April's Action Free Football Thread

gonna buy a few books to read as a treat. could anyone recommend something football related? preferably non-uk centric. interested in fan culture and history rather than contemporary malcolm football analysis.

The Sid Lowe Clasico one is great IMO.

Brilliant Orange is the touchstone for “culture and history” via football though.

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oh and Batistuta!

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Football Against The Enemy by Simon Kuper is a good read - quite old now, but sheds some excellent light on some bitter footballing rivalries.

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ah sorry, read both.

i’ll add some i’ve read

Fear and Loathing in La Liga
Morbo
Futebol
Fever Pitch
White Storm
La Roja
Brilliant Orange

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I’ll add Tor! by Ulli Hesse to the mix, as it goes. Again, a little old, but a great read on German football.

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was looking at that.

reckon you’d love football in sun and shadow by eduardo galeano

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ta!

VAR and Peace

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I think I’ve read three books about football:

Inverting the Pyramid (Triangle) - International Malcom/a tactics - quite good
36 (32?)-0 - World Cup qualifying rounds - quite good
The Zlatan book - bad, bad, badly written; just bad.

I hope this helps.

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I’d probably put Marcelo Salas on mine you know

Ronaldo (9)
Marcelo Salas
Dwight Yorke
Zidane

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Can’t see a photo of a young Brian Gunn without getting Goodbye Horses stuck in my head

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Angels with dirty faces is the best Wilson imo. Gets more into the history and culture and is written with a bit less of the detachment of some of his other stuff

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was looking at football behind the iron curtain - is that any good?

he looks a bit like Rik Mayall here :rofl:

Not read it but heard good things. Also not as footbally obviously but the Robert Enke book is really, really good

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proper ‘needless to say, Zlatan had the last laugh’ stuff

Teddy Sheringham
Sol Campbell
Darren Anderton
Maldini
Batistuta
Vialli

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He’s clearly had some cool experiences but he is not a man gifted in the art of storytelling.