Some of the best football books of 2017
From collectables to heart-rending biographies and from skill books to secrets revealed. Here are some of the best football books of 2017:
1. Thinking Out Loud: Love, Grief and Being Mum and Dad
Author: Rio Ferdinand | Year: 2017 | Category: Biography
In Thinking Out Loud, ex-Manchester United and England defender Rio Ferdinand tells about his family and the loss of his wife Rebecca.
2. F2: Football Academy
Author: The F2 | Year: 2017 | Category: Skills
The F2 Freestylers are two football freestylers – Billy and Jeremy – who have an extremely popular YouTube channel. There and at numerous football events they show their skills. In F2: The Football Academy they teach you how to improve your football skills. It is accompanied by The F2 Book App.
In 2017 they also published F2: Galaxy of Football.
3. The Greatest Comeback
Author: David Bolchover | Year: 2017 | Category: Biography
Bolchover’s book tells the extraordinary story of football manager Béla Guttmann. Guttmann survived the Holocaust and later won the European Cup (twice) as coach of Benfica.
4. Goal!: Intimate portraits and interviews with every living FIFA World Cup Final scorer
Author: Michael Donald | Year: 2017 | Category: History
Through interviews and images Goal! tells the stories of all the (living) footballers who scored a goal in the World Cup Final.
5. Klopp: Bring the Noise
Author: Raphael Honigstein | Year: 2017 | Category: Biography
In Klopp: Bring the Noise, Honigstein takes you inside the German coach’s career. Including his time at Mainz, Dortmund and Liverpool.
6. Ultimate Football Heroes
Authors: Matt & Tom Oldfield | Year: 2017 | Category: Biography
Ultimate Football Heroes is a series of collectable books by Matt and Tom Oldfield about players like Messi, Pogba, Bale and Ronaldo.
7. Damaged: My Story
Author: Paul Stewart | Year: 2017 | Category: Biography
In Damaged, English footballer Paul Stewart bravely tells his life story. Central is the sexual abuse he suffered as a young player and the impact it has had on his life.
8. The Football Shirts Book
Author: Neal Heard | Year: 2017 | Category: History
The Football Shirts Book is an in-depth, cultural guide to over 150 unique football shirts.
9. Brave New World: Inside Pochettino’s Spurs
Author: Guillem Balague | Year: 2017 | Category: Coaches
In Brave New World, Guillem Balague has written down the story of Mauricio Pochettino’s tenure at Tottenham Hotspur. Balague had access to the Argentinian manager and people around him during the 2016/17 season.
10. Football Leaks
Author: Rafael Buschmann & Michael Wulzinger | Year: 2017 | Category: Business & Economics
Football Leaks uncovers some of the major stories from the million of confidential football documents that were released to German weekly Der Spiegel in 2016.
11. World Football Records
Author: Keir Radnedge | Year: 2017 | Category: Statistics
World Football Records is a yearly updated guide with key football statistics and records.
12. Mesut Özil: Gunning For Greatness: My Life
Author: Mesut Özil | Year: 2017 | Category: Biography
In Gunning for Greatness, German World Cup winner Mesut Özil tells his life story. From his upbringing to his relationship with coaches like Arsene Wenger and José Mourinho.
13. The Fall of the House of FIFA
Author: David Conn | Year: 2017 | Category: Business & Economics
In recent years the world of football has been rocked by the scandals around FIFA. In his book David Conn describes the fall of football’s governing body.
14. Doctor Socrates: Footballer, Philosopher, Legend
Author: Andrew Downie | Year: 2017 | Category: Biography
Socrates is one of the legends of Brazilian football. In Doctor Socrates, Downie gives an insight into the unique man behind the footballer.
Have you read one of the football books listed above? What did you think about it?