Podcast Notes – Episode 9


In episode 9, we discussed our favorite soccer-themed books. Both Monty and Brian brought a lot of heat to this segment of the podcast and their book lists reflect this. Dan’s only suggested reading was Robert Andrew Powell’s This Love is not for Cowards, a great read on soccer in Juarez, Mexico during one of the bloodiest eras in the city’s history.


Monty’s list was central to the discussion, and the “{2x}” is an indication that Brian would put a given book on his list, too:

  • Brilliant Orange, David Winner {x2}
  • Fever Pitch, Nick Hornby
    • {Brian: I’ve started this about 5 times and could never get into it…}
  • How Soccer Explains the World, Franklin Foer {x2}
  • Inverting the Pyramid, Jonathan Wilson
  • The Kicks, Alex Morgan
  • Once in a Lifetime, Gavin Newsham
  • Soccernomics, Simon Kuper & Stefan Szymanski {x2}
  • A Thinking Fan’s Guide to the World Cup, Matt Weiland & Sean Wilsey

hans-van-der-meer-european-fields-77While Monty’s list wasn’t in any particular order, Brian organized his “in order of importance/influence/esteem/affection”:

  • European Fields, Hans van der Meer
  • Brilliant Orange, David Winner
  • My Struggle, Karl Ove Knausgård (especially book 3)
  • Among the Thugs, Bill Buford
  • How Soccer Explains/Soccernomics
  • Soccer in Sun and Shadow, Eduardo Galeano
  • Bloody Confused, Chuck Culpepper
  • Go for the Goal, Mia Hamm (influential for my daughter)

Got a suggestion we missed? Hit us up on Twitter and let us know.


Podcast Notes – Episode 9

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