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KUHN, Gabriel. Soccer vs. The State: Tackling Football and Radical Politics
Article published on 2 May 2011

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Boff Whalley (Foreword by) and Gabriel Kuhn, PM Press, 2011. 264 p. ISBN: 9781604860535. Distributor: ÀK Press.

Soccer has turned into a multi-billion dollar industry. Professionalism and commercialization dominate its global image. Yet the game retains a rebellious side, maybe more so than any other sport co-opted by money makers and corrupt politicians. From its roots in working-class England to political protests by players and fans, and a current radical soccer underground, the notion of football as the "people’s game" has been kept alive by numerous individuals, teams, and communities.

This book not only traces this history, but also reflects on common criticisms: soccer ferments nationalism, serves right-wing powers, fosters competitiveness. Acknowledging these concerns, alternative perspectives on the game are explored, down to practical examples of egalitarian DIY soccer!

Soccer vs. The State serves both as an orientation for the politically conscious football supporter and as an inspiration for those who try to pursue the love of the game away from television sets and big stadiums.

"There is no sport that reflects the place where sports and politics collide quite like soccer. Athlete-activist Gabriel Kuhn has captured that by going to a place where other sports writers fear to tread. Here is the book that will tell you how soccer explains the world while offering means to improve it."

—Dave Zirin, author Bad Sports: How Owners are Ruining the Games We Love

P.S. :

International Soccer Network interview with Gabriel Kuhn, April 5th, 2011. Podcast


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