“American Huckster”

How Chuck Blazer Got Rich From – and Sold Out – the Most Powerful Cabal in World Sports

By Mary Papenfuss and Teri Thompson

Publisher: HarperCollins

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.

“Das Reboot”

How German Soccer Reinvented Itself and Conquered the World

By Raphael Honigstein

Nation Books

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

Bloomsbury Sigma

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.

“King Power”

Leicester City’s Remarkable Season

By King Richard III

4th Estate

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

HMH Books

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.