Soccer around the world: a cultural guide to the world's favorite sport


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Parrish, Charles and Nauright, John (2014) Soccer around the world: a cultural guide to the world's favorite sport ABC-CLIO, Santa Barbara, USA. ISBN 9781610693028

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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. 

Item Type: Authored book
Subjects: L000 Social Sciences > L300 Sociology > L311 Sport and Leisure
L000 Social Sciences > L600 Anthropology > L610 Social and Cultural Anthropology
Depositing User: Converis
Date Deposited: 23 Apr 2014 03:00
Last Modified: 01 May 2015 14:08

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