Ever since Sepp ‘Envelope’ Blatter and his FIFA cabal decided that the 2022 World Cup would be best played out during the unrelenting heat of a Qatar summer, the relationship between football and the world’s power-brokers and money-men has been under an increased spotlight. Perfect timing, then, for Soccer vs The Stateby former semi-pro footballer Gabriel Kuhn. As well as examining how football has been exploited, the book also focuses on fans and how those zany foreigners often tie together teams and radical political views. There’s fascinating writing on St Pauli, for example, the German club defined by its links to punks, pirates and left-wing politics. One to pick up if you think there’s more to footy than replica kits and official snackfoods.