“All that I know most surely about morality and obligations I owe to football.”
Football a game loved by millions of people all around the world has just not remained a game but a way of life for many. Replete in life lessons, this world-wide popular game has even seen some die-hard fans resorting to worshipping their favourite players! Thus, it is but natural that many books have been written on this sport. Care for a read?
Here’s a list of some fine books on football that explore various facets of this game:
Fever Pitch by Nick Hornby
In this classic book, the protagonist takes us through his life and introduces its aspects, opens up about his emotions and feelings all through the paradigm of football. It’s hilarious, poignant and takes the reader on a journey giving them an insight on how the game shapes lives.
Futebol: the Brazillian Way of Life by Alex Bellos
As the name itself suggests, the book is all about what the game symbolizes and what it means for the Latin-American country, Brazil. It covers a wide range of topics from the essence of the game to racial harmony, the youth of the country and the skills involved in the game.
Inverting the Pyramid by Jonathan Wilson
This book records the game’s evolution through the colonial times and all the changes that it has gone through since then, when it comes to tactics, playing technique and distinctive styles, especially how different regions like the South American countries or Europeans perceived the game and turned it into their own.
Seeing Red by Graham Poll
Written from the perspective of an international referee who has handled some of the most mind-boggling soccer games on the field from Arsenal to Chelsea for over 1500 matches, he has managed to give us an insightful story on how premier league matches or world championships worked during the 90s.
Soccernomics by Simon Cooper
This book attempts to answer all the questions of a curious mind when it comes to football and all the factors that play a role behind the functioning of the game across the globe. It analyses the tools of the game from an economist’s perspective along with a football writer’s experience.
If you are a die-hard fan of football, aiming to play the game of life right, do give these a read!