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Feed Your World Cup Fever With Soccer Titles From GRRL

It’s World Cup time. While most of the World is convulsed in soccer fever, some Americans scratch their heads. Others are glued to their televisions, taking advantage of the rare opportunity to watch the world’s most popular game on broadcast TV.

If you want information about soccer, your library has it covered. Great River Regional Library (GRRL) purchased several new books specifically for the World Cup. We have "The ESPN World Cup Companion: Everything you need to know about the planet's biggest sports event;" "The Glorious World Cup: A fanatic's guide;" "Soccer World Cup 2010 Preview;" and "World Cup Superstars 2010: the 100 best players from all 32 competing nations."

A general keyword search of the GRRL online catalog pulls up more than 500 titles under "soccer." A search for soccer fiction finds more than 200 titles with something for every age group, from Marc Brown’s “Arthur And The Best Coach Ever” to “Carpe Demon: Adventures of demon-hunting soccer mom” by Julie Kenner.

If you don’t know anything about soccer and are wondering what the fuss is all about, maybe you should start with “Soccer For Dummies” from the Unites States Soccer Federation or “The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Soccer” from D. W. Crisfield.

If you know enough about the game to be nominated coach of your child’s summer team, the library can help with soccer instruction on video and print. You could run the team through “105 Practical Soccer Drills” by Rudy Yakzan, or have them watch “Championship Soccer Drills” on VHS. “Skills and Strategies for Coaching Soccer” by Alan Hargreaves and Richard Bate is a recently revised and well-organized instruction manual that covers not only basic drills but also advanced tactical information.

If you are the parent of a child who loves getting out on the soccer field, take a look at the juvenile fiction offerings. “The Ball Hogs” by Rich Wallace, and “Stacey The Soccer Fairy” by Daisy Meadows might appeal. GRRL even has soccer manga: “Whistle! 24, You’ll Never Walk Alone” by Daisuke Higuchi.

You don’t have to be a soccer fan to enjoy some of the films and books about the sport. Maybe the most well known soccer film is “Bend It Like Beckham,” a heart-warming story about a British girl whose passion for soccer creates conflicts with her conservative Indian family.
Best-selling author Nick Hornby’s first novel was about his fanatical obsession with Arsenal Football Club; “Fever Pitch” was then turned into an entertaining romantic movie starring Colin Firth.
Also from England comes “The Damned United,” a biopic of Brian Clough, a colorful character and genius coach who took club teams to unprecedented heights. The film overcomes the problems of actors pretending to be soccer players by including archival footage from the early ‘70s.
From Mexico watch “Rudo y Cursi,” starring Gael Garcia Bernal in a dramatic film about the damaging effects of fame on two brothers.
And from Asia, check out “The Cup,” a light comedy about a group of young monks at aTibetan monastery who are determined to watch the World Cup.

As always, explore the catalog. It’s where you get the most from GRRL.