7 Soccer Books To Read During The World Cup

The start of the World Cup in Brazil is just 24 hours away. The next best thing to watching the games is reading about this great sport.

There are several books on this list that I recommend.

Football Against the Enemy – The first book to analyze the social and political aspects that are connected to football around the world. It paved the way for other books that have been written on the same subject.

Soccer in Sun and Shadow – Full of anecdotes about the players, games, goals, and moments of glory and infamy that are all a part of football’s history.

Fever Pitch – What it means to be a football fan. Brilliantly told in this book.

With the 2014 World Cup commencing this week, there’s never been a better time to delve into the complexities of the world’s game. For more insight into what is (and is not) football, and why so many people care so very much, here are some titles to guide you through the coming month of games:

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3 Responses to 7 Soccer Books To Read During The World Cup

  1. Great post. For me, everything Galeano writes is pure gold.

    I’m half-way through “Futebol: The Brazilian Way of Life” by Alex Bellos. It’s a great book, looking at Brazilian culture and society in general through the lens of football. It’s really well done. If you are interested I highly recommend it.

    Un abrazo

    • thehealer31 says:

      I agree. Everything Galeano writes is worth reading. I’ve read his football book several times. It remains as interesting as ever. I’ll definitely check out the book you recommended. A great subject for a book.

      • thehealer31 says:

        These books were not on the list but are worth reading:

        The Ball is Round – A Global History of Soccer (David Goldblatt)

        Comprehensive and a fun read.

        Soccernomics – Simon Kuper

        I was pleasantly surprised that it was a very good book. The statistics are enlightening and do not bore. This is a necessary book in this age of Globalization which has dramatically transformed football.


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