Club Soccer 101

The Essential Guide to the Stars, Stats, and Stories of 101 of the Greatest Teams in the World

Luke Dempsey (Author)


Everything any fan needs to know.

Club Soccer 101 is the essential guide to 101 of the most storied soccer clubs in the world. The book covers the history of European powerhouses like Arsenal, Barcelona, Bayern Munich, Chelsea, Inter Milan, Manchester United, Paris Saint-Germain, and Real Madrid; historic South American clubs like Boca Juniors, Corinthians, Penarol, and Santos; and rising clubs from Africa, Asia, and America, including such leading MLS clubs as LA Galaxy, New York Red Bulls, and Seattle Sounders. Writing with the passion and panache of a deeply knowledgeable and opinionated fan, Luke Dempsey explains what makes each club distinctive: their origins, fans, and style of play; their greatest (and most heartbreaking) seasons and historic victories and defeats; and their most famous players—from Pelé, Eusébio, and Maradona to Lionel Messi, Wayne Rooney, and Ronaldo.

With club soccer exploding in popularity, Club Soccer 101 provides everything any fan needs to know.

Book Details

  • Paperback
  • September 2014
  • ISBN 978-0-393-34930-6
  • 5.5 × 8.3 in / 464 pages
  • Sales Territory: Worldwide

Endorsements & Reviews

“All the classic stories are here [as well as] lesser-known tidbits… Dempsey’s prose is a nice mix of flavorful sports-reporting and poetic impressions… Enjoyable and informative.” — Publishers Weekly

“Built on a vault of detail that will impress soccer aficionados, supplying choice cuts of thinking, anecdote and history that can be used to impress when waxing authoritatively on the game…[It’s] free from sentimentality, and crafted with a sharp wit.” — Alan Black, San Francisco Chronicle

“Succeeds wildly… Dempsey packs a surprising amount of history and information into the scant few pages allotted for each of the teams, a testament to his knowledge and tenacity… [R]eaders even remotely interested in soccer will have a difficult time putting it down.” — Douglas Lord, Library Journal

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