What we think about when we think about soccer

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what we think about when we think about soccer

What We Think about When We Think about Soccer by Simon Critchley

You play soccer. You watch soccer. You live soccer You breathe soccer. But do you think about soccer?

Soccer is the worlds most popular sport, inspiring the absolute devotion of countless fans around the globe. But what is it about soccer that makes it so compelling to watch, discuss, and think about? Is it what it says about class, race, or gender? Is it our national, regional, or tribal identities? Simon Critchley thinks its all of these and more. In his new book, he explains what soccer can tell us about each, and how each informs the way we interpret the game, all while building a new system of aesthetics, or even poetics, that we can use to watch the beautiful game.

Critchley has made a career out of bringing philosophy to the people through popular subjects, and in What We Think About When We Think About Soccer he uses his considerable philosophical acumen to examine the sport that has captured the hearts and minds of millions.
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What We Think About When We Think About Soccer

He approaches every subject — be it suicide or soccer — with the same intellectual rigor. The writing is not only deep and philosophical, but approachable and conversational. Soccer would have once, not too long ago, been seen as a topic unsuitable for intellectual analysis, something beneath the dignity of philosophical inquiry. Soccer may be the most elemental passion I have. The only thing my family felt it had going for it was that we were from Liverpool.

Thank you! An exploration of why soccer is beautiful and how its beauty and occasional ugliness manifests. Though he is a supporter of Liverpool in the English Premier League, his commitment to the game extends far beyond club and country. He has written a number of books geared toward bringing a philosophical eye to popular topics, and here he tackles perhaps the most popular of all with wit and verve. For one thing, while the author is a deeply devoted fan, he is not a blind one. He acknowledges many of the problems that come with being a fan of sports in the modern day: the excesses, the racism, violence, sexism, and hypermasculinity, the insane amounts of money at the highest level of the game. He is aware of some of the innately stupid his word aspects of being a soccer fan, but he is also aware of the intellectual aspects to the game.

Remember me. Forgot or need to establish your password? Continue reading this article by signing up for three free articles per month. By entering your email address, you agree to receive Soccer America Today newsletter and other email messages from Soccer America. Password Forgot? Soccer America Pro members may read, share and comment on all articles from these paid premium newsletters. Does soccer appeal to us because of tribal and national identity?

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Look Inside. Oct 31, ISBN You play soccer. You watch soccer. You live soccer You breathe soccer. But do you think about soccer? But what is it about soccer that makes it so compelling to watch, discuss, and think about?

Critchley has previously written books on topics ranging from ethics to Shakespeare to the music of David Bowie. Twenty years ago, I happened to be in Europe during the World Cup. There was, as you would expect, a kind of secular religious frenzy. At every cafe, in the rough stone buildings of every city center, crowds radiated out from large screens, leaning in, waiting for plausible excuses to scream. Children wore miniature national jerseys — ice blue, jungle green, revolutionary red — and juggled soccer balls near the Duomo, the Eiffel Tower, the Brandenburg Gate, the Sagrada Familia. This summer, during the World Cup, I happen to be in Europe again.

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