Soccer Against the Enemy

Soccer Against the Enemy

How the World's Most Popular Sport Starts and Stops Wars, Fuels Revolutions, and Keeps Dictators in Power

Book - 2006
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Soccer is much more than just the most popular game in the world. It is a matter of life and death for millions around the world, an international lingua franca. Simon Kuper traveled to twenty-two countries to discover the sometimes bizarre effect soccer can have on politics and culture. At the same time he tried to discover what makes different countries play a simple game so differently. Kuper meets a remarkable variety of fans along the way, from the East Berliner persecuted by the Stasi for supporting his local team, to the Argentine general with his own views on tactics. He also illuminates the frightening intersection between soccer and politics, particularly in the wake of the attacks of 9-11, where soccer is obsessed over by the likes of Osama bin Laden. The result is one of the world's most acclaimed books on the game, and an astonishing study of soccer and its place in the world.
Publisher: New York, N.Y. : Nation Books, c2006.
ISBN: 9781560258780
1560258780
Branch Call Number: 796.334 K96s
Characteristics: xviii, 302 p. ; 21 cm.
Alternative Title: Football against the enemy

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pscho Jan 10, 2007

Does not come close to its cover hype and I am amazed it won awards. This edition simply repackages an older 1994 edition with one new essay about jihad. Completely underwhelming. Definitely not recommended.

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