Fringe Nations in World Soccer

Couverture
Kausik Bandyopadhyay, Sabyasachi Mallick
Routledge, 13 sept. 2013 - 264 pages

Soccer is the most popular mass spectator sport in the world, gaining huge media coverage and reaching all levels of society in countries all around the world. More than just entertainment, soccer has proved to be a reflection of national, cultural, community and ethnic identity as well as an indication of the development and international status of post-colonial nation states. For those nations still at the fringes of the modern global game, soccer represents a vision of potential commercialisation, capable of generating foreign reserves and bringing in considerable economic power.

This book explores aspects of the development of soccer in countries which have recently been marginalised in world soccer or have only erratic success on the international stage. These fringe nations include a greater part of Africa, the USA, Australia, Israel, India, Nepal, Bhutan, Burma, Indonesia, Thailand, Maldives and Sri Lanka, and while these countries are rarely noticed by the global football media, they nonetheless have great potential to excel, and many have a rich soccer heritage that still holds a place of central importance in the every day life of the people.

This book was previously published as a special issue of Soccer and Society.

 

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Table des matières

The Real Peoples Game
1
Why has Association Football Soccer not Become the Main Code of Football in Australia?
9
New Zealand Soccer its Foundations and its Legacies
31
Mohun Bagan in 1911
52
4 The Politics of Football in Iran
77
FootballcumNationality in Israel
106
6 Africans Status in the European Football Players Labour Market
122
7 Review Essay on Peter Alegi Laduma Soccer Politics and Society in South Africa
136
9 Sports and Development in Malawi
162
Soccer Irish Nationalists and the Construction of a New MultiSports Stadium for Northern Ireland
183
The Failure of US Soccer
197
Some Preliminary Sociological Comments
208
The 1999 Womens World Cup and the Womens United Soccer Association
229
And the Story Goes On
245
Index
247
Droits d'auteur

Soccer and the Stakes of Neoliberalism in a Postcolonial Port
144

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