Soccer Against the Enemy by Simon Kuper
How the World's Most Popular Sport Starts and Fuels Revolutions and Keeps Dictators in Power

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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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Simon Kuperwas born in Uganda in 1969. He has lived (and played and watched soccer) in Holland, Germany, the USA and England, and has written on soccer for publications all over the world, including the New York Times. He now works for the Financial Times. He studied history and German at Oxford University and supports Ajax Amsterdam, but not all that passionately.
 
Published April 27, 2010 by Nation Books. 324 pages
Genres: Political & Social Sciences, Sports & Outdoors, Law & Philosophy. Non-fiction

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Kuper (Soccernomics), who has covered professional soccer’s headliners and newsmakers for a variety of publications, including the Financial Times and the Times of London, writes, “I have never thought that most soccer players, like in many other sports, have anything special to say.” He ad...

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Kuper, a reporter for the Financial Times , delves deeply into the ways that soccer has become intertwined with the politics, philosophies and worldview of most of the planet's population.

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