer America “David Wangerin has done a great service by providing this enlightening and entertaining account of the fascinating characters and unique circumstances that have defined U.S. soccer for nearly a century. … A comprehensive and engaging tour through the roller-coaster history of the American game.”

The Daily Beast offered their list at the beginning of World Cup 2014 in Brazil.
The Literature of Futbol: 11 Great Books About Soccer

From Pele on the beautiful game to Bill Buford on the sport’s dark side, check out a complete team of terrific books that give you all the prep you need for the World Cup.
There are plenty of examples that can be used to challenge George Plimpton’s Law of Inverse Proportionality (the smaller the ball, the more books have been written about the sport). How about marbles? Or billiards? But alas, not soccer. The world’s favorite sport has not produced a huge library.

Soccer in Sun and Shadow
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“The World Turns Around a Spinning Ball” Choreographed War and Other Aspects of the World’s Greatest Game is
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The Ball is Round: A Global History of Soccer
by David Goldblatt.

Golazo!: The Beautiful Game from the Aztecs to the World Cup: The Complete History of How Soccer Shaped Latin America
by Andreas Campomar.

Futebol Nation: The Story of Brazil through Soccer
by David Goldblatt.

Why Soccer Matters
by Pelé.

Fear and Loathing in La Liga: Barcelona, Real Madrid, and the World’s Greatest Sports Rivalry
by Sid Lowe.

The Country of Football: Soccer and the Making of Modern Brazil
by Roger Kittleson.

Brazil’s Dance with the Devil: The World Cup, The Olympics, and the Fight for Democracy
by Dave Zirin.

How Soccer Explains the World: An Unlikely Theory of Globalization
by Franklin Foer

Among the Thugs
by Bill Buford.

by David Thomson

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