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Holiday Gift Guide: Soccer Books and Movies

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This is the final weekend before Christmas. There are only a few shopping days left and you may be wondering what last minute gift you could get the soccer-loving person in your family. Or you may just be looking for someone who you think may be interested in the sport overall.

Either way we have you covered today with a look at some of our staff's favorite books and movies from the game. We will have more gear and toys in our next gift guide tomorrow.


The Secret Footballer's Guide to the Modern Game: Tips and Tactics from the Ultimate Insider: This is football gift with a bit of attitude. Perfect for football fans and armchair referees alike. Less than $8 on Amazon.

"The Fix" by by Declan Hill: Part-crime, part're going to enjoy it.

"Don't Know What It Is But I Love It" by Tony Evans: Nothing like looking back at the days of old in Liverpool.

"An Illustrated Guide to Soccer and Spanish" by Elliot Turner

"Dallas 'Til I Cry" by Nathan Nipper: All FCD fans and MLS fans for that matter need to read this book.

"Coming Out to Play" by Robbie Rogers: You always knew Robbie Rogers would make some history when he came out but his new book reveals all the struggles that he went through as well.

"The Keeper" by Tim Howard: Some awesome insights in the mind of Tim Howard.

"Soccernomics" by Simon Kuper: If you haven't ready this book yet, you really need to. Right now. Don't hesitate, just buy it.

"The Ball Is Round"- A Global History of Soccer by David Goldblatt: This is the textbook on the history of soccer around the world. It's a thick 907 pages long, not counting the index. Anything you ever wanted to know about the game is likely in this book.


Goal! The Dream Begins - As Jason Poon put it, this is cheesy but still worth a watch for any soccer fan.

United - A look at the Busby Babes of Man United.

The Damned United - A Martin Sheen movie that explores the glory days of Leeds United.

Maradona '86 - A very short documentary, part of ESPN's 30 for 30 series, with vintage footage of Argentinian superstar Diego Maradona.

The Two Escobars - Another 30 for 30 classic. Arguably the best one of the series.