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Half-time reads: Books to browse during 'The Beautiful Game'

No time for long, drawn-out prose as you stay up all night long catching World Cup matches? Here are some football-related books that are more visual.

The FIFA World Cup 2014 is on, and with 64 matches culminating in the finals on July 13, we don’t blame you for not having much time to read! Instead, here are some books that are more pictures, less text – perfect for half-time browsing!

A Beautiful Game by Tom Watt

David Beckham, Lionel Messi, Gilberto Silva and other top players share their stories of growing up and falling in love with football. Gorgeous photography combines with accounts of the players going down memory lane by looking back to their childhoods, family homes, classrooms and where they first played football.

2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Official Book by Jon Mattos

This official guide to the world’s biggest sport provides information about the players, stadiums, host cities and everything you want to know about FIFA World Cup 2014 in Brazil, accompanied by tons of photos. As the competition progresses, you can fill up the tournament progress chart to keep track of the games.

Goal! by Mina Javaherbin

This illustrated children’s book tells the story of Ajani, a young boy in a small town in South Africa, who is on top of the world when he gets a new federation-size football – before this, he’s only had cheap plastic balls to play with. Ajani and his friends’ excited games, however, attract the attention of the local bullies, who try to steal the ball. Will their love of football of football win out?

The ESPN World Cup Companion: Everything You Need to Know About the Planet’s Biggest Sports Event by David Hirshey and Roger Bennett

Celebrating every World Cup since 1930, this book not only goes into the nitty-gritty details of each era’s matches – greatest rivalries, greatest players, greatest games, greatest goals – but everything else you’ve ever wanted to know too. Covering everything from players’ hairstyles, the physics of free kicks, fans from hell, and scoring on and off the field, this book should win over both hardcore fans and casual observers.

Football Crazy: Blades, Part One by Craig Daley

Lovers of football and murder mysteries can now rejoice as the two are brought together in one graphic novel with dark humour. In this book, football team Sheffield United is in the midst of progressing forward in the FA Cup rounds. Problems arise, however, when their key players are murdered one after another.

Brazil: The Beautiful Game by Christopher Pillitz

The most football-obsessed nation is captured in bold and lively photographs, as the book focuses on every angle of Brazil in the World Cup. Taking us from stadiums and alleyways to prison yards and tops of buildings, this book will show exactly how much football means to the samba nation.

Tags / Keywords: Lifestyle , Sharmilla Ganesan , Football Books , World Cup , Cassandra Yeoh


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