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Books and movies about soccer. (2014)

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Finding the Game: Three Years, Twenty-five Countries, and the Search for Pickup Soccer
Gwendolyn Oxenham

BIOGRAPHY OXENHAM

Oxenham, a former college soccer star, scoured the globe in search of pickup soccer. She bribed her way into a Bolivian prision, competed against women in hijab in Tehran, and bet shillings on a game with moonshine brewers in Kenya. Along the way, she discovered that the game, stripped down to its core, is the same no matter where it’s played.


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This Love Is Not For Cowards: Salvation and Soccer in Ciudad Juárez
Robert Andrew Powell

SOCSCI POW

This book chronicles a season of soccer in a treacherous city just across the Rio Grande. As the author travels across Mexico with the team, he reflects on this struggling nation and its watchful neighbor to the north. This story is not just about sports, or even community, but the strength of humanity in a place where chaos reigns.


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The Numbers Game: Why Everything You Know About Soccer Is Wrong
Christopher Anderson

SPORTS SOCCER AND

Innovation is coming to soccer, and at the center of it all are the numbers—a way of thinking about the game that ignores the obvious in favor of how things actually are. Moneyball meets Freakonomics in this myth-busting guide to understanding the most popular sport on the planet.


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However Tall the Mountain: A Dream, Eight Girls, and a Journey Home
Awista Ayub

SPORTS SOCCER AYU

By bringing soccer to young Afghan women, Awista re-introduced the very traits decades of war in Afghanistan had cruelly stripped away from them—confidence and self-worth. Here she tells her story and the stories of the eight original girls and shows how women can find strength in each other, in teamwork, and in themselves by risking their lives to obtain the freedom that we take for granted.


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

SPORTS SOCCER BON

An account of the triumphs and travails of the U.S. men’s soccer team in the run-up to the 2010 World Cup in South Africa, set within the historical context of American soccer on the global stage.


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Soccer in Sun and Shadow
Eduardo Galeano

SPORTS SOCCER GAL

In this witty and rebellious history of world soccer, award-winning writer Eduardo Galeano searches for the styles of play, players, and goals that express the unique personality of certain times and places.


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The Ball is Round: A Global History of Soccer
David Goldblatt

SPORTS SOCCER GOL

Goldblatt describes the rise of soccer from a chaotic folk ritual to a sector of the global-entertainment industry. At close to a thousand pages, it is an ambitious project realized in a most impressive manner.


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Soccerhead: An Accidental Journey into the Heart of the American Game
Jim Haner

SPORTS SOCCER HAN

Award-winning journalist Jim Haner sets off in search of the origins of the American passion for soccer. But by no means is he a passive historian of the game; he is the coach of the Hornets, a rag-tag team of ten nine-year-old boys and one determined girl. Here, he seamlessly weaves a personal and historical narrative.


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Football Man: People & Passions in Soccer (Aurum Sports Classics)
Arthur Hopcraft

SPORTS SOCCER HOP

This was first published in 1968 and is widely recognized as a classic. It is composed primarily of thoughtful, essayistic profiles of the different kinds of men—players, managers, team directors, referees, fans, amateurs, and journalists—who populated the sport then.


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More Than Just a Game, Soccer vs. Apartheid: The Most Important Soccer Story Ever Told
Chuck Korr with Marvin Close

SPORTS SOCCER KOR

The true story of how political prisoners under apartheid found hope and dignity through soccer.


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Ajax, the Dutch, the War: The Strange Tale of Soccer During Europe's Darkest Hour
Simon Kuper

SPORTS SOCCER KUP

Simon Kuper recounts the stories of both survival and persecution of members of Amsterdam’s Jewish population. He explores this issue and looks deeper into the role of soccer across Europe in the years both preceding and following World War II.


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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 World’s Most Popular Sport
Simon Kuper and Stefan Szymanski

SPORTS SOCCER KUP

Draws on analogies from a range of disciplines to examine why soccer teams win or lose World Cup competitions, offering insight into the playing styles of leading national teams, as well as factors that influence how the game is played.


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Why Soccer Matters
Pelé with Brian Winter

SPORTS SOCCER PEL

Pelé shares his story and explores the recent history of the game of soccer and provides insights into soccer’s role connecting and galvanizing players around the world.


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Outcasts United: A Refugee Team, an American Town
Warren St. John

SPORTS SOCCER SAI

This is the extraordinary tale of a refugee youth soccer team and the transformation of a small American town.


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Eight World Cups: My Journey through the Beauty and Dark Side of Soccer
George Vecsey

SPORTS SOCCER VEC

A sports columnist presents a travelogue of the last eight World Cups, during which he immersed himself in the great national leagues, historic clubs, and met such stars as Socrates, Maradona, Baggio, and Zidane.


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