They write they score! 5 super books about soccer

We know, we know, geeks are geeks, and jocks are jocks, and never the twain shall meet – hang on, though, that’s utter horse-manure. After all, Arsenal’s Theo Walcott’s a big fan of Harry Potter, and Owen Hargreaves, formerly of Manchester City, says he likes to kick back with a copy of Paulo Coehlo’s The Alchemist. Not only that, but soccer – or plain old football if you’re of the British persuasion – is a literary phenomenon in its own right. Here are five of our favourite top-scoring texts:

The good, the bad and the ugly: 14 World Cup records – in pictures

We've waited four long years and now finally it's merely hours away to the 2014 World Cup kicks off. To get you pumped for the footballing feast about to grace our screens, we've gathered the good, the bad and the ugly World Cup records. Want to know the fastest sending off or who scored the most goals in a single game, get scrolling.