Podcast: The Remarkable Story of Ernö Erbstein

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Please share: Ernö Egri Erbstein is a name you may not be familiar with, but the Hungarian coach was the architect of one of the greatest post-war teams. Il Grande Torino (The Great Torino) won five successive Italian titles after World War II but the entire team perished, along with Erbstein, in the first major […]

Podcast: David Squires on Cartooning Football

Please share: We talk to cartoonist David Squires, whose illustrations appear in The Guardian (UK) and L’Equipe (France), as well as in Australian and German media, about his career parodying the great and (often not so) good of modern football. David’s new book, Goalless Draws, is available online and in good bookstores on 1 November […]

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Best Italian football books, blogs and podcasts

Please share: During the World Cup, we posted a literary guide to football in the 32 participating countries at Russia 2018. One conspicuous absence from the tournament, which has a significant literary canon, was Italy. Still buzzing from the launch of Italian football nostalgia bar, Golazio, in this post, we round up some of the […]

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World Cup Books 2018: A Literary Guide to 32 Countries

Please share:I am on a mission to find a cracking read on each of the 32 countries competing at Russia 2018. I’ve made a start below but need help with the gaps. Can you help? Please leave a tip in the comment box or send me a tweet. Group A Russia: As a comprehensive guide […]

World in Motion by Simon Hart

Book Review: World in Motion by Simon Hart

Please share:English and Irish football fans, in particular, remember Italia ’90 fondly. Gazza’s tears, Nessun Dorma, Totò Schillaci’s wild staring eyes, Milla’s dances and “Caniggiaaaaaa…scores!” From a footballing perspective, Italia ’90 was actually quite bland; the goals-per-game ratio was just 2.21, the lowest ever for the World Cup, and it was littered with diving, ill-discipline […]

Book Review: The Story of the World Cup

Please share: Brian Glanville’s famous book has been updated for Russia 2018, and he pulls no punches in his latest update covering Brazil 2014. We take a look at one of football’s most celebrated writer’s latest update to his epic The Story of the World Cup series – out now ahead of this year’s tournament. […]

When Friday Comes

Book Review: When Friday Comes

Please share:The Middle East is obsessed with football. While the wealth of Qatar and Dubai has attracted players at the tail end of their careers, not to mention the Qatar World Cup in 2022, this region is not all about opulence. Writer James Montague chronicles his travels around the Arab and Jewish world in When […]

Book Review: The Death and Life of Australian Soccer

Please share:Sydney-based football writer Gary Andrews casts his eye over Joe Gorman’s assessment of soccer Down Under in The Death and Life of Australian Soccer. Does Australia have a soccer culture? The casual international observer may readily associate the green and gold with triumphs in rugby union and cricket while sports fans Down Under would […]

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Football Book Review: Mister by Rory Smith

Please share: England is the big underachiever in world football and an English manager hasn’t even won their own domestic championship since 1992. It wasn’t always this way. In his stunning debut book, Rory Smith charts the English managers whose progressive coaching methods were ignored or dismissed at home, so they went abroad instead to […]

Book Review: Behind the Curtain

Please share:Almost a decade before Jonathan Wilson wrote the brilliant Angels with Dirty Faces, he chronicled his travels in the former Eastern Bloc in Behind the Curtain. It’s a journey involving corruption, state interference and alleged doping. I’ve read it. It’s fascinating. Eastern Europe is finally getting on the radar of Western European travellers. While […]

Angels with Dirty Faces

Book Review: Angels with Dirty Faces

Please share:The story of football in Argentina has finally been told. “Angels with Dirty Faces” by Jonathan Wilson is a must-read for anyone who wants to understand the mercurial genius, often intertwined with the violence, of the Argentinian game. I remember my one trip to Buenos Aires in late 2000. From the freeway, the city’s […]

Book Review: Studying Football

Please share: Football has always played a pivotal role in sociology and politics. Whether as a barometer of the public mood or as a populist tool for politicians to exploit, football is a fascinating field of study, and a new book sheds light on the sport’s cultural impact.   Football provides a powerful platform for […]

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Book Review: Matchdays – The Hidden Story of the Bundesliga

Please share:As the Bundesliga continues to gain new interest and fans around the world, so the literature around it grows. In Matchdays: The Hidden Story of the Bundesliga, award-winning writer Ronald Reng tells the story of the Bundesliga from its launch in 1963 up to the German’s 2014 World Cup win.   But this is […]

Book Review: The Bundesliga Blueprint by Lee Price

Please share:Ever wondered how Germany went from the ignominy of exiting Euro 2000 at the group stage to conquering the World in 2014? Lessons were learned, solutions were put in place, and the whole story is covered in The Bundesliga Blueprint: How Germany Became the Home of Football by Lee Price.   I can remember […]