How Soccer Explains the World

How Soccer Explains the World

An Unlikely Theory of Globalization

Paperback - 2010
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Soccer is a perfect window into the crosscurrents of today's world. Franklin Foer takes us on a tour through the world of soccer, s hattering the myths of our new global age along the way.
Publisher: New York : Harper Perennial, 2010, c2004.
ISBN: 9780061978050
Characteristics: 271 p. ; 21 cm.


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May 10, 2018

This is a gem of a book; a compact series of chapters that have a great deal to do with modern history and socio-economic events that, also, relate to soccer. It is certainly more about human behaviour and certain characters than it is about the game, but I think it is a brilliant deviation from the usual sports-reporting or commentator drivel. It creates an understanding of how individuals and groups have related to the game, and, very shrewdly, sets the stage for understanding how and why football is more than just a game in so many parts of the world. And it is also a good football read.

Highly recommended.

debkd Jun 29, 2014

The idea behind this book was terrific: Share the history and politics behind some of the major soccer leagues and centers. Foer writes with a clarity and understanding for what the non-initiated will find compelling and I would not be surprised if this book was responsible for having "converted" cynics into fans of the game--or at least occasional watchers. The chapter on "Soccer and America's Culture Wars" resonates particularly strongly at the time of this comment, during the knockout-round of World Cup 2014. Having said that, the book is in need of an update--as other comments have pointed out--and I hope one will be forthcoming.

Jun 14, 2014

This short book is a reasonable introduction to the world of soccer. I thought the best chapter was on Scotch-Irish interactions. However, the other chapters don't add much or are out of date. The chapter on Iran, in hindsight, is too optimistic about potential changes in the country back in the early 2000's.

KCLSRecommends May 16, 2014

Just in time for this summer’s latest installment of the World Cup, grab this book to understand the fervor and passion for the planet’s most popular game! Foer reports in depth on soccer fandom around the world: from Iran to Serbia to the Ukraine, and of course, England as well as many other locations, and the impact on the culture and economies everywhere. Read it before watching all the matches soon to take place in Brazil which will be watched by billions!

Feb 22, 2005

Most unusual use of soccer. Brilliant orange is a better book, but this title is much more widely ranging.


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