World Cup Fever

Article by liz

It’s World Cup season! Whether you watch each match with bated breath, only follow your favorites, or are just getting swept up in the madness of international soccer for the first time, check out some of these fantastic reads to celebrate the World Cup!

 

If you’re just learning about soccer for the first time, there’s no one better to introduce you than Brazilian legend Pele, possibly the most famous player in the world. WHY SOCCER MATTERS tells an intricate and engaging story of five World Cups, full of Pele’s own recollections of why “the beautiful game” is so meaningful for him, and fantastic context for this summer’s Brazil-hosted World Cup. And for your soccer-loving young ones, PELE, KING OF SOCCER, provides a colorful introduction to the man himself.

 

For a great overview of soccer’s global impact, pick up Franklin Foer’s lively, fascinating HOW SOCCER EXPLAINS OUR WORLD: AN UNLIKELY THEORY OF GLOBALIZATIONGOLAZO! by Andreas Campomar offers a fantastic history of fútbol in Latin America specifically. If you’re interested in a great collection of fun facts and soccer trivia, WHO INVENTED THE BICYCLE KICK? will make you the coolest person at the sports bar during halftime breaks. 

 

The best soccer stories are a mix of highs and lows, so for a great look at one of soccer’s current lows, THE BIG FIX by Brett Forrest is a brand-new exploration of match-fixing and corruption in international soccer. This thrilling exposé reads like a novel, but if you’re looking for true novels of soccer for your summer read, David Peace is your man. THE DAMNED UTD, his fictionalized account of Brian Clough’s forty-four days as manager of Leeds United, was described as “probably the best novel ever written about sport” by The London Times. His new novel, RED OR DEAD, stars Bill Shankly, the manager who brought Liverpool F.C. from a last-place joke to a major player in England’s Premier League. Whether you’re a soccer novice or a dedicated fan, there’s a book to love in our World Cup lineup!

 

Why Soccer Matters Cover Image
$26.95
ISBN: 9780451468444
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 1-5 Days
Published: Celebra - April 1st, 2014


Pele, King of Soccer/Pele, El Rey del Futbol Cover Image
By Monica Brown, Rudy Gutierrez (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9780061227790
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 1-5 Days
Published: Rayo - December 23rd, 2008


How Soccer Explains the World: An Unlikely Theory of Globalization Cover Image
$14.99
ISBN: 9780061978050
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 1-5 Days
Published: Harper Perennial - May 11th, 2010


Golazo!: The Beautiful Game from the Aztecs to the World Cup: The Complete History of How Soccer Shaped Latin America Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9781594485862
Availability: Special Order - Subject to Availability
Published: Riverhead Books - May 6th, 2014


Who Invented the Bicycle Kick?: Soccer's Greatest Legends and Lore Cover Image
$14.99
ISBN: 9780062346940
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 1-5 Days
Published: William Morrow & Company - May 20th, 2014


The Big Fix: The Hunt for the Match-Fixers Bringing Down Soccer Cover Image
$26.99
ISBN: 9780062308078
Availability: Hard to Find
Published: William Morrow & Company - May 6th, 2014


The Damned UTD Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9781612193700
Availability: Special Order - Subject to Availability
Published: Melville House Publishing - March 11th, 2014


Red or Dead Cover Image
$30.00
ISBN: 9781612193687
Availability: Special Order - Subject to Availability
Published: Melville House Publishing - May 27th, 2014

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