The World Is A Ball

The World Is A Ball

The Joy, Madness and Meaning of Soccer

Book - 2010
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Globe and Mailcolumnist John Doyle explores the international phenomenon of soccer InA Great Feast of Light,John Doyle viewed his childhood in Ireland through the television screen. Now, he turns his eye to the most popular sport on the planet: soccer. It's a journey that begins with the first game John saw, in 1960s-era Ireland, through soccer in the 21st century -- the World Cups in 02 and 06, the European Championships in 04 and 08. And Doyle has traveled the globe during the build-up to next year's World Cup 2010. In between the drunken fans, crazed taxi drivers, leprechauns and lederhosen, Doyle muses on the evolution of soccer as a global phenomenon. He shows a sport where for 90 minutes on the pitch anything seems possible. A game where colonized nations can tackle the power of their colonizers; where oppressed immigrant groups can thoroughly trounce their host countries. This book examines soccer from a new angle. John Doyle offers a compelling social history of the ultimate sport, each country and team competing in the historic 2010 World Cup, and how the game has kept pace as the global village has sprung up around the playing field.
Publisher: [Toronto] : Doubleday Canada, c2010.
ISBN: 9780385664981
Characteristics: xxv, 385 p. :,ill. ;,22 cm.


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Apr 29, 2011

Mr Doyle has done soccer right with this book, or should I say, his own personal experience with soccer. My own obviously wouldn't include as much sentimentality about the Irish team, nor would I have been as scathing of England or its chances (though, to be fair, they are frequently very disappointing indeed), but that's entirely the point: the book is an excellent journey through the times and spaces of a writer in love with the sport and quite a lot to say about it, and well-informedly and passionately at that. Anyone who follows the game in the GTA ought to read it! PS This edition has a "World Cup 2010" preview section that turned out to be quite prescient, well done JD!

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