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Football against the enemy

By: Kuper, Simon

0752848771 / 9780752848778
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United Kingdom
20 cm x, 239 p., [8] p. of plates : ill.
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Reprint. Originally published: 1994.
FOOTBALL AGAINST THE ENEMY is a classic It has reprinted twelve times in its Phoenix paperback edition Winner of the 1994 William Hill Sports Book of the Year Award Reissued in a new cover design alongside Simon Kuper's latest book, AJAX, THE DUTCH, THE WAR FOOTBALL AGAINST THE ENEMY attracted widespread critical acclaim on first publication: 'If you like football, read it. If you don't like football, read it' Simon Barnes, THE TIMES 'This is a wonderful book written under great duress at times and full of the spirit of youthful exuberance and curiosity that runs way beyond the touchline' TIME

Throughout the world, football is a potent force in the lives of billions of people. Focusing national, political and cultural identities, football is the medium through which the world's hopes and fears, passions and hatreds are expressed.

Simon Kuper travelled to 22 countries from South Africa to Italy, from Russia to the USA, to examine the way football has shaped them. At the same time he tried to find out what lies behind each nation's distinctive style of play, from the carefree self-expression of the Brazilians to the anxious calculation of the Italians. During his journeys he met an extraordinary range of players, politicians and - of course - the fans themselves, all of whom revealed in their different ways the unique place football has in the life of the planet.


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