The Soccer America Library: Check out recent recommendations and the classics

Soccer America's friends and colleagues offer a wide variety of soccer lit recommendations -- followed by links to Soccer America's book reviews.



Bruce McGuire
Football Against The Enemy by Simon Kuper
The Miracle of Castel Di Sangro by Joe McGinnes
The Damned Utd by David Peace
Among The Thugs by Bill Buford
Fever Pitch by Nick Hornby

Keegan Pierce:
Morbo: The Story of Spanish Football, by Phil Ball
Fear and Loathing in LaLiga, by Sid Lowe
Fever Pitch, by Nick Hornby
It's Not About the Bra, by Brandi Chastain
The Miracle of Castel di Sangro, by Joe McGinniss

Steven Goff:
"All Played Out" by Pete Davies
"Fever Pitch" by Nick Hornby
"Soccer in Sun and Shadow" by Eduardo Galeano
"Dynamo" by Andy Dougan.
"My Turn" by Johan Cruyff
"Futebol" by Alex Bellos. "Das Reboot" by Raphael Honigstein.
"Finn McCool's Football Club" by Stephen Rea.
"All of Simon Kuper's work is terrific."

Liz Lima:
Lean In by Sheryl Sandberg
InsideOut Coaching by Joe Ehrmann
The Culture Code by Daniel Coyle
What Drives Winning by Brett Ledbetter
The Vision of a Champion by Anson Dorrance
How to Win Friends and Influence People by Stephen Covey

Ian Plenderleith:
Matchdays: The Hidden Story of the Bundesliga by Ronald Reng
Brian Clough: Nobody Ever Says Thank You by Jonathan Wilson
Goalkeeper Are Different by Brian Glanville
The Ugly Game: The Qatari Ploy to Buy the World Cup by Heidi Blake and Jonathan Calvert
The Football Man  by Arthur Hopcraft

Grant Wahl:
Fever Pitch by Nick Hornby
The Girls of Summer by Jeré Longman
Among the Thugs by Bill Buford
The Away Game by Sebastian Abbot
Inverting the Pyramid by Jonathan Wilson

Amanda Cromwell:
Hard Hat By Jon Gordon
The Energy Bus by Jon Gordon

Benjamin Ziemer:
Team Building by Rinus Michels

Brian Kleiban:
Jose Mourinho: Anatomy of a Winner by Patrick Barclay
Pep Confidential: The Inside Story of Pep Guardiola’s First Season at Bayern Munich by Martí Perarnau
Lo suficientemente loco. Una bigrafia de Marcelo Bielsa by Ariel Senosiain

Forward: A Memoir by Abby Wambach
It's Not About the Bra: Play Hard, Play Fair, and Put the Fun Back Into Competitive by Brandi Chastain
When Nobody Was Watching: My Hard-Fought Journey to the Top of the Soccer World by Carli Lloyd
Choose to Matter: Being Courageously and Fabulously YOU by Julie Foudy

Brian Glanville:
Sir Alf By Leo McKinstry
The Soccer Syndrome By John Moynihan
The Simplest Game By Paul Gardner
Nice Guys Finish Last: Sport and American Life By Paul Gardner
SoccerTalk: Life Under the Spell of the Round Ball By Paul Gardner
The Glory Game By Hunter Davies

Phil Savitz:
Focused for Soccer: Develop a Winning Mental Approach by Bill Beswick
The Keeper by Tim Howard

Todd Beane
Practice Perfect by Doug Lemov
The Element by Ken Robinson
Peak by Anders Ericsson and Robert Pool

Roger Bennett
Ajax, the Dutch, the War by Simon Kuper
The Damned United by David Peace
The Ball is Round by David Goldblatt
The Glory Game By Hunter Davies
Soccer in Sun and Shadow by Eduardo Galeano

Tim Hanley
Soccer in Sun and Shadow by Eduardo Galeano

Ken Bensinger
Sneaker Wars by Barbara Smit
Soccer in Sun and Shadow by Eduardo Galeano
FIFA Mafia by Thomas Kistner (available in German or Spanish)
The Ugly Game by Heidi Blake & Jonathan Calvert
O Lado Sujo do Futebol by Amaury Riberiro Jr, Leando Cipoloni, Luiz Carlos Azenha and Tony Chastinet. (available in Portuguese or Spanish)
Soccernomics by Simon Kuper and Stefan Szymanski

THE QUIET FAN: "A lively, entertaining and realistic trip through soccer fandom."

The Quiet Fan by Ian Plenderleith
How Football (Nearly) Came Home: Adventures in Putin’s World Cup by Barney Ronay
Champions of Women’s Soccer & Champions of Men’s Soccer by Ann Killion
Do You Speak Football?: A Glossary of Football Words and Phrases from Around the World by Tom Williams
What's Wrong with US?: A Coach’s Blunt Take on the State of American Soccer After a Lifetime on the Touchline by Bruce Arena with Steve Kettmann
The Away Game: The Epic Search for Soccer's Next Superstars by Sebastian Abbot
The Language of the Game by Laurent Dubois
What We Think About When We Think About Soccer by Simon Critchley
Men in Blazers Present Encyclopedia Blazertannica by Roger Bennett and Michael Davies
Masters of Modern Soccer: How the World's Best Play the Twenty-First-Century Game by Grant Wahl
The Man Behind the Goal by Brian Glanville
Rock 'n' Roll Soccer: The Short Life and Fast Times of the North American Soccer League by Ian Plenderleith

The Clive Toye Books:
Clive Toye does Roald Dahl for soccer (Toby and The Greatest Game)
A Kick in the Grass
The remarkable Clive Toye -- who brought showmanship, excitement and color to American soccer (Anywhere In The World)

Magic Boots, Clash of Cleats, and Red Card by Bill Summers

How to Coach Girls by Alison Foley and Mia Wenjen
Let your kids play soccer in the house -- with small balls by Tom Byer

*Ken Bensinger on the secret informants who made the USA's case in soccer's biggest scandal, the soccer guys who worked it, and the Christopher Steele twist

*Red Card: How the U.S. Blew the Whistle on the World's Biggest Sports Scandal

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