One of my first soccer books was The Rough Guide's European Football : A Fan's Handbook. It was the 98/99 edition and I read it all the time. Outside of England and Italy I didn't know very much about clubs around Europe. And even though it was a travel guide it has a lot of great tid bits in there. It's even more fun these days when they mention some old players like Wim Jonk or Ronaldo at PSV. If you're looking for a unique gift for someone who's a fan, give something like a try.