Word Cup: Best soccer books
Occasional jailbird and reckless Newcastle United midfielder Joey Barton famously ridiculed England soccer stars Ashley Cole, Frank Lampard and Steven Gerrard for rushing to release competing autobiographies in the wake of the 2006 World Cup. "England did nothing in that World Cup, so why were they bringing books out? 'We got beat in the quarterfinals. I played like s---. Here's my book.'"
Whatever one thinks of Barton as a soccer player and human being, his instincts as a literary ...
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