The literary greats inspired by football

Updated 1017 GMT (1817 HKT) April 16, 2015
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How football has enriched and influenced the literary canon ... Matthias Hangst/Getty Images
Famed author of "The Tin Drum," Gunter Grass saw football as a symbol of Germany's struggle with identity in the post-war era. He is pictured in 2000 attending a Bundesliga game in Freiburg, Germany. Michael Kienzler/Bongarts/Getty Images/file
Grass, who died on Monday aged 87, focused much of his work on learning from the horror of war and genocide by exploring motifs from his childhood city of Danzig, which is now Gdansk, Poland. Sebastian Willnow/Getty Images
He won a Nobel Prize in literature in 1999, with the awards committee saying: "In his excavation of the past, Gunter Grass goes deeper than most and he unearths the intertwined roots of good and evil." AFP/Getty Images
Uruguayan author Eduardo Galeano was well known for his historic book on 20th-century soccer, "Football in Sun and Shadow." He died of cancer on the same day as Grass, aged 74. MIGUEL ROJO/AFP/Getty Images
Galeano was a staunch fan of Lionel Messi, theorizing that the Barcelona striker hid the ball inside his feet to keep defenders at bay. David Ramos/Getty Images
"There is absolutely no question that the world turns around a spinning ball," Galeano wrote after Brazil beat Italy on penalties to win the 1994 World Cup final. AFP/Getty Images
Best known for his 1971 U.S. bestseller "Open Veins of Latin America," the writer and journalist was one of the region's most noted anti-capitalist voices. His books were translated into as many as 20 languages. Carlos Alvarez/Getty Images
Author of "One Hundred Years of Solitude" Gabriel Garcia Marquez (R) was a fervent football supporter as well as a famed Colombian novelist who had many fans across Latin America. OMAR TORRES/AFP/Getty Images/file
In memory of the literary great, supporters at the FIFA 2014 World Cup Group C football match between Colombia and Ivroy Coast in Brasilia waved a banner depicting Marquez and his place of birth, Aracataca. PEDRO UGARTE/AFP/Getty Images/file
Peruvian Nobel Prize laureate Mario Vargas Llosa (C), who most recently wrote "The Discreet Hero" is another avid football fan. He's pictured walking with Iker Casillas (L) of Real Madrid prior to the start of a 2010 La Liga match in Madrid, Spain. Jasper Juinen/Getty Images/file