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Soccer in a Football World: The Story of America's Forgotten Game (Sporting) by [Wangerin, David]
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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

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"Wangerin has written a readable history of US soccer from the late 19th century to the present... [T]his updated US edition makes a valuable contribution to the literature on what is still regarded by many as a foreign, minority sport... Wangerin's fine study is entertaining, well researched, and well written. Summing Up: Highly recommended." Choice, Feb 2009

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  • File Size: 4455 KB
  • Print Length: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Temple University Press; 1 edition (February 2, 2009)
  • Publication Date: February 2, 2009
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B001KR0BR4
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Not Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #436,533 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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