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Soccerhead : an accidental journey into the heart of the American game

Author: Jim Haner
Publisher: New York : North Point Press, 2006.
Edition/Format:   Book : English : 1st edView all editions and formats
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A youth soccer coach's investigation into the origins of soccermaini. On July 10, 1999, 100,000 Americans, mostly women, did something they had not done before, at least not in such numbers. They showed up to watch a soccer match. Their attendance at the 1999 Women's World Cup Final took the world by surprise, forcing it to recognize much about itself that it had been in denial of for quite some time. Who were these  Read more...
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Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Jim Haner
ISBN: 0865476942 9780865476943
OCLC Number: 58545985
Description: ix, 275 p. ; 22 cm.
Contents: Shelby and Goliath: Moment of tension --
Rise of the two-tone ball: How a game ate suburbia --
Bad news Hornets: Marking the big kid --
In the beginning: Grassroots in the Badlands --
I, coach: Soccer is rock 'n roll --
Soccer wars: Fish that covets bait is caught --
Textile days: We always had a game --
Game goes black: Not ready for prime time --
Pretty in pink, ferocious in uniform: All my friends were soccer players --
In these times: La pelota loca --
Endgame: Playing into space --
Warlords convene: Warm-up suits don't make the man --
Better way: Magic is the ball --
Source notes and acknowledgments.
Responsibility: Jim Haner.
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A youth soccer coach's investigation into the origins of soccermaini. On July 10, 1999, 100,000 Americans, mostly women, did something they had not done before, at least not in such numbers. They showed up to watch a soccer match. Their attendance at the 1999 Women's World Cup Final took the world by surprise, forcing it to recognize much about itself that it had been in denial of for quite some time. Who were these soccer fans? Where had they come from? Why had no one noticed them before? Award winning journalist Jim Haner asks these questions, and others, as he sets off in search of the origins of the American passion for soccer, uncovering the game's roots in an early industrial Northeast and following them up through the transcontinental suburban present. Haner is by no means a passive historian of the game. He is the coach of the Hornets, a rag-tag team of ten nine-year-old boys and one determined little girl. Haner provides us with an intimate view of his team's struggles and successes over the course of the season, and of his own transformation from reluctant soccer dad to authentic 'soccerhead'. Seamlessly weaving personal and historical narrative threads, Soccerhead is both an enticing memoir and a cultural inquiry of the first-order--enlightening, entertaining, and informative--shedding new light on a little known chapter of American history.

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