And it will be part of our future. It should be predictable Football We know how you feel about it. Because we feel the same Well, few years ago, I caught myself lost in thought after I saw and heard a classic advert about Premiership season football coverage and Sean Bean a movie star whose also known as a Leeds diehard fans who narrated this advert DANG!!! So true, so very true..

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Amazon The clue is in the title. This is a book written by an American for Americans. About a game and a passion that Americans of the Caucasian variety at least largely do not get.

As such, it will do a good job of fostering whatever preconceptions its target readership brings to the table. For readers who call the round ball game "football," tend to scoff at American "helmetball" and know at least as much about football as the author, it may prove less successful. Of course, mindful of his audience, he spends more time vilifying Glasgow Rangers and their hatefully bigoted Protestant supporters than he does on the equally unpleasant and bigoted Catholic supporters of Glasgow Celtic.

That aside, he does a good job of describing elements of the complex relationships at play, including the fact that the clubs themselves profit from the sectarianism of their supporters, and he should be commended for taking a trip to Belfast with supporters of both faiths to explore and make clear the roots of the divide between the two clubs. The truth is that English football supporters were far from the lethal killing machines Foer would have you believe. The first is the Heysel Stadium Disaster of when, before the European Cup Final between Liverpool FC and Juventus, hooliganism, awful policing and an utterly unsafe stadium combined to cause a wall to collapse and 39 people to die.

I could write a book about Hillsborough, others have, but all that needs to be said here is that there is absolutely no justification for attributing the deaths that day to football hooliganism. The truth about Hillsborough is well documented and well known. It is utterly unacceptable for an author claming to write with authority on his subject to make a mistake of this dimension.

And why not? At which point, the Allied Forces succumbed to the inevitable power of lurve, dropped all war crimes charges against the SS lieutenant and instead allowed him to set up home with his nurse; first in Scotland and then, presumably in protest at the sectarianism of the Glasgow Derby, in London.

Alan, born in , was the first progeny of this happy marriage and he grew up to be -- brace yourself -- an elite British special forces soldier, who doubled as an elite football hooligan at weekends. After serving five years for attempted murder at a football match , he somehow transformed into a graphics designer who specialized in computer games for the Commodore Well, of course.

He then somehow managed to evade US Immigration Service checks on his criminal record I think the US tends not to welcome convicted would-be murderers to obtain the visa that allowed him to relocate to California in the s, where he then promptly introduced English-style hooliganism to a group of Raiders fans in Oakland.

Oh, I almost forgot, Foer is also keen to relate that at the time he spoke to Alan, he had just started a new career working as a mercenary in Croatia and Kosovo. At the age of almost Is anyone else seeing Walter Mitty here? How Soccer Explains the World is a good and largely interesting read, but based on the failings that I found within its pages, I find it hard to recommend.


How Soccer Explains the World

Brazilian managers swindle American corporations abroad and exploit their own players at home. Undisciplined soccer stars from Nigeria are sold to Ukrainian teams and forced to adapt to chess-like coaching strategies in the dead of winter. Globalization never seems so vivid as when seen through the eyes of a soccer fan. In his new book, How Soccer Explains the World: An Unlikely Theory of Globalization , Franklin Foer looks at the passions and rivalries embedded in soccer, and comes up with some surprising theories about our ever-shrinking world. Critics of globalization have long worried that the spread of a global consumerism would wipe out local cultures and homogenize the entire world. Franklin Foer: Most of the time the concept of globalization ends up sounding unnecessarily abstruse — even the name itself sounds clunky and highfalutin. And people discuss it in a way that makes it seem so impersonal.


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


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