Finding the Game Three Years, Twenty-five Countries, and the Search for Pickup Soccer

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Finding the Game Three Years, Twenty-five Countries, and the Search for Pickup Soccer by Oxenham, Gwendolyn, 9781250002044
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  • ISBN: 9781250002044 | 1250002044
  • Cover: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 6/19/2012

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Across two dozen countries - from back alleys to remote beaches to the roofs of skyscrapers - an intimate journey into the heart of soccer Every country has a different term for it: In the United States, it's "pickup." In Trinidad, it's "taking a sweat." In Brazil, it's "pelada" (literally "naked"). It's the other side of soccer, played away from the bright lights and manicured fields - the game for anyone, anywhere. Gwendolyn Oxenham was a former college soccer star with visions of going pro. But when the women's professional soccer league folded, her career was over before it began. So she embarked on a different kind of adventure. In Finding the Game, Oxenham, with her boyfriend and two friends, scour the globe in search of pickup soccer: they bribe their way into a Bolivian prison, compete against women in hijab in Tehran, and bet shillings on a game with moonshine brewers in Kenya. Along the way, she discovers that the game, stripped down to its core, is the same no matter where it's played. An entertaining, heartfelt look at the soul of a sport, this book is proof that on the field and in life, some things need no translation.

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