Biblioteca library

The library / research centre Latin- and North-American soccer.

This is the first ever, somewhat ambitious attempt to compile a compendium of a large variety of publications and selected memorabilia that contribute to keep alive the history and legacy of soccer in the Americas.
The focus is mainly on publications or other items with an historical value (text, photographic or statistical), although as this is also my personal collection, there are also some items which got in the collection solely on the merit of my personal interest.
Also, this is by no means an attempt to collect or chronicle every book or magazine that exists as there is way too much and many books and magazines overlap each other or offer nothing extra.
I started this collection way back in 1987 when I finished university, so what you see is the fruit of more than 20 years of searching and travelling all over the world. This is a work in progress, so new items are added all the time. If you think you can contribute with information or items, don’t hesitate to contact me.

Researchers, journalists, authors, publishers and historians.

Researchers can always contact us for photos and information from our archives. A CD-Rom featuring full-colour photos and very detailed descriptions of all the items (over 10,000) is available.


Our ultimate goal is to publish our complete library on these pages, but as you can imagine that will take a long time. So for those who cannot wait that long, we also have a dvd or CD-Rom available with on it our complete library in text and image. There are well over 10,000 books, special edition magazines and other publications.

Each volume has 5 major chapters.

  • Chapter 1
    Chapter 1 deals with the confederations and the countries and features items directly related to the countries.
  • Chapter 2
    Chapter 2 deals with all the continental and intercontinental championships involving American teams. Items on players and managers also feature in chapter 2. The two world wars also feature in this section because of their direct and indirect impact on soccer and life in the America’s.
  • Chapter 3
    Chapter 3 deals with women and soccer. This means both women soccer and women in and around soccer. Womens’ soccer in the Americas has a very fragmented history, and with the sport having its roots in post-World War I Europe, there are a number of interesting books on the topic, Europe included.
  • Chapter 4
    Chapter 4 features match programs from international games as well as club games. It also features a section with items on Foreign tours by American teams or non-American teams to the Americas.
  • Chapter 5
    Chapter 5 covers the origins of soccer in the rest of the world, club histories from outside the Americass with interesting chapters on “American” players, games against “American” teams and other “America” related features. Here you will also find some other miscellaneous items, which may be in some cases more of a personal interest.