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Going to have a lot of free time over the next few months it seems, so looking for some suggestions about football related books that are worth reading.

Books I've already read / sitting on my bookshelf waiting to be read:

The Mixer - Michael Cox (Got Zonal Marking on Pre-order for when it comes out in paperback next month)

Fear and Loathing in La Liga - Sid Lowe

My Turn - Johan Cryuff

The Nowhere Men - Michael Calvin

Soccernomics - Simon Kuper

Football Against the Enemy - Simon Kuper

Calcio - John Foot

Morbo - Phil Ball

Barca - Graham Hunter

Barca - Jimmy Burns

Inverting the Pyramid - Jonathan Wilson

Angels with Dirty Faces - Jonathan Wilson

The Numbers Game - Chris Anderson and David Sally

The Miracle of Castel Di Sangro - Joe McGinniss

(Also have copies of all three of Sir Alex Ferguson's books, but they are signed hardbacks so really need to buy paperback versions as I'd like to read them again...)

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Only have 2 football books really and that is a hardback of Sir Alex Fergusons autobiography and a book on Rio Ferdinand.  

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Currently about a quarter of the way through The Frying Pan of Spain. It’s about Football in Seville and the two Seville clubs through their history. 

 

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I don't read many football books but absolutely loved "This Love is Not For Cowards: Salvation and Soccer in Ciudad Juárez" by Andrew Powell. A fascinating read.

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Matchdays: The Hidden Story of the Bundesliga by Ronald Reng

One of the best football books I've read so far.

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4 hours ago, Stan said:

My fave of recent times. 

The English pundits are by far the worst for repeating idioms and phrases ad nauseum. There are so many that drive me bonkers.

  • fox in the box
  • clinical/lethal/predator
  • [little] magician/wizard
  • pure/top/elite class
  • form is temporary but class is permanent
  • yer Xs, yer Ys, and yer Zs [fuck off Jamie Redknap]
  • they deserved it more
  • On his day he is unplayable 

Most of it is just opinionated rubbish instead of calling the game, or giving insight.  Most have nothing interesting to say at all and shouldn’t be on air, but are because they played once and their are thousands of games to call.

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Wanted to add this one which wasnt mentioned already here. This was very good 

 

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