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The Soccer Diaries
Although soccer had long been the world’s game when Michael J. Agovino first encountered it in 1982, here it was just a poor cousin to American football, to be found on obscure UHF channels and in foreign magazines. But as Agovino himself passionately pursued soccer, Americans got wise and turned it into one of the most popular sports in the country. The Soccer Diaries is a portrait of the game’s culture and an intimate history of the sport’s coming of age in the United States.
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Though it burst into public consciousness only with the 1999 World Cup, women’s soccer has been around almost as long as its male counterpart, flourishing in England during and after World War I. Beyond “Bend It Like Beckham” presents the first in-depth global analysis of the women’s game—both where it has come from and where it is headed. Through the prism of soccer, this book explores the struggle for women’s rights abroad, in countries as diverse as Sweden, Russia, South Africa, Pakistan, Australia, and Iran.
The world’s most popular sport, soccer, is also one of the planet’s most prevalent cultural expressions, celebrated and debated as an art form, observed with ritual and passion and ripe with its own colorful lore. Soccer Stories offers the perfect opportunity to catch up on soccer’s rich history—and to discover some of the funniest, most ironic, outlandish, and tragic stories ever to come out of the world of sports.
The writings gathered in this volume reflect the universal and infinitely varied ways in which soccer connects with human experience. From a patch of ground in Missoula, Montana, to a clearing in a Kosovo forest, from the stadiums of Burma and Iran to the northern lights over Greenland to remotest Sierra Leone, these writers show us soccer’s stars and fans, politics and rituals, as well as the game’s power to encourage resistance, inspire faith, and build community.
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