by Simon Kuper - £9.99 Orion Publishing Co (2003)
paperback ISBN 13: 9780752848778 | ISBN 10: 0752848771
Football is much more than just the most popular game in the world. It can start - or stop - wars, it can fuel revolutions or it can keep dictators in power.
Simon Kuper travelled to twenty-two countries to discover the sometimes bizarre effects football can have on politics or culture, and why different countries play a simple game so differently. Meeting 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 firm views on tactics, the result is an astonishing study of football and its place in the world.
"Quality soccer books have mushroomed..but none matches this global examination for originality, breadth and sheer courage."
(Mail on Sunday)
(Price & availability last checked: August 2018)