IBNA- The Persian audio version of the book ‘Football Against the Enemy’ by Simon Kuper which elaborates on the impact of politics on football will be unveiled at a ceremony on Friday.
According to IBNA correspondent, the book which has been translated into Persian by celebrated Iranian football expert and anchor Adel Ferdowsipour who has also read the book for the audience at the ceremony.
Soccer is much more than just the most popular game in the world. For millions, it is a matter of life and death, an international lingua franca. Simon Kuper traveled to twenty-two countries to discover the sometimes bizarre effect soccer can have on politics and culture.
At the same time, he tried to discover what makes different countries play a simple game so differently. Soccer Against the Enemy introduces the remarkable variety of fans Kuper encountered along the way, from the East Berliner persecuted by the Stasi for supporting his local team, to the Argentine general with his own views on tactics.
An excerpt from ‘Football Against the Enemy’ reads: “They say in Brazil, even the smallest village has a church and a football field – well, not always a church, but certainly a football field.”
It also illuminates the frightening intersection between soccer and politics, particularly in the wake of the attacks of 9-11, where soccer is obsessed over by the likes of Osama bin Laden. The result is one of the world's most acclaimed books on the game, and an astonishing study of soccer and its place in the world.