I have to be upfront, I am not a soccer fan, however, billions of people around the world are. John Doyle’s new book, The World is a Ball: the joy, madness and meaning of soccer, is a good starting point for people who wish to understand the lure of the sport. This book is currently #1 on the Maclean’s bestseller list, and is available at the library.
The author examines the history of the sport over the past 50 years, and its evolution as a global phenomenon and the world’s most popular sport. This book takes the reader from the soccer clubs of Ireland in the 1960s to the 2010 World Cup. The book includes a great deal of social history, and delves into the game where for 90 minutes, colonists can overcome colonizers, and where oppressed immigrants can beat out their oppressors.
This book has been enjoyed for its humor and history by those who are passionate about soccer and those who are not.