by Mickael Correia - £16.99 Pluto Press (2023)
paperback ISBN 13: 9780745346861 | ISBN 10: 0745346863
A unique people's history of football, providing a global and diverse perspective from its origins to the present day.
'A fascinating journey through the game's history [as] a vehicle of change' Shaka Hislop
'Correia takes us around the world to examine how football has produced the kind of political energy that can change minds and even topple governments' Dave Zirin
'An essential read for football fans everywhere' Juliet Jacques
Football is so much more than the billionaire buyers and seven-figure signing fees that dominate the headlines. Look beyond the Premiership and the World Cup, the sublime brilliance of Messi and Mbappé, and you'll find a story unparalleled in the world of sport.
From England, France and Germany to Palestine, South Africa and Brazil, A People's History of Football reveals how the 'beautiful game' has been a powerful instrument of emancipation for workers, feminists, anti-colonialist activists, young people and protesters around the world.
Mickaël Correia's history from below retraces the journeys of professionals, amateurs and enthusiasts alike. Countering the clichés about football fans, he dives into football countercultures born after the Second World War, from English hooligans to the ultras who played a central role in the 'Arab Spring'. And with chapters on anti-fascism, the women's game, and the rise in community-owned clubs, Correia reminds us that football can be a powerful social and political force - as generous as it is subversive.
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