10 books about sport that every fan should read

As much as we know you’d like to spend every waking minute following plays and tallying points and yelling at the referee, there’s always some dead point during the weekend when there’s no sport on TV and the weather’s too poor to risk a kick-about outside – at which point, what better substitute activity than to read a rollicking novel about sport, eh?

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: