Red Star Belgrade is the most beloved, most successful soccer team in Serbia. Like nearly every club in Europe and Latin America, it has a following of unruly fans capable of terrific violence. But at Red Star the violent fans occupy a place of honor, and more than that. They meet with club officials to streamline the organizational flow chart of their gangs.
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Religious, economic, political and ethnic divisions around the world are dramatically illuminated using the world's most popular sport as a lens and metaphor. A groundbreaking work. Soccer is much more than a game, or even a way of life. In fact, it's a perfect window into the cross—currents of today's world, with all of its joys and sorrows. Soccer clubs don't represent geographic areas; they stand for social classes and political ideologies.
And unlike baseball or tennis, soccer is freighted with the weight of ancient hatreds and history. It's a sport with real stakes —— one that is capable of ruining regimes and launching liberation movements.
In this remarkably insightful, wide—ranging work of reportage, Franklin Foer takes us on a surprising tour through the world of soccer, shattering the myths of our new global age. Instead of destroying local cultures, as the left predicted, globalization has revived tribalism. Far from the triumph of capitalism that the right predicted, it has entrenched corruption.
From Brazil to Bosnia, and Italy to Iran, this is an eye—opening chronicle of how a beautiful sport and its fanatical followers can highlight the fault lines of a society, whether it's terrorism, poverty, anti—Semitism, or radical Islam —— issues that now have an impact on all of us.
Filled with blazing intelligence, colourful characters, wry humour, and an equal passion for soccer and humanity, How Soccer Explains the World is an utterly original book that makes sense of our troubled times. This proved to be a cartoonish, gauche, reflection of the beautiful game, a pseud-driven history or, worse, a representation through local color.
It was horrible. Foer does not understand football; his grasp of geo-politics is predicated on gross types and childish extraploations. This book was very interesting and I read through it quite quickly. It is a series of essays about how soccer, and more specifically love for a particular local soccer team, has affected politics Franklin Foer. Contamporary sport management:third edition Janet B.
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How Soccer Explains the World: An Unlikely Theory of Globalization
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It is an analysis of the interchange between soccer and the new global economy. Soccer is here the globalized medium that seems to lend itself to explaining the effects globalization has on society as a whole. In the first couple of chapters, Franklin Foer addresses "the failure of globalization to erode. The book continues on and talks about sectarian conflicts between supporters of Celtic F. In the second part of the text, the author uses soccer "to address economics: the consequences of migration, the persistence of corruption, and the rise of powerful new oligarchs like Silvio Berlusconi , the President of [both] Italy and the AC Milan club". In the final part, Foer uses soccer "to defend the virtues of old-fashioned nationalism", as "a way to blunt the return of tribalism".
'How Soccer Explains the World'
Humankind is rarely more united than once every four years when it comes together for a worship service known as the World Cup. Across the planet, fans watch riveted as Davids slay Goliaths, and Goliaths come raging back. In the last tournament, there were 1. For all its influence as a unifier, however, soccer can also be a powerful divider, and the clannishness it arouses often flows into the streets and beyond—into politics, finance, and deep into the psyches of its fans.