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Grey if you want to read a non fiction book that you would never pick yourself I can reccomend this one:
How soccer explains the world. An unlikely theory of globalisation.
Don't get fooled by the title. This is a soccer book, but it's not really about soccer. It's a collection of weird and interesting stories connected to the game.
I think the Newsweek review on the back of the book give you the best idea of what I am trying to explain: "A riveting analysis of soccer struggle to come to term with the forces of free trade, multinational brands, and cultural imperialism"
Its available on amazon:
The book How soccer explains the world touches on that a lot, I know what you're saying. Religion, class, power, and money all play into football club support and for a lower class game it makes sense why the support would be more significant. But my point isn't just that it's a game. For some people it means a lot and that's ok. Crying at the end of a football match isn't over the top. Feeling gutten and having your day ruined by a bad result isn't obsessive. Pouring money and time into a club and having a very narrow view of the world is. If that's all you do or all you're involved in I think that's a problem. Rich or poor you can have other hobbies, other things in your life that matter. If all you do is talk football, watch football, analyze football, complain about football, and spend money on football, then it becomes a problem
I just recently read How Soccer Explains the World. It's less about tactics and more about the global impact of the game, but it's very interesting and contains a lot of very helpful and important info.
How Soccer Explains the World: An Unlikely Theory of Globalization
(((How Soccer Explains the World: An Unlikely Theory of Globalization)))
Great book about it.
I just found this book through you. Amazon reviews are not that great. What's your take?
Has any one else read <em>How Soccer Explains the World</em>?