Every 4 years, the world is treated to the ultimate sporting event. No, we’re not talking about the Olympics; we’re talking about The World Cup! The beautiful game has been long celebrated in literature, from Nick Hornby’s ode to his beloved Arsenal in Fever Pitch, to Bill Buford’s examination of hooligan culture in Among the Thugs. The history, pageantry, competition (and occasionally incredible soccer hair) all lend themselves to fine writing, so it’s no wonder we took this opportunity to ask a few of our authors these pressing questions in Penguin’s Seven on Soccer.
Author of Golazo!, Andreas Campomar, weighs in.
Have a favorite book about soccer? Let us know about it in the comments below.
1. Who are you supporting in the World Cup? Uruguay
Part B. Predict the winner. Argentina
2. Tell us your club team: Peñarol
3. Why soccer? Why not? It is, after all, the most sublime of games.
4. Who is your favorite all time player? No Pele’s allowed. You can do better. Enzo Francescoli
5. What is your favorite book or piece of writing on the beautiful game? Dios es redondo (God is Round) by the Mexican novelist, Juan Villoro
6. Put 4 books into a group of death and tell us who finishes on top. One Hundred Years of Solitude (Gabriel García Márquez), The Labyrinth of Solitude (Octavio Paz), Ficciones (Jorge Luis Borges), Pedro Páramo (Juan Rulfo). Top = Ficciones (Fictions) by Jorge Luis Borges.
To see Part 1 by Rosie Schaap, author of DRINKING WITH MEN, click here.
To see Par 2 by Chris Anderson, author of THE NUMBERS GAME, click here.