Parish to Planet: How Football Came to Rule the World HB
Parish to Planet: How Football Came to Rule the World
Eric Midwinter (Author)
In 1872, less than 2,000 people watched the first FA Cup Final. On 9th July 2006, 5% of the human beings that have ever lived watches the World Cup Final on television. How has the simple act of kicking a spherical object become the most all-encompassing, all-consuming passion of the entire planet, irrespective of creed, culture, religion or race?
Parish to Planet traces the pre-history of football from the towns and schools of old England to the game's consequent spread across the globe. Along the way Eric Midwinter scotches many widely held beliefs and unearths a host of fascinating material, including how the first English international professional was forced to play in a different coloured shirt to his amateur team-mates, John Logie Baird's claim as the most important man in football's genesis as a world sport, why despotic governments have become more wary of the influence of football clubs than that of a church, and how the fall of the Berlin Wall won Chelsea the Premiership title.As the major cultural interest and activity of the planet, football now dominates all other forms of collective participation, including religion. It is the Beautiful Game, the People's Game. Always alive to the social and political canvas behind football's epic story, Parish to Planet is a comprehensive account of the evolution of football into an unprecedented global phenomenon.
Hardback: 370 pages
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