Wednesday, June 11, 2014

New & Novel: Soccer Books - ¡Olé, Olé, Olé!

The World Cup starts tomorrow! Perhaps, if you haven't starting warming up yet for this month-long soccer extravaganza, you'd like to start now by reading some background material?  Here's some reading recommended for soccer fans, or for people who want to understand soccer fans:

For Kids

Zlatan by Illugi Jökulsson (see also Messi by the same author)

My First Soccer Book by Clive Gifford

Betty Bunny Wants a Goal by Michael B. Kaplan

Maisy Plays Soccer by Lucy Cousins

Saving the Team by Alex Morgan

For Young Adults

Keeper by Mal Peet

Now Is the Time For Running by Michael Williams

Soccer: The Ultimate Guide by Martin Cloake ... [et al.]   

For Adults

More Than a Team A Father, a Son, and Barça by Vicenç Villatoro

The Numbers Game: Why Everything You Know About Soccer is Wrong by Chris Anderson and David Sally

Soccer in Sun and Shadow by Eduardo Galeano

Spanish Language

Porque el fútbol importa by Pelé; con Brian Winter

Goles: imágenes y testimonios de los momentos más felices de nuestra vida by Luis Villarejo


History of the World Cup, 1930-2010 by Clemente A. Lisi

Africa United: Soccer, Passion, Politics, and the First World Cup in Africa by Steve Bloomfield

Chasing the Game: America and the Quest for the World Cup by Filip Bondy

The World Cup: A Very Peculiar History - With NO Added Time by David Arscott
Soccer Empire: The World Cup and the Future of France by Laurent Dubois

Mad For It: Short Stories on Football's Greatest Rivalries: Part 1, Manchester Utd. v. Liverpool - Seeing Red by Andy Mitten
This Love is Not For Cowards: Salvation and Soccer in Ciudad Juárez by Robert Andrew Powell  
La Roja: How Soccer Conquered Spain and How Spanish Soccer Conquered the World by Jimmy Burns

Attacking Soccer: Mastering the Modern Game by Peter Schreiner & Norbert Elgert

Also, did you know that Albuquerque now has a minor league soccer team in the Premier Developmental League (PDL) of the United Soccer League? Visit the website for Albuquerque Sol F.C. for more information!


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