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Magazines | How the media explains the soccer world

Posted By John Turnbull On 19 May 2006 @ 17:50 In Regions | Comments Disabled

National Geographic, June 2006 [1]Washington | National Geographic in June features soccer as its main story package with a website supplement, “The Beautiful Game: Why Soccer Rules the World [1].” On the Web, and likely in the print version as well, NG includes lengthy excerpts from the soon-to-be-released (in the USA) Thinking Fan’s Guide to the World Cup (see Apr 7 [2]). Full essays by Nick Hornby [3] (England) and Robert Coover [4] (Spain) appear online as well as excerpts covering Côte d’Ivoire, Brazil, Costa Rica, Angola, Argentina and Croatia. (To avoid premature blindness, do yourself a favor first by cutting and pasting the text into a word processor and then enlarging the type.) We are beginning to realize how much of this book is a project of independent publisher McSweeney’s, founded by Dave Eggers, who produces the essay on the USA. Thinking Fan’s editor Sean Wilsey is editor-at-large at McSweeney’s Quarterly, while Hornby writes a regular column, “Stuff I’ve Been Reading,” for another McSweeney’s journal, The Believer.

In other U.S. magazines, Geoffrey Wheatcroft writes on football and globalization (“Non-native Sons,” not available online) in the June Atlantic Monthly. Wheatcroft supplies the most thorough deconstruction that we have seen of the origins of the word soccer, crediting a “gruesome Oxonian line in diminutives” that created “Cuppers” to refer to a cup match and “Divers” for a divinity exam. Of course, rugby football was contracted to “Rugger” as a pair to the dimunitive for association football (“soccer”).

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[2] Apr 7: http://www.theglobalgame.com/blog/?p=136

[3] Nick Hornby: http://www7.nationalgeographic.com/ngm/0606/feature1/essay2.html

[4] Robert Coover: http://www7.nationalgeographic.com/ngm/0606/feature1/essay3.html

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