Finding the Game: Three Years, Twenty-five Countries, and the Search for Pickup Soccer

Finding the Game: Three Years, Twenty-five Countries, and the Search for Pickup Soccer

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 kingdom has a distinct time period for it: within the usa it really is "pickup." In Trinidad it really is "taking a sweat." In Brazil it is "pelada" (literally "naked"). it is the different aspect of football, these spontaneous suits performed clear of the brilliant lighting and manicured fields―the video game for a person, anywhere.

At 16, Gwendolyn Oxenham used to be the youngest department I athlete in NCAA heritage, a starter and major goal-scorer for Duke. At twenty, she graduated, the women's specialist football league folded, and her occupation used to be over. In Finding the Game, Oxenham, with her boyfriend and pals, chases the a part of the sport that outlasts a profession. They bribe their means right into a Bolivian legal, wager shillings on a video game with moonshine brewers in Kenya, play with ladies in hijab on a court docket in Tehran―and become aware of what the area appears like in case you wander down aspect streets, keeping directly to a ball.

An enjoyable, heartfelt examine the soul of a game and an exhilarating commute narrative, this booklet is facts that at the box and in lifestyles, a few issues want no translation.

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