Recently I had a chance to read two soccer themed books- #19- A Journey to Soccer Stardom and Offside: A Mystery. I love to read and can never turn down the offer of a good book! Think about including one of these in your soccer kid or soccer dad’s stocking this Holiday season…
#19- A Journey to Soccer Stardom by Mark E Connelly
San Diego Soccer Club coach (and dad!) Mark Connelly wrote the inspirational book #19: A Journey to Soccer Stardom about a young player struggling with depression over not getting what he wants from the game of soccer, often being overlooked by the coaches for the bigger/faster players in the village. A change of mindset inspires the young player to begin to make changes to his work ethic, attitude, and this propels a different result.
I really enjoyed the book and it has a great message about how hard work brings success. The main character Felipe comes from a small fishing village, but the lessons his journey brings apply to kids (and adults!) anywhere.
Although I’m planning on having my girls read this book, I think that it would especially appeal to boys. It’s very appropriate for children and would be a great motivational read for your soccer girl or boy.
Offside: A Mystery by William P Barrett
Long time journalist and soccer referee, William Barrett, brings a unique blend of soccer history, Los Angeles culture and murder mystery in OFFSIDE: A Mystery
It’s a debut novel about the murder of an adult referee of youth soccer in a ritzy Los Angeles suburb at the height of the 2006 real estate bubble. A loud-mouth coach with a gang background stands accused of the crime. The book contains a fair amount of social commentary about California culture, high finance and, yes, even soccer.
This book is definitely for adults and is especially interesting if you are a native Angelino like me! I grew up near where this story takes place and could relate to many of the themes and references. I enjoyed reading this book and it would be especially interesting if you are in real estate or finance.
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