global image of the multi-billion dollar soccer industry is one of
professionalism and commercialization. Yet the game retains a
rebellious side, maybe more so than any other sport co-opted by
money-makers and corrupt politicians. From its roots in working-class
England to political protests by players and fans, and a current
radical soccer underground, the notion of football as the “people’s
game” has been kept alive. This book not only traces this history,
but also reflects on common criticisms: that soccer ferments
nationalism, serves right-wing powers, and fosters competitiveness.
Soccer vs. the State serves both as an orientation for the
politically conscious football supporter and an inspiration for those
who wish to return the game played on televisions and in stadiums to
alleyways and muddy pastures.This second edition has been expanded to
cover events of recent years, including the involvement of soccer
fans in the Middle Eastern uprisings of 2011–2013, the FIFA scandal
of 2015, and the 2017 strike by the Danish women’s team.