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The classic winner of the William Hill Sports Book of the Year Award.

Throughout the world, football is a potent force in the lives of billions of people. Focusing national, political and cultural identities, football is the medium through which the world's hopes and fears, passions and hatreds are expressed.

Simon Kuper travelled to 22 countries from South Africa to Italy, from Russia to the USA, to examine the way football has shaped them. At the same time he tried to find out what lies behind each nation's distinctive style of play, from the carefree self-expression of the Brazilians to the anxious calculation of the Italians. During his journeys he met an extraordinary range of players, politicians and – of course – the fans themselves, all of whom revealed in their different ways the unique place football has in the life of the planet.

Product Details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1629 KB
  • Print Length: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Orion; UK ed. edition (21 July 2011)
  • Sold by:  Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005AVIZEW
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
  • X-Ray: Not Enabled
  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Screen Reader: Supported
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled

Customer Reviews

A very different read now than in the ’90s

One person found this helpful.
 on 6 June 2013
By James Cox
I found this book a real mixed bag – some insightful commentary on the relationship between politics and football cut with interviews which were too often overlong and with people who often had no meaningful credentials other than being where Kuper happened to be at the time. This might be unfair – the media flurry around football in the past decades has probably blinded me to how interesting this may have been at the time – but I found myself flicking pages at times bored of the same drab talk.

Five Stars

 on 1 October 2017
By BaselBoy
An all-time great in the football world

A classic

 on 21 July 2014
By charlie
This is a great book about the politics of football. It conveys that in most cases football is more than just a sport and in some instances a matter of life and death. Corruption and politics are intertwined with the game in a lot of countries. Highly recommended.

Incredible book

 on 3 March 2014
By tdogzzzz
Brought to book for a weekend away in Budapest. What a read. Clearly of its time, written in the early 90s with appropriate references, this book represents a fixed point in football history. Its far mroe than a football book though, full of insight into a wide range of politics, culture, societies and people. Great

Five Stars

 on 2 June 2015
By josephine doherty
Very good

Four Stars

 on 20 August 2014
By Fergus Cooper
In great condition. A good read.

Very good read

 on 8 April 2014
By SharkeySure
Originally read this about 7 or 8 years ago, and ordered it to pass around friends that I’ve told about it
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