Posted: 10/14/2006
Title: BEST BOOKS ON SOCCER

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People often ask me about the best books on soccer, so I am giving my choice.All are a 'Good Read' but I haven't chosen any boring autobiographies. I enjoy the history and sociology of 'the beautiful game', and would be interested to hear about any great books that I have omitted'.             

1. THE STORY OF THE WORLD CUP.  Brian Glanville.

2. FUTEBOL:THE BRAZILIAN WAY OF LIFE. Alex Bellos.

3. BRILLIANT ORANGE: THE NEUROTIC GENIUS OF DUTCH FOOTBALL. David Winner

4. TOR: THE STORY OF GERMAN FOOTBALL. Ulrich Hesse-Lichtenberger

5. FOUL: THE SECRET WORLD OF FIFA. BRIBES, VOTE RIGGING AND TICKET SCANDALS. Andrew Jennings.

6. MORBO: THE STORY OF SPANISH FOOTBALL. Phil Ball

7. FEVER PITCH.  Nick Hornby

8. THE BALL IS ROUND. A GLOBAL HISTORY OF FOOTBALL. David Goldblatt

9. HILLSBOROUGH, THE TRUTH. Phil Scraton

10.AJAX: THE DUTCH, THE WAR IN EUROPE. Simon Kuper

11.BARCA: A PEOPLE'S PASSION. Jimmy Burns

12.WHITE STORM: 100 YEARS OF REAL MADRID.  Phil Ball

13.GARRINCHA: THE TRIUMPH AND THE TRAGEDY. Ruy Castro

14.DYNAMO: DEFENDING THE HONOUR OF KIEV. Andy Dougan

15.FOOTBALL AGAINST THE ENEMY: Simon Kuper

16.LE FOOT: LEGENDS OF FRENCH FOOTBALL. Christian Ruhn

17.SIGHTLINES: A STADIUM ODYSSEY. Simon Inglis

18.CALCIO: A HISTORY OF ITALIAN FOOTBALL. John Foot

19.BROKEN DREAMS: VANITY,GREED AND THE SOURING OF BRITISH FOOTBALL. Tom Bower

20.ONCE IN A LIFETIME: THE INCREDIBLE STORY OF THE N Y COSMOS. Gavin Newsham

21.THE GLORY GAME. Hunter Davies

22.THE BEAUTIFUL GAME:SEARCHING FOR THE SOUL OF FOOTBALL. David Conn

23.FULL TIME: THE SECRET LIFE OF TONY CASCARINO. Paul Kimmage

24.FOOTBALL AND GANGSTERS:HOW ORGANIZED CRIME CONTROLS THE GAME. Graham Johnson

25.THE FAR NORTH:A DRIBBLE THRU NORTH-EAST FOOTBALL. Harry Pearson

26.ONLY A GAME: DIARY OF A PROFESSIONAL FOOTBALLER. Eamonn Dunphy

27.PASSOVOTCHKA. MOSCOW DYNAMO IN BRITAIN 1945. David Downing

28.THE LOST BABES:MAN UTDS FORGOTTEN VICTIMS OF MUNICH. Jeff Connor

29.GROWING UP WITH SUBBUTEO:MY DAD INVENTED THE WORLD'S BEST GAME. Mark Adolph

30.PREMIERSHIP FOOTBALL AND REAL ALE GUIDE. Richard Stedman

31.FOOTBALL IN AFRICA:CONFICT,CONCILIATION & COMMUNITY. Gary Armstrong

32.FOUR MINUTES TO HELL: THE STORY OF THE BRADFORD CITY FIRE. Paul Firth

33.MY FATHER AND OTHER WORKING CLASS FOOTBALL HEROES. Gary Imlach

34.THOSE FEET: A SENSUOUS HISTORY OF ENGLISH FOOTBALL. David Winner

35.MY LIFE AND THE BEAUTIFUL GAME. Pele

36.FOUL PLAY. David Thomas

37.A KICK IN THE GRASS: THE SLOW RISE AND RAPID DEMISE OF THE NASL. Clive Toye

38.PUSKAS ON PUSKAS. Ferenc Puskas

39.DICK, KERR'S LADIES. Barbara Jacobs

40.THE DAMNED UNITED. David Peace

41.SOCCER AT WAR. Jack Rollin

42.THE BEAUTIFUL TEAM: IN SEARCH OF PELE AND THE 1970 BRAZILIANS. Gary Jennings

43.I LOST MY HEART TO THE BELLES. Pete Davies

44.THE ITALIAN JOB. Gianluca Vialla

45.BOGOTA BANDIT-CHARLIE MITTEN. Graeme Fife

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