A GOOD READ

Soccer 360 - - 90th Minute -

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.

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