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The Language of the Game

The Language of the Game

How to Understand Soccer

Just in time for the 2018 World Cup, a lively and lyrical guide to appreciating the drama of soccer

Soccer is not only the world’s most popular sport; it’s also one of the most widely shared forms of global culture. The Language of the Game is a passionate and engaging introduction to soccer’s history, tactics, and human drama. Profiling soccer’s full cast of characters–goalies and position players, referees and managers, commentators and fans–historian and soccer scholar Laurent Dubois describes how the game’s low scores, relentless motion, and spectacular individual performances combine to turn each match into a unique and unpredictable story. He also shows how soccer’s global reach makes it an unparalleled theater for nationalism, international conflict, and human interconnectedness.

Filled with perceptive insights and stories both legendary and little known, The Language of the Game is a rewarding read for anyone seeking to understand soccer better.
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Genre: Nonfiction / Sports & Recreation / Soccer

On Sale: March 27th 2018

Price: $26

Page Count: 320

ISBN-13: 9780465094486

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Laurent Dubois always opens new windows onto the soccer world for me, and here he has done it again, revealing the sport's component parts through a prism of smart perspectives from around the world--including his own. I love this book.—Grant Wahl, Sports Illustrated senior writer and author of Masters of Modern Soccer