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The world's game : a history of soccer

Author: Bill Murray
Publisher: Urbana, IL : University of Illinois Press, 1998.
Series: Illinois history of sports.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Known as much for the emotional outbursts and violence of its fans as for its own stars, soccer (or football, as it is known outside the United States) is a global game. Its international controlling body, FIFA, boasts more members than the United Nations. Bill Murray traces the growth of what during pre-industrial times was called "the simplest game" through its codification in the nineteenth century to the 1994  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Bill Murray
ISBN: 0252067185 9780252067181
OCLC Number: 812918145
Contents: 1. A Very British Beginning --
2. All around the World --
3. The Booming Twenties --
4. The Decade of the Dictators --
5. New Masters for Old: Soccer in the Fifties --
6. Britain and the Brash New World: Soccer in the Sixties --
7. Contracting World, Expanding Markets --
8. New Faces, Old Problems --
9. USA 1994.
Series Title: Illinois history of sports.
Other Titles: History of soccer
Responsibility: Bill Murray.

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Known as much for the emotional outbursts and violence of its fans as for its own stars, soccer (or football, as it is known outside the United States) is a global game. Its international controlling body, FIFA, boasts more members than the United Nations. Bill Murray traces the growth of what during pre-industrial times was called "the simplest game" through its codification in the nineteenth century to the 1994 World Cup, held for the first time in the United States. Murray weaves the sport's growth into the culture and politics of the countries where it has been taken up, analyzing its reputation as a game that has seen more riots and on-field brawls than all other types of football combined. He vividly illustrates how soccer has become the world's most popular sport, one that has resisted the interference of politicians, dictators, and profiteers and - more recently - the demands of television, through which it has spread to virtually every corner of the globe.

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