Category Archives: Soccer Literature

La Injusticia del Trofeo Zamora

Todos los años, el Trofeo Zamora, el premio al “mejor” portero del año de la Liga Santander, es otorgado por el diario deportivo Marca al portero que menos goles ha recibido (siempre y cuando haya jugado más de 28 partidos con 60 minutos jugados en cada uno). ¿Pero, acaso es justo este indicador para decidir… Read More »

La Science du Football

Le foot, c’est le beau jeu. Il est caractérisé par la passion, la créativité, la technique, et l’imagination, des joueurs ainsi que des supporteurs. Comme nous avons discuté en classe, ce sport est presque une pièce de théâtre, souvent un drame mais de temps en temps une comédie. Egalement, chaque saison, même chaque match, peut… Read More »

“Welcome to Russia”: Gwendolyn Oxenham

In the chapter “Welcome to Russia” from Gwendolyn Oxenham’s book Under the Lights and in the Dark: Untold Stories of Women’s Soccer, she reinforces soccer’s ability to lift a player and their family out of the depth of depravity, a narrative our class has explored throughout the semester. Omolyn Davis, a Jamaica and Dani Foxhoven’s… Read More »

Quote from Gwendolyn Oxenham’s Book

In the chapter “Welcome to Russia” from Gwendolyn Oxenham’s book Under the Lights and in the Dark: Untold Stories of Women’s Soccer, she reinforces soccer’s ability to lift a player and their family out of the depth of depravity, a narrative our class has explored throughout the semester. Omolyn Davis, a Jamaica and Dani Foxhoven’s… Read More »

African Soccerscapes: How a Continent Changed the World’s Game

Chapter Three: “Making Nations in Late Colonial Africa, 1940s—1964” “Stadiums and clubhouses became areas in which workers, intellectuals, business owners, and the unemployed challenged colonial power and expressed a shared commitment to racial equality and self-determination. Football constructed a fragile sense of nationhood in political entities arbitrarily created by colonial powers and fueled Africa’s broader… Read More »

Book Review: “Fútbol!: Why Soccer Matters in Latin America” by Joshua Nadel

To think of football as just as a game is to ignore not only its relationship to national identities, but also its instrumental role in forging these identities. In his book Fútbol!: Why Soccer Matters in Latin America, Joshua Nadel sheds valuable light on this role by examining the impact of football in Argentina, Honduras,… Read More »

Book Review: “The Game of Our Lives” by David Goldblatt

In his book The Game of Our Lives, David Goldblatt expertly captures the sweeping economic, political, and social changes of British society in the post-Thatcher era through his analysis of football. The sheer scale of football and its central place in British cultural life renders the sport a ripe medium for exploring Britain’s changing character.… Read More »

“Der Ball ist rund, und Tore lauern ueberall…”

In den naechsten drei Wochen werden wir Eduardo Galeanos Buch “El futbol a sol y sombra” in der deutschen neuaufgelegten Fassung von 2014, “Der Ball ist rund, und Tore lauern ueberall” lesen.In kurzen Vignetten erzaehlt der Autor virtuos und bildreich die Geschichte des Fussballs: Charakterisierungen beruehmter Spieler, Spiele, Fouls und Tore, Anekdoten des europaeischen und suedamerikanischen… Read More »