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The Death and Life of Australian Soccer - Joe Gorman

The Death and Life of Australian Soccer

By: Joe Gorman

Paperback | 31 July 2017

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This is more than a book about soccer – it is the story of Australia’s national identity.

In The Death and Life of Australian Soccer, Joe Gorman chronicles the rise and fall of Australia’s first national football competition. Drawing on archival research and numerous interviews, he reveals the sport’s vibrant multicultural history, while also taking an unflinching look at the issues that plague the game.

Timely and fascinating, The Death and Life of Australian Soccer is no ordinary sports book. It is the riveting story of Australia’s national identity, and offers new ways of understanding the great changes that have shaped our country.

About the Author

Joe Gorman was born in Brisbane, raised in the Blue Mountains, and has lived in Sydney and Melbourne. He has written for the Guardian, the Sydney Morning Herald, the Age, the Courier-Mail, Overland, New Matilda, Sports Illustrated, Penthouse and SBS. He has appeared on ABC television and radio, and on Al Jazeera. The Death and Life of Australian Soccer is his first book.
Industry Reviews

'Forget the cliches - the giant was never asleep. Soccer has always played a pivotal role in Australian life. These are beautiful stories, beautifully told.' Santo Cilauro

'Joe Gorman's remarkable book is packed full of the characters, passion, failure and success that define Australian soccer and its place in our proud sporting culture.' Tracey Holmes

'Joe should be congratulated on a magnificent achievement. Piecing together the kaleidoscopic threads of Australian football is a huge challenge and, in keeping with the way the game is played at its best, Joe's performance is laced with both poetry and a forensic understanding of detail.' John Didulica, chief executive of Professional Footballers Australia

'An engaging cultural history of soccer in Australia. Joe Gorman's ability to draw out the rich stories of the sport's past is unparalleled. His deep knowledge and compelling writing give voice to the people and communities who built the game; those who are interwoven into its very soul, away from the bright lights of the A-League.' David Squires, Guardian cartoonist

'This book is like reading the history of Australia through football. Joe Gorman sketches how post-war migrants, refugees, and Indigenous Australians have used the game to assert their identity as Australians on their own terms. Gorman has illustrated that football, at various times, has been critical in shaping the nation's social and cultural policy and what it means to be an Australian. A fascinating and insightful read, easily the best book I've read on the topic.' Francis Awaritefe

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