Book Review: The Story of the World Cup

Please share: Brian Glanville’s famous book has been updated for Russia 2018, and he pulls no punches in his latest update covering Brazil 2014. We take a look at one of football’s most celebrated writer’s latest update to his epic The Story of the World Cup series – out now ahead of this year’s tournament. […]

When Friday Comes

Book Review: When Friday Comes

Please share:The Middle East is obsessed with football. While the wealth of Qatar and Dubai has attracted players at the tail end of their careers, not to mention the Qatar World Cup in 2022, this region is not all about opulence. Writer James Montague chronicles his travels around the Arab and Jewish world in When […]

Book Review: The Death and Life of Australian Soccer

Please share:Sydney-based football writer Gary Andrews casts his eye over Joe Gorman’s assessment of soccer Down Under in The Death and Life of Australian Soccer. Does Australia have a soccer culture? The casual international observer may readily associate the green and gold with triumphs in rugby union and cricket while sports fans Down Under would […]

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Football Book Review: Mister by Rory Smith

Please share: England is the big underachiever in world football and an English manager hasn’t even won their own domestic championship since 1992. It wasn’t always this way. In his stunning debut book, Rory Smith charts the English managers whose progressive coaching methods were ignored or dismissed at home, so they went abroad instead to […]

Book Review: Behind the Curtain

Please share:Almost a decade before Jonathan Wilson wrote the brilliant Angels with Dirty Faces, he chronicled his travels in the former Eastern Bloc in Behind the Curtain. It’s a journey involving corruption, state interference and alleged doping. I’ve read it. It’s fascinating. Eastern Europe is finally getting on the radar of Western European travellers. While […]

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Book Review: Angels with Dirty Faces

Please share:The story of football in Argentina has finally been told. “Angels with Dirty Faces” by Jonathan Wilson is a must-read for anyone who wants to understand the mercurial genius, often intertwined with the violence, of the Argentinian game.   I remember my one trip to Buenos Aires in late 2000. From the freeway, the […]

Book Review: Studying Football

Please share: Football has always played a pivotal role in sociology and politics. Whether as a barometer of the public mood or as a populist tool for politicians to exploit, football is a fascinating field of study, and a new book sheds light on the sport’s cultural impact.   Football provides a powerful platform for […]

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Book Review: Matchdays – The Hidden Story of the Bundesliga

Please share:As the Bundesliga continues to gain new interest and fans around the world, so the literature around it grows. In Matchdays: The Hidden Story of the Bundesliga, award-winning writer Ronald Reng tells the story of the Bundesliga from its launch in 1963 up to the German’s 2014 World Cup win.   But this is […]

Book Review: The Bundesliga Blueprint by Lee Price

Please share:Ever wondered how Germany went from the ignominy of exiting Euro 2000 at the group stage to conquering the World in 2014? Lessons were learned, solutions were put in place, and the whole story is covered in The Bundesliga Blueprint: How Germany Became the Home of Football by Lee Price.   I can remember […]

Book Review: Eibar the Brave

Please share:Have you heard of Eibar, the latest David and Goliath story to emerge from Spain? The tiny club’s first season in La Liga has been chronicled and it makes for fascinating reading.   Every so often Spain throws up stories of small clubs punching above their weight and hitting the big time. Think of […]

Book Review: Hatters, Railwaymen and Knitters

Please share:Daniel Gray celebrates his thirtieth birthday by touring England’s footballing hinterland and has-been post-industrial giants. The result is a wonderfully witty tome that will strike a chord for any fans of smaller clubs, and maybe even some of the big ones…   Just what is ‘England’, where can it be found and who defines […]

Book Review: Danish Dynamite

Please share:Growing up in the 1980s I thought Denmark had always been a force in world football. Not so. One golden generation came and went, but it left its mark and got its silverware before Denmark quietly returned to being a tricky away game in tournament qualification. That generation was Danish Dynamite.   I remember […]

Book Review: Calcio – A History of Italian Football

Please share: The development of football in what quickly became one of the game’s powerhouses is a fascinating read. Violence, corruption, politics, tragedy and racism all feature in the turbulent history of what Italians call ‘Calcio’.   John Foot’s Calcio features a familiar image on its cover. It is the timeless image of Marco Tardelli […]

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Football and Faith in Brazil

Please share:  The cliché goes that in football’s spiritual home – Brazil – football is a religion, but the relationship between the game and faith has surfaced more than ever in recent years. Outside Write took a look at the apparently symbiotic relationship of football and faith in Brazil.   Have you noticed how some Brazilian players […]

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Book Review: Stuck on You: The Rise & Fall & Rise of Panini Stickers

Please share:The culture of collecting football stickers is no longer just the reserve of the playground, it is a rising culture among older people too, as World Cup 2014 proved. Think football stickers, think Panini. Now, the history of the company has been captured in a new book, and it’s a captivating read. The first […]