Essential Soccer Books

Discussion in 'Books' started by Jose L. Couso, Jan 15, 2006.

  1. Dr. Wankler

    Dr. Wankler Member+

    May 2, 2001
    The Electric City
    Club:
    Chicago Fire
    I wonder if Zlatan's read it.
     
  2. Excape Goat

    Excape Goat Member+

    Mar 18, 1999
    Hong Kong
    Club:
    Real Madrid
    What do you mean? He definitely used a ghost writer, but he probably still had to "say' everything to the writer before he rewrote it. According to the customers' reviews from Amazon, the original version in Swedish was much better. I am not into him. So I don't know how he talked. A lot of the reviews said that it sounded just liked him. I can see how his cockiness can be humorous.
     
  3. Excape Goat

    Excape Goat Member+

    Mar 18, 1999
    Hong Kong
    Club:
    Real Madrid
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    Did anyone mention this book? The movie was not bad either. This book is fictional account of Brian Clough's 44 days of failure at Leeds United. A lot of players mentioned in the book were very unhappy.
     
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  4. Jamooky

    Jamooky Member+

    Mar 24, 2006
    Cleveland, OH USA
    Club:
    Arsenal FC
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    ^ It's a fascinating book, although David Peace's stream-of-consciousness style does wear a bit thin towards the end.
     
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  5. Excape Goat

    Excape Goat Member+

    Mar 18, 1999
    Hong Kong
    Club:
    Real Madrid
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    I just finished this. The book is fun to read. He offered a lot of insghts to Manchester United and its players. I could tell that he likes Giggs, Scholas and Ronaldo, but he could not stand Beckham and Keane. However, it is a poorly written book. He jumped from one subject to another. Sometimes, I did not even realize it. What he was talking about it.... oh, because he jumped into a different subject.
     
  6. Stuart95

    Stuart95 Member+

    Mar 11, 2012
    Stafford, VA
    Club:
    Colorado Rapids
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    Got an IPad for Christmas and downloaded Overlap Magazine by the editors of Howler and MLSoccer. Incredible graphics and writing. Great integration of audio files as well. Unlike Howler it is completely focused on MLS.
     
  7. Oveki8

    Oveki8 Member+

    May 4, 2012
    Club:
    DC United
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    I always enjoy reading Jimmy Burns' books.
     
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  8. Jamooky

    Jamooky Member+

    Mar 24, 2006
    Cleveland, OH USA
    Club:
    Arsenal FC
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    I've owned that for 2 years or so and still haven't gotten around to reading it. :(
     
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  9. Stuart95

    Stuart95 Member+

    Mar 11, 2012
    Stafford, VA
    Club:
    Colorado Rapids
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    I just finished reading "Sounders FC: Authentic Masterpiece" by Mike Gastineau. Great insight into the behind the scenes activity that led to the Sounders moving up from USL to MLS. The author covers a lot of ground talking to the owners, coaches, players, supporters, even local bar owners. I'm not a Sounders fan but liked to insight into MLS.
     
  10. BalanceUT

    BalanceUT RSL and THFC!

    Oct 8, 2006
    Appalachia
    Club:
    Real Salt Lake
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    Does it make the case that the Sounders invented moving up from USL to MLS (arguably, true, but it fits a narrative that the Sounders believe they define success in soccer in the USA).
     
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  11. Stuart95

    Stuart95 Member+

    Mar 11, 2012
    Stafford, VA
    Club:
    Colorado Rapids
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    Nah, it is pretty subdued on the whole Seattle invented everything line. He points out that a lot of stars alligned at once: the Sonics left leaving a void for traditional sports media, there was a legendary Seahawks executive who was a soccer nut, the MLS group decided not to market to soccer moms, etc. My take away was they did a lot of things right but also got lucky.
     
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  12. Jim Hutch

    Jim Hutch Member

    Mar 5, 2014
    Club:
    Argentinos Juniors
     
  13. Jim Hutch

    Jim Hutch Member

    Mar 5, 2014
    Club:
    Argentinos Juniors
     
  14. Jim Hutch

    Jim Hutch Member

    Mar 5, 2014
    Club:
    Argentinos Juniors
    I would recommend the book SOCCERROCK, which is currently looking for a film production company.


    The world's most popular sport is soccer. More countries are registered with soccer's governing body, FIFA (Federation International Football Association), than in the United Nations.
    From the slums of Argentina, to the sub zero temperatures in Siberia, someone is playing soccer as you read this. Since the days of Elvis Presley, to the sold out stadiums featuring Metallica, rock & roll music is a global phenomenon.
    When you combine these two genres, the results are electric and this is truly an original concept.

    Almost every soccer movie ever made involves kids and cute animals, and is usually a G-RATED affair. Every other sport has films of a more adult nature. Hockey has "SLAP SHOT", baseball has "MAJOR LEAGUE", football has "THE LONGEST YARD", and golf has "TIN CUP", just to name a few examples. Where is the great adult soccer movie???

    The screenplay has been written, registered with WGA and ready for release.

    SOCCERROCK is an action/adventure story that is void of all the corny formulas that exist in every Hollywood soccer production.

    The London Wolves. The very mention of the name struck fear into the hearts of football clubs across Europe. Kris Sanderson had played on professional soccer teams for twelve years in the States. He had left the sport behind him and started a new chapter in his life, but the British Secret Service had other ideas. A large money offer was made, a proposal like none other. They would transport him to England and resurrect his playing career with the legendary London Wolves.

    Their target would be Anton Hassler and the Freedom Brigade. A series of bombings had left the Brits frustrated and desperate, and they would use Kris as bait in a last ditch effort to capture the most elusive terrorist group they've ever encountered. The attacks by the German renegades seemed random but there was a dark secret which only they and the British Secret Service knew about. They had to be stopped and no expense would be spared. Kris will again cross paths with Dead Egypt; the world's most notorious heavy metal band. His past with them included a passionate love affair with Ty, the beautiful lead singer who was a woman men would die for. Eighty thousand fans will fill Sydney Memorial Stadium in Australia for a night never to be forgotten. Sanderson will lead the Sydney Roos in an important league match followed by the reunion concert of Dead Egypt, a soccerrock extravaganza that would be talked about for generations.

    From the United States, to England, to Australia, Kris Sanderson experiences a story that must be seen to be believed. With his life in danger and pressure coming from all sides, he reaches down and finds an inner strength he didn't know he possessed. A devious plan with eccentric detail will allow Kris to infiltrate the terrorist organization. The only problem, once he's in, can he ever get out?


    The marketing appeal is obvious and far reaching. From Europe to South America, the passion of soccer and music fans cannot be denied. This film will sell tickets all over the world.

    It's time to give this great sport a new level of respect in the United States. Having a soccer movie thriller is a start.

    Using my experiences as a twelve year professional player, a sports writer for two newspapers and a backstage roadie for bands, SOCCERROCK is filled with anecdotes and reality.

    As long as people are rocking out from Los Angeles, to London, to Sydney, SOCCERROCK can become a cult classic and also appeal to a mainstream audience.
     
  15. elcharinho

    elcharinho New Member

    Apr 28, 2014
    Club:
    --other--
    DESIGNER - Jure Karamarko

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    A fan novel in which you are about to recognise yourself and all the people you share your supporter's life, no matter where in the world you live. A story about love, passion, and about the sence of affiliation. A story of giving oneself to his town, his club and his group in defending his town.
    A fan novel which knocked the readers in Croatia, Bosnia Serbia Mazedonia and Slovenia of their feet, finally available in English. A lovely story in line with the most watched movies about soccer fans. Enjoy in 2 hours of reading and enjoying the great supporting passion.
    Sink once again into the world well-known, let your hair bristle and your hard to start pumping.

    http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B00JWWYR92?*Version*=1&*entries*=0

    ;)
     
  16. Oveki8

    Oveki8 Member+

    May 4, 2012
    Club:
    DC United
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    Entertaining.
     
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  17. Stuart95

    Stuart95 Member+

    Mar 11, 2012
    Stafford, VA
    Club:
    Colorado Rapids
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    I'm reading Fear and Loathing in La Liga now as well. It focuses on Real Madrid and Barca exclusively but uses their story to illustrate Spain as a whole. Great writing, research and narrative. So far it is up there with The Ball is Round as one of my favorite soccer books.
     
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  18. Jamooky

    Jamooky Member+

    Mar 24, 2006
    Cleveland, OH USA
    Club:
    Arsenal FC
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    I've been avaioding that one, to be honest. I don't like the idea of using Real & Braca exclusively to explain Spain as a whole. It seems a bit simplistic (Spain is super complicated) . . . but, of course, I haven't read it, so what do I know?
     
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  19. Oveki8

    Oveki8 Member+

    May 4, 2012
    Club:
    DC United
    I don't think he meant "explains Spain" but rather "illustrates Spain", like you said Spain is super complicated (as the writer mentions there is no black & white when it comes to Real & Barca but rather many different shades of grey).

    Having gotten halfway through I like how he puts the soccer stories in context of Spain's recent history (he has done a very thorough job in researching Spain's history and dispels a lot of myths associated with both Real & Barca). In short, a great book.
     
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  20. Stuart95

    Stuart95 Member+

    Mar 11, 2012
    Stafford, VA
    Club:
    Colorado Rapids
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    Exactly, it illustrates centralism vs. regionalism, the winners vs. the losers in the Civil War, etc. Even then he caveats that some parts of the traditional narrative (i.e. Real was Franco's team) aren't exactly true. It isn't complete but makes for a good read. I'd give it a try.
     
  21. ajbirch07

    ajbirch07 Member

    Jan 31, 2008
    Club:
    Manchester United FC
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    Not sure if its been mentioned on here yet but I really enjoyed "How Soccer Explains the World" by Franklin Foer. He goes into a myriad of problems in global society and tries to compare/explain them using examples in soccer. If you're a random person like me and have a lot of varying interests its a good book to pick up.

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  22. Dr. Wankler

    Dr. Wankler Member+

    May 2, 2001
    The Electric City
    Club:
    Chicago Fire
    Eight years ago on page one, actually.

    Several people who read it (myself included, but I wasn't the first) refer to it as an Americanized version of Simon Kuper's Football Against the Enemy (soccer in it's US release, of course). Kupar is a much better writer on these issues. He knows a lot more about soccer, and he's a reporter for the Financial Times (i.e., I think he's got a better head for the economic aspect than Foer does).
     
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  23. Oveki8

    Oveki8 Member+

    May 4, 2012
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  24. Excape Goat

    Excape Goat Member+

    Mar 18, 1999
    Hong Kong
    Club:
    Real Madrid
    [​IMG]

    I downloaded it from kindle without checking the date of the publication. It received a good review. however, I forgot to check the date of the publication. It was written before the WC 1994 with an updated chapter for the WC Finals at the end of the book. Overall, it contained some lovely stories, but I found the writer mocking the countries that he visited. I lived in the US around the time he researched the book. I did not think it was an accurate portrayal of the US before the WC Finals.
     
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  25. pookspur

    pookspur Moderator
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    Nov 3, 2001
    Indiana
    Club:
    Tottenham Hotspur FC
    football against the enemy remains simon kuper's best, despite a number of books since. the American version - soccer against the enemy - while essentially the same book, represented some of the lamest publishing/editing that I've ever seen (and I've been selling books for over 20 years - I've seen/read a lot of books).

    for example, one of the 'adjustments' they made for the north American reader was to simply run a program to change the word 'football' into 'soccer'. this lead to such contributions as 'carrying a bag of soccers' and referring to the game played in the NFL as 'American soccer'. there are other similar examples of such thoughtlessness. they literally could not have had any kind of proofreading, whatsoever.

    I have no idea whether the digital version has rectified any of this, but I know that I would occasionally check copies that came into my store, and the print version - it's obviously still in print - hadn't made any improvements as of a few years back.

    American publishing has gotten pretty shabby over the last 15 or so years. I find at least one error in a vast majority of what I read. but this one was among the very worst. utter, utter carelessness.

    still a great book, mind. ;):D
     
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