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Soccer Against the Enemy: How the World's Most Popular Sport Starts and Fuels Revolutions and Keeps Dictators in Power Paperback – April 27, 2010
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In some ways, SATE a more interesting read - you can really feel that the author knows soccer much more intimately than Foer (HSETW author) does. And the writing is a little less 'clinical' than the other book, and the extra chapter is nice. But while this book is a series of anecdotes that are entertaining, I thought Foer does a better job making the point implicit in the title.
And the clumsy translation is ridiculous - it's as if the publishers just performed a "search and replace" for "football" and "soccer" - to the point where it's at times confusing: sections about "American soccer" where clearly he meant American Football (=gridiron). I know it's not Shakespeare, but I'd rather read the "real thing".
The style a national soccer team brings to the game is also widely thought to be an expression of national character. As Kuper writes, "Soccer is never just soccer. In debating soccer, the Brazilians also debate the kind of country Brazil should be." Presumably, much the same holds true for South Africa, Cameroon, Nigeria, Argentina, Italy, the Netherlands, Russia, and most of the other countries whose soccer scene Kuper profiled -- despite the fact that playing styles may change from year to year and manager to manager and that any given country at any particular time may employ a "Brazilian" style while the Brazilians themselves have adopted an entirely different approach.
A handful of dictators surface in the pages of Soccer Against the Enemy, and Kuper treats us to the colorful tales told about their meddling ways. Perhaps one or two of them actually stayed in power for a year or two longer as a result, but their citizens' passion for soccer may just as easily have been a factor in their undoing. It's an exaggeration to claim, as the book's subtitle does so brazenly, that the World's Most Popular Sport Starts and Fuels Revolutions and Keeps Dictators in Power.
Soccer Against the Enemy was originally written in 1992-93, when Kuper traveled the world to investigate the relationship between soccer and politics.Read more ›
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Great book to understand how soccer was viewed from anEnglishman point of view around the world, I wish the book was more about the interviews and less about his experiences at the... Read morePublished 16 days ago by Luis C Vargas
There is not a lot of depth to the book. Even if you watch soccer casually you will be pretty familiar with most of the storylines included, and most of the other material is... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Teewinot13
If you have ever said "it is just football" then this is the book that will change your mind. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Lolo
The only thing that has made soccer at all interesting to me is this book.Published 12 months ago by kkollwitz
Excellent - Item delivered on time, was as described, excellent bookPublished 13 months ago by Miguel Arauz
I'm an older, more senior type of American trying to get into soccer. So I bought this book. I'm learning about the milieu. Pretty good word, huh? Read morePublished 14 months ago by Max Bville
Simon Kuper, who grew up in my birth country, the Netherlands, is a Financial Times journalist, who is perhaps my favorite writer, as he incorporates many elements into his soccer... Read morePublished 19 months ago by Robert Cohn