Soccer in the Weeds: Bad Hair, Jews, and Chasing the Beautiful Game

Soccer in the Weeds: Bad Hair, Jews, and Chasing the Beautiful Game

by Daniel Lilie


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Contrary to what many believe, Soccer has existed in the US before every Minivan had a club sticker on the back. Soccer in the Weeds chronicles what it was like to love a sport in the 1970s that was a (very) poor stepchild of the big three American team sports. Playing for Westhill High School in Stamford, CT against Westport rival Staples High opens the author up to the complex realm of soccer politics and sends him on a lifelong journey looking at US sports through the lens of "foreign" soccer. Anyone who has come to the sport in recent years will marvel at how soccer has changed in recent decades, going from bastard stepchild to ubiquity. At the junction of sport, memoir and sociology, Soccer in the Weeds evokes the pastoral autumnal joy of kicking a ball on Connecticut's grass fields in the 1970s and the rise of the Soccer Mom during the phenomenon of Pele and the New York Cosmos.

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ISBN-13: 9780988684607
Publisher: Entrepôt A
Publication date: 03/21/2013
Pages: 294
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.66(d)

About the Author

Daniel Lilie is a freelance author and occasional radio personality who has an abiding interest in the intersection between amateur sport and urban culture. He has been a regular columnist for Time Out New York and Inline Hockey News, and has contributed feature pieces to Inline Magazine. Dan has also appeared as a guest on World Football Daily, the largest subscription-based podcast of its kind.

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