Here are five best selling soccer books of all time:
Inverting The Pyramid by Jonathan Wilson
The famed English journalist Jonathan Wilson does a great job of discussing the tactical evolution of the game from its early days to the modern era of the beautiful game. Wilson takes the reader through the first ever international football match between Scotland and England where the two teams played with as many seven players up front right until the modern game where the prevalent formation has now become an inverted pyramid where mostly one player plays up front. A great read for the students as well as connoisseurs of the beautiful game.
Fever Pitch by Nick Hornby
Fever Pitch tells the story of football fandom through the eyes of the protagonist Nick Hornby who is an avid supporter of English Premier League giants Arsenal. Through the book, Hornby tells how his club became his all-encompassing passion takes the reader through the Gunners’ crests and trough over the course of his religious following of the club.
This book by acclaimed writer Simon Kuper, an Oxford University alumnus who later attended Harvard University as a Kennedy Scholar, is a riveting read that tells the story of the beautiful game across different geographies. It was second book on football to win the William Hill Sports Book of the Year in 1994. 22 years have passed since it was first published, but no football connoisseurs’ collection of books can be complete without this delightful read.
Soccernomics by Simon Kuper and Stefan Szymanski
Kuper combined with economist Stefan Szymanski to deliver this fantastic book that discusses various aspects of the game through numbers. It comes to a conclusion that there is a strong correlation between the position a team finishes in the league and the salary it pays its players. It also goes on to prove how Norway has the most football crazy public amongst a host of other eye-opening findings.
Futebol: The Brazilian Way of Life by Alex Bellos
Alex Bellos is a mathematician who has written books on mathematics and Brazil and this book by him is one of the most definitive books ever written on the football of a country. Bellos takes the reader through the various forms of the beautiful game being played by the football-mad Brazilians and along the way he has many interesting stories to tell.