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Author Dubois, Laurent, 1971-

Title Soccer Empire : the World Cup and the Future of France
Published Berkeley : University of California Press, 2010
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Description 1 online resource (351 pages)
Contents Cover; Title; Copyright; Contents; List of Illustrations; Preface: Scoring Spirits; Introduction: The Language of Happiness; 1 A Beautiful Harvest; 2 Caribbean France; 3 Crossings; 4 Roots; 5 Two Goals; 6 Two Flags; 7 La France Métissée; 8 An Unfinished War; 9 Reconciliation; 10 Burn; 11 Coup de Boule; Epilogue: Returns; Notes; Acknowledgments; Index; A; B; C; D; E; F; G; H; I; J; K; L; M; N; O; P; Q; R; S; T; U; V; W; Y; Z
Summary When France both hosted and won the World Cup in 1998, the face of its star player, Zinedine Zidane, the son of Algerian immigrants, was projected onto the Arc de Triomphe. During the 2006 World Cup finals, Zidane stunned the country by ending his spectacular career with an assault on an Italian player. In Soccer Empire, Laurent Dubois illuminates the connections between empire and sport by tracing the story of World Cup soccer, from the Cup's French origins in the 1930s to Africa and the Caribbean and back again. As he vividly recounts the lives of two of soccer's most electrifying players, Z
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 275-312) and index
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Subject Zidane, Zinédine, 1972-
World Cup (Soccer) (2006 : Germany)
Soccer players -- France.
Soccer -- France -- History -- 20th century.
Sports -- France -- 20th century.
France -- History -- 20th century.
France -- Social conditions -- 20th century.
Genre/Form History.
Form Electronic book
LC no. 2009042962
ISBN 0520945743 (electronic bk.)
9780520945746 (electronic bk.)
(cloth ;) (alk. paper)
(cloth ;) (alk. paper)