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Brilliant Orange

Author : David Winner
ISBN : 9781408835777
Genre : Sports & Recreation
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The Netherlands has been one of the world's most distinctive and sophisticated football cultures. From the birth of Total Football in the sixties, through two decades of World Cup near misses to the exiles who remade clubs like AC Milan, Barcelona, Arsenal and Chelsea in their own image, the Dutch have often been dazzlingly original and influential. The elements of their style (exquisite skills, adventurous attacking tactics, a unique blend of individual creativity and teamwork, weird patterns of self-destruction) reflect and embody the country's culture and history. This book lays bare the elegant, fractured soul of the Dutch Masters and the culture that spawned them by exploring and analysing its key ideas, institutions, personalities and history in the context of wider Dutch society.
Category: Sports & Recreation

Those Feet A Sensual History Of English Football

Author : David Winner
ISBN : 9781468309294
Genre : Sports & Recreation
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In this playful, witty and highly original look at English soccer, David Winner, author of the acclaimed Brilliant Orange, journeys to the heart of an essential English pastime and sheds new light on the true nature of a rapidly changing game that was never really meant to be beautiful. With the same insightful eye he brought to his bestselling study of Dutch soccer, Winner shows how Victorian sexual anxiety underlies England's many World Cup failures. He reveals the connection between Roy Keane and a soldier who never lived but died in the Charge of the Light Brigade. And he demonstrates how thick mud and wet leather shaped the contours of the English soul.
Category: Sports & Recreation

Soccer Under The Swastika

Author : Kevin E. Simpson
ISBN : 9781442261631
Genre : History
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This book reveals the surprising role soccer played during World War II. It uncovers many survivor testimonies and old accounts of wartime players, revealing hidden stories of soccer in almost every Nazi concentration camp. To these prisoners, soccer was a glimmer of joy amid hunger and torture, and a show of resistance against the Nazi regime.
Category: History

The Many Lives Of Ajax

Author : Timothy V. Dugan
ISBN : 9781476628356
Genre : Literary Criticism
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Ajax, the archetypal Greek warrior, has over the years been trivialized as a peripheral character in the classics through Hollywood representations, and by the use of his name on household cleaning products. Examining a broad range of sources--from film, art and literature to advertising and sports--this study of the "Bulwark of the Achaeans" and his mythological image redefines his presence in Western culture, revealing him as the predominant voice in The Iliad and in myriad works across the classical canon.
Category: Literary Criticism

Soccer In The Weeds

Author : Daniel Lilie
ISBN : 9780988684614
Genre : Biography & Autobiography
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It was 1973 and while the world outside of Fairfield County, Connecticut, seemed determined to fall apart, young Daniel Lilie had bigger worries: high school. Academically ill-prepared by the parochial schools he'd previously attended, young Daniel's adolescence was bedeviled by girls ("they could have put firecrackers under my fingernails as long as they flirted with me "), bad grades ("My mother took my first semester grades like a personal indictment of her parenting skills"), and possibly even bad hair ("I wore my hair 'Jewfro,' loopy ringlets reaching towards the sky. I would say that overall, I probably looked like a composite of Starsky, Ron Jeremy, and Art Garfunkel, which for the time might actually have been OK"). But unlike most young men coming of age in the American suburbs in the mid-1970s, Daniel's imagination was consumed by a subject unique at that time: soccer. First introduced to the sport by his father one Saturday in the park, Daniel fell in love. "My dad got the ball out of the trunk of the VW, and we kicked it around. And that was it. I was hooked. Hooked at the wrong time and the wrong place by the wrong sport." Daniel Lilie's SOCCER IN THE WEEDS: BAD HAIR, JEWS, AND CHASING THE BEAUTIFUL GAME is many things: a coming of age story, an often hilarious memoir of a young man making his way in the rough and tumble world of commercial real estate in New York, and an acute analysis of the social and racial mores of suburban Connecticut in the 1970s. But SOCCER IN THE WEEDS is also a love story: how a boy found soccer, what it meant to him, and how and why, throughout his life, he chased after the beautiful game.
Category: Biography & Autobiography

Sports Around The World

Author : John Nauright
ISBN : 9781598843002
Genre : Social Science
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This multivolume set is much more than a collection of essays on sports and sporting cultures from around the world: it also details how and why sports are played wherever they exist, and examines key charismatic athletes from around the world who have transcended their sports. * Nearly 900 entries cover most aspects of sport from around the world * Contributions from more than 200 distinguished scholars, such as Mark Dyreson, Henning Eichberg, Malcolm MacLean, S.W. Pope, and Rob Ruck * Entries on players, stadiums, arenas, famous games and matches, major scandals, and disasters * Lists of Olympic medalists for all events since 1896 as well as lists of winners of major events such as the FIFA World Cup and MLB World Series * Further reading selections provide direction for in-depth analysis of each event, sport, personality, or issue discussed
Category: Social Science


Author : Jim Haner
ISBN : 9781429931243
Genre : Sports & Recreation
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A Youth Soccer Coach's Investigation Into The Origins of Soccermainia On July 10, 1999, 100,000 Americans, mostly women, did something they had not done before, at least not in such numbers. They showed up to watch a soccer match. Their attendance at the 1999 Women's World Cup Final took the world by surprise, forcing it to recognize much about itself that it had been in denial of for quite some time. Who were these soccer fans? Where had they come from? Why had no one noticed them before? Award winning journalist Jim Haner asks these questions, and others, as he sets off in search of the origins of the American passion for soccer, uncovering the game's roots in an early industrial Northeast and following them up through the transcontinental suburban present. But Haner is by no means a passive historian of the game; he is the coach of the Hornets, a rag-tag team of ten nine-year-old boys and one determined little girl. Haner provides us with an intimate view of his team's struggles and successes over the course of season, and of his own transformation from reluctant soccer dad to authentic 'soccerhead'. Seamlessly weaving personal and historical narrative threads, Soccerhead is both an enticing memoir and a cultural inquiry of the first-order--enlightening, entertaining, and informative--shedding new light on a little known chapter of American history.
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The Cannibal Of Guadalajara

Author : David Winner
ISBN : 1928589502
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Winner of the Gival Press Novel Award. Honorable Mention, 2011 Beach Book Festival Award for Fiction Finalist in the National ""Best Books 2010"" Awards for Fiction & Literature: Multicultural Fiction

Raoul Wallenberg

Author : Michael Nicholson
ISBN : 0819215252
Genre : Diplomats
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Traces the life of the diplomat who saved Hungarian Jews during World War II and mysteriously disappeared after the Russians occupied Budapest.
Category: Diplomats