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on 5 November 2013
This book by an excellent author in Simon Kuper a real mix of football stories and great journalism, worth reading.
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on 5 October 2004
This book's laudability stems from primarily:
1) It's sweeping through the globe with football as the prime theme.
2) Outlining the impact the greatest game in the universe has on different cultures.
Quite honestly, this is as much a social sciences text as it is a football book as it focuses tremendously on societal intruiges and deficiencies unknow to Western culture. I particularly found Kuper's account on the machinations at Dynamo Kiev and the contrasting styles of Carlos Bilardo and Cesar Menotti in Argentina fascinating. Putting it bluntly, this is a must read for any die hard fans who care about the game beyond the British Isles, and who desire a basic account football has on a global scale- which is suffice to say, gargantuan. KUDOS to FOOTBALL! KUDOS to Kuper!
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on 14 November 2015
if you want to know why people kill each other then this is a good start to tribalism.
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on 28 February 1999
This is a superb book - it goes well beyond the parameters of the football book, but at the same time is the best book about football I've ever read! The section on Dynamo Kiev is scary!
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on 19 July 2014
Good condition good book
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on 21 November 2014
Very informative
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on 2 June 2015
Very good
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on 14 November 2000
Football and the human race are entwined at a sociocultural level. This book explains why this is and gives many clues as to why the Americans will simply never 'get' the beautiful game.
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on 8 April 2014
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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on 9 October 2001
From football related conspiracies such as how Herrera stole the credit for re-inventing defensive football to how Argentina`s brutal miltary junta stole the game, from the religious bigotry of the Old Firm game to the quaint diversions of how Paul Gascoingne became forever know as Gazza, the sheer scope of "Football Against the Enemy" is quite impressive.
Cris Freddi travelled to all 4 corners of the globe to examine and try to measure the ways in which football infiltrates every stream of life.
This book is solid evidence that football really is more than just a game and that much as we might like to deny it, it does mix with politics.
A fascinating read even if you can`t stand football - you may even begin to feel sorry for the game after reading how it has been manipulated as a political tool.
All budding politicians should study this book.
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