The Language of the Game

How to Understand Soccer

by Laurent Dubois

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  • 9780465094486
  • 9780465094493
Essential reading for soccer fans amid the Women's World Cup in 2019, a lively and lyrical guide to appreciating the drama of soccer

Soccer is not only the world's most popular sport; it's also one of the most widely shared forms of global culture. The Language of the Game is a passionate and engaging introduction to soccer's history, tactics, and human drama. Profiling soccer's full cast of characters -- goalies and position players, referees and managers, commentators and fans -- historian and soccer scholar Laurent Dubois describes how the game's low scores, relentless motion, and spectacular individual performances combine to turn each match into a unique and unpredictable story. He also shows how soccer's global reach makes it an unparalleled theater for nationalism, international conflict, and human interconnectedness, with close attention to both men's and women's soccer.

Filled with perceptive insights and stories both legendary and little known, The Language of the Game is a rewarding read for anyone seeking to understand soccer better -- newcomers and passionate followers alike.

  • Basic Books; March 2018
  • ISBN: 9780465094493
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  • Title: The Language of the Game
  • Author: Laurent Dubois
  • Imprint: Basic Books
Subject categories
ISBNs
  • 9780465094486
  • 9780465094493

In The Press

"When I want to explain the sublime creation that is soccer, I will hand out this gorgeous tome. Laurent Dubois comes to the game by way of politics, history, and true love. His book is eloquent, erudite and delightful company."—Franklin Foer, author of How Soccer Explains the World


About The Author

Laurent Dubois is a professor of romance studies and history at Duke University, where he teaches the popular course Soccer Politics. The prize-winning author of five books, including The Banjo, Haiti, and Soccer Empire, he lives in Durham, North Carolina.

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ISBNs
  • 9780465094486
  • 9780465094493