How Chuck Blazer Got Rich From – and Sold Out – the Most Powerful Cabal in World Sports
By Mary Papenfuss and Teri Thompson
Cats, a macaw, high-priced escorts, private jets, Caribbean islands, the FBI, cash-stuffed envelopes and a cast of cronies feature in this meticulous, page-turning breakdown of the FIFA scandal and the larger-than-life character at the center of it.
How German Soccer Reinvented Itself and Conquered the World
By Raphael Honigstein
In another must-read for soccer fans, the Bavarian-born author charts the modern renaissance of German foosball from “dreary functionality” to world champions. At its core, this book explores fundamental reforms from youth development to the trophy-lifting nationalmannschaft.
“The Turbulent World of Middle East Soccer”
By James M. Dorsey
Oxford University Press
From the influence of supporters in Egypt to a folk-song singing keeper in Syria and clandestine clubs formed by Saudi women, the journalist and scholar examines the considerable role of soccer in culture and politics in the most volatile region on the planet.
Mathematical Adventures in the Beautiful Game
By David Sumpter
Drawing on stats, physics and natural phenomena, a math professor and amateur coach explains everything from the geometry of passing to managerial strategy to predicting performance. The book is full of game theory and diagrams of famous plays.
“The Arsenal Yankee”
By Danny Karbassiyoon
First and Best
Now an Arsenal scout, the former Gunners prospect describes an improbable journey from southwest Virginia to north London, the rigors of navigating soccer overseas and the transition to off-the-field opportunity after injuries ended his career.
Leicester City’s Remarkable Season
By King Richard III
In his “own” words, the reburied royal “speaks” in old English to “tell” the remarkable story of Premier League afterthoughts winning the title against 5,000-to-1 odds. In quick turnaround, the “King” takes a whimsical look back at the Foxes’ impossible dream coming true.
“It’s Not the Glory”
The Remarkable First Thirty Years of U.S. Women’s Soccer
By Tim Nash
Observations and interviews with about 50 players and coaches from every generation help narrate the story of the most decorated women’s program in the soccer world, from its obscure launch in the 1980s to record TV crowds watching the 2015 World Cup championship.
“Soccer Without Borders”
Jurgen Klinsmann, Coaching the U.S. Men’s National Soccer Team and the Quest for the World Cup
By Erik Kirschbaum
If you are looking for a critical look at the USMNT boss, this ain’t it; Klinsmann could’ve claimed co-authorship. But it does offer a fuller picture of his philosophy in coaching the U.S. squad and shaping American soccer from the ground level to the national programs.
“Idols and Underdogs”
An Anthology of Latin American Football Fiction
Edited by Shawn Stein and Nicolas Campisi
Originally published in Spanish, some of the most prestigious names in Latin American literature tell short stories about soccer’s roots in the backstreets, barrios and favelas of the 10 CONMEBOL countries and Mexico.
By Kwame Alexander
Geared toward middle-school readers, the Newbery Medal-winning author from Northern Virginia uses soccer as the centerpiece for a novel about family, friendship, crushes, bullies and the power of reading and writing.