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God is round : tackling the giants, villains, triumphs, and scandals of the world's favorite game
God is round : tackling the giants, villains, triumphs, and scandals of the world's favorite game
Villoro, Juan, 1956-2016
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What was the greatest goal of all time? Why do the Hungarians have a more philosophical sense of defeat than the Mexicans? Do the dead play soccer? On a planet where FIFA has more members than the United Nations, Juan Villoro's examination of soccer and its 3.5 billion-person fandom has stakes beyond those of such playful questions. Soccer is more than just a game; it is a catalyst for panglobal unity and even, Villoro suggests, the "recovery of childhood."
Main title:
God is round : tackling the giants, villains, triumphs, and scandals of the world's favorite game / Juan Villoro ; translated from the Spanish by Thomas Bunstead.
Imprint:
Brooklyn, NY : Restless Books, 2016.
Collation:
255 pages ; 21 cm.
Notes:
"With essay selections from Dios es redondo and BaloĢn dividido."--Title verso.Translated from the Spanish.
Contents:
Onetti the ticket vendor -- Winter champion: fandom in the first person -- The final passion -- When a goal is more than a goal -- The football and the head -- The peculiarity of being two-legged -- The deaths of others -- Magic number 10 -- Diego Armando Maradona: life, death, resurrection, and a little more besides -- Ronaldo: the way of all flesh -- A diatribe against Cristiano Ronaldo -- Lionel Messi: childhood prefigurations -- Blood on the terraces: violence in the business of FIFA.
ISBN:
9781632060587
Dewey class:
796.334
Language:
English
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