By Gwendolyn Oxenham
Across dozen countries—from again alleys to distant shorelines to the roofs of skyscrapers—an eye-opening trip into the center of soccer
Every state has a distinct time period for it: within the usa it truly is "pickup." In Trinidad it is "taking a sweat." In Brazil it truly is "pelada" (literally "naked"). it is the different part of football, these spontaneous fits performed clear of the brilliant lighting fixtures and manicured fields—the video game for an individual, anywhere.
At 16, Gwendolyn Oxenham was once the youngest department I athlete in NCAA heritage, a starter and best goal-scorer for Duke. At twenty, she graduated, the women's expert football league folded, and her profession was once over. In Finding the Game, Oxenham, with her boyfriend and associates, chases the a part of the sport that outlasts a profession. They bribe their manner right into a Bolivian felony, guess shillings on a online game with moonshine brewers in Kenya, play with ladies in hijab on a courtroom in Tehran—and notice what the realm appears like in the event you wander down aspect streets, keeping directly to a ball.
An interesting, heartfelt examine the soul of a recreation and an exhilarating commute narrative, this ebook is evidence that at the box and in existence, a few issues desire no translation.
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Finding the Game: Three Years, Twenty-five Countries, and the Search for Pickup Soccer by Gwendolyn Oxenham