All That’s Left to Know About the Club,
the Players, and the Rivalries
by Dave Thompson
“For as long as man has had feet to kick with, he has kicked things.”
So Dave Thompson begins his latest contribution to the Backbeat Books FAQ series, Soccer FAQ: All That’s Left to Know About the Clubs, the Players, and the Rivalries (March 2015, 24.99). It is also the first book in the series to look beyond the world of music and into the wider world of pop culture. Future Pop Culture FAQ titles, to be released this spring and fall, include Cocktails FAQ, Pro Wrestling FAQ, Dracula FAQ, The Beat Generation FAQ, and Haunted America FAQ.
Soccer FAQ is a fast, furious, and opinionated guide to all that has made soccer the world’s most popular sport, an all-encompassing history that introduces readers to the biggest clubs, the greatest games, the finest players, and the fiercest rivalries. From Sunderland to Seattle, from Berlin to Buenos Aires, Soccer FAQ delves into every aspect of the sport, tracing its development from a victorious Anglo-Saxon army kicking the heads of their fallen enemies around a field to the multibillion-dollar industry of today. Along the way, Thompson devotes chapters to soccer songs, soccer quotations, and, as he describes it, “the unfathomable joy of being the underdog.”
Record breakers and giant killers alike file through the pages of Soccer FAQ, illustrating the beautiful game as it is played at every level, from the World Cup Final to the village green, with fully updated commentary on all the world’s major competitions, including the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.
No matter what shape you like your footballs, you’ll find much to enjoy in Soccer FAQ.
March 10, 2015
6″ x 9″
Backbeat Books, an imprint of Hal Leonard Performing Arts Publishing Group
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Dave Thompson has been writing about soccer for more than 30 years, contributing to the magazines Football Monthly, USA Soccer News, Total Football, Programme Monthly, and others. He is also the author of the acclaimed English soccer trilogy Those We Have Loved. He Lives in Newark, Del.