08 December, 2011

Christmas Soccer Ideas 2011

Stuck on what to get for the soccer obsessed person in your life? We've put together a list of some ideas for your perusal (in no particular order):

1) FIFA 2012 (Xbox, PS3, PS2) ~$40
Players can manage a club, be a player on the team, or just go head to head online. The umpteenth edition is still going strong, and now that it's been out for over a month, you may see some discounts heading into the holidays.

2) A Beautiful Game by Tom Watt (Available on Amazon) ~$16
Watt wrote a collaborative with several of the world's most recognized footballers. Includes stories by, Lionel Messi and Brazil's Gilberto Silva, Italy's Fabio Cannavaro, Spain's Iker Casillas, and France's Franck Ribery; USA's Landon Donovan and Japan's Shunsuke Nakamura, and there is even a Beckham siting.

3) The Wild Bunch by Jaochim Masanneck (Available on Amazon) ~$10
Good book targeted to young children. Great story line, and even has Landon Donovan pimping it to Soccer Moms everywhere.

4) One Love: Soccer for Life by Steve Rushin (Available on Amazon and Barnes and Noble) ~$3-$10, although it looks to be out of current print so some 'enterprising' people are trying to sell it for much more.
More of a soccer photos for lovers of the game, with quotes interdispersed throughout the book. Worth picking up on the cheap.

5) Pugg 2.5 Portable Training Goal by Pugg (Available on Amazon) ~$45
Comes as two pop up goals, bag and ball. Big proponent of getting out and actually playing, and this makes it a crapload easier for quick games at the park, or in the backyard.

6) Once in A Lifetime: The Extraordinary Story of the New York Cosmos (Available on Amazon) ~$8-$35
Good stuff. Documentary style story of the relatively short-lived New York Cosmos and their time with the NASL. Relive the days of Pele, Chinaglia, and George Best.

7) Soccer Scarves (Available at Ruffneck Scarves) ~$20 for premade but can make custom with 75piece minimum order. Scarves cause it's cold. Scarves, cause they're pimp. Scarves, because these guys are making some pretty sweet ones.

8) World Soccer Magazine Subscription ~$20. Printed and shipped out of the UK, it's a pretty comprehensive monthly update on all things soccer.

9) MLS Trading Cards ~$36 for a pack of 36. For the soccer fan that likes to collect. Reminisce about the days of collecting baseball cards, but this time do it for a sport they actually care about.

10) Subbuteo ~$45-$60 for a pitch and two teams. This is just pure and unbridled old school table soccer at its finest. "Playing Subbuteo is a physical simulation of the sport, involving dexterity and skill in flicking the playing pieces, which stand on weighted bases, across the tabletop mat towards the ball, which is oversized and stands nearly as high as the players."- Wikipedia. The idea of the game and its rules are to simulate soccer at its best. Give it a go, and you'll get hooked (think the old electronic table top football game of yore, but better).

Photo(s): Amazon and their respective copyright holders, Ruffneck Scarves, et al.

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