Soccer around the World: A Cultural Guide to the World's Favorite Sport

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ABC-CLIO, Apr 21, 2014 - Sports & Recreation - 400 pages
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How popular is soccer worldwide? Here's one indicator: 3.2 billion people—nearly half of the planet's population—tuned in to watch the 2010 World Cup on television. Soccer matches attract a gargantuan number of fans from around the globe due to the popularity of the sport itself but also because of the nationalism it inspires and the entertainment spectacle of the big games. Distinguished authors and sports authorities, Charles Parrish and John Nauright, examine how soccer impacts societies worldwide by shaping national identities, providing common ground for diplomatic issues, and forging economic and social development.

This one-volume geographic guide studies the places in which soccer has a major impact, examining each region's teams, major tournaments, key players, and international performance. The authors organize the book geographically by region and country, with entries reviewing the history of the sport and cultural impact on the area. Each profile concludes with fascinating game-based statistics, such as winners of major tournaments and top goal scorers. The book covers 20 countries including England, Brazil, Egypt, the United States, Cameroon, and Korea.

 

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Contents

Argentina
1
Brazil
27
Cameroon
55
Egypt
65
England
77
France
105
Germany
119
Italy
137
Nigeria
223
Portugal
235
Russia
247
Spain
261
United States
279
Uruguay
307
Additional Iconic Clubs from around the World
323
Additional Legendary Players from around the World
343

Japan
155
Korea Republic of
169
Mexico
187
The Netherlands
207
Selected Bibliography
357
Index
363
About the Authors
399
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Charles Parrish is a lecturer and research assistant in the School of Recreation, Health, and Tourism at George Mason University.

John Nauright, PhD, is professor of sport and leisure cultures in the School of Sport and Service Management at the University of Brighton, UK.

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