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For the past 10 years, leading Canadian journalist and cultural critic John Doyle has been traveling the globe to observe World Cup and other soccer matches played at the highest level. The result is a Bill Bryson-esque narrative full of wit and insight, concluding with the 2010 World Cup in South Africa. In between his encounters with the delirious fans, the crazed taxi drivers, the leprechauns and the lederhosen, Doyle examines the evolution of soccer as a global phenomenon. More importantly, he explores in highly entertaining fashion how national character is revealed in both how the teams play the games and how their fans choose to celebrate. This is a book that will excite and entertain both soccer enthusiasts and the legions of readers who simply love great storytelling.
JOHN DOYLE is a regular contributor to the New York Times soccer blog and has been a popular cultural critic for the Globe and Mail, Canada’s leading newspaper, for more than a decade.