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Manchester, the Austrians and the Argentines: Readings for History of Soccer

Three selections that provide some background for what I hope to cover this Thursday, April 24. Read as much or as little as you like!

First, a selection from Chapter 2 of David Conn’s Richer Than God, his excellent study of the modern footballing behemoth Manchester City. The passage I’m sharing gives some of the social history behind Manchester’s football clubs, and Conn also reveals why he became a fan of City, and not the other big club in town, Manchester United.

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Jonathan Wilson’s Inverting the Pyramid is a relatively recent title, but it’s already a classic study of the history of footballing tactics. The chapter I have provided focuses on the way the sport evolved in the 1920s and 1930s after it migrated from Great Britain. In particular, as the chapter title suggests, it focuses on Austrian and Argentine football.

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Pertinent to the Wilson chapter, here is a recent article in The Guardian about the Austrian team of the 1930s and its biggest star, Matthias Sindelar.

Here are selections from Eduardo Galeano’s Soccer in Sun and Shadow, one of the undisputed classics of soccer writing. If you’re looking for one highly readable book that sheds light on the culture, history, politics and poetry of Latin American soccer in advance of the Brazil World Cup, this is the one you should seek out. It’s written as a series of loosely connected, highly whimsical sketches, and the passages I have chosen this week focus on the 1920s and 1930s, with an emphasis on two early Brazilian stars, both of whom were black: Arthur Friedenreich and Leonidas da Silva (better known simply as Leonidas).

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