A GOOD READ
THE WINTER MONTHS CAN BE A DIFFICULT TIME FOR ANY NORTH AMERICAN FOOTBALL FAN. WHILE THERE ARE CERTAINLY MANY GAMES TO WATCH ON THE TELEVISION THE STANDS ARE EMPTY AND THUS THERE IS PLENTY OF IDLE TIME. THE GOOD NEWS IS THAT THERE ARE PLENTY OF BOOKS TO READ DURING THIS TIME.
HERE ARE TEN OF THE
BEST NORTH AMERICANTHEMED SOCCER BOOKS TO READ DURING THE WINTER BREAK.
THIRTY-ONE NIL: ON THE ROAD WITH FOOTBALL’S OUTSIDERS: A WORLD CUP ODYSSEY (JAMES MONTAGUE)
If you have ever wanted to learn about soccer’s minnows then this is the perfect read.
THE UNITED STATES OF SOCCER: MLS AND THE RISE OF SOCCER FANDOM (PHIL WEST)
West combs through the wild west that was the late 1980s and early 1990s of American soccer and delivers a solid, thorough analysis of the times.
EIGHT WORLD CUPS: MY JOURNEY THROUGH THE BEAUTY AND DARK SIDE OF SOCCER (GEORGE VECSEY) Like many North Americans who have fallen in love with the game New York Times writer George Vecsey started right around the 1980s. His travels through the game serve as the perfect backdrop to when Canada and United States were also becoming more exposed to what the beautiful game could offer.
SOCCER: CANADA’S NATIONAL SPORT (LES JONES)
Jones take a deep and methodical look at over 150 years of history of Canadian soccer and pulls out some fantastic stories and bits of information.
SOCCER WARZ: INSIDE AMERICA’S SOCCER FEUD BETWEEN MLS, NASL, AND USL (KARTIK KRISHNAIYER)
No one knows the lower divisions of American and Canadian soccer quite like Kartik Krishnaiyer. In Soccer Warz Krishnaiyer breaks down the current structure, provides insight into the motivations of all the major decisionmakers, and looks at the future of how the game will grow in both countries.
RED CARD: HOW THE UNITED
STATES BLEW THE WHISTLE ON THE WORLD’S BIGGEST SPORTS SCANDAL (KEN BENSINGER)
The FIFA corruption scandal rocked the footballing world and Bensinger’s book he looks at how the United States was key in bringing down Sepp Blatter.
AMONG THE THUGS (BILL BUFORD) No book has provided more insight into the motivations and mindset of soccer supporters quite like Buford’s take on English football in the 1980s.
ONCE IN A LIFETIME: THE INCREDIBLE STORY OF THE NEW YORK COSMOS (GAVIN NEWSHAM)
The Cosmos inspired a generation to pick up a ball and play the beautiful game. Newsham’s book details all of the highs and lows of one of the world’s most famous football teams.
SOCCER IN A FOOTBALL WORLD (DAVID WANGERIN)
An American ex-pat takes a deep dive into his former home countries desire,or lack thereof, to learn the game. Plus the immortal question of ‘soccer versus football’ is finally answered.
THE BECKHAM EXPERIMENT (GRANT WAHL)
David Beckham signing with the Los Angeles Galaxy shook the footballing world. With access to all of the key decision-makers Wahl looks at the motivations to bringing the Beckham brand to America and what it might mean for the global game.