Soccer has been around and stood firm during the times of globalization. I like your views on the chapter and I agree with you! Before we get into that let’s talk about American sports and the fans in particular. An example of this can be seen on pages 12 and 13 in the text when one of main characters, Krle gets shot in the leg. Nationalism. I believe that nationalism manifests itself into chapter one of How Soccer Explains the World by uniting the country through soccer. Their only validation to their crimes was the fact that they weren’t fans of their team. ( Log Out /  Edit them in the Widget section of the. Having strong patriotic values, showing deep devotion for ones country, what’s wrong with that? It is mind boggling to me that people can show such violence and hatred through the game of soccer but as we have seen, it’s the ugly truth. Good job using definitions to help give a better understanding! How Soccer Explains the World by Franklin Foer sheds light on some of the more extreme examples of nationalism. Nationalism, by definition, means to have patriotic feelings, principles or efforts. Change ), This is a text widget. Well in this book there are a few examples of nationalism that may surprise you. With that being said, nationalism is patriotism. Change ), You are commenting using your Google account. Change ), You are commenting using your Twitter account. Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Italian soccer players have always concentrated on defensive performs and passing tactics, this has not made them the very best soccer team but have made them the second very best. Change ), You are commenting using your Twitter account. The pride that is shown in soccer is unreal. Soccer is a sport that can keep peoples tribalistic needs satisfied and help to maintain identities. Change ), You are commenting using your Facebook account. How Soccer Explains the World by Franklin Foer sheds light on some of the more extreme examples of nationalism. Red Star Belgrade is soccer team from Serbia and they had some fans that were a little more unruly than trash talking opposing teams. Change ), You are commenting using your Twitter account. Also, to have an advocacy of political independence for a particular country. I feel that is a good comparison, because being devoted to something brings that out in a person, whether it is actually war, or a game. But not long after this, Foer begins to inform us on the many violent gangs that which are tied into the game as well as the team whom cause nothing but violence. Foer uses soccer to “defend the virtues of old fashioned nationalism” to bring back tribalism. I like that you added they were like soldiers fighting for their countries. An extreme force of this, especially marked by a feeling of superiority over other countries. Before we get into that let’s talk about American sports and the fans in particular. Their actions could be compared to a war actually. From the beginning the author begins by informing the reader of just how much the Serbians love their soccer team, the Red Star Belgrades. I feel that you really have to read between the lines of what Foer is saying. Change ). Very well written post! They even beat three of their own players because they could “no longer tolerate lack of commitment of the pitch”. ( Log Out /  ( Log Out /  In other countries, referees don't receive the attention that they do in Italy. This example illustrated by Foer just goes to show the lengths that the bad boys would go to just to show devotion to their team.