Soccer Against the Enemy: How the World's Most Popular Sport Starts and Fuels Revolutions and Keeps Dictators in Power

Soccer Against the Enemy How the World s Most Popular Sport Starts and Fuels Revolutions and Keeps Dictators in Power Soccer is much than just the most popular game in the world It is a matter of life and death for millions around the world an international lingua franca Simon Kuper traveled to twenty two countries

  • Title: Soccer Against the Enemy: How the World's Most Popular Sport Starts and Fuels Revolutions and Keeps Dictators in Power
  • Author: Simon Kuper
  • ISBN: 9781560258780
  • Page: 356
  • Format: Paperback
  • Soccer is much than just the most popular game in the world It is a matter of life and death for millions around the world, an international lingua franca.Simon Kuper traveled to twenty two countries to discover the sometimes bizarre effect soccer can have on politics and culture At the same time he tried to discover what makes different countries play a simple gameSoccer is much than just the most popular game in the world It is a matter of life and death for millions around the world, an international lingua franca.Simon Kuper traveled to twenty two countries to discover the sometimes bizarre effect soccer can have on politics and culture At the same time he tried to discover what makes different countries play a simple game so differently.Kuper meets a remarkable variety of fans along the way, from the East Berliner persecuted by the Stasi for supporting his local team, to the Argentine general with his own views on tactics He also illuminates the frightening intersection between soccer and politics, particularly in the wake of the attacks of 9 11, where soccer is obsessed over by the likes of Osama bin Laden The result is one of the world s most acclaimed books on the game, and an astonishing study of soccer and its place in the world.

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    • Soccer Against the Enemy: How the World's Most Popular Sport Starts and Fuels Revolutions and Keeps Dictators in Power, Simon Kuperتاریخ نخستین خوانش: نوزدهم نوامبر سال 2011 میلادیعنوان: فوتبال علیه دشمن؛ نویسنده: سایمون کوپر؛ مترجم: عادل فردوسی پور؛ ویراستار: هوشنگ گلمکانی؛ تهران، نشر چشمه، 1389، در 423 ص؛ شابک: 9789643627676؛ چاپ اول تا سوم به [...]


    • قضیه شکل اولشاید بدترین راهی که میشه به این کتاب نزدیک شد همون راهی باشه که خود کتاب پیشنهاد میده؛ اینکه چطور فوتبال روی سیاست و سیاست روی فوتبال می‌تونه تاثیرگذار باشه. اینکه چطور ممکنه سیاستمدارها بخوان از راه محبوبیت این ورزش برای خودشون امتیاز سیاسی جمع کنن و اینکه چطور [...]


    • همیشه برام سوال بود که آیا دلیل استقبال مردم از این کتاب فقط اسم عادل فردوسی پوره یا واقعا کتاب خوبیه؟کتاب رو هفته اول مهر از کتابخونه گرفتم و در حالیکه به نیمه ی کتاب رسیده بودم، به این حرف فردوسی پور که توی خندوانه گفت، رسیدم: 《اگر به فوتبال علاقه مندید این کتاب رو بخونید و ا [...]


    • او گفت در بسياري از موارد داورها از هر دو تيم رشوه مي گيرند و بعد بازي را عادلانه قضاوت مي كنند.تيم ها براي اينكه عدالت در موردشان رعايت شود به داور پول مي دهند.حتي اگر فوتبال رو دوست نداريد اين كتاب رو بخونيد، خيلي خوبه


    • کتابی بود که به خواندنش می‌ارزید ولی به خریدنش نه. و فکر می‌کنم علاقه داشتن یا نداشتن به فوتبال چندان تأثیری در خوشایند بودن کتاب نداشته باشد. بی‌نظیرترین و خواندنی‌ترین فصل کتاب برای من فصل سوم با عنوان «مخالف فوتبال» بود که به زندگی یک عشق فوتبال به‌نام کلاب‌فلایش در برل [...]


    • یکی از معدود کتاب های مفصلی که من رو پای خودش نشوند و یه کاری کرد که برای خوندش وقت بذارم! حتی اگه کسی فوتبال دوست نداره خوندن این کتاب میتونه براش جذاب باشه چون همه چیزش کاملا مستند و واقعی و جامعه شناختیه!


    • فوتبال چیزی فراتر از محبوب ترین بازی جهان است.سایمون کوپر به 22 کشور جهان سفر کرد تا تاثیرگاه عجیب فوتبال بر سیاست و فرهنگ این کشورها را درک کند.اوهمچنین اشتراک ترسناک بین فوتبال و سیاست را روشن کرد.حاصل تلاشش او تحقیق جالبی در باره فوتبال و جایگاهش در جهان است.


    • سایمون کوپر، خبرنگار جوانِ بیست و دو/سه ساله‌ی انگلیسی به 22 کشور سفر کرده و مشاهدات و تحلیل‌هایش در رابطه‌ی فوتبال با سیاست را در این کتاب منتشر کرده است.هیچ علاقه‌ای به فوتبال ندارم ولی با این حال به نظرم کتاب بدی نبود. البته باعث نشد که به فوتبال علاقه‌مند شوم.به نظرم بعضی [...]


    • Bilen zaten biliyor, ancak bilmeyenler bu kitaptan futbol kitabıdır diye uzak durmasınlar. Bu kitap taktik, strateji, kupalar vs. anlatmıyor. Gücü elinde tutanların futbolu hangi amaçlarla kullandığını, futbolun ne tür bir "oyun"a dönüştürüldüğünü anlatıyor. Yayımlanışının üzerinden yirmi yıldan fazla bir zaman geçtiği için bazı kişiler, takımlar eskide kalmış olsa da hala kitaptan öğrenilecek şeyler var. Futbolseverlere zaten öneririm, ayrıca dünya ta [...]


    • لازم نیست حتماً به فوتبال علاقه داشته باشین تا این کتاب رو بتونین بخونین ! اینجاس که میفهمین باید بین یه داور آماتور بودن و یه داور حرفه ای بودن انتخاب کنید ! دوست دارین جلو دروازه حریف وایسین و مثل بچه نق نقو ها برای تیمتون پنالتی بگیرین یا اینکه نه ، وسط زمین جوری سوت بزنین همه [...]


    • As a huge football supporter (I refuse to say soccer) -- this book is very disappointing. Don't read it. This book was written in 1994, and reading it nearly 20 years later -- it is grossly outdated (even with the updates in 2006).I had to put the book down 30 pages in because it was so dire. I skimmed through other sections just to see if it was just as bad -- and it was. The writing is uninteresting and the stories are tiresome. Celtic is Catholic and Rangers are Protestantyou don't say? Berlu [...]


    • باتوجه ب اظهار نظراي نويسنده دررابطه با كشور آرژانتين و كشورهاي كمونيست و مستعمره هاي بريتانيا توي آفريقا، قطعن كسي ك اين كتابو نوشته شريعتمداريِ بريتانيا بوده


    • This book was absolute torture. I had to read it in pieces (and only a couple of pages at a time in order to get through it). While he definitely has interesting anecdotes about the relationship between soccer and politics, and some amusing facts about various national soccer histories, to say the book left something to be desired is an understatement. The title was a complete misnomer. My only comfort three months in to reading the book: the second half of the book was considerably less awful t [...]




    • از دید خبرنگار انگلیسی، فوتبال متعلق به همون جزیره‌ی کوچک بوده و عجیبه که در زندگی مردمی از خاور میانه و افریقا و امریکای لاتین، این میزان تأثیر و نفوذ داره. عمده‌ی مطالب کتاب، به نوعی بیانِ شگفتیِ همین خبرنگاره. اما برای منِ خواننده، که اوّلاً سال‌ها پس از این خبرنگار به دن [...]


    • I wish I could give this book a higher rating, as I like the premise and I enjoy Kuper's style and often witty insight. But there are two major reasons I can't.First, the US edition could have stood for some better editing. It seems someone went through a document and did a find and replace for the word "football." The problem is, "football" refers to both the sport and the actual ball, and the editor didn't go through the tedium of re-reading to add the word ball where necessary. This results i [...]


    • سایمون کوپر به 22 کشور سفر کرد تا تاثیر گاه عجیب فوتبال بر سیاست و فرهنگ این کشورها را درک کند (یا شاید تاثیر سیاست و فرهنگ این کشورها بر فوتبالشون!). در عین حال تلاش کرد متوجه شود چه عاملی باعث میشود کشورهای مختلف این بازی ساده را اینقدر متفاوت بازی کنند.فوتبال چیزی فراتر از محبو [...]


    • This book has aged super well. We are spoiled by websites dedicated to niches of soccer culture, but two decades ago Simon Kuper shelled out five thousand pounds to travel the then still large world. He interviewed generals, dissidents, and association presidents. He caught games on different continents and traveled like a pauper. The pacing is breathtaking, the descriptions detailed, and the characters vivid. Even if his conclusions are not so amazing (soccer is a window into a nation's politic [...]


    • Soccer has the most widespread appeal of any sport on Earth; everyone knows that. What may not be as readily apparent – especially in countries like the United States and Canada, where soccer lags in popularity behind football, baseball, basketball, and hockey – is how strongly soccer can influence social, cultural, and political life in the countries where it is most popular. Simon Kuper’s Soccer Against the Enemy takes to the pitch with the intent of exploring that often-overlooked aspec [...]


    • A tagline na capa deste livro diz "If you like football read it. If you don't like football read it", e é bem verdade. Sempre fui um bocado desconfiado em relação à mistura entre estes dois mundos (o futebol e a literatura), mas este livro é muito, muito bom.O autor, Simon Kuper, é um jornalista desportivo que percorreu 22 países no início da década de 90 tentando perceber de que modo o futebol influenciou os aspectos políticos e culturais de cada país (e vice-versa). Foi uma altura b [...]


    • I read it in Arabic, and I counted 137 football pop culture mistakes. The translator was ignorant about football or about countries in the world of football. The most common mistake throughout the book was his his confusion between Dutch and Danes. Also, the word league is translated in Arabic as a group of teams. Australia instead of Austria, and any foreign word that starts with J is translated to the sound you pronounce in the name Juan. Other than that, the book is great. My criticism is onl [...]


    • I wish I had read this book sooner. The information was dated, although I loved the snapshots provided into that time period. I do not follow soccer, but I follow following soccer.


    • نمیدونم چرا فکر میکنم سایمون کوپر در این کتاب بی طرفی رو رعایت نکرده. نوعی القای نظر شخصی در نحوه تگارش کتاب وجود داره. با این همه اطلاعات نابی در اختیار عاشقان فوتبال قرار داده.


    • A question I'm often asked from friends and acquaintances, specially with my other interests, is why I like football that much. One side is because it's involved with many things around us; in addition to strategies, chess-like tactics, and drama, it involves economy, specially nowadays, and more interestingly, politics; which is what the book discusses. The writer takes us for a journey from Eastern Europe to USA, from Latin America to Africa, to witness the interaction between football and pol [...]


    • At one point in the narrative, when Simon Kuper is describing the book he ultimately wrote to an interviewee in Argentina, he says that he's working on a book about "soccer and politics." (Note: The use of soccer in that context is likely a publisher's edit for the American market; this happens throughout, occasionally to the point of altering meaning in the words. Find and replace is maybe not the best method of book editing.)In any case, the Argentine being interviewed responds to Kuper's decl [...]


    • I was listening to a sports podcast recently, and one of the participants suggested it was (deep breath) – the ‘best book ever written about sport’. So obviously I had to read it, because I firmly believe that the genre of ‘great sports books’ really is a rich source of great and inspiring stories.But for me, this is NOT even close to being the best book ever written about sport. Sure it’s interesting, it’s funny, it’s informative and well researched. It’s written by someone wi [...]


    • An interesting series of essays but some of them have dated quite badly and in places it's a bit more of a travelogue than a sports book.


    • When this book first came out in 1994, The Times wrote: "If you like football read it. If you don't like football read it". This may have been true then, but reading it 20 years later, one immediatley notices that some of the stories told, probably quite novel back then, have with time transformed into common knowledge. Nowadays even people remotely interested in football know almost everything that is to know about the German/Dutch rivalry and the mafia connections of big Ukrainian clubs. Howev [...]


    • I'd picked up a copy of this awhile ago - amazon reviews of How Soccer Explains the Worldsaid this was a far better book, so I bought it instead. Then, what with World Cup frenzy, it seemed like a good time to finally read it. In a sense, the book is exactly what you expect - a series of essays about the links between soccer, politics, local culture, etc. There's not really much surprising in it (to me at least), honestly, but there's plenty of interesting stuff there. However, I found myself li [...]


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