The Rebirth of Professional Soccer in America

Americans ascribed a “subversive nature”7 to the game, if for no other reason than the fact that American sports are stridently de-politicized. Markovits and Hellerman also view soccer's subjugation in America's cultural landscape and ...

Author: Dennis J. Seese

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield

ISBN: 9781442238954

Category: Sports & Recreation

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The history of soccer in the United States is far richer and more complex than many people realize. Leagues competed in the U.S. as far back as the late 1800s, and in 1919 Bethlehem Steel became the first American professional soccer team to play in Europe when they toured Sweden. Multiple leagues existed during the early 1900s, but after the American Soccer Association folded in 1933, the country did not see a rebirth of professional soccer until 1967. It was a painful, hostile revival that saw dueling groups of American sports entrepreneurs fracture into two separate professional leagues, The United Soccer Association (USA) and the National Professional Soccer League (NPSL). The Rebirth of Professional Soccer in America: The Strange Days of the United Soccer Association tells the story of this largely forgotten chapter in the sport’s history. The USA and NPSL were ragged, misshapen pieces of a puzzle that refused to fit together, two leagues competing directly for fans and revenue. While the USA was a league sanctioned by FIFA but absent from the nation’s airwaves, the NPSL was considered an “outlaw” league by FIFA but it held an exclusive television contract with CBS. This would have been strange enough, but the USA league imported entire teams from Great Britain, Italy, and South America, including Stoke City, Wolverhampton Wanderers, Cagliari Calcio, and Bangu. This book recounts soccer riots in Yankee Stadium, teams with dual identities, World Cup winners on the pitch, and a cast of characters featuring the likes of Phil Woosnam, Lamar Hunt, Derek Dougan, and Gordon Banks. Drawing on meticulous research and interviews, this book reveals the little-known story that unfolded on the field, in the boardroom, and across the country during this single strange season of professional soccer. Featuring an impressive group of global soccer legends, this book delivers a fascinating piece of soccer history for the growing legions of American soccer supporters, as well as for soccer fans around the world.
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Us Men s Professional Soccer

Rebirth. of. Pro. Soccer. T. he United States went several years without a professional soccer league. In 1988 Fédération Internationale de Football (FIFA), which governs soccer across the world, tried to jump-start soccer in the United ...

Author: Jon Marthaler

Publisher: Sportszone

ISBN: 9781532170317


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Learn more about the different men's professional soccer leagues in the United States over the years along with the stars that played in them. This book includes informative sidebars, high-energy photos, and a glossary. Aligned to Common Core Standards and correlated to state standards. SportsZone is an imprint of Abdo Publishing, a division of ABDO.
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Beyond Bend It Like Beckham

“Can a Savvy Finance Strategy Propel Women's Professional Soccer to Post-Olympic Glory?” CFO Magazine, July 15, 2008. Paglia, Jim. “Is Women's Pro Soccer Doomed Again?” Soccer America's Soccer Business Insider, October 17, 2007. ——— .

Author: Timothy F. Grainey

Publisher: U of Nebraska Press

ISBN: 9780803240360

Category: Sports & Recreation

Page: 328

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Though it burst into public consciousness only with the 1999 World Cup, women’s soccer has been around almost as long as its male counterpart, flourishing in England during and after World War I. From the rise of women’s soccer following Title IX legislation in the early seventies to the watershed 1999 World Cup performance that turned the American team into instant celebrities, soccer is now the most popular sport for girls and women, with participation growing exponentially worldwide. Beyond “Bend It Like Beckham” presents the first in-depth global analysis of the women’s game—both where it has come from and where it is headed. With commentary from key players, coaches, and administrators, Timothy F. Grainey follows the sport’s reach into the unlikeliest places today, even countries where women were banned from playing soccer just a few short years ago. Though women in the United States and Canada still fight for equal treatment and funding, their situations differs markedly from the hostility, abuse, and even outright bans that some women still encounter in trying to pursue an activity they love. Through the prism of soccer, this book explores the struggle for women’s rights abroad, in countries as diverse as Sweden, Russia, South Africa, Pakistan, Australia, and Iran.
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The Comprehensive Guide to Careers in Sports

Affiliated with U.S. Soccer and partnered with U.S. Club Soccer, the amateur league is designed for the most talented youth players who aspire to professional or international careers. The league contains the youth academies of USL Pro, ...

Author: Glenn M. Wong

Publisher: Jones & Bartlett Publishers

ISBN: 9781449602031

Category: Business & Economics

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Provides information about careers in the sports industry, including educational requirements, salary, and prospects for each profession.
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Routledge Handbook of Global Sport

Retrieved from 2 Association football Charles Parrish, Hongxin Li and John Nauright. ... Birth and Rebirth 1922.

Author: John Nauright

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781317500476

Category: Sports & Recreation

Page: 516

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The story of global sport is the story of expansion from local development to globalized industry, from recreational to marketized activity. Alongside that, each sport has its own distinctive history, sub-cultures, practices and structures. This ambitious new volume offers state-of-the-art overviews of the development of every major sport or classification of sport, examining their history, socio-cultural significance, political economy and international reach, and suggesting directions for future research. Expert authors from around the world provide varied perspectives on the globalization of sport, highlighting diverse and often underrepresented voices. By putting sport itself in the foreground, this book represents the perfect companion to any social scientific course in sport studies, and the perfect jumping-off point for further study or research. The Routledge Handbook of Global Sport is an essential reference for students and scholars of sport history, sport and society, the sociology of sport, sport development, sport and globalization, sports geography, international sports organizations, sports cultures, the governance of sport, sport studies, sport coaching or sport management.
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Playing for Uncle Sam

The Brits' Story of the North American Soccer League David Tossell. seeds of what would eventually become the NASL, it was, strictly speaking, only a rebirth of the sport on the professional level in America.

Author: David Tossell

Publisher: Random House

ISBN: 9781780574721

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 256

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A coach transported to the field in a hearse as he played dead. An English manager taken at gunpoint to an Argentinian jail after trying to sign that country's World Cup captain. The hero of 1966 who talked his team out of going on strike on the eve of a title decider. All are part of the British professionals' story of life in the North American Soccer League (NASL) in the 1970s and early '80s, when star turn and unsung journeyman alike had the chance to play alongside Pelé, Cruyff, Beckenbauer and Eusebio in the greatest galaxy of world stars ever assembled in one league. Playing for Uncle Sam recalls the British players and coaches who were part of an organisation that changed the face of football with its shoot-outs, offside rule and wacky marketing methods. It began with Stoke City and Wolverhampton Wanderers spending a bizarre summer posing as the Cleveland Stokers and Los Angeles Wolves in 1967. The late '70s saw the NASL, run by a former Welsh international, reach its peak, drawing crowds of 70,000 and featuring names like Banks, Moore, Hurst and Ball. Rodney Marsh pitched his tent in America by declaring famously that English football had become a grey game, while George Best used the NASL as an escape from the fishbowl of his life in Britain. Typically, the pair delighted and exasperated teammates and coaches in equal measure. Through approximately 60 interviews with members of the British contingent who accepted the offer of the Yankee dollar, Playing for Uncle Sam recalls one of the most fascinating episodes in football history: the remarkable rise and chaotic collapse of the NASL.
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Routledge Handbook of Football Studies

American Soccer League (NASL), which was created in 1968 as a result of the merger of the FIFA sanctioned United Soccer Association (USA) and the. aoutlaw«. National Professional Soccer League (NPSL). From the onset, stability plagued ...

Author: John Hughson

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781135074814

Category: Sports & Recreation

Page: 512

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Football is unquestionably the world’s most popular and influential sport. There is no corner of the globe in which the game is not played or followed. More countries are affiliated to FIFA, football’s governing body, than to the United Nations. The sport has therefore become an important component of our social, cultural, political and economic life. The Routledge Handbook of Football Studies is a landmark work of reference, going further than any other book in considering the historical and contemporary significance of football around the world. Written by a team of leading sport scholars, the book covers a broad range of disciplines from history, sociology, politics and business, to philosophy, law and media studies. The central section of the book examines key themes and issues in football studies, such as the World Cup and international competition, governance and ownership, fandom and celebrity. The concluding section offers in-depth surveys of the culture and organisation of football in each of the regional confederations, from UEFA to CONCACAF. This book will be fascinating reading for any serious football fan and an essential resource for advanced students or scholars undertaking research in football or sport studies, and any practitioner or policy-maker working in football.
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Soccer around the World A Cultural Guide to the World s Favorite Sport

Following the collapse of the NASL in 1984 and a brief rebirth of the United Soccer League (1984–1985), the remaining noteworthy outdoor soccer leagues in the United States for the remainder of the 1980s were the Western Soccer Alliance ...

Author: Charles Parrish

Publisher: ABC-CLIO

ISBN: 9781610693035

Category: Sports & Recreation

Page: 400

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Two leading sports authorities explore the culture of soccer around the world, considering the sport as a means to better understand a society's past, present, and future. • Includes both men's and women's soccer • Features lists of winners of World Cups, regional confederations cups, and Olympic Games • Provides sidebars of interesting facts and photos to supplement the text • Offers a multi-disciplinary perspective from across geography, social studies, world cultures, and anthropology
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A History of the U S Men s National Soccer Team

Soccer's. Rebirth: 1970–1979. If. the 1960s brought with it a pro soccer league and deep-pocketed investors, the 1970s would be a decade of even greater extravagance. Unfortunately, the U.S. national team was mostly an afterthought, ...

Author: Clemente A. Lisi

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield

ISBN: 9781442277588

Category: Sports & Recreation

Page: 182

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The United States men’s national soccer team has a rich history dating back to the early twentieth century. The team, along with the sport, toiled in obscurity for decades but found its breakthrough moment in 1989 when the United States qualified for its first World Cup in 40 years. Since then the team has been on an upswing, putting together many gritty performances and shocking upsets. In A History of the U.S. Men's National Soccer Team, Clemente A. Lisi recounts the team’s significant achievements and history-making moments, including its decisive 1991 Gold Cup victory, quarterfinal appearance at the 2002 World Cup, and memorable performance at the 2009 Confederations Cup. Beginning with the formation of the national team in the early twentieth century and continuing up through the 2016 Copa America Centenario, each chapter includes game descriptions, fascinating background stories, and profiles of notable players from the era. A History of the U.S. Men’s National Soccer Team features vintage photographs and exclusive player interviews that bring the struggles and triumphs of the national team to life. Including little-known stories from the team’s early years and details from its recent past, this book will entertain and inform soccer fans of all generations.
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Gaming the World

“Nowitzki effect,” 37, 107–8, 149–50 Núñez, Josep, 228 nationalism/the national: American countercosmopolitanism, ... 77–78 National Professional Soccer League (NPSL), 112 National Rebirth of Poland (Narodowe Odrodzenie Polski; NOP), ...

Author: Andrei S. Markovits

Publisher: Princeton University Press

ISBN: 9780691162034

Category: History

Page: 362

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The globalizing influence of professional sports Professional sports today have truly become a global force, a common language that anyone, regardless of their nationality, can understand. Yet sports also remain distinctly local, with regional teams and the fiercely loyal local fans that follow them. This book examines the twenty-first-century phenomenon of global sports, in which professional teams and their players have become agents of globalization while at the same time fostering deep-seated and antagonistic local allegiances and spawning new forms of cultural conflict and prejudice. Andrei Markovits and Lars Rensmann take readers into the exciting global sports scene, showing how soccer, football, baseball, basketball, and hockey have given rise to a collective identity among millions of predominantly male fans in the United States, Europe, and around the rest of the world. They trace how these global—and globalizing—sports emerged from local pastimes in America, Britain, and Canada over the course of the twentieth century, and how regionalism continues to exert its divisive influence in new and potentially explosive ways. Markovits and Rensmann explore the complex interplay between the global and the local in sports today, demonstrating how sports have opened new avenues for dialogue and shared interest internationally even as they reinforce old antagonisms and create new ones. Gaming the World reveals the pervasive influence of sports on our daily lives, making all of us citizens of an increasingly cosmopolitan world while affirming our local, regional, and national identities.
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Journal of the U S Army Intelligence Security Command

United States. Army. Army Intelligence & Security Command. Selfridge combines old and new ] ។ ... ample gratification at the nearby Pontiac Silverdome , home of the Detroit Lions , the Detroit Pistons and Detroit's professional soccer ...

Author: United States. Army. Army Intelligence & Security Command


ISBN: MINN:31951P009533629

Category: Military intelligence


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War of the Gargoyles Book One Rebirth

going along with Adam on his expedition to Central America, Dr. Harrington had angrily snipped at her. ... A pro football brat, she and her brothers had spent much of their youth moving from football city to football city.

Author: Morgan R. Bramlet

Publisher: Xlibris Corporation

ISBN: 9781469180625

Category: Fiction

Page: 213

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They have been absent from our world for 500 years Now the gargoyles have returned. Returning from a summer archeological expedition in the Yuctan, Berkeley University professor, Adam Landis, and a group of his students stop off in a small Arizona desert town. None of them can imagine the terror that awaits. When one of the students goes missing, it leads to the discovery of a species long believed to be only myth and legend. Now a handful of townspeople must battle these creatures and destroy the colony, before tens of thousands of eggs hatch and an army of gargoyles spreads across the country and around the world.
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A Sociology of Football in a Global Context

Markovits, A. & Hellerman, S. (2001) Offside: Soccer & American Exceptionalism, Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press. ... McMaster, R. (1997) 'The market for corporate control in professional football: is there an agency problem?

Author: Jamie Cleland

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781135007638

Category: Sports & Recreation

Page: 178

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Association football is now the global sport, consumed in various ways by millions of people across the world. Throughout its history, football has been a catalyst as much for social cohesion, unity, excitement and integration as it can be for division, exclusion and discrimination. A Sociology of Football in a Global Context examines the historical, political, economic, social and cultural complexities of the game across Europe, Africa, Asia and North and South America. It analyses the key developments and sociological debates within football through a topic-based approach that concentrates on the history of football and its global diffusion; the role of violence; the global governance of the game by FIFA; race, racism and whiteness; gender and homophobia; the changing nature of fans; the media and football’s financial revolution; the transformation of players into global celebrities; and the growth of football leagues across the world. Using a range of examples from all over the world, each chapter highlights the different social and cultural changes football has seen, most notably since the 1990s, when its relationship with the mass media and other transnational networks became more important and financially lucrative.
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Sports Publicity

Many Americans players went overseas and some WNBA players play basketball in foreign countries during WNBA's off-season. Women's softball and soccer The first women's professional softball league was established in 1976, ...

Author: Joe Favorito

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781136193484

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 384

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Effective communications skills are essential for any organization. In this fully revised and updated edition of his groundbreaking guide to communications in sports, Joe Favorito introduces the skills, knowledge and techniques needed to become a successful communicator. Drawing on nearly thirty years of professional experience, including work with the International Baseball Federation, New York Knicks, Philadelphia 76ers, Bloomberg Sports and the US Tennis Association, as well as projects with the NFL, USOC, NASCAR, MLB, MLS and many other elite groups and brands in sports and entertainment, Favorito outlines the history of sports communications, explores all the most important professional themes, topics and issues, and highlights exciting opportunities for future growth and development. With a strong emphasis on professional practice and the day-to-day realities of working in sports and entertainment, the book covers all the core functional areas such as: Effective writing and speaking Building and Marketing brands Developing contacts and networks Social and Digital Media Strategy Gaining experience and internships Crisis management Successful pitching Press conferences Working with individual athletes, teams and league organizations Agents, Broadcast Networks and Agencies Understanding the global sports market The second edition includes brand new material on using social media, gaming, and brand integration, as well as extended real-world case studies and interviews with trailblazing PR professionals. No other book offers such a valuable insider’s view of the sports communications industry or the importance of PR and media relations in building successful sports organizations. Sports Publicity is essential reading for all students working in sport business, marketing or communications, and any PR practitioner looking to improve their professional skills and technique.
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The Comprehensive Directory of Sports Addresses

With the emergence of the 1994 World Cup in the United States , soccer has discovered a grass - roots rebirth . A national professional soccer league will begin in 1990 with the merger of the American and Western soccer leagues .

Author: Edward T. Kobak

Publisher: Global Sports Productions

ISBN: 096191811X

Category: Athletic clubs

Page: 320

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Sports in America from Colonial Times to the Twenty First Century An Encyclopedia

The action revitalizes racing in Chicago and will contribute to the rebirth of racing in Florida and California in the 1930s as states seek much-needed revenues. The Hakoah Vienna soccer team, the Austrian national champions, ...

Author: Steven A. Riess

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781317459477

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 1200

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Provides practical help for the day-to-day concerns that keep managers awake at night. This book aims to fill the gap between the legal and policy issues that are the mainstay of human resources and supervision courses and the real-world needs of managers as they attempt to cope with the human side of their jobs.
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Football Cultures and Identities

In the post-apartheid era, the rebirth of the nation seemed to have been commemorated by the victory of a multi-ethnic ... Like the United States, Japan's new soccer culture leans heavily on the creation of a new professional league; ...

Author: Gary Armstrong

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 9780230378896

Category: Social Science

Page: 259

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The game of football has played a key role in shaping and cementing senses of national identity throughout the world. Aware that the game may afford a space for expressing protest, groups may attempt to harness the forces of populist nationalism. This book examines football in 18 countries.
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Major Leagues

“ 1922 : Birth and Rebirth . ” Professional Football Researchers Association web site . < http : // . htm > ( 10 May ... Cleveland , OH : Society for American Baseball Research , 1999 .

Author: Thomas W. Brucato

Publisher: American Sports History Series

ISBN: UOM:39015049711420

Category: Sports & Recreation

Page: 283

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A reference book on major league teams of various sports around the world throughout history that lists teams (by city or other location), leagues, team names, and team name origins, covering baseball, football, basketball, hockey, soccer, indoor soccer, arena football, tennis, roller hockey, and lacrosse.
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Politics of Children in Latin American Cinema

... and who face the ordeals of their forlornness; Hermano verses on the strained relationship of two teenage boys raised as brothers who risk their lives to become professional soccer players in order to leave their slum. 4.

Author: María Soledad Paz-Mackay

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield

ISBN: 9781498597425

Category: Social Science

Page: 274

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This book analyzes the representation of children in 21st-century Latin American cinema by bringing attention to the political act of choosing children as protagonists. It provides a platform to understand the mechanisms in contemporary filmmaking that challenge the displacement created by the conventional subordinated role of children in cinema.
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President Bush s Trade Agenda

Hearing Before the Committee on Ways and Means, U.S. House of Representatives, One Hundred Ninth Congress, Second Session, February 15, 2006 United States. Congress. House. Committee on Ways and Means.

Author: United States. Congress. House. Committee on Ways and Means


ISBN: PSU:000058944660

Category: Electronic government information

Page: 113

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