This week Aaron Dolores, founder of Black Arrow FC is back and we’re discussing How Soccer Explains the World: An Unlikely Theory of Globalization by Franklin Foer. This book takes a look at the world’s most popular sport, and how changes in the social and political landscapes are mirrored on the pitch. With The World Cup in full swing, we discuss racism in soccer, we hypothesize as to why Americans aren’t that into the sport, and we encourage you to pick a team and start rooting.
There are no spoilers this week. We are more focused on contextualizing the socio-political climate in soccer today, and how that relates to the book.
Here is a list of all the things we discuss on this week’s episode.
- “Jury: Dodgers partly responsible for Stow beating” (Kurtis Alexander, SF Gate)
- Footie Mob
- Goodie Mob
- “The Bear of Highbury” (Jon Spurling, Eight by Eight Magazine)
“‘We’re Manchester United, we’ll sing what we want!’ Fans respond to being told not to chant Romelu Lukaku song” (Sports Staff at The Independent)
- “Men Arrested At Philadelphia Starbucks Speak Out; Police Commissioner Apologizes” (Amy Held, NPR)
- Sarah Fong, The Stacks Guest Episode 3 and Episode 4
- Scarface (Universal Pictures)
- The Sopranos (HBO)
- Welcome to the Terrordome by David Zirin
- Other books by Dave Zirin
- The World Cup 2018 Schedule
- Broken Bananah by Ross Asdourian
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