Develop your knowledge of the beautiful game with these top reads

While many people think that training only happens on the pitch, our team at Jobs in Football knows that there is still so much to learn off the pitch.

From absorbing and informative reads about football tactics to provocative novels on the mentality of sport and how to become the best that we can be, we’ve selected our top reads that will help you develop yourself and your knowledge of the beautiful game.

Edge: Leadership Secrets from Football’s Top Thinkers – Ben Lyttleton 

Get unprecedented access to some of the world’s top football clubs to discover their innovative methods for developing talent. Find out how we can use them in our everyday lives to forge a path to success.

It’s pretty well-known that clubs look for an edge by improving the intangible skills of their players. This book outlines different techniques such as; Liverpool’s approach that promises to make you more creative, Xavi Hernandes will make you into a better decision maker, Chelsea’s culture that promises to improve your resilience, while Didier Deschamps will help you improve your leadership skills.

If you’re looking for an edge, this book promises to help you find one. A fantastic read. 

Paperback edition: £8.69


The Numbers Game: Why Everything You Know About Football is Wrong – Malcolm Gladwell


Former goalkeeper turned football statistics guru, Chris Anderson and former baseball pitcher turned behavioural economist, David Sally show that every shred of knowledge we can gather can help us understand football and love the game even more.

We all know that football has always been a numbers game, but what if we have been focussing on the wrong numbers up until now? You’ll find out that stopping a goal may be more valuable than scoring one, why it’s more important to focus on your worst player than your best and why corners are better taken short.

This book promises the reader that they will never watch or play a game of football in quite the same way ever again. 

Paperback edition: £6.79


Inverting the Pyramid: The History of Football Tactics - Jonathan Wilson

Jonathan Wilson pulls apart the finer details of the world’s game by tracing the global history of tactics. From the beginning when chaos reigned, right through to the modern pioneers of today’s game, readers will encounter great players and thinkers who shaped the sport and find out why the English have, ‘proved themselves unwilling to grapple with the abstract’. 

This book will definitely enhance your football watching. While your team might still lose, you will have a far better understanding of why.

Paperback edition: £6.11


The Greatest: What Sport Teaches Us About Achieving Success – Matthew Syed

This book delves into the fascinating, provocative and wide-ranging questions about the mental game of sport.

By discovering more about the dramas, the techniques for gaining a competitive edge, examining the psychological pressures and sense of morality, this book helps readers to become the best that they can be as an individual, as part of a team and an organisation. 

Paperback edition: £6.79


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