A selection of the finest football books around. Inverting The Pyramid, especially, is a football tactics bible and should be read by anyone who is remotely interested in the evolution of football tactics, and how the game has reacted to changes over the years. Behind the Iron Curtain focuses on the development of football in Eastern Europe and the former USSR – the culture, the football, and the politics are all interlinked.
The next two books are interesting accounts of the development of the game in South America, and Brazil in particular. God Is Brazilian concentrates on the story of Charles Miller, and the growth of Brazilian football in relation to the growth of the region as a whole. An Entirely Different game focuses mainly on the stories of Miller, and Harry Welfare, both of whom are credited with developing the game in Brazil.
Then we have a book about the history of Spartak Moscow. In the list because it’s a really good account of the history of one of my favourite teams.