January 25, 2022

6 books for sports fans, to put under the tree

It is also a must-have Christmas gift: every year there are many books under the tree. On the other hand, it is difficult to always know each other’s literary tastes, so why not choose a sports book? At the end of the year 2021, several fascinating works have emerged.

What to plunge back with nostalgia into the careers of the greatest champions in history, or relive memorable moments, sports books, often full of beautiful photos, are the right way to please sports fans.

From Kylian Mbappé to Ferrari, through the crazy year of Julian Alaphilippe or the mythical rivalry between Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal, there is something for everyone. Here is a selection of 6 books to give to sports fans this Christmas.

1. “Fed”

“FEDAL” by Rémi Bourrières and Christophe Perron

Credit: Screenshot / Flammarion

It is one of the greatest rivalries in the history of sport. Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal have faced each other 40 times, giving rise to anthology matches such as a final in nearly 5 hours at Wimbledon in 2008. A classic dubbed “Fedal” by fans and the press. Journalists Rémi Bourrieres and Christophe Perron go into detail on the 40 duels between these two tennis legends in the book Federated, published by Flammarion. Records, statistics and anecdotes … enough to relive 15 years of a rivalry that has marked the sport.

2. “My name is Kylian”

"My name is kylian", by Kylian Mbappé and Faro

“My name is Kylian”, by Kylian Mbappé and Faro

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Here is a gift that can be addressed to young and old football fans alike. Kylian Mbappé is told in a comic book titled My name is kylian, and produced with the designer Faro. In this 223-page comic, the PSG striker looks back on his career, his rise from Bondy to Monaco, to the France team and the victory of the Blues at the 2018 World Cup. “Children like when it is illustrated, when it suits them. They can identify with it. Adults can also read it,” Kylian Mbappé told Le Parisien.

3. “Ferrari in Formula 1”

"Ferrari in Formula 1", by Peter Nygaard

“Ferrari and Formula 1”, by Peter Nygaard

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Ferrari is releasing a book on its history with Formula 1. Photos, unpublished anecdotes … Everything about the most famous car brand in the world, to slide at the speed of a Formula 1 under the tree. Ititle Ferrari in Formula 1, at Glénat and signed by one of the best specialists, the Dutchman Peter Nygaard, this book brings together more than 500 photos, often unpublished, of the brand. In this book we can also find the retrospective of the Ferrari’s dizzying record : over 1,000 Grand Prix participations, 16 constructors’ world championship titles, 15 driver titles.

4. “The Bible of the lose of French sport”

"The Losing Bible of French Sport", of the FFL

“The Bible of the lose of French sport”, from the FFL

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You may not have known the FFL, the French Federation of Lose which is rampant on Twitter by highlighting, not the exploits of our French athletes, but their failures. The “Remontada” of the PSG, the defeats of the French at Roland-Garros or the 2nd place of Laurent Fignon on the Tour de France 1989, in this Bible of the lose of French sport, the FFL explores with humor and lightness the greatest disappointments of French sport. “To lose without panache, we fail in anonymity,” she wrote.

5. “Julian Alaphilippe – My Rainbow Year”

"Julian Alaphilippe - My Rainbow Year"

“Julian Alaphilippe – My Rainbow Year”

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He is certainly not in this “Bible of losing”, so much he thrills us on the roads of the Tour de France. Julian Alaphilippe recounts his year “Arc-en-ciel”, the year in which he traveled the roads of the whole world with the world champion’s jersey on the shoulders. From his coronation in Imola to his victory at Landerneau during the first stage of the Tour de France 2021, the Frenchman also recounts the birth of his son Nino, but also his falls and his difficult times. “Looking back, this year has been incredible in my sporting life and in my personal life. And seeing it in a book makes me very happy. When my son Nino can read, I will leaf through it with him,” he said to the Parisian .

6. “Road Trip NBA”

"Road Trip NBA", by Rémi Reverchon

“Road Trip NBA”, de Rémi Reverchon

Credit: Screenshot / Amphora

We end our selection with a book that will appeal to basketball fans or even the United States in general. Rémi Reverchon, journalist and star presenter of the NBA on BeIN Sports, takes you take a tour of the United States through NBA franchises in his first book Road Trip NBA, published by Amphora. Boston Celtics, Los Angeles Lakers, Chicago Bulls, it’s all American culture that is represented with a very playful tone, from hip-hop to fast food to fashion. A sort of travel guide enriched by weighty testimonies: Rudy Gobert, Joakim Noah, Nicolas Batum or even Pau Gasol.

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