Sunday, June 29, 2014

Eleven top books about soccer

At The Daily Beast Robert Birnbaum tagged 11 great books about soccer, including:
How Soccer Explains the World: An Unlikely Theory of Globalization
by Franklin Foer

Given its broad international popularity, soccer is a natural prism with which to view and theorize about contemporary social and political developments. Foer expiates: “Compare European soccer with American sporting teams. Our teams represent such broad geographic areas, and don't really represent anything local. What truly differentiates a Yankees from a Mets fan? I'm not sure. But in Buenos Aires, everyone knows what separates a Boca Juniors fan from a River Plate fan—there's a stark difference in class. Buenos Aires has something like eight different teams, so each team represents a distinct neighborhood, and when you represent something that local, you're representing very particular identities—class, ethnicity.”
Read about another entry on the list.

How Soccer Explains the World is among Joshua Robinson's five must-read books on soccer.

--Marshal Zeringue