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The Social Significance of Football (Soccer)

This mini-article begins with a brief mention of fooball’s significance, followed by a succession of references to interesting books and media relating to it, and concluded by a list of the relevant links.

Books: The Soccer Tribe; Inverting the Pyramid; I am the Secret Footballer. DVD: History of Football: The Beautiful Game

As football is the most popular sport in the world, it is interesting to consider why this is, as well as what part it plays in society. The sport seems to transcend all languages and cultural boundaries more so than any other; and via the FIFA World Cup, football has helped to bring about a globalized world, in being a kind of sporting lingua franca between nations: it is the sport that has had, and continues to have, the most significance both nationally and internationally.

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