From Marcelo Bielsa to Carlo Ancelotti – the football books to help you through lockdown

Eric Cantona’s newly released book, King Eric: Portrait of the Artist Who Changed English Football , has shot to the top of the Amazon Best Seller.

The Frenchman is widely regarded one of the most enigmatic figures in Premier League history and is remembered as much for his ‘fishing-trawler’ press conference and Selhurst Park kung-fu kick as he is for his innate footballing talent.

This new book helps to shed light on the man who changed not just the game itself on these shores, but also the culture that surrounds it too.

With it now available as a hardback copy or in Kindle form, we’ve used it as an opportunity to look at other best-selling football books that are also current on the market, rounding up the best of them.

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If any of the titles listed below are of interest, you can them all out – plus more – here on Amazon.

The Quality of Madness: A Life of Marcelo Bielsa

Last season’s infamous spygate and the subsequent PowerPoint ‘lesson’ he offered the nation’s press brought the man once nicknamed El Loco to mainstream attention.

It came as a surprise to everybody but those who have taken any previous interest in Marcelo Bielsa, whose influence on the game is clear. Once referred by Pep Guardiola as the best coach in the world, his influence has inspired former players who include Atletico Madrid boss Diego Simeone and former Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino.

The Quality of Madness covers everything you need to know, from his obsessive coaching detail to his explosive and controversial two-day spell in charge of Lazio.

Running With The Firm

In 1995, the BBC film I.D. put the spotlight on the world of football hooliganism. The film was set mainly in London, but with much of the footage shot at Bradford’s Valley Parade and Rotherham’s Millmoor.

The true events that inspired the film were written into a book by former undercover…


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