Kicking a football and becoming a Pele - a Brazilian favela kid's dream. And the footballs made with child labour in Pakistan play a part in big money for backers like Berlusconi and Abramovich.
Sweatshops and economic distortion mean that in 2004, Vietnam exported more Nike goods than coffee, while accountants Deloitte Touche estimated the European football market is worth around 10 billion.
Then there are the celebrity footballer players with their skills and zillions.
Brazilian fans have been blaming an exodus of starplayers on globalization...definitely off-side there, Ref! "One Small Item, One Giant Impact" - the "Trigger Issue" series exposes everyday objects in a new light.
Short, sharp, and provocative - themes are taken from the award-winning "New Internationalist" magazine - 40,000 UK subsribers.
It includes unusual, hard to find facts and figures.
The previously published titles in this series include - "Diamonds", "Kalashnikov", and "Mosquito".