The best 8 current bestsellers on SoccerWant to gain rare insights into the world of soccer, the passion, the love for the game.
Here's a handpicked list of the current best books on soccer, written by some of the best sports journalists, writers, and players themselves.
This collection also lists the best biographies and autobiographies of players playing in the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil.
1. Why Soccer Matters
Edson Arantes do Nascimento - known simply as Pelé - the greatest player of all time, shares his story, his experience, and his insights on the game for the very first time. A national treasure, he created pure magic with his accomplishments on the field - an unprecedented three World Cup championships and the all-time scoring record, with 1,283 goals in his twenty year career. Here, in groundbreaking detail and with unparalleled openness, he shares his most inspiring experiences, heartwarming stories and hard-won wisdom. This is Pelé’s legacy, his way of passing on everything he’s learned and inspiring a new generation.
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2. Soccernomics - Why England Loses; Why Spain, Germany, and Brazil Win; and Why the U.S., Japan, Australia, and even Iraq are destined to become the Kings of the Worlds Most Popular Sport
Using insights and analogies from economics, statistics, psychology, and business to cast a new and entertaining light on how the game works, Soccernomics reveals the often surprisingly counterintuitive truths about soccer. It pioneers a new way of looking at soccer through meticulous, empirical analysis and incisive, witty commentary. This World Cup edition features new material, including a provocative examination of how soccer clubs might actually start making profits, why that’s undesirable, and how soccer’s never had it so good.
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3. The Flea - The Amazing Story of Leo Messi
The captivating story of soccer legend Lionel Messi, from his first touch at age five in the streets of Rosario, Argentina, to his first goal on the Camp Nou pitch in Barcelona, Spain. The Flea tells the amazing story of a boy who was born to play the beautiful game and destined to become the great soccer player he is today.
Great book and recommended read for young soccer players and soccer loving kids.
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4. I Am Zlatan - My Story On and Off the Field
Zlatan Ibrahimovic is the football player known to fans around the world as Ibra. A top-scoring striker with Paris Saint-Germain and captain of the Swedish national team, he has dominated the world’s most storied teams, including Ajax, Juventus, Inter Milan, Barcelona, and AC Milan. He is widely regarded as one of the best soccer players of his generation, and is the most highly valued player of all time in combined transfer fees. His bicycle kick for Sweden against England won the 2013 FIFA Award for Goal of the Year. This autobiography is a thrilling look behind the scenes of top division football.
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5. Ronaldo - The Obsession for Perfection
Cristiano Ronaldo is one of football’s all-time greats - two-time FIFA Ballon d’Or winner with pace, trickery, and extraordinary goal scoring ability. Luca Caioli tells the inside story of this global superstar both on and off the pitch, featuring insights from those who know him best - coaches, teammates, girlfriends and even the man himself. Ronaldo is a unique behind-the-scenes look at a true great of the game. The best biography, by far, of CR7.
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6. Andrea Pirlo - I Think Therefore I Play
Andrea Pirlo - an Italian professional footballer who plays for Juventus and the Italian national team; a World Cup and Champions League winning playmaker who has redefined his position at the base of midfield, and one of the most deadly free-kick takers the game has known.
This is his story, in his words. Written with a level of humour and insight which confound his image as a dead-eyed assassin on the field of play.
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7. Neymar - The Making of the World's Greatest New Number 10
Neymar da Silva Santos Junior is the new global soccer superstar, already acclaimed as 'the next Pelé'. He is the player everyone wants to watch in the 2014 World Cup in Brazil, his home country. In this book, Luca Caioli reconstructs Neymar’s life and career through exclusive private access to his friends, his family, his coaches, his teammates, his advisors, his fans.
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8. Soccer IQ - Things That Smart Players Do
In a world saturated with books about how to coach soccer, Dan Blank gives players a book on how to think it. Named Top 5 Book of the Year by the NSCAA Soccer Journal, Soccer IQ is the first book for soccer players. An almanac of smarter soccer decisions intended to flatten out the learning curve, it covers everything from hunting rebounds to the value of the toe-ball; from playing in the rain to the world's dumbest foul.
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This collection makes for a great holiday, christmas, or birthday gift.
Wish you an awesome, exhilarating, magnificent World Cup, with tons of memorable moments and great soccer!
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