Soccer: the Other Football

According to the Fédération Internationale de Football Association, better known as FIFA, nearly one billion people worldwide tuned in to watch the 2014 World Cup Final –that’s compared to an estimated 110 million Super Bowl viewers.  Join these fans by checking out the Charlotte Agenda and Charlotte Magazine lists of the best places to view the championship.  Many of these places are very close to our library branches!

If you are curious about how the World Cup championship is structured, head over to the Fox Sports website for an overview of the tournament. The official FIFA site is also an excellent place to learn about the groups and upcoming matches.

Alex Williams' "A Clueless Fan's Guide to the World Cup" article in the New York Times offers an insider's look at the hottest gossip surrounding the Cup. 

If you need an introduction to some of the most recognized names in the sport, FIFA Gold Stars, streaming on Hoopla, offers an excellent recap of previous World Cups.   Gary Belsky's On the Origins of Sports includes the history of soccer.

The Great Match is an exciting tale of when three ardent fans from remote corners of the globe set out to see the 2002 World Cup.

Now, on to some of our recommendations!

  • Listen to national soccer songs in 60 Football Anthems, via Hoopla.  
  • A Brazilian soccer star's mother is kidnapped in Leighton Gage's A Vine in the Blood.
  • Fredrick Backman's Britt-Marie was Here follows the sports theme central in his bestseller Beartown, this time with a children's soccer team. 
  • British author Nick Hornby's Fever Pitch is the author's humorous recollections of memorable soccer games.
  • Simon Kuper's Soccernomics predicts that the U.S. will eventually dominate the sports. 
  • Brandi Chastain scored the winning goal from 1999's women's World Cup final.  If you don't remember, her memoir's title, It's Not About the Bra, will jog your memory. 

For some soccer a bit closer to home, the Charlotte Independence professional soccer team plays most home games at the Matthews Sportsplex, a quick stroll away from our Matthews branch.  Their online schedule runs through October 2018.  Going to the game, of course, will count as one of your Summer Break activities!

If you want even more suggestions, browse our online catalog anytime for additional titles available for downloading or streaming.  Remember to log your soccer-related activities and reading time for Summer Break