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Soccer Insider Archive: Books

Soccer books for the holidays

With the holiday season upon us, we toast Colorado and Qatar, Inter Milan and Internacional, Forlan and Fabregas, España and Essien, Donovan and Dempsey, Messi and Mandela, Villa and the vuvuzela. We remember who has been naughty (FIFA executive committee) and nice (Bafana Bafana supporters). We await a visit from...

By Steve Goff  | December 9, 2010; 10:44 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (51)
Categories:  Books, History  | Tags:  soccer books  
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Finn McCool's Football Club: the documentary?

Last year, we told you about "Finn McCool's Football Club," Stephen Rea's funny, touching, troubling and ultimately inspiring book about a crew of colorful characters, including himself, who bond at a gritty Irish pub in New Orleans to watch English matches and form an amateur squad that is shattered by...

By Steve Goff  | September 8, 2010; 9:49 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
Categories:  Books  | Tags:  Finn McCool's  
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Tuesday kickaround

*Who remains in contention for England's World Cup squad? We'll find out at 11 a.m. ET today, when Manager Fabio Capello selects his 30-man preliminary roster. *Reminder: The U.S. provisional list, including the 26-28 invitees to training camp, comes out at 2 p.m. on ESPNews. *Carlos Alberto Parreira unveils the...

By Steve Goff  | May 11, 2010; 8:10 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (18)
Categories:  2010 World Cup, Africa, Books, England, MLS, South Africa, TV  | Tags:  Carlos Alberto Parreira, Copa Libertadores, FIFA, Fabio Capello, Kei Kamara, New York Red Bulls, South Africa, World Cup  
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Wednesday kickaround

*Forward Brian Ching is close to returning to the field for the Houston Dynamo, boosting his chances for selection to U.S. World Cup training camp, which will begin May 16. *The MLS players have ratified the collective bargaining agreement with the league, but surprisingly with several dissenters. The final approval...

By Steve Goff  | May 5, 2010; 9:17 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (65)
Categories:  2010 World Cup, Americans Abroad, Books, D.C. United, MLS, TV, U.S. men's national team  | Tags:  Brian Ching, D.C. United, MLS, World Cup  
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Browsing through World Cup books

Image via Wikipedia With the World Cup fast approaching, books on a wide variety of soccer topics are rolling off the presses. Themes range from South Africa guides to the role of organized crime in the international game. Here are a dozen that have crossed my desk in recent weeks...

By Steve Goff  | April 21, 2010; 1:17 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (12)
Categories:  2010 World Cup, Africa, Books, South Africa, U.S. men's national team  | Tags:  2010 FIFA World Cup, Random House, Soccer, South Africa, World Cup  
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Summer Soccer Reading

Soccer doesn't usually make for good movies; soccer does make for great books. From "All Played Out" to "Fever Pitch", "Football Against the Enemy" to "Soccer in Sun and Shadow", "Dynamo" to "Barca", "Bamboo Goalposts" to "Brilliant Orange", the choices for fine reading are endless. This summer comes a new...

By Steve Goff  | July 13, 2009; 5:49 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (58)
Categories:  Books, History, MLS, Youth soccer  
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