#iorestoacasa – The advice of TMW: books on football to read

Luca Bargellini – “my life” by Alex Ferguson
The story of the greatest manager of the Premier League, as told by him in first person. The scotsman retraces his life, tied to the myth of Manchester United, the club that he led for almost thirty years. Recommended to anyone who loves English football and all its iconic characters.

Simone Bernabei – “Football and Power” by Simon Kuper
The shame of the World of Argentina ’78, the one that, for many, served to the Junta Militar del general Videla to hide the kidnappings and deaths of the disappeared. The origins of war a historical rivalry, that between Germany and the Netherlands, never surpassed. Spain football during the period of francoism, the christians against protestants in the derby of Glasgow. Osama Bin Laden Arsenal fan and the Milan of Berlusconi. From the pen of the acute and spherical 360° by Simon Kuper, already sent for the Guardian newspaper and columnist of the FInancial Times, could not leave a book intense. Speaking of football, cross-sectionally, but also how this has had, perhaps, too many times the implications with the powers that be. With the policy and with the pages of history, beautiful or less beautiful. A trip for lovers, but perhaps not only for them.

Thomas Bonan – “The inverted pyramid” by Jonathan Wilson
A great classic of the football. “The inverted pyramid” tells of this sport from the point of view definitely alternative. One of the tactics. The book of English Jonathan Wilson, in fact, traces the evolution of football in the course of history, from the middle of’800 up to our days, from the 2-3-5 to the modern methods. In the middle, stories, and characters level. For a reading theme certainly the most original.

Ivan Cardia – “Blue darkness” by Giovanni Arpino
Arp, Grangiuàn, the Vecio. And then the Bomber, Uncle, Petruzzu, Giorgione: a rundown of characters, those of a football that is no longer there. Arpino tells the story of the disaster of Italy in the World cup of 1974, but it also reveals a sport made up of men, not star, and the first women. Without fear of change, from high to low, courtly and regional mixed together, because football speaks the same language as all. Bonus track: “Fever 90” by Nick Hornby. Not recommended to anyone, perhaps because we were all secretly convinced that someone else would have done the same. Sometimes differentiation does not pay. The best book ever to understand how it can be all-encompassing passion of a fan, such as football tell us a lot more of us than you can imagine.

Marco Conterio – “I love football” – Johan Cruijff
A biography, naked, raw, a man that tells the vices and the virtues. The cult of the personality of Johan Cruyff, the demiurge of the modern football. As a player of Ajax, by reference of a clockwork Orange. The first steps to the road and the victories, the disappointments. The architecture of a model new and revolutionary with the spearmen, and with Barcelona, the genesis of what are now the catalans.

Raimondo De Magistris – “Open. My story” by Andre Agassi
This board is the only one that goes beyond the football to give us a wonderful history of the sport. Not the usual tale of memories, but the story of a champion sentenced to pander to his talent. Even against his will. Open is the story of a man forced to become a celebrity, a story that starts from the end of his career and then rewinds soon the tape. Andre Agassi tells the story of a tennis player who throughout his career has swung between two impulses, has teetered between perfection and self-destruction. He is lost and he is found several times, he understood himself only with the passing of the years, and when, probably, the reflectors were not so blinding. A beautiful story of life before sports. A book was written, divinely, by now a classic of the genre.

Lorenzo Di Benedetto – “my life” by Alex Ferguson
Win, win and still win. Alex Ferguson has told us this in his 26 years on the bench of Manchester United, made of successes and triumphs; from the head, never lower the head in front of nothing and nobody. Whether you’re David Beckham or Cristiano Ronaldo does not matter, the team comes before everything. In Manchester know that his legacy has not yet been collected.

James Iacobellis – “Futbolistas de izquierdas: Entre fútbol y política” of Quique Peinado
An essay between football and politics, vintage but also current. From Socrates to Cristiano Lucarelli, passing Lilian Thuram and Vicente del Bosque, the book of Quique Peinado is a journey in history (and in green rectangles) that makes you think and keeps the mind well engaged in these days of loneliness.

Pietro Lazzerini – “The Best“ of George Best
The life of one of the greatest talents ever seen on a football field. What better way is there for a fan if not to delve into what the field tells you? Best is much more than a simple number, 7, is a pop icon who has given life to the figure of the football star, only to suffer the consequences so tragic. To read without stopping for a moment, perhaps with a nice glass of wine. That’s probably thanks to the story, and won’t end up even.

Andrea this context one – “Congratulations, you’ve just met the ICF” by Cass Pennant
Signed by one of the many fans of the West Han was a part of the Inter City Firm, one of the organizations of hooligans, the most bloody of the seventies and eighties. Their choice was to sell scarves, and colors in order to confuse the police and to evade the controls, ready to physical confrontation, in particular, with the craven cottage. What’s wrong? Too much self-congratulation in their deeds, a little like those of all the gradassi that they want to look. What goes? All the rest, even from the point of view of the historiographical, which explains the melting-pot of London is really different from the cosmopolitan now. From which part of the strand of movies on football hooligans, in particular Green Street.

Simone Lorini – “The centre forward was murdered in the evening” by Manuel Vázquez Montalbán
A book that blends football with the yellow, in my category of novels preferred. I am sure that the style peculiar to the author, Spanish (nothing to do with the famous commissioner) will keep you company in these days of forced isolation.

Claudia Brown – “Honor to the enjoined,” Elisa Davoglio
Atala, the heroine, grows in Livorno between dance and written, of the fans amaranth on the walls of the city, then moved to Milan to attend the university. Knows Luke, who one day is beaten and arrested: by that time, discovery the membership of the boy in the group of the ultras ac Milan Fossa dei Leoni, begins the journey of Atala in the world of the faith of the ultras. A travel between myth and reality, which tells us the value of belonging to an identity that is lived as the value, not “value”. A book with a thousand implications.

Lorenzo Marucci – “The dream of Futbolandia” Jorge Valdano
And’ the right book to better understand certain aspects of the phenomenon of football. The world of the ball as seen by a keen observer such as Jorge Valdano, football player, coach, manager and writer. The result is a picture of a football that there is more, but that many dream of being able to live

Thomas Male – “The dream of Futbolandia” Jorge Valdano
Player, coach, manager. The Valdano men’s sports does not need presentations. Less well known are probably his skills as a writer – even if he was the one who coined the term middle escenico to explain the fear that grips those who come down on the lawn of the Bernabeu – and in this book the argentine gives the best of herself telling about the phenomenon of football with a strong emphasis on the often-overlooked aspects. A portrait of a football that there is more, romantic without slipping into nostalgia so much per kilo. An antidote to modern football, with many anecdotes and little-known protagonists samples as Cruyff (“little Boy, at the age of 21 to Cruyff’s giving you”) or Maradona (“the friends you have to put your hand in the fire, even knowing that I will burn them”). But even the criticism of certain philosophies of football (“The bottom of the fascism that lurks behind the philosophy of the result is typical of people that the world is divided into the dominators and dominated” or “There are moments in which a defender of the blue is going to sweep the ball and is, for example, with the legs of a Norwegian wide open. A wonderful invitation to the tunnel that a free man could never refuse. The Italian player tends to ignore the temptation, and to sweep the same”).

Gaetano Mocciaro – “Io, Ibra” Zlatan Ibrahimovic
Direct, honest, without filters: Zlatan Ibrahimovic tells himself, the champion, the obstacle course to become one. A source of anecdotes, from difficult childhood to Rosengard upon arrival to Milan, passing for stolen bikes, fridges empty, the barrel saloon and played by star players. It is a classic of sports literature, among the autobiographies the most successful ever.

Michele Pavese – “Wild and romantic” by Javier Marías
It was a difficult choice: between Hornby, Galeano, Soriano, Brera and Valdano, at the end she checked a book perhaps little known. Marías is one of the greatest writers and journalists of the Spanish, a lover of Real Madrid and of football. His is a visceral passion, lived by mixing the look dreamy as a child, and the gloss of the commentator, as an adult. Over forty articles, autobiographical, in that they surface the emotions linked to the past memories, and rediscovers the sense of the epic sport. On this basis, the author traces the contours of a world that is irrational and sentimental, where there are, at the same time, happiness and anguish. All without losing the essence of the game; the rest, the fùtbol is none other than “the recovery of the weekly of the child”. Along with Fever 90′ (which is very reminiscent in certain respects) is the book with the highest content of sentences immortal on the topic.

Daniel Uccellieri – “Captain Tsubasa” by Yōichi Takahashi
This is not a book, but a comic strip from which it was derived the cartoon character loved by all: the manga of Captain Tsubasa, in Italy better known as Holly and Benji. An opportunity to get to know the characters they loved so much seen on the small screen: from Tsubasa Ozora (Holly) to Genzo Wakabayashi (Benji), up to Taro Misaki (Tom Becker) and Kojiro Hyuga (Mark Lenders). Why read the manga and not watch anime? Because the insulation is long, but it probably would not be enough to see Holly get to the other side of the field.