The Wild Soccer Bunch book series
The Wild Soccer Bunch was created by a father who coached his sons’ soccer team and was inspired to write a book about his experience. Joachim Masannek blended true stories with his own childhood memories. His storytelling is fast paced and cinematic, and the stories are told from a child’s point of view, as if the writer’s voice morphed into the hero’s in each book.

The series has 13 books to date, and each book is narrated by a different kid on the team. The sensational international success of the books has translated into a full-fledged brand including five live action motion pictures and an animated series. Masannek’s emotional and captivating writing style has captured the imagination of kids in 32 countries. Jan Birck’s imaginative illustrations are filled with action and humor.
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The Wild Soccer Bunch Book 1 Kevin the Star Striker
Written by
Joachim Masannek
Illustrations by
Jan Birck
Fiction - Action Adventure -
Juvenile - Fiction - Sport - Soccer
  • Hardcover | May 20, 2010
  • ISBN: 978-0-9844257-0-9
When the last of the snow has finally melted, soccer season starts! Kevin the Star Striker and the Wild Soccer Bunch rush to their field. They have found that Mickey the Bulldozer and his gang, The Unbeatables, have taken over.

Kevin and his friends challenge the Unbeatables to the biggest game of their lives. Can the Wild Soccer Bunch defeat The Unbeatables, or will they lose their field of dreams forever? Can they do what no team has done before?


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The Wild Soccer Bunch Book 2 Diego the Tornado
Written by
Joachim Masannek
Illustrations by
Jan Birck
Fiction - Action Adventure -
Juvenile - Fiction - Sport - Soccer
  • Hardcover | March 2011
  • ISBN: 978-0-9844257-1-6
Fabio, the son of a famous Brazilian soccer player, wants to join the Wild Soccer Bunch. But Fabio's father has other plans. He makes his son play for the Furies, one of the best youth club teams in the country. The Wild Soccer Bunch is devastated, but Diego has a plan. He turns the Wild Soccer Bunch into a club team and challenges the Furies to a game! Can the Wild Soccer Bunch survive the game? Can their friendship endure the test?
Read First Chapter The Wild Soccer Bunch Book 3 Zoe the Fearless
Written by
Joachim Masannek
Illustrations by
Jan Birck
Fiction - Action Adventure -
Juvenile - Fiction - Sport - Soccer
  • Hardcover | December 2011
  • ISBN: 978-0-9844257-4-7
For Zoe, soccer is life! She won’t wear anything but soccer gear, and she wants to be the first female to ever play on the U.S. Men’s National Soccer Team. When her father moves them to Chicago, he signs her up with a boys’ team – the Wild Soccer Bunch. And they are not thrilled – a girl on their team?! Never!
Can Zoe win them over? Are the Wild Soccer Bunch ready for the challenge?
Read First Chapter The Wild Soccer Bunch Book 4 Julian the Mighty
Written by
Joachim Masannek
Illustrations by
Jan Birck
Fiction - Action Adventure -
Juvenile - Fiction - Sport - Soccer
  • Hardcover | November 2012
  • ISBN: 978-0-9844257-6-1
Exciting news for the Wild Soccer Bunch: They are now playing in a club league! Julian, the all-in-one defender, is looking for his dad who left home years ago. He wants to invite him to their first championship gam. While searching for his dad, Julian runs into Mickey the bulldozer and the Unbeatables. What happens next tests Julian’s character and the resolve and friendship of the Wild Soccer Bunch.
Read First Chapter The Wild Soccer Bunch Book 5 Max the Golden Boot
Written by
Joachim Masannek
Illustrations by
Jan Birck
Fiction - Action Adventure -
Juvenile - Fiction - Sport - Soccer
  • Hardcover | May 2014
  • ISBN: 978-0-9844257-8-5
The championship game pits Max the golden boot, and his team against the Wild Soccer Bunch. Max is so hooked by their attacking game that he dreams of being one of them. Although he is an amazing player Danny and Kevin don't want him on the team. A power struggle ensues and threatens to break up and destroy the Wild Soccer Bunch who are
on their top of their game.
The Author – Joachim Masannek
Joachim Masannek was born in 1960 and studied Philosophy and German in college. He also studied at the University of Film and Television and worked as a camera operator, set designer, screenwriter, and director.
Masannek’s children’s book series, The Wild Soccer Bunch, has been published in more than 30 countries. As the screenwriter and director of the Wild Soccer Bunch movies, Joachim has managed to bring about 9 million viewers to the theatres. He was the coach of the real Wild Soccer team and the father of two of the players.
The Illustrator – Jan Birck
Jan Birck began his career as a freelance illustrator in an
atelier in Munich, working for advertising agencies. During this time, he and his wife launched Dreamotion Media, a company that develops books, films, and DVDs. Birck has earned his reputation as one of the world's finest illustrators of children's books, with drawings that have appeared in hundreds of publications. He presently lives in Munich with his wife and sons.
The Author – Joachim Masannek
Joachim Masannek was born in 1960 and studied Philosophy and German in college. He also studied at the University of Film and Television and worked as a camera operator, set designer, screenwriter, and director.
Masannek’s children’s book series, The Wild Soccer Bunch, has