Football Books – The WFI Book List

A list of some of the best football books on the global game, chosen by World Football Index contributors and members of the WFI community.

General Football Books

The Ball is Round: A Global History of Football – David Goldblatt

The European Game: The Secrets of European Football Success – Daniel Fieldsend

Gunshots & Goalposts: The Story of Northern Irish Football – Benjamin Roberts

Buy Behind the Curtain: Football in Eastern Europe – Jonathan Wilson

McIlvanney on Football – Hugh McIlvanney

A Beer Before Lunch: Stories From Brazilian Bars – James Young

Football in Sun and Shadow: An Emotional History of World Cup Football – Eduardo Galeano

Football Against The Enemy – Simon Kuper

Manchester: A Football History – Gary James

Soccernomics – Simon Kuper, Stefan Szymanski

Futebol: The Brazilian Way of Life – Alex Bellos

Fear and Loathing in La Liga: Barcelona vs Real Madrid – Sid Lowe

Football Dynamo: Modern Russia and the People’s Game – Marc Bennetts

Outcasts! The Lands That FIFA Forgot – Steve Menary

Angels With Dirty Faces: The Footballing History of Argentina – Jonathan Wilson

The Football Men – Simon Kuper

The Dirty Game: Uncovering the Scandal at FIFA – Andrew Jennings

Das Reboot: How German Soccer Reinvented Itself and Conquered the World – Raphael Honigstein

Thirty-One Nil: On the Road With Football’s Outsiders – James Montague



Jürgen Klopp: The Biography – Elmar Neveling

Pep Guardiola: Another Way of Winning – Guillem Balague

O, Louis: In Search of Louis van Gaal – Hugo Borst

Pep Confidential: Inside Pep Guardiola’s First Season at Bayern Munich – Martí Perarnau



Andrea Pirlo: I think therefore I play – Andrea Pirlo

My Turn: The Autobiography – Johan Cruyff

I Am Zlatan Ibrahimovic – Zlatan Ibrahimovic]

Stillness and Speed: My Story – Dennis Bergkamp

A Life in Football: My Autobiography – Ian Wright

The Romford Pelé: It’s only Ray Parlour’s autobiography – Ray Parlour


Football Tactics Books

Team Building: The Road to Success – Rinus Michels

The Coaching Philosophies of Louis Van Gaal and the Ajax Coaches – Henny Kormelink and Tjeu Seeverens

Inverting The Pyramid: The History Of Football Tactics – Jonathan Wilson


Football Coaching Books

The Philosophy of Football: In Shadows of Marcelo Bielsa – Jed Davies