An eccentric, fascinating exposé of a world most of us know nothing about.” — The New York Times Book Review “An insightful, entertaining, brainiac sp. Most books on globalization focus on how it changes a culture. But in How Soccer Explains the World, New Republic staff writer Franklin Foer. HOW SOCCER EXPLAINS THE WORLD: An Unlikely Theory of Globalization. Franklin Foer, Author. HarperCollins $ (p) ISBN.

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In Brazil, where even heroes like Pele get into legal trouble, and Ukraine, where imported Nigerian players add new life to a moribund culture, as in England, foreign players add an outside element that challenges traditional notions of soccer clubs as the emotional property of the cities they’re based in. But the society itself hos change all the much. Have you been to an NBA game lately?

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Mar 16, Alekh Agrawal rated it it was amazing Shelves: It’s part of our country. I still remember the day when we’re looking at a group of people holding scarfs up, singing their hearts out as if there’s no tomorrow. Alright, so anybody that knows me knows what a freak I am about the beautiful game.

Jul 26, Caroline rated it liked it.

While one may not be able to explain such phenomena with reference to soccer, these developments touch soccer and its fans in a decidedly unique way. No-one is bigger than Liverpool Football Club.

How Soccer Explains the World: An Unlikely Theory of Globalization

Any football fan knows the Old Firm matches are quite amazing and full siccer history but Foer takes a bit of creative license. That alone is worth the price of admission. The title is completely misleading. This consistency owes nothing to television, which rarely shows these finer points of fan behavior. Dalam hal ini saya sepakat dengan aremania yang menyanyikan: This was an Interesting read. The reader’s focus is easily muddyed trying to follow the thin strands that don’t worldd tie together in the end.


How Soccer Explains the World: An Unlikely Theory of Globalization by Franklin Foer

This is a quirky work; it ends up proving more satisfying than one might have imagined. Sebuah Coretan Tak Lazim wis suwe aku ngenteni kowe rina wengi ora nyambut gawe persebaya kudu dimenangke arek bonek mendem rame-rame terj.

I wouldn’t say that soccer is like the metric system, in that our aversion to an international standard imposes real costs on people beyond the extra risk of player concussions; maybe the American disdain for soccer is just a higher-order version of the same phenomenon that makes highly-educated Scottish lawyer spew anti-Catholic vitriol, or a Serbian wax nostalgic for beating rival fans with chunks of metal.

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View all 94 comments. If you do like soccer, you’ll probably like the book. While this vintage book could use some updating, for the most part many of the aspects of soccer as a global sport that Foer identifies haven’t much changed: Keseluruhan bab tadi dilihat dengan sudut pandang sepakbola.

Only Jamie Carragher, who sharply stated, “If anyone doesn’t want to be here, no problem. The first time was when I went to England. I’ve let go of any dreams of competitive greatness for me, but I can sure be a world class fan!

In short, this is an interesting read more for the explanations of the different local futbol cultures than for any “theory of globalization.

I don’t know why Aurelio leaves the club, probably he didn’t want to be associated with LFC with such devastated state anymore.

It’s important to point out, I think, that this book does not explain globalization by means of soccer. I’ve come to really enjoy the build up and release of tension that punctuates the games course of action. People are sodcer to go to our stadiums. I still pinch myself. Sudah menjadi rahasia umum ketika seorang Iwan Budianto, mantan manajer Arema Malang yang kemudian pindah menjadi manajer Persik Kediri berhasil membangun tim Persik menjadi kekuatan baru di Liga Indonesia.

Each chapter is set up to explain a certain aspect of globalization and uses two teams usually rivals to explain it.


We know how you feel about it. I daresay Roma does not quite satisfy my liberal politics and yuppie tastes. I love the city, found best friends who I proudly nicknamed soulmates, got myself an adopted family, speak the language as if I was born to do that, and to know Arema who embodies everything I wished from football. And this was b Warning: The author notes that Page 5: Depsite the fact that I am a Yank, I might refer to soccer as football in this review.

The author admits that the purpose of the book is to explore the nature of the game in cultural terms more than its economical impact. Of course, having said that, I did pick-up my official World Cup t-shirt, hat, soccer ball, and water bottle.

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Do you have any idea how long it took to me find something affordable to eat? I grew up at a time in America when parents pushed their kids boys at least to play little league, not soccer. Jul 08, Shuhan Rizwan rated it liked it. As you whip through the pages you’re gonna learn what you need to be a self-respecting soccer fan.

Surabaya Post, 29 Mar To ask other readers questions about How Soccer Explains the Worldplease sign up. Dan sepertinya saya setuju dengan salah satu komentar yang tercantum di buku ini bahwa……anda tidak harus jadi penggemar sepakbola untuk bisa mengapresiasi buku ini…. In each chapter, the author follows different football clubs from different countries and cultures.

Until I went to Malang, East Java. To be sure, Barcelona is one of the few teams that I admire unreservedly other than my own. Their players come from Georgia, Argentina, Germany, Sweden, Portugal and Holland, because money can buy no better ones.