Grant Farred is a lifelong soccer fan. He has been rooting for one team-Liverpool (England) Football Club-since he was a child. Long Distance Love explains how "football" opened up the world to a young boy growing up disenfranchised in apartheid South Africa. For Farred, being a soccer fan enabled him to establish connections with events and people throughout history and from around the globe: from the Spanish Civil War to the atrocities of the Argentine dictatorship of the 1970s and 80s; from the experience of racism under apartheid to the experience of watching his beloved Liverpool team play on English soil.
Farred shows that issues like race, politics, and war are critical to understanding a sport, especially soccer. And he writes beautifully, with candor and lyricism. Long Distance Love does for football what C.L.R. James's Beyond a Boundary did for cricket: it provides poetry and politics in equal measure, along with insights on every page.
Grant Farred is the author, most recently, of What's My Name? Black Vernacular Intellectuals. He is a life-long fan of Liverpool Football Club, the greatest and most successful club in the history of English football.
Introduction: A Talk, Drinks, and Dinner with God 1
Long Distance Love: Growing Up a Liverpool Football Club Fan 26
Los Desaparecidos y la Copa Mundial 60
Som Mes que un Club, pero Menys que una Nacio: More than a Club, but Less than a Nation 82
Careless Whispers: The Doubleness of Spanish Love 98
At Home, Out of Place 128
God's Team: The Painful Pleasure of the Miracle on the Bosphorus 149
The Gerrard Final 169