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

ISBN-10: 1250002044
ISBN-13: 9781250002044
Edition: 2012
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Description: Across two dozen countries—from back alleys to remote beaches to the roofs of skyscrapers—an intimate journey into the heart of soccer  Every country has a different term for it: In the United States, it’s “pickup.” In Trinidad, it’s “taking a  More...

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Book details

List price: $39.99
Copyright year: 2012
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Publication date: 6/19/2012
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 304
Size: 6.49" wide x 9.56" long x 1.09" tall
Weight: 1.034
Language: English

Across two dozen countries—from back alleys to remote beaches to the roofs of skyscrapers—an intimate journey into the heart of soccer  Every country has a different term for it: In the United States, it’s “pickup.” In Trinidad, it’s “taking a sweat.” In Brazil, it’s “pelada” (literally “naked”). It’s the other side of soccer, played away from the bright lights and manicured fields—the game for anyone, anywhere. Gwendolyn Oxenham was a former college soccer star with visions of going pro. But when the women’s professional soccer league folded, her career was over before it began. So she embarked on a different kind of adventure. InFinding the Game, Oxenham, with her boyfriend and two friends, scour the globe in search of pickup soccer: they bribe their way into a Bolivian prison, compete against women in hijab in Tehran, and bet shillings on a game with moonshine brewers in Kenya. Along the way, she discovers that the game, stripped down to its core, is the same no matter where it’s played. An entertaining, heartfelt look at the soul of a sport, this book is proof that on the field and in life, some things need no translation.

GWENDOLYN OXENHAM received an MFA in creative writing from the University of Notre Dame, where she was awarded the Nicholas Sparks post-graduate fellowship. A Duke University soccer alum, she played professionally for Santos FC in Brazil in 2005. She teaches English and plays in pickup games in Southern California. She is the author of <i>Finding the Game</i>.

Prologue
Away from the Bright Lights
Taking a Sweat
Pelada
Future, Present, and Past
Saudades
Picado
Gauchos in the Mist
300 Fruitcakes
Giant
All the World
Big Fields and Small Ones
Ten-Minute Game
Final Call
Austin�s Field
Shadows and Stadium
Village Championship
L.A. and Bust
At the Top
The Future
Welcome to Iran
A Tryout
The Homestretch
Pickup
Acknowledgments

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