10 World Cup books to add to your list
Few sports events have the universal appeal as the FIFA World Cup. Since the first edition in 1930, the World Cup has always given fans a spectacle and stories of joy, beauty and pain.
Below a few of the World Cup books telling these interesting stories.
1. The Official History of the FIFA World Cup
Author: FIFA World Football Museum | Year: 2017 | Category: History
In this official book, the FIFA World Football Museum reviews the 20 World Cups that have taken place. It includes photos, behind the scenes stories, statistics and famous incidents.
2. 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia The Official Book
Author: Keir Radnedge| Year: 2018 | Category: Guide
This FIFA licensed book previews the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia, including expert analysis of all teams, star players and a guide to the venues.
3. 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.
4. The Ugly Game: The Qatari Plot to Buy the World Cup
Authors: Heidi Blake & Jonathan Calvert | Year: 2015 | Category: History
The Ugly Game takes an in-depth look at how the 2022 World Cup was awarded to Qatar and the scandal associated with it.
5. Spain: The Inside Story of La Roja’s Historic Treble
Author: Graham Hunter | Year: 2013 | Category: Biography
Graham Hunter takes a close look at how Spain’s national team – La Roja –were the first national team to win three consecutive tournaments, the 2008 European Championships, the 2010 World Cup and 2012 European Championships.
6. World Cup 1970-2014: Panini Football Collections
Author: Panini Football Collections | Year: 2015 | Category: History
Since 1970, World Cup fans can collect Panini stickers. This book is a collection of the Panini sticker albums and tells the story of the World Cups they accompanied.
7. Death or Glory! – The Dark History of the World Cup
Author: Jon Spurling | Year: 2010 | Category: History
Not all World Cup stories are beautiful and joyful. In Death or Glory!, Jon Spurling describes some of the dark stories around the World Cup.
8. Touched by God: How we won the Mexico ’86 World Cup
Authors: Diego Maradona & Daniel Arnucci | Year: 2016 | Category: Biography
In Touched by God, Maradona takes you behind the scenes of Argentina’s build-up and championship run at the 1986 FIFA World Cup in Mexico.
9. 1966: My World Cup Story
Author: Sir Bobby Charlton | Year: 2016 | Category: Biography
England and Manchester United legend Sir Bobby Charlton tells his story of the 1966 tournament, the year England won the World Cup.
10. A History of the World Cup: 1930-2014
Author: Clemente A. Lisi | Year: 2015 | Category: History
A History of the World Cup takes a look at all the World Cups played, from the first one in Uruguay in 1930 till the 2014 World Cup in Brasil.
Which of these World Cup books would you like to read? Have you read a book about the World Cup that should be included in the list?