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20 Nov, 9 tweets, 4 min read
Here are some of our favourite books that have inspired us over the years.

Perfect lockdown material. 📚
This book is perhaps the most complete exploration of the Italian Ultras scene. It will give you an understanding of why the phenomenon of Ultras has it roots as a uniquely Italian tradition.

This book was seminal in our research for Lombardia Derby Days.
Ultras are one of the most loosely defined subcultures in the world. The book explores how this phenomenon has taken on different forms across the globe.

@Martino_Tifo worked closely with James, bringing together many of our favourite interviewees from over the years.
The 20th century history of Spain is absolutely fascinating. Told through football, it is even more so. This book is likely our favourite telling of how football has played a role in Spanish regional sovereignty.

We ended up doing a whole derby days series on Spain.. this is why
There is a lot of chat around a super league, football leaks, corruption in FIFA. If you want to understand why all of that matters, and how it is more than just an effect on football, but the world as a whole, this is the book for you.
This book is in many ways responsible for inspiring a whole genre of football literature. Following an Englishman’s relationship with the Italian ultras scene from match week to the next is a window into the complexity of Italian terraces.
If you're curious as to why we love the international break so much, start with this book. James’ exploration of the first round of Asian qualifying to the 2014 World Cup shows how why these fixtures are some of the most magical that the beautiful game can offer.
Zero to hero story of a football team formed at the base of the Italian football pyramid getting to Serie B. This is his tale recounting a year spent in a remote Italian village with a "Bulldozer" of a manager and a Mafia boss as a Chairman
When you are brought in to replace a living legend it’s best not to insult and criticise him and his players on your first day. Well, the Damned United is a story about Ol Big ‘Ead’s 44 day’s as Leeds United’s manager in 1974, a team he had previously been very outspoken about.

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