Soccer Book

9 Popular Soccer Books for any Football Fan

Footie fan in the household with a love for lit? Here are some must-have soccer book titles.


The National Team: The Inside Story of the Women Who Changed Soccer

National Team: The Inside Story of the Women Who Changed Soccer

Penned by Caitlin Murray, Editor and Writer at ESPN, this book covers the formation and history of the United States Women’s National Team, complete with almost 100 interviews of important figures such as Alex Morgan, Heather O’Reilly, Carli Lloyd and more.

“Loved every word. It’s a must read for passionate soccer fans (men or women) and an amazing read for casual or even non-fans. It’s a well written book about over coming obstacles, perseverance, how the much things have changed and how much they still need to” – Reviewer

Get it from: Amazon (Canada), Chapters (Canada), Amazon (United States), Book Outlet

The Miracle of Castel di Sangro: A Tale of Passion and Folly in the Heart of Italy

The Miracle of Castel di Sangro: A Tale of Passion and Folly in the Heart of Italy

Major journalist, and minor footie fanatic, Joe McGinniss immerses himself in the world of Italian football club Castel di Sangro Calcio as they tackle the triumphs, dissappointments and moments of human nature that come with taking on the ranks of Serie B.

“Inside there is a great story of uncelebrated heroes, and villians, behind what might be considered the more mundane situation — that a soccer team from a small village manages promotion to a B league with the season-long goal of surviving” – Reviewer

Get it from: Amazon (Canada), Chapters (Canada), Amazon (United States)

Keane Origins

Keane: Origins

As written by familiar CanPL face Eoin O’Callaghan, York United FC‘s VP of Content & Communication Strategy, follow the true story of Roy Keane on his journey from Cork to the Cobh Ramblers to Nottingham Forest, plus his strong attempts to succeed with the Republic of Ireland.

“You may think you know the Roy Keane story but here is the definitive work that charts his extraordinary journey from Cork boy to ultimate football man in exhaustive and entertaining detail. In an enthralling narrative, Eoin O’Callaghan has pieced together the formative years of a legend using the testimony of eyewitnesses who watched one of their peers outstrip them all.” – Reviewer

Get it from: Amazon (Canada), Chapters (Canada), Amazon (United States)

DeRo: My Life

DeRo: My Life

The Canadian “Godfather of Major League Soccer” Dwayne De Rosario shares the story of going from a mischevious Scarborough child in a family of 5 to becoming a record goal-scorer, multi-MLS Cup Champion, multi-MLS All Star and CanMNT captain. Written with Brendan Dunlop and a foreward by Lennox Lewis.

Get it from: Amazon (Canada), Chapters (Canada), Amazon (United States), Audiobooks.com

Believe Us: How Jürgen Klopp transformed Liverpool into title winners

Believe Us: How Jürgen Klopp transformed Liverpool into title winners

A 2021 release by journalist Melissa Reddy, Believe Us tells the tale of Liverpool FC’s glorious revival under the coaching of Jürgen Klopp with words from the man behind the glasses himself, plus captain Jordan Henderson and additional players, fans and staff.

“Our incredible story under a supreme manager shared in all its glory” – Jordan Henderson

“Jürgen Klopp is one of my favorite personalities in sports. When you read about his philosophy and how he runs a club, it is easy to see why his players love him and love to play for him” – Reviewer

Get it from: Amazon (Canada), Chapters (Canada), Amazon (United States), Audiobooks.com

Come on You Reds: The Story of Toronto FC

From the lowest of the lows to the MLS Cup championship of 2017, fall into the full story of the equally loveable and frustrating Canadian club that is Toronto FC. Come for the in-depth detail, stay for the added words by beloved Captain Michael Bradley.

“Joshua Kloke pulls no punches in this in-depth look at Toronto FC’s history. The book respects the long-suffering fans of the franchise, pulling back the curtain and exposing the inner workings that we’ve wanted to see” – Reviewer

Get it from: Amazon (Canada), Chapters (Canada), Amazon (United States)

One Life by Megan Rapinoe

One Life (Megan Rapinoe)

One of the most controversial figures in United States women’s football details her life on and off the field from winning Olympic gold medals and Women’s World Cups to her experience advocating for her LGBT community, taking a knee against racial injustice and police brutality to fighting for gender equality and better pay for her fellow women.

“This book is about so much more than Megan the athlete because she is so much more than an athlete. Her family dynamic (past and present), the way she was Mothered by Mammers, and how she found her voice was so present in this book throughout the chapters. When you hear Megan speak and watch her play, she puts it all out and leaves it all out on the field. That’s exactly what she did in her memoir and I for one found this book relatable” – Reviewer

Get it from: Amazon (Canada), Chapters (Canada), Amazon (United States), Audiobooks.com

Wenger: My Life and Lessons in Red and White

Arsene Wenger himself takes readers behind the scenes of 22 years at Arsenal Football Club, the unfolding of his resignation, his present life as Chief of Global Football Development for FIFA plus early stories of footballing life in France and Japan.

“Engrossing and surprisingly poignant…. Wenger: My Life and Lessons in Red and White is a testament to the 71-year-old Frenchman’s unwavering principles and mind-boggling longevity” – Reviewer

Get it from: Amazon (Canada), Chapters (Canada), Amazon (United States), Audiobooks.com

Why Soccer Matters

Why Soccer Matters: A Look at More Than Sixty Years of International Soccer

Written by footballer and humanitarian Edson Arantes do Nascimento, better known as Pelé, Why Soccer Matters is a personal reflection of years of football abroad, including insights into championships like the World Cup and other important historical milestones of the sport itself.

“Just buy it. It’s so full of love for game, such passion. Such beautiful thoughts about life. Sometimes, brutal facts but honest and clear. Even when I’m writing about the book, thinking about it gives me goosebumps” – Reviewer

Get it from: Amazon (Canada), Chapters (Canada), Amazon (United States), Book Outlet, Audiobooks.com