Lazy summer days
This list of our top 10 best football books for 2018 are chosen for the time when you’ve enjoyed the warm weather and the world cup.
You’ve sat, maybe with an ice-cold beer or a glass of wine, thinking about what the rest of this glorious summer will bring for your club.
Albeit you’ve had to contain your enthusiasm for the highs and lows of the transfer window. What it’ll mean for your team next season. Therefore, lots to think about.
However, you should stop, relax and realise there is still plenty of time to enjoy. Consequently, with that in mind, why not consider a great read from one of our top 10 best football books for 2018?
Best football books for 2018
So here we go, in no particular order, here’s our top 10 best football books for 2018.
1. Brave New World: Inside Pochettino’s Spurs by Guillem Balague
The exclusive behind-the-scenes story of the Mauricio Pochettino revolution at Spurs, told in his own words.
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Definitely a must for any Spurs fan. This football book gives a delightful, almost diarised, look at the 2016/17 season. You’ll be amazed at the level of detail and honesty that Guillem Balague manages to capture as Mauricio Pochettino gives access into every aspect of the club’s inner workings. There’s a nice balance of day-to-day insights along with thoughtful reflection and an intriguing view off Pochettino, the man.
A must for a Tottenham Hotspur Fan and a winner for anyone wanting to know more from behind the scenes at a Premier League club.
Our rating – 4.5/5
2. My Story by Steven Gerrard
Legendary captain, of Liverpool and England, tells the story of the highs and lows of a twenty-year career at the top of English and world football.
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Interestingly, Steven Gerrard is one of those rare sporting figures that generates interest from supporters of any club. Obviously, Liverpool fans will immediately enjoy getting to know the inside stories that this book delivers. However, there’s much more to admire about Gerrard and this goes far beyond his footballing quality. Read and enjoy.
Liverpool fan favourite, but will provide a great read for any fan of Stevie G.
Our rating 4.5/5
3. A Life in Football: My Autobiography by Ian Wright
Ian Wright, Arsenal legend, England striker and TV pundit extraordinaire, is one of the most interesting and relevant figures in modern football.
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The depth and honesty can only leave you with an overwhelming feeling of admiration. Reviewing his life, Ian Wright gives us his view on his experiences as a young player, growing up in the spotlight with all the perils and pitfalls this provides, and onto becoming an Arsenal footballing legend and extremely popular TV pundit. Like his on screen personality, Ian shows us his genuine, passionate approach to life in this compelling read.
Ian Wright’s genuine and frank review of his life is refreshing and eye-opening. A great football book from a great man
Our rating 4.5/5
4. Thinking Out Loud: Love, Grief and Being Mum and Dad by Rio Ferdinand
Thinking Out Loud is written in the hope that he can inspire others struggling with loss and grief to find the help they need through this most difficult of times.
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For anyone that saw the documentary that can only have moved you, this is a must. Not your average football book, Rio Ferdinand shares his experiences with grief and loss in a sincere and open way. As a result the reader comes away feeling a little of the struggle that the Ferdinand family has experienced.
An emotional, painfully-honest insight in to bereavement and the effect it can have on any of us. But, this ultimately is a love story fuelled by courage and commitment to family. Exceptional.
Our rating 5/5
5. Football: My Life, My Passion by Graeme Souness
He has racked up getting on for fifty years in and around the world of professional football. The game has been his life, and his enduring passion.
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If you know anything about Graeme Souness you’ll know his straight-talking style and no nonsense approach, neither of which are missing from this interesting read. In his usual articulate way, Graeme reveals his story, his unwaivering passion for football and his incredibly thoughtful views on the modern game. With all his experience and years of living in the footballing world, he shares his common-sense approach to the beautiful game.
No nonsense, honest and forthright. Graeme Souness tells us his story and shares his views on football over the last 50 years.
Our rating 4/5
6. No Nonsense: The Autobiography by Joey Barton
So, you think you know Joey Barton. Think again. No Nonsense is a game-changing autobiography which will redefine the most fascinating figure in British football.
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Maybe not as popular a footballer as some, but one thing Joey Barton does fully is life. This foorball book exposes the good and not-so-good that has surrounded this, sometimes controversial, sporting figure. Nothing is hidden and no quarter is taken in the way Joey recounts his journey thus far. Brutally honest and remarkably inspirational.
Barton emerges with considerable credit for his unwavering honesty and refusal to compromise on his integrity.
Our rating 4/5
7. Jamie Vardy: From Nowhere, My Story by Jamie Vardy
An ordinary lad from Sheffield, Jamie Vardy has become known as an against-the-odds footballing hero the world over.
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Who doesn’t love the under-dog? Well there’s no denying it, Jamie Vardy has a truly remarkable story to tell. A modern-day rags to riches tale that will inspire and interest anyone. There’s something pleasantly straightforward about Vardy and his view of his world. Nothing is taken for granted and everything is worked for. An addictive read.
Obvious cliché‘s aside, Jamie Vardy provides an honest and uplifting read. Leicester fan’s, especially, will delight.
Our rating 4.5/5
8. The Man in the Middle: The Autobiography of the World Cup Final Referee by Howard Webb
Webb’s first game as a match official came when he was just 18 and his father’s verdict was blunt: ‘Useless – he doesn’t know his a*se from his elbow.’
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I think the best word to use about this football book is enlightening. It’s not that long ago that we hardly knew one referee from another and certainly wouldn’t have been that interested in what they had to say. Step forward the modern ‘celebrity’ referee. Full of interesting inside stories and a real view into the mind of a modern football ref.
A great book for thos of us interested in seeing football from a unique perspective from the summit of a profession.
Our rating 4/5
9. Klopp: Bring the Noise by Raphael Honigstein
Jürgen Klopp’s super-sized personality and all-or-nothing style of football and management made him the perfect choice to pump up the volume at Anfield.
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Definitely one for Liverpool fans. This football book is as much about how Klopp goes about his footballing business as it is about the man himself. Detail in abundance and explanation of the style and culture Jürgen Klopp has brought to the Premier League. This will leave any reader in no doubt about the current direction and approach that LFC have embarked upon.
The sheer personality of Klopp leaps from the page. As a coach and a man he is one of the few real character’s in the game.
Our rating 4/5
10. Quiet Leadership: Winning Hearts, Minds and Matches by Carlo Ancelotti
Carlo Ancelotti is one of the greatest managers of all time, yet his approach could not be further from the aggressive theatricals favoured by many of his rivals.
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Management philosophy and Class. Ancelotti is, without question, one of the finest examples of manager and coach in modern football. This is one book that is not about a mans ego or inflating his own self-worth. This is a book about dedication, professionalism and and a deep understanding of mangement style and philosophy. In some ways this is more like a business guide than a sports book, riveting and insightful.
‘Steeped in glory, loved by players for his light touch, he is probably the most coveted coach in the world.’ – Financial Times
Our rating 4.5/5
So there we have it. Our top 10 best football books for 2018. We’re sure there’s something for everyone and a couple of hidden gems to really enjoy this summer.
If you’re going to read just one from our football books list, it’s hard to see any further than Thinking Out Loud by Rio Ferdinand, but you’ll not go far wrong with any or all on our Top 10.