Footballers often have hours upon hours of free time when they’re not committed to their respective club or countries. A number of professionals towards the latter stages of their career will release an autobiography reflecting on their career to date. Managers also release books to give an insight on what they have to deal with on a day-to-day basis. We’ve read more football books than we care to remember, so here is our list of the 10 Football (Soccer) Books You Must Read Before You Die;
Roy Keane – Second Half
Ex-Manchester United hard man writes about his bitter exit at Old Trafford which he blames Carlos Quieroz for. The infamous tackle which ended Alfe Inge Haaland is also documented and the consequences he faced after the tackle.
Andrea Pirlo – I see therefore I play
One of the most technically sound players of his era. The current Juventus midfielder discusses his career to date including how he was relaxing on the PlayStation just hours before strolling to World Cup final victory in 2006 with Italy.
Sir Alex Ferguson – My Autobiography
26 years in the hot seat at Manchester United, Sir Alex Ferguson talks about his upbringing as a child and how he eventually landed the United post. It includes his spats with Roy Keane and all the controversy surrounding the ‘Rock of Gibraltar’.
Harry Redknapp – Always Managing
Known as the ‘Del Boy’ of management for his wheeling’s and dealings, ‘Arry has managed a number of Premier League clubs with a variety of success. It has several laughable incidents from his time as manager.
Pele – The Autobiography
One of the greatest ever footballers, 3 time World Cup winner Pele explains his upbringing through the streets of Brazil and talks about the number of offers he received to play in Europe whilst at Santos.
Gazza – My Story
An autobiography from one of England’s most gifted players. A player who thoroughly deserves to be remembered for the good he brought to football despite his dramatic decline with off the field problems.
Steven Gerrard – My Autobiography
A look back in the career of Steven Gerrard up until 2007. This includes the monumental FA Cup final matches as well as the dramatic 2005 Champions League final. Gerrard also gives his take on managers he’s worked under and his fellow professionals.
The Manager – Inside the mind of football leaders
A very in depth look at the psychological elements of football management. It has a top number of managers giving their thoughts on what makes a leader in football with opinions from Sir Alex Ferguson, Arsene Wenger and many more managers.
Seeing Red: A good insight into the life of a top level football referee
Graham Poll was the top referee in the English Premier League for a number of years and he talks about his position in the middle and how he handled some of the fierce rivalries.
A matter of life and death
This book explains the 100 most historic quotes over the years in the football world. It goes into more detail behind the quotes from the eras of Bill Shankly to Jose Mourinho.
What is your favourite football book?
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