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Kick the Balls by Alan  Black
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Jun 28, 11

bookshelves: expatriates, non-fiction, it-is-football-dammit, celtic-fringe
Read from June 15 to 26, 2011

An angry Scotsman coaches youth soccer.

Black's book is about culture clash. First, it's not soccer, it's football. Second, for Black, football is an expression of being, the tooth-and-nail struggle for existence. As such, dirty fouls are to be expected. Third, his players aren't very good or enthusiastic. Fourth, the other adults involved with the program seem more concerned with self-esteem and healthy snacks than with playing the sport-that-is-life.

Anyone who has coached youth sports will find a lot that's familiar. Anyone who has been the relocated outsider will recognize the awkward, ham-handed attempts to fit in.

Funny. A nice read.

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