Review of Incredible World Cup Stories

Wernicke, Luciano. Incredible World Cup Stories: Wildest Tales and Most Dramatic Moments from Uruguay 1930 to Qatar 2022. Sutherland House, 2022. Pp. 368. $24.95 paperback. Reviewed by Łukasz Muniowski Spanning almost 100 years, World Cup tournaments have been––without a doubt––some of the most exciting and popular sport competitions. Compiling just one book of stories about…

Review of Soccer Under the Swastika

Simpson, Kevin E. Soccer Under the Swastika: Stories of Survival and Resistance During the Holocaust, Revised Edition. Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield, 2020. Pp. 368. $26.00 paperback. $24.50 ebook. Reviewed by Daniel Hart Sports idioms are such a part of the American lexicon that their respective meanings have become obscured by their quotidian use: sudden-death…

Reviews of recent U.S. soccer research

Bunk, Brian B. From Football to Soccer: The Early History of the Beautiful Game in the United States. Chicago: University of Illinois Press, 2021. Pp. 296. 33 illustrations. $24.95 paper and ebook. Dure, Beau. Why the U.S. Men Will Never Win the World Cup: A Historical and Cultural Reality Check. Lanham: Rowman & Littlefield, 2017. Pp. 246. $29…

Review of Soccer

Toussaint, Jean-Philippe. Shaun Whiteside, trans. Soccer. New Brunswick: Rutgers University Press, 2019. Pp 100. Notes. $12.95 paperback, eBook, pdf, $39.95 cloth. Reviewed by Patrick Salkeld Belgian novelist, filmmaker, and photographer Jean-Philippe Toussaint offers his readers a highly-detailed, often complex, and thought-provoking journey in his latest book, Soccer (translated by Shaun Whiteside). Unlike other soccer memoirs…

Review of Le Football dans Paris et ses banlieues

Sorez, Julien. Le Football dans Paris et ses banlieues : un sport devenu spectacle. Rennes: Presses universitaires de Rennes, 2013. 410 pages. Notes, index, illustrations, appendices. 22 euros. Print. Reviewed by Peter Marquis In, Le Football dans Paris et ses banlieues, an historical exploration of the development of soccer in Paris and its suburbs (in French “les…

Sport and Society – The World Cup

Editor’s Note: “Sport in American History” is excited to cross-post Richard C. Crepeau’s “Sport and Society” column. This post was originally published on July 14, 2018. A full archive of his Crepeau’s columns can be found by clicking here. It has been a month since the start of the World Cup. When a champion is determined on Sunday, over…

Q&A with Amy Bass on One Goal

Since taking office, Donald Trump’s immigration policies have been controversial, to say the least. His attempts at banning people from certain countries from traveling to the United States has caused an uproar and affected the daily lives of thousands of people. International college students, refugees, and asylum seekers are among those impacted. These policies are…

Looking Back on Women’s Soccer in 2017

By Colleen English Without World Cup or Olympic tournaments, many might not consider 2017 to be a significant year for women’s soccer (a sentence I write with full awareness that these kinds of things are rarely said about major men’s sports). Germany’s Olympic victory at the 2016 Games and the US women’s national team’s (USWNT)…