Soccer Reading & Viewing

Soccer-Related Books, Films, and Other Media

Groundhopper Guides Holiday Gift Guide: Top Soccer Gifts

November 22, 2021

The Groundhopper Guides Holiday Gift Guide features our top soccer gifts for your favorite football fan. Best Inspirational Gift: A Soccer Trip Consultation If your soccer fan dreams of maybe seeing a game in person some day, you can help them get started. Groundhopper Soccer Guides offers trip consulting, tickets, tours and even personal guiding…

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Here are the Ted Lasso Filming Locations

October 21, 2021

If you enjoy the AppleTV show "Ted Lasso", perhaps you have wondered where they actually shoot it. Here are some Ted Lasso filming locations, most of which are in Greater London. (Disclaimer: Some of the links below are affiliate links, meaning Groundhopper Guides may receive some compensation if you make a purchase after clicking one…

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Review: “Ted Lasso” is … Fine

August 12, 2021

Here's my review of "Ted Lasso" after a few episodes of Season Two. I am also including what I thought of Season One after a few episodes, which I stand by. (Disclaimer: Some of the links below are affiliate links, meaning Groundhopper Guides may receive some compensation if you make a purchase after clicking one…

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Best Social Media Follows for Football Lovers

August 11, 2021

Groundhopper Soccer Guides produces a wide variety of informative and entertaining content every week. But we can't cover everything, so here are our favorite ways to keep up with all things football. Alethea The Athletic: I know this isn’t social media, and unfortunately they don’t have a dedicated soccer account anywhere besides their website, but…

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A Couple of Soccer-Related Film Reviews

May 27, 2021

As will soon become apparent, I am not a film critic. But since I spent most of the past year stuck at home and couldn't plan groundhopping trips or go to games, I decided to delve further into the world of soccer-related books, films and other such distractions. Thus I present to you my untrained…

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ESPN Has Some Pretty Good 30 for 30 “Soccer Stories”

March 22, 2021

ESPN has a series of short documentary films they call 30 for 30, which debuted in 2009 as part of the celebration for the network's 30th anniversary. The popular series expanded to include "Soccer Stories" in 2014. Each film runs just under half an hour and generally tells a story that combines a person or…

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The Game of Our Lives is the One Book About English Soccer You Need to Read

March 4, 2021

If you are interested in English soccer and you want to learn more about it -- and also learn more about England and the United Kingdom in general -- I cannot recommend highly enough that you read David Goldblatt's book, The Game of Our Lives. You might know Goldblatt for some of his other books,…

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Looking for Eric and the “Magical Thinking” of Football Supporters

February 16, 2021

As I continue to explore (and try to explain) the world of English soccer, I occasionally find out about something I feel I should have already known about. Along those lines, allow me to share with you a lovely little soccer-related 2009 film called Looking for Eric. It was David Goldblatt who told me about…

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Review: The Damned United

February 16, 2021

We should make clear at the outset that neither the book nor film called The Damned United is a work of nonfiction history. Both, in varying degrees, are fictionalized accounts of a very famous time in English football, featuring a notorious and mercurial figure taking over a leading and somewhat controversial club at the peak of…

In the Goofy and Fun Hooper’s Revolution, Soccer in America Really is a Communist Plot

February 10, 2021

In the common imagination, soccer in the United States is often seen, internally, as some insidious undermining of American culture. To outsiders, it's seen as a goofy land of cheerleaders, rules changes, semi-retired Brits and clueless fans. What if both of those were true, and then some? What if, in fact, teams of Bulgarians, Poles…

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