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New library books

The following new books on soccer are available at the Shawnee branch of the Allen County Public Library.

“US Men’s National Soccer Team: Looking Up to 2014 FIFA World Cup” by Okyere Bonna

Biographies of the author’s picks for the team roster include Fort Wayne’s Da- Marcus Beasley, who played for South Side High School.

“Ronaldo: The Obsession for Perfection” by Luca Caioli

Learn more of Ronaldo’s history (and some gossip) in this highly readable biography, from his modest beginnings in Portugal to his record-breaking signing with Manchester United.

“Soccernomics: Why England Loses, Why Spain, Germany, and Brazil Win, and Why the US, Japan, Australia, Turkey – And Even Iraq – Are Destined to Become the Kings of the World’s Most Popular Sport” by Simon Kuper and Stefan Szymanski

Discover the numeric side of soccer – where money goes and who “buys” talent at high prices (and its true cost), the effects of stark poverty on countries’ ability to produce fantastic talent, and which nations love soccer the most.

“Coaching the 4-2-3-1: The Favored Formation of the Top World Teams” by Wayne Harrison

Get a grasp of the new formation that is helping the national team of Spain and the clubs Real Madrid and Barcelona win.

“El Clásico: Barcelona v Real Madrid: Football’s Greatest Rivalry” by Richard Fitzpatrick

The reasons why this rivalry is not just about soccer are explained in this look at the mingling of Spanish history and politics with the great passion that is found in these two powerhouses.

– Allen County Public Library