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Soccer Against the Enemy: How the World's Most Popular Sport Starts and Stop Wars, Fuels Revolutions, and Keeps Dictators in Power
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Publisher Nation Books
Publication date April 27, 2010
Pages 318
Binding Paperback
Book category Adult Non-Fiction
ISBN-13 9781568586335
ISBN-10 1568586337
Dimensions 1.25 by 5.50 by 8.25 in.
Weight 0.70 lbs.
Original list price $16.99
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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.


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