Football School: Where Football Explains the World by Alex Bellos
(Walker Books, 2016)

Football School: Where Football Explains the World

by Alex Bellos

A funny, fact-filled and fascinating book that celebrates the joy of football and shows how it explains the world.

Two successful popular science and football writers team up to explain the world to children through football. In a snappy, entertaining question and answer format, they will use engaging anecdotes from international football to cover issues of physics (are tall players better than small players?), psychology (how do you save a penalty?), finance (why do footballers earn so much?), biology (how do footballers find the right time to go to the toilet?) and much more. Their well-honed skills as narrative non-fiction writers mean they write in a wonderfully accessible, funny but un-patronising way. They are also both seasoned public speakers, appearing regularly at events, and on TV and radio – experience they will put to good use in creating an entertaining double act to tour schools and festivals.

Co-authored with Ben Lyttleton.


Sports-mad fans of the Horrible Histories books will find this hard to put down.”
- Matt Quinton, The Sun
This book will spark a love of learning in any child who reads it. It is intelligent, inspiring, funny, and deserves a large audience!”
- Martyn Heather, Head of Education and Welfare, Premier League
The perfect book to get football-mad kids enthusiastic about reading”
- Paul Brackwell, Head of Education, Aston Villa Football Club
This book is superb way for children to learn about such diverse subjects as geography, maths and psychology. I have really enjoyed reading it with my seven-year-old son - and he's not the only one who has been learning a lot”
- Marcus Christenseon, Football Editor, The Guardian
Have you got football-loving kids? This got a massive thumbs-up from mine. Recommended reading.”
- Amy Lawrence, The Observer
Am very jealous of Alex Bellos and Ben Lyttleton - I fear they have a bestseller here. Section on poo is especially good.”
- Simon Kuper, Financial Times
My 8-year-old daughter can't put this down. It's brilliant!”
- Raphael Honigstein, The Guardian
We love this book, it's like a Horrible Histories for football. There is nothing like it on the's education through the back door - funny, cheeky and a little bit naughty!”
- Paul Hawksbee and Andy Jacobs, TalkSPORT
NEW BOOK OF THE WEEK - This brilliant new book is a treasure trove of fascinating football facts and trivia”
- The Week Junior
A veritable treasure trove for footie mad kids (and adults)”
- Justine Roberts, CEO and Founder, Mumsnet