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LITERATURE AND ART » Athletics / The Ballpen series

Game with no Frontiers

Sotirakopoulos Christos

Pages: 312
Shape: 13,5 x 21
ISBN: 978-960-6760-91-4
Price: 18.20 €

Published: November 2008

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Game with no Frontiers can be read by both football aficionados and novices as a wonderful introduction to the history of the sport on a global level. Christos Sotirakopoulos, a cultured and objective sports writer, presents his stories as a series of reflections or memories, illustrating football’s depth and breadth as a sport. At the same time, he captures the pulse and setting of the great events in recent football history. In Game with no Frontiers, class conflicts and underlying issues of religion, politics, and economics are placed in the context of the confrontations on the football field.

Game with no Frontiers is essential reading for every fan of the sport who loves not just his club but football itself. Its pages offer playbacks of the best moments of world football, while the writer’s compelling sportscaster’s style conveys the magic of those moments when a sports legend is born. In Game with no Frontiers, fans feel the palpable tensions in all games between the Celtics and the Rangers fuelled by religious divisions in Scotland; they learn that Indian footballers played barefoot in all international matches until 1952 when India’s football federation made wearing shoes mandatory after the Helsinki Olympics where most players had frostbite. Other fascinating trivia includes how East German forward Jürgen Sparwasser’s goal against West German in the 1974 World Cup saved his life six years later when he sought refuge in West Germany.

Sotirakopoulos, a prize-winning sports journalist, offers more than a history of the sport: in Game with no Frontiers he helps fans savor football’s true magic and shows why the world’s most popular sport is a lot more than just twenty-two players kicking a ball around a field.

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