Inform me about your Publication, Soccernomics, by Stefan Szymanski and Simon Kuper.
I enjoy this novel because it is breezily written and the writers clearly exhibit a good mastery of their subject. The book discusses’football’, which is that the shortened Oxbridge term for establishment soccer emanating from the 1860s. Contrary to the frequent view in Britain and Europe this term comprises prima facie evidence of yet another American bastardisation of a European cultural icon, the term isn’t an American invention at all but British slang.
Soccernomics is the most insightful book about the globalisation of the sport and its existing state. Simon Kuper writes for The Financial Times and is a really accomplished journalist on a lot of subjects, such as sports. What the novel picks up on is that England typically consistently fails in penalty shoot-outs, whereas countries like Germany normally win in similar situations, apart from in 1976 when Uli Hoeness — into his everlasting shame — sent his possibly game-deciding shot over the crossbar, hence making Germany the loser to Czechoslovakia in the European Nations’ Championship final in Yugoslavia.
I’m less impressed with the writers’ attempting to explain this — and similar — oddities of the game, but I am completely aware that they’re not hoping to do so in a serious manner but rather decide to use these terrific tidbits to catch the reader’s attention for their larger project, which will be to describe why and how football has become far and away the world’s main game. The writers, in my opinion, rightly tie the match’s present worldwide standing to its development in the latter half of the 19th century.
They also analyze how other states that at the moment still appear peripheral to the game could very well become central to its potential. It is that they offer you a nice analysis of football’s status in the United States. The authors are among a really small number of European football experts who truly understand the game’s distinct gestalt in the usa. Moreover, they genuinely take part in American football on its own terms, which they do not deride as yet another American abomination and/or a deformation of a European cultural treasure, but love fully as a different social construct and cultural manifestation of this game’s being in football-traditional places like Europe and Latin America. The writers gained my respect and respect for their considerate contrasting of American soccer to English or European soccer without allowing their normative orientation color their analyses.