The World Is A Ball: The Joy, Madness And Meaning Of Soccer

November 2, 2010|
The World Is A Ball: The Joy, Madness And Meaning Of Soccer by John Doyle
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Globe and Mail columnist John Doyle explores the international phenomenon of soccer

In A Great Feast of Light, John Doyle viewed his childhood in Ireland through the television screen. Now, he turns his eye to the most popular sport on the planet: soccer. It's a journey that begins with the first game John saw, in 1960s-era Ireland, through soccer in the 21st century - the World Cups in 02 and 06, the European Championships in 04 and 08. And Doyle has traveled the globe during the build-up to next year's World Cup 2010. In between the drunken fans, crazed taxi drivers, leprechauns and lederhosen, Doyle muses on the evolution of soccer as a global phenomenon. He shows a sport where for 90 minutes on the pitch anything seems possible. A game where colonized nations can tackle the power of their colonizers; where oppressed immigrant groups can thoroughly trounce their host countries. This book examines soccer from a new angle. John Doyle offers a compelling social history of the ultimate sport, each country and team competing in the historic 2010 World Cup, and how the game has kept pace as the global village has sprung up around the playing field.
IntroductionMeaning: All the Rambling Boys of Pleasure  Part OneJoy: The Long Ball from Longford to Ibaraki One: The First Kiss Two: It’s Only A Game Three: “You’ll Never Beat The Irish”  Part TwoMadness: Soccer in the Twenty-first Century One: World Cup 2002, Korea/JapanTwo: Euro 2004, Portugal Three: World Cup 2006, Germany Four: Eur...
Title:The World Is A Ball: The Joy, Madness And Meaning Of SoccerFormat:PaperbackProduct dimensions:416 pages, 8.2 X 5.44 X 0.85 inShipping dimensions:416 pages, 8.2 X 5.44 X 0.85 inPublished:November 2, 2010Publisher:Doubleday CanadaLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0385664990

ISBN - 13:9780385664998

Appropriate for ages: All ages

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