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Offside: Soccer and American Exceptionalism
Soccer is the world's favorite pastime, a passion for billions around the globe. In the United States, however, the sport is a distant also-ran behind football, baseball, basketball, and hockey. Why is America an exception? And why, despite America's leading role in popular culture, does most of the world ignore American sports in return? "Offside" is the first book to exp ...more
Paperback, 367 pages
Published April 22nd 2001 by Princeton University Press
(first published February 15th 2001)
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After the fizz of the Euro 2012 Championships had died down, I found myself in serious need of a football fix, so got this from the local library. It was a lot denser than I thought it would be: though it's a sociological study, I'd expected something more readable, along the lines of Moneyball or Soccernomics. Don't get me wrong, it's not that the writing is at all turgid, but the authors have a lot of ground to cover, and if sports history (and, to a certain extent, sociology) isn't your thing ...more
Fantastic read for football aficionados and, more importantly, general sports fans in the US. Much historical review of the development of professional baseball, spherical football, and basketball juxtaposed with the lack of said development for soccer