Citing the professionalism and commercialization that dominate the multibillion-dollar soccer industry, this fascinating study also describes the game's rebellious sidefrom its working-class roots and political protests from fans and players to the current resurgence within radical communities. Documenting a complete history of the sport, this perceptive work also reflects on common criticisms, including the ways that soccer ferments nationalism, serves right-wing powers, and fosters competitiveness. Acknowledging these concerns, alternative perspectives on the game and practical examples of how to achieve egalitarian matches are explored. Serving as 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, this thoughtful examination reclaims the notion of soccer as the people’s game.”
"Gabriel Kuhn illustrates compellingly how many radicals use soccer as a cathartic gas station, and how they integrate the game into their political beliefs and struggles." --Gerd Dembowski, Football against Racism in Europe
"Commendable research, humour aplenty and an intelligent presentation of how the game's been almost totally stolen by profiteers of all types make for a very refreshing read." --Christophe Huette, translator and Olympique de Marseille fanatic
"I was greatly encouraged by this work. It provided me with alternative ways to play, enjoy, and talk about football, leaving behind nationalism and the exclusiveness of elite athletes. . . . Unite the world through football, and reclaim sports!" --Minobu, Rage Football Collective (RFC), Japan
""Soccer vs. the State" is an amazing resource in terms of framing the discussion around the global influence of soccer, particularly for working class people. What writer Dave Zirin has done to reclaim US sports as a radical issue, Gabriel Kuhn has done for the most popular sport in the world." --Grand Rapids Institute for Information Democracy, www.griid.org
"Kuhn is impressive in his global and historical scope, and in acknowledging gender and sexuality questions as well as those of class and race, as he looks at issues ranging from the exploitation of African players to the way the World Cup has been abused politically." "When Saturday Comes" (September 2011)"
"Alright, good soul of football, now you have your own classic. . . . "Soccer vs. the State" reaches so far beyond the limits of mainstream left-wing football discourse that its purchase is no less than a must." "11 Freunde" (May 28, 2011)"
"One has to be a cynic not to be touched by many of the heart-warming stories in the book. Sometimes football does indeed stand for freedom, equality, and togetherness." "Offside magazine""
"Kuhn's wonderful, accessible and necessary book develops football's beginnings through the tribalism, sexism, and bigotry that qualified the game during much of the 20th century." "Freedom newspaper""
"This collection of essays by various hands seems a daunting rag-bag of radical ideas at first glance but, helped by deft linking commentaries from Gabriel Kuhn, a common theme soon emerges: fans worldwide have a duty to fight attempts by government and big business to control football for their own ends." "The Independent" (August 2011)"
"Kuhn knows soccer and is a fan of the game. His book will help you understand why soccer is and can be more than simply a corporate spectacle." www.SocialistWorker.org (October, 2011)"
Number Of Pages: 240
Published: 24th February 2011
Publisher: PM Press
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.86 x 15.24 x 1.27
Weight (kg): 0.37