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post #1 of 27 (permalink) Old April 4th, 2012, 22:43 Thread Starter
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Recommend me books about football

there seems to be a ton of these especially about the long forgotten days about English league football...I was browsing Amazon the otehr day and made a follwoing list:

Only a Game?: The Diary of a Professional Footballer by Eamon Dunphy
Up Pohnpei: A quest to reclaim the soul of football by Paul Watson
I'm Not Really Here by Paul Lake
When George Came to Edinburgh by John Neil Munro
Keeper Of Dreams: One Man's Controversial Story by Ronald Reng
A Life Too Short: The Tragedy of Robert Enke by Ronald Reng
Gazza: My Story by Paul Gascoigne

has anybody read any of those? any others to recommend?

Big games are easy than the other games, unfortunately. Every times we have the control the games, under the control the games, during the games we had the some possibilities, some big chances, some big okazyons, something like that but what can I do, sometimes? And….it’s the football, that’s the football, something happened. Everything is something happened. - Fatih Terim
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There's a thread somewhere in WFF (probably several), but John Foot's Calcio, Tim Park's A Season With Verona, and The Miracle of Castel di Sangro are among the classics. Also you might know Jonathan Wilson's Behind the Iron Curtain (something like that).

Haven't read his latest about tactics, though I suspect it's just a collection of his Guardian columns?

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Isn't "Morbo" highly recommended?... Morbo: The Story of Spanish Football by Phil Ball.

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That 'series' is supposed to be good all around. Tor! about German football, Brilliant Orange about the Dutch, Futebol about Brazil etc..

Say, Rodriguez, did you see this one.

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Pedalare-His...ef=pd_sim_b_20


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ok thanks for the suggestions...i ordered Verona, Castel di Sangro and Brilliant Orange from amazon and also some biographies (Robin Friday, Garrincha, Paul Lake). Maybe i'll post some reviews in the future.

Big games are easy than the other games, unfortunately. Every times we have the control the games, under the control the games, during the games we had the some possibilities, some big chances, some big okazyons, something like that but what can I do, sometimes? And….it’s the football, that’s the football, something happened. Everything is something happened. - Fatih Terim
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There's a thread somewhere in WFF (probably several), but John Foot's Calcio, Tim Park's A Season With Verona, and The Miracle of Castel di Sangro are among the classics. Also you might know Jonathan Wilson's Behind the Iron Curtain (something like that).

Haven't read his latest about tactics, though I suspect it's just a collection of his Guardian columns?

I'm currently reading "Calcio". Thoroughly enjoyable thus far.


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Say, Rodriguez, did you see this one.

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Pedalare-His...ef=pd_sim_b_20


Nope, but considering the author and the subject matter I think you've found me my next sports read .


Andy - "Behind the Curtain" by Jonathan Wilson looks an interesting read.
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This was a book I was thinking of regarding the "behind the curtain" theme.

http://www.amazon.com/Spartak-Moscow...4547967&sr=1-1



But maybe it's not for Andy, the die hard CSKA fan.

Out on Cornell University Press, no less.

These look interesting too. Any of you XT Yanks read these?

http://www.amazon.com/Offside-Americ.../dp/069107447X
http://www.amazon.com/Soccer-Footbal...ref=pd_sim_b_2

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I'm currently reading "Calcio". Thoroughly enjoyable thus far.





Nope, but considering the author and the subject matter I think you've found me my next sports read
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Yeah, I'll buy it too, to be sure. I may be disenchanted with present day Cycling, much like I am with Italian football, but the history somehow always remains interesting.

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Vialli's book was all right as well.
Mr Foot should write Calcio II, snce the firts one ends in 2006. With 7 years, loads had happend
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If you can read Italian I can give you some dozen interesting titles. Books I read a long time ago in most of cases though. In the last decade I preferred different subjects as football is a bit of "the same soup" for me in most of cases.
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i can't read Italian unfortunately...but there seems to be some interesting books by English/American authors about calcio.

Big games are easy than the other games, unfortunately. Every times we have the control the games, under the control the games, during the games we had the some possibilities, some big chances, some big okazyons, something like that but what can I do, sometimes? And….it’s the football, that’s the football, something happened. Everything is something happened. - Fatih Terim
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Vialli's book was all right as well.
Mr Foot should write Calcio II, snce the firts one ends in 2006. With 7 years, loads had happend

I have Vialli's book, but halfway through "Calcio" I feel Vialli's is a little redundant (unless you're a big fan of his).

A Calcio II would definitely be a good idea.
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Who wrote the book for Vialli?
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It was written by Vialli and Gabriele Marcotti.
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It was written by Vialli and Gabriele Marcotti.
Ok, so the answer is Gabriele Marcotti.

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