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18 Recommended Soccer Books To Read This Summer

soccer in a football world book cover 18 Recommended Soccer Books To Read This Summer

It’s the perfect time of the year to catch up on reading, so what better choice is there to read than some of the greatest football books?

In conjunction with our sister site EPL Talk, we’ve put together a list of the top 18 recommended football books for this summer. Some of the highlights that US soccer fans will enjoy include:

  • Soccer In A Football World by David Wangerin. The author traces the history of soccer in the States and dispels the myth that soccer didn’t finally arrive in the country when the NASL opened its doors. Dive into this fascinating book that features exhaustive research and plenty of twists and turns throughout each chapter.
  • The Ball Is Round by David Goldblatt. Author David Goldblatt tells the full story of soccer’s rise from chaotic folk ritual to the world’s most popular sport-now poised to fully establish itself in the USA.
  • Inverting The Pyramid by Jonathan Wilson. If you’re fascinated by tactics and formations, or want to learn more, this eye-opening book discusses how formations have changed over the years and what impact it has had on the beautiful game that we cherish.

Read the complete list of 18 recommended football books by clicking on the banner below. Even if you’ve read some or many of the books, be sure to participate in the book discussion by adding your observations, questions and a list of your favorite football books that we may have missed from the list.

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One Response to 18 Recommended Soccer Books To Read This Summer

  1. Seybold says:

    Inverting the Pyramid is outstanding, can’t recommend it enough. Excellent analysis of tactical innovation in soccer, combined with analysis of the local roots of different playing styles. His ongoing columns in the Guardian are like extra chapters (his analysis of how the Brazilian 4-2-3-1 is different than the European version was enlightening to read right before the ConfedCup final).

    If you’ve ever watched FSC and transitioned from an Italian game to an English one, and wondered why English players can’t trap/pass/control the ball/etc, Vialli’s The Italian Job is a winner..

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