Soccerhead An Accidental Journey into the Heart of the American Game (Paperback)
|Author: Jim Haner|
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|An award winning journalist 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.|
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An analysis of soccer's increasing popularity in America chronicles the game's roots in the early industrial Northeast and meteoric rise into the transcontinental suburban present, in an account that also traces the author's youth soccer team's struggles and successes throughout the course of a season. Reprint.
A YOUTH SOCCER COACH'S INVESTIGATION INTO THE ORIGINS OF SOCCERMANIA
Digging deep into the historical record, Haner sets out to document the soccer craze from the bottom up, tracing the rises and falls in the game’s popularity in the decades since “Mob Ball” fever was spread by the influx of immigrants on our shores, up to the current wave of “soccermania.” The result is a rollicking and timely read.
“[Haner’s] enthusiasm and good humor is infectious, the history is genuinely interesting, and anyone who doubts that soccer games between nine-year-olds can be chronicled with the same verve and intensity of professional or collegiate sports need look no further . . . Belongs with Franklin Foer’s How Soccer Explains the World (2004) as a must-read for people puzzled by soccer’s popularity.” —Booklist (starred review)