That's true! One of the books I'm currently reading is The Italian Job by Vialli and Marcotti. I thought it'd be a disappointment when I picked it up but it's very thoughtful if your interests are English and Italian football. Quite chunky and well worth the money.
It's by the founder of total football, very good for understanding the philosophy and development of Total Football (and the precursor of Barca's style) but it can get quite dry at times. Also, if you're interested in coaching, it should be very useful.
As a coaching book, it is absolutely superb and extremely detailed (sometimes bordering on rambly). There was a lot more non-footballing stuff than I expected though (may or may not be a good thing). The best thing about it is that it's almost exhaustive in all the stages of team building e.g. there are plenty of articles about the training methods and coaching of a team as a finished article ; it only talks about the endpoint and doesn't describe the evolution and development of the team. This book describes all, or almost all, of the stages.
'Outcasts: The lands that Fifa forgot' is an interesting read, it's about countries that aren't allowed to join Fifa and how they go about playing matches and such.
'Atkinson for England' I think is quite a good book, it's fiction but very funny. It's about a man with the surname Atkinson who applies for the undersoil heating contract for the new Wembley, his application gets mixed up with Big Rons and ends up as England manager.In a way, you could say it sums up the F.A down to a tee!
I bought 'Inverting the Pyramid' and another book 'You'll win nothing with kids' recently, haven't got round to reading them yet but both look quite good.
Paul Lake's autobiography is pretty great and is getting 'mad critical props'. It's a really good read, definitely not your typical, My Story So Far style faff. Somewhat grim in parts though, as you'd expect from an account of an injury-ravaged career full of unfulfilled promise and shattered dreams tbh.
(Original post by Colbert)
Copies of Inverting the Pyramid were in The Works bookshop for £2.99 at the weekend. Couldn't resist finally picking it up at such a bargain, might take it as my holiday read next week
Let me know what you think of it if you manage to read it over Robs warblings of prophecised disaster and failure.
I'm going to have to have a look for some of the best books out there as I need new reading material.
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