Soccer Research Paper

Discussion in 'Business and Media' started by wolvesfan1, Nov 9, 2004.

  1. wolvesfan1

    wolvesfan1 New Member

    Dec 3, 2003
    Hello, everyone. I am a high school sophomore and I have been a "lurker" here at Big Soccer for almost a year. I am a diehard soccer fan. I play for my school and my favorite teams are Wolverhampton, AC Milan, and Hellas Verona.

    I am currently working on a high school research paper for my world history class. Our teacher told us we could choose any topic as long as it took place in the 20th century and the United States had no impact. Being a futbol fanatic, I chose soccer as my topic. What I am asking of you BigSoccer posters, is if you can recommend to me any type of soccer book, website, magazine article, etc. that I could possibly use in a research project. Some possible angles I am pursuing are hooligans/fan behavior and game fixing. Any other angle ideas are greatly apprieciated!

    Thanks! :-D
  2. Knave

    Knave Member+

    May 25, 1999
    You need to do some basic research into your topic before you attempt to develop a question. This is the place to start:
  3. ChrisE

    ChrisE Member

    Jul 1, 2002
    Nat'l Team:
    American Samoa
    There was a book put out this summer called How Soccer Explains the World : An Unlikely Theory of Globalization by Franklin Foer. It's an easy read, relatively short, and contains a bunch of interesting vignettes about various different countries and topics - Religion and Soccer in Glasgow, Cronyism in Brazil, a whole bunch more that I don't really remember. I'd strongly recommend it, at the very least for ideas.

    Here's a link to the bigsoccer discussion about it:

    And here's's

    I also feel obliged to recommend that you pick an MLS team to support.
  4. chapulincolorado

    Jul 14, 1999
    McAllen, Texas
    FC Dallas
    Nat'l Team:
    Major advice is to see if you are able to access the books that you will need for your research. There are a good many books on hooliganism and game fixin'...only problem is that most of 'em are written by English authors.

    There is a whole cottage industry on hooliganism. But, here are some links of interest:

    Barnes and Noble

    Social Issues Research Centre

    More Books on Hooliganism

    BBC TV Special On Hooliganism

    El Chapulin Colorado
  5. Golazo

    Golazo Member+

    Apr 15, 1999
    Decatur, GA USA

    I thought Foer's thesis was a bit of a stretch.

    Depending on your time frame (to get your paper done), try amazon and -- more likely -- amazon in the uk for Andrei Markovits' (sp?) Offside:Soccer and U.S. Exceptionalism. If you can find it in a library, rest assured that you have found the greatest library in the history of the world.

    Ditto on showing MLS some love.
  6. kevruth

    kevruth Member

    May 30, 2001
    Perrysburg, Ohio, US
    If you don't mind watching a lot of television, I would suggest going to the video store or library and see if they have the DVD/VHS series "The History of Soccer: The Beautiful Game." Over 13 hours of history of the game and it is just awesome.

    Here is the link to the website:

    You can also get more info on it here:

    The second link is to the original version. It was renamed soccer when it was released in the U.S.

  7. wolvesfan1

    wolvesfan1 New Member

    Dec 3, 2003
    I actually pull for the San Jose Earthquakes and I am a fan of the MLS. Although I follow Premiership and Serie A more, I try to catch every MLS game shown on ESPN.

    Thanks to everyone so far!

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