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Association Football

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This book presents a synthesis of the work on early football undertaken by the authors over the past two decades. It explores aspects of a figurational approach to sociology to examine the early development of football rules in the middle part of the nineteenth century. The book tests Dunning's status rivalry hypothesis to contest Harvey's view of football's development which stresses an influential sub-culture outside the public schools. Status Rivalry re-states the primacy of these latter institutions in the growth of football and without it the sport's story would remain skewed and unbalanced for future generations.


Football And War

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The idea of sending a soccer team into a major war zone might be regarded as the height of lunacy, but in mid-1967 the Australian government approved an invitation to the Australian Soccer Federation to take part in the National Day football tournament in Saigon in the midst of the Vietnam War. While this story is fairly widely known among the football community, it has little resonance beyond it and the young players who took part have received no formal recognition.

Six of the team that won the competition, the first international trophy won by Australia, were part of the Socceroos squad that qualified for the World Cup in West Germany in 1974. Australian teams returned to Vietnam in 1970 and 1972 as part of the preparation for the successful qualification campaign and the team spirit forged in very difficult circumstances helped carry Rale Rasic’s squad to the World Cup. This book retells the story and explains its absence from the national narrative about sport and relations with Asia.

They talk about bonding exercises now and rugby league players went horse riding at Calga, but we went to war zones, much like Afghanistan or Iraq are now.

Ray Richards, World Cup Socceroo who made his international debut in Vietnam at 21.


Jim Nasium Is A Football Fumbler

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Ten-year-old Jim Nasium is desperate to live up to his name and find the perfect sport to suit his yet-to-be-discovered skills! This time Jim is trying his luck on the gridiron. But how can Jim test his football skills when his schoolyard enemies are all on the starting line-up? When a late-game injury takes a player off the field, it's up to Jim Nasium, backup quarterback, to win the championship game! Will Jim's Hail Mary pass bring his team to victory, or leave him a football disgrace?



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