Suggested Soccer Reading

A Piece by Mike Brienza

            I will first begin with a few suggested soccer news websites and blogs that provide quality news reports, analysis and information for the current world of soccer as it happens day to day.

Soccer By Ives ( :

            This blog created by soccer journalist, Ives Galarcep, who is a 12 year veteran sports writer and has written for ESPN and is currently a writer at Fox soccer.  I think he is one of the finest soccer journalist because of his insightful and thoughtful commentary on the soccer world while giving daily reports. Fox Soccer ( :

            Fox Soccer provides daily news specifically focused for soccer.

The Shin Guardian ( :

            The Shin Guardian is a soccer blog that provides exclusive commentary and news on daily soccer news.

Crew Xtra ( :

            Go here for the current news of the Columbus Crew from Columbus Dispatch writer Shawn Mitchell.

Here are a few suggested books to read about soccer and relating to soccer current and past.  I highly recommend all of them and learned an incredible amount from them.

by Simon Kuper and Stefan Szymanski.

Chasing The Game:  America and the quest for the World Cup
by Flip Bondy.

The Beckham Experiment
by Grant Wahl.

Inverting The Pyramid:  The History of Football Tactics
by Jonathan Wilson.

How Soccer Explains the World:  An Unlikely Theory of Globalization
by Franklin Foer.

A Beautiful Game:  The World’s Greatest Players and How Soccer Changed Their Lives
by Tom Watt.

All books are fascinating to gain knowledge on soccer but also can be humorous and engaging; The Beckham Experiment provides insight to the story of David Beckham coming to the MLS.  While Soccernomics provides interesting insight into the way the soccer world works with some humorous takes on the world of soccer. 

Fun Fact:  Brad Friedel who was the goalkeeper for the U.S. National Team in the 2002 World Cup and the goalkeeper for Aston Villa in the Premier League, he hails from Lakewood, Ohio and was the goalkeeper for the Crew in the opening seasons of 1996 and 1992.