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'How Soccer Explains the World', and 9 more football books for the committed fan

A curated list of books on football that lovers of the game can always turn to.

November 26, 2022 / 04:15 PM IST
For all their magnificent achievements, Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo, the biggest stars of the game today, haven’t quite set the World Cup on fire. In this picture, Argentina's Lionel Messi is thrown in the air by teammates after winning the Copa America. Reuters)

For all their magnificent achievements, Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo, the biggest stars of the game today, haven’t quite set the World Cup on fire. In this picture, Argentina's Lionel Messi is thrown in the air by teammates after winning the Copa America. Reuters)

The disappointing match with which the 2022 World Cup Football tournament opened must have left many fans wondering if they would have been better off curled up in bed with a good book on football. Hopefully the next set of games in the coming weeks, including such crackers as Iran Vs USA, will revive viewer interest. If not, here’s a curated list of books on football that lovers of the game can always turn to:

The Fall of the House of Fifa - The Multimillion-Dollar Corruption at the Heart of Global Soccer by David Conn1. The Fall of the House of Fifa: The Multimillion-Dollar Corruption at the Heart of Global Soccer by David Conn

Set up to promote and nurture the beautiful game, FIFA has lately been mired in every kind of scandal known to the mafia - money-laundering, bribery, racketeering, tax evasion, vote-buying, theft. Sports journalist David Conn, who writes for The Guardian, explores these accusations, eventually confronting Sepp Blatter who presided over the organization for years. In the light of the charges against FIFA for picking an undeserving host in Qatar, this is a must-read.

The Age of Football The Global Game in the Twenty-first Century by David Goldblatt2. The Age of Football: The Global Game in the Twenty-first Century by David Goldblatt