Soccer FAQ is a fast, furious, and opinionated guide to the worlds most popular game, an all-encompassing history that introduces readers to the biggest clubs, the greatest games, the finest players, and the fiercest rivalries.
From Sunderland to Seattle, from Berlin to Buenos Aires, Soccer FAQ delves into every aspect of the sport, tracing its development from a victorious Anglo-Saxon army kicking the heads of their fallen enemies around a field, to the multibillion-dollar industry of today and every stop in between.
Record breakers and giant killers alike file through the pages, illustrating the beautiful game as it is played at every level, from the World Cup Final to the village green, with fully updated commentary on all the worlds major competitions, including the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.
The book is from author Dave Thompson, someone who has written about soccer for more than 30 years for various outlets such as Football Monthly, USA Soccer News, Total Football, Programme Monthly, and others and author of the acclaimed English soccer trilogy, Those We Have Loved, and Backbeat Books, known for their depth, spirit, and authority, across a wide range of books that have been favorites among passionate music fans and musicians, including books on Nirvana, AC/DC, The Who, Carlos Santana and many others.
As one who has come to the game later in life, I must say that after reading a few chapters after receiving this book just today, I am already in it to win it. The first 30 pages or so definitely gives you a great history of the game from an American perspective and a lot of information that I, frankly, did not know.
As I have thumbed through some of the following chapters, I can see that there will be a lot of things in this book that I have not known before, and probably thought about asking but Ben, Brian or the internets were not immediately around.
Interesting stuff so far and something that I think anyone and everyone should read, even if you have been around for a while in the soccer community. This is something that is pretty good for me to read and get totally up to speed, but I can already see that there is a lot of stuff in here that I’m pretty sure even Ben and Brian don’t know.
The book is available on Amazon and Barnes and Noble and probably all of your retail book outlets, so you sould give it a spin.
As a side, except for the title, the books are almost exactly the same. I’ve thumbed through and it lines up exactly, and there are just a few differences substituting soccer for football, field for pitch, and a couple of other sport area specific terms, but its the same book.
for surely will be probably will be finishing up with this thing, in a week or so and then I will be able to give a decent and full review of it. Good news though, as you can see in the picture, we have received two copies – one, the American version of the book and two, the European / UK edition of the book.
We’ll be giving one of them away to a reader. Stay tuned.
* That’s a massive image by the way. My bad. I’m not on my main computer… I’m using some combination of a super old lapper, my iphone (without using the cloud) and no connector cables. I may or may not fix it when I get to the crib in front of the big boy Mac.