Soccer in a Football World: The Story of America's Forgot... and over one million other books are available for Amazon Kindle. Learn more
Qty:1
  • List Price: $21.95
  • Save: $2.19 (10%)
FREE Shipping on orders over $35.
Only 2 left in stock (more on the way).
Ships from and sold by Amazon.com.
Gift-wrap available.
Add to Cart
FREE Shipping on orders over $35.
Used: Acceptable | Details
Sold by Hendys Acres
Condition: Used: Acceptable
Comment: Clean Ex-Library copy with typical labels, etc.. Good condition except for corner and edge curl/wear. No marking, highlighting or underlining found inside. Shelf / usage wear.
Add to Cart
Have one to sell? Sell on Amazon
Flip to back Flip to front
Listen Playing... Paused   You're listening to a sample of the Audible audio edition.
Learn more
See all 2 images

Soccer in a Football World: The Story of America's Forgotten Game (Sporting) Paperback – March 28, 2008


See all 3 formats and editions Hide other formats and editions
Amazon Price New from Used from
Kindle
"Please retry"
Paperback
"Please retry"
$19.76
$19.74 $7.00

Frequently Bought Together

Soccer in a Football World: The Story of America's Forgotten Game (Sporting) + Long-Range Goals: The Success Story of Major League Soccer + Offside: Soccer and American Exceptionalism.
Price for all three: $63.35

Buy the selected items together

NO_CONTENT_IN_FEATURE

Image
Looking for the Audiobook Edition?
Tell us that you'd like this title to be produced as an audiobook, and we'll alert our colleagues at Audible.com. If you are the author or rights holder, let Audible help you produce the audiobook: Learn more at ACX.com.

Product Details

  • Series: Sporting
  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Temple University Press; 1 edition (March 28, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1592138853
  • ISBN-13: 978-1592138852
  • Product Dimensions: 0.9 x 5.5 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #597,808 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From Booklist

In 1987, sick of defending an “un-American” activity, soccer-mad Wisconsinite Wangerin immigrated to England. After many years of thinking that the U.S. “did not deserve” the game, his mixed feelings led him to research the States’ surprising history with the sport, which has often included plenty of drama if not always plenty of fans. In thorough fashion, Wangerin moves from past to present, covering our unique terminology (why do we call it soccer when the world calls it football?); peculiar rules (we have often played it our own way); governing bodies and leagues (there have been many); World Cup triumphs and missteps (many more of the latter); the ongoing fortunes of Major League Soccer; and, above all, the culture surrounding the game. Neither as narrative-driven as Jim Haner’s Soccerhead (2006) nor as entertaining as Gavin Newsham’s Once in a Lifetime (2006), this nonetheless provides a greater level of detail and is a good purchase where soccer-mad patrons—and there are more of them these days—provide demand. --Keir Graff

More About the Author

Discover books, learn about writers, read author blogs, and more.

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5 stars
5 star
5
4 star
1
3 star
0
2 star
0
1 star
0
See all 6 customer reviews
My favorite part of the book was in the evolution of the game in the 1920s and 1930s.
Tom Plum
Wangerin does it flawlessly, seamlessly integrating facts and statistics with great stories of monumental success and devastating failure.
ISN Soccer
With that being said, anyone interested in soccer in America should definitely check this out.
DubyaW

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By DubyaW on March 2, 2009
Format: Paperback
This book provides a great look into the history of the American game. Other books (Soccerhead being one of the better examples) have provided short outlines of pre-NASL soccer, but Wangerin is successful at seeking out the distant past of American soccer and provides as indepth a history as anyone will probably ever do. One of his main arguments, that while soccer may never be big in America, it's never been a better time for American soccer, is well proved throughout the book's tales of organizational infighting and inexplicable decisions by almost everyone involved in the sport at its highest levels in the US. This book winds up serving not only as a recounting of the past, but also a warning for the future so that American soccer never falls back into the depths of despair it has in the past.

The few issues I have with the book are that little attention is given to the women's game (roughly 12 pages in the 300+ page book), and it feels that Wangerin rushes through the post-1994 history, only hitting some major talking points of the 1998 and 2002 World Cups and some brief history of MLS. Also, very little is mentioned about the US Youth National Teams. I would also like to suggest that eventually this book be updated, since it ends around 2005. The back of the book mentions David Beckham's move to the US with the LA Galaxy, but the book ends its look at the sport in America before Beckham arrival.

With that being said, anyone interested in soccer in America should definitely check this out.
1 Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Roger S. Allaway on February 26, 2009
Format: Paperback
Many people think that the history of soccer in the United States dates back to around the time that Pele arrived in New York in 1975. This magnificent book very firmly refutes that idea, giving a full account of the sport's history in this country dating back to its 19th-century origins.
---Roger Allaway, Historian, National Soccer Hall of Fame
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Elliott on May 28, 2011
Format: Paperback
First, let me say, if you are a fan of American soccer then you should buy this book. David did an amazing job of researching and documenting the unique twists and turns of the sport in North America.

That being said, at times the author gets too caught up in the nuts & bolts, jumping from historical anecdote to historical anecdote, to truly paint a coherent picture. There are lots of wonderful brush strokes, but no truly in depth picture of American soccer pioneers emerges. Obviously, the focus of the book was not autobiographies of a handful of soccer pioneers, but a bit more ink on the life of Lamar Hunt would have illuminated one of the biggest recurring problems - a professional sport needs owners to survive, but soccer only attracted quirky billionaires who viewed themselves more as prophets than franchisees.

Still, some of the historical tidbits are as funny as they are embarrassing - a good read.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again

Customer Images

Search