978-0-224-01935-4 / 9780224019354

Soccer Tribe


Publisher:Jonathan Cape



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About the book:

There are hundreds of soccer books, but never before one which can actually change the way you see the game. Followers of Desmond Morris will enjoy his description of soccer as a modern counterpart of the primeval hunting pattern, and anyone who knows little of the game will soon want to find out more. In short, the book is a colourful, lively and unbiased presentation of the soccer lifestyle and an explanation of the increasingly important role the sport has to play in modern society. Lavishly illustrated with more than 580 photographs, nearly 500 of them in colour, and many charts and diagrams, the book is divided into forty-four short chapters, each taking one vital aspect of the life of the Soccer Tribesmen. Here are the Tribal Rituals (the taboos and punishments, the goals and strategies); the Tribal Heroes (their skills and superstitions, their triumphs and defeats); the Tribal Trappings ( the balls, the costumes, the banners and badges, the trophies and medals); the Tribal Elders (the director and referees, the managers and trainers); the Tribal Followers (old and young, celebrities and fans); and the Tribal Tongue (the chants and slogans, the cheers and curses). No one who opens this book can fail to recognise that the phenomenon of football is even more remarkable than we think.

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