Football Against The Enemy (Paperback)
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Football Against The Enemy (Paperback)

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Paperback 272 Pages
Published: 06/11/2003
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'GREAT' Independent
'TERRIFIC' Guardian
'WONDERFUL' Time Out
'QUALITY' Mail on Sunday
'DEFINITIVE' FourFourTwo

Winner of the William Hill Sports Book Award
Featured in FourFourTwo's list of 'The 10 Best Football Books Ever'
Featured in Esquire's 'Best Sports Books Ever Written'

Throughout the world, football is a potent force in the lives of billions of people. Focusing national, political and cultural identities, football is the medium through which the world's hopes and fears, passions and hatreds are expressed.

Simon Kuper travelled to twenty-two countries from South Africa and Italy to Russia and the USA to examine the way football has shaped them. At the same time, he tried to find out what lies behind each nation's distinctive style of play, from the carefree self-expression of the Brazilians to the anxious calculation of the Italians. During his journeys he met an extraordinary range of players, politicians and - of course - the fans themselves, all of whom revealed in their different ways the unique place football has in the life of the planet.

Publisher: Orion Publishing Co
ISBN: 9780752848778
Number of pages: 272
Weight: 248 g
Dimensions: 198 x 132 x 20 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS

A terrific book: deftly written, fascinating in its sweep as the scene shifts from continent to continent, surprisingly confident in its execution and mature in most of its judgements, yet at the same time fresh in the way that only a young man's work really can be.' - Guardian

Another great work on football. Why was it undiscovered for so long... effervescent and hilarious. - Independent

He writes with immense authority... his book is also hysterically funny. This is a wonderful book written under great duress at times and full of the spirit of youthful exuberance and curiosity that runs way beyond the touchline. - Time Out

Quality football books have mushroomed... but none matches this global examination for originality, breadth and sheer courage. - Mail on Sunday

If you like football, read it. If you don't like football, read it. - Simon Barnes, The Times

Fascinating... Simon Kuper has written a riveting book. - Irish Times

Perceptive and highly entertaining. - Financial Times

It's a great idea for a book, so much so that it's surprising no one has thought of it before... There's unlikely to be a better football book published this year. - When Saturday Comes

Excellent... An entertaining and incisive book that anyone with the slightest interest in football should read. - World Soccer

A sweeping, panoramic view of the culture surrounding the game, an insight into how often and how profoundly twenty-two men and a ball can become a cipher for ideology, religion and love. A colossal achievement. - Ikon

Part anthropology, part travelogue, all fascinating... Two decades after the book's publication, saturation football coverage and internet access means that fans are far more cosmopolitan in their outlooks than ever before. However, Football Against The Enemy remains the only book to take a definitive sweep on world football, and explain how political and cultural issues influence the game across the globe. - FourFourTwo

Seminal. - The 42

Picking up this book, you will understand the depth of the game. - Football Paradise

accomplished and quirky footballing travelogue... remarkably good; arguably the first and the best in the n0w-not-so-new wave of 'literary' football tomes that have followed... We all know football as a global obsession, these fascinating tales show just how far its reach extends. - Esquire

One of the most deliciously moreish football books... a collection of excellent, energetically compiled essays. - Barney Ronay, Guardian

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