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post #1 of 38 (permalink) Old July 16th, 2006, 12:52 Thread Starter
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Books about Football

I didn't see a topic about footballbooks in this topic, so I thought let's open one.

The best books about football which I've read are:
- The miracle of Castle di Sangrio
This book is going about an American, Joe McGinniss, which followed the small Italian footballclub Castel di Sangrio in the Serie B for one year.

- One season with Hellas Verona
This club is followed by an Englishman for one season, also a really great book.

And I think there are many more interesting books about football, so your tips are welcome!
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I read the online version of Miracle of Castel di Sangro, and Paolo Di Canio's autobiography.

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Brilliant Orange - the story about Dutch Football

What a brilliant read. totally captivating for oranje fans.

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Fever pitch - An autobiography of an arsenal supporter growing up from childhood to his middle ages. Another for the fooball pantheon of books.
Absolutely funny and riveting and spot on for any football fan.

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Fever pitch - An autobiography of an arsenal supporter growing up from childhood to his middle ages. Another for the fooball pantheon of books.
Absolutely funny and riveting and spot on for any football fan.

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Nick Hornby.
i've also read this one, great and funny book. But Nick Hornby is a fantastic author. They made also a movie about this book.
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Brilliant Orange - the story about Dutch Football

What a brilliant read. totally captivating for oranje fans.
So I've to buy this one as an Orange fan?

Then I will look for it after my holiday

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I read the online version of Miracle of Castel di Sangro, and Paolo Di Canio's autobiography.
You do realize that is copyright infringement!

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You put me up to it!

Besides, Erme asked Paolo and he was ok with it.

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You put me up to it!

Besides, Erme asked Paolo and he was ok with it.
He ought to write another one.

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Jimmy Burns - Barça is a good read, even for non-Barça fans like myself.

Other (dunno if it has been translated)
Raf Willems - Kan voetbal de wereld redden (Can football save the world)

All about the social function of football in the past and present and the possibility for football to be used to make a better society.


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I've read several autobiographies: Jaap Stam (terribly boring book), Cristian Chivu , Patrick Kluivert :thumsbup:. My Kluivert autobiography is signed by Pat himself .
I bought Seedorf's autobiography aswell, I'll start reading that next week on my holiday.

Two other football books I read are about Ajax: 'Vak 127' is written by an Ajax supporter, he tells amusing stories surrounding his visits to the ArenA and (European) away games. The other book is about the golden 1995 generation; 'De Godenzonen van Ajax, tien jaar later' (The sons of God of Ajax (=nickname the press came up with in 1995), ten years later). This book interviews almost all players that had a role in the 1995-1996 successes
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So I've to buy this one as an Orange fan?

Then I will look for it after my holiday

absolutely. It's a peach of a book as they say.

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Brazilian literature about Football is rather interesting because big shots of brazilian literature like Joao Cabral de Melo Neto and Carlos Drummond published a few books. We have a thread in Brazilian forum with some samples (mostly in portuguese) : http://www.xtratime.com/forum/showth...highlight=Lins

Carlos Drummond have chronicles in "Quando é Dia de Futebol" , José Lins do Rego have "Flamengo é Puro Amor" , both are great writers, so anyone will enjoy.
Nelson Rodrigues, brazilian most famous playwritter, left to us Patria de Chuteiras, A Sombra das Chuteiras Imortais, both selections of his chronicles.
But his older Brother, Mario Filho (the official name of Maracana) is the master. O Negro no Futebol Brasileiro is a masterpiece who can tell the basic history of Carioca football until thr 60`s. There is also, Uma Viagem em Volta de Pele, Romance do Foot-ball, and many others.

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Have Read

Kevin Keegan - Autobiography.
Glen Hoddle - World cup diary.
George Best - Autobiogrpahy.
Tony Adams - Addict (Autobiography)
Gary Nelson -
Steve Clarridge - tales from the boot camp
Alex Fergueson - The Boss
Mick Quinn- Who ate all the pies.

Want to Read

Paolo Di Caneo
Paul Merson
Paul Gascoigne
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just started reading fever pitch, got me gripped already

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I dont belive in jinxing mate, I do belive in playing at home with a 2-0 advantage against a team which I cant see scoring 2 goals!

Of course, if we lose, I'll never admit it was me who wrote this.
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The only football book I've read so far is Sir Bobby Robson's autobiography.
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This book is the inside track on England national team manager Sven-Goran Eriksson's views on building the best team possible. Together with leading sports psychologist Willi Railo, he discusses how to develop a winning formula, whether it be with 11 men or a single athlete. Check out the advice from the experts on: the secrets of motivation, ways of creating self-confidence, team building, overcoming fears about losing, and how to think offensively but not aggressively


Anyone read this? i wonder what kind of views he has for building the best team possible...
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just started reading fever pitch, got me gripped already
I really am loving this book, probably because at the start it's about the late 60's and 70's, our golden era, and there's loads of Derby games he talks about, and him continually refering too us as the future or reigning champions roud

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I dont belive in jinxing mate, I do belive in playing at home with a 2-0 advantage against a team which I cant see scoring 2 goals!

Of course, if we lose, I'll never admit it was me who wrote this.
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