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Books for Soccer Enthusiasts & World Cup Fans of "Les Bleus"
From the magnetic 1998 World Cup victory to the disappointing 2006 loss to Italy, the French men’s national soccer team has seen it all. For this summer’s 2014 World Cup season, we found three titles for diehard football fans, those “tag-along” friends, and anyone else interested in taking a dip into the creative pool of the current soccer frenzy.

In the Crowd by Laurent Mauvignier (Faber & Faber, 2008) A gripping and poetic story demonstrating the compelling power of football culture as well as its tragic capacity for self-destruction, based on the 1985 Heysel Stadium tragedy.

Zidane’s Melancholy by Jean-Philippe Toussaint (Lawrence & Wishart Ltd, 2007)
This small literary-socceresque jewel published months after the 2006 World Cup final by Belgian writer and film-maker Jean-Philippe Toussaint, is a treatise on the beloved and controversial “Zizou,” Zinedine Zidane a world-renowned soccer player and former World Cup captain.

Jouer Juste by François Bégaudeau (Gallimard, 2003)
The author of Entre Les Murs  (Editions Verticales, 2006) [readapted for the screen two years later as The Class (Entre Les Murs) directed by Laurent Cantet and winner of the esteemed Palme d’Or] writes on the parallel separate lives of coupledom and teamship in this light-hearted and wild, yet sophisticated and compulsive love story—where you need to play by the rules.

Too hot, too cold, too angry, too quiet, too busy, too lonely? We have the solutions here! Fun, fear and passion await. Each week, we will post thematic lists of great titles so you can let your bookworming desires run wild. Follow us on Twitter @FrenchBooksUSA and Instagram