Soccer Books

Learn about the beautiful game:

The Secret Footballer’s Guide to the Modern Game, by The Secret Footballer

Highly-entertaining and vastly educational, The Secret Footballer’s Guide to the Modern Game: Tips and Tactics from the Ultimate Insider, is one of those books that’s so densely-packed with tidbits and information that you’ll have to read or listen to it multiple times. What’s found here is an intense and up-close look at the personalities, the lifestyles, the tactics, the habits, and the strategies of todays professional clubs and players, from someoneon who (supposedly) has played and managed with them and — since he remains anonymous — is free to dish out the real story. Highly recommended if you are interested in the English Premier League, as that’s where most of the book’s focus lies. Available here in print, ebook, and audio book:

 

How to Watch Soccer, by Ruud Gullit

One of the greats of the 80s and 90s (and currently the coach of the Dutch National Team) Ruud Gullit is probably among the most qualified people on the planet to write a book explaining, in great but understandable detail, the nuances of the modern game. New fans and seasoned football fanatics will get a lot out of this book. I’m listening to it in audio book form, and it’s taken me a month to get halfway through it, just because I keep wanting to go back and re-listen to certain parts. Physical book and audio book available here:

 

Fever Pitch, by Nick Hornby…

If you can read this book and still not be interested in following soccer…you might want to check your pulse. Not only  a great book about the joy and pain of being a sports fan, but a great coming-of-age novel as well. When I first got bit by the soccer bug (for real) back in 2014, I read this book. It took me about three days to finish the whole book and afterward I felt even more called toward soccer fandom. This book gets a Soccerstuf.com rating of Five Balls…