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Goal!

The world's most popular team sport has the world's attention during World Cup 2010 in South Africa. Football, or soccer if you prefer, has been around for thousands of years. People have always played soccer and likely always will. In Goal!, a group of young friends in a dusty South African township come together in a pickup game with their brand-new, federation-size soccer ball. How do they team together when some older boys, bullies, try to steal their ball? We see the best and worst of human nature when people come together to watch or to play the most human game. I like that Goal! focuses on football as the sport of the people and the joy of the game – even in the face of adversity.

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Goal!
9780763645717


Goal!

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The world's most popular team sport has the world's attention during World Cup 2010 in South Africa. Football, or soccer if you prefer, has been around for thousands of years. People have always played soccer and likely always will. In Goal!, a group of young friends in a dusty South African township come together in a pickup game with their brand-new, federation-size soccer ball. How do they team together when some older boys, bullies, try to steal their ball? We see the best and worst of human nature when people come together to watch or to play the most human game. I like that Goal! focuses on football as the sport of the people and the joy of the game – even in the face of adversity.

Book

Goal!
9780763645717

Posted by Bill Caskey at 06/10/2010 12:53:59 PM | 


Nice! I love to read stories like this. I'm also a soccer player and I've experienced being bullied by older boys. Reading such story will surely bring back some of my high school memories. Thanks for sharing this news.
Posted by: Small wind turbine ( Email ) at 6/16/2010 3:50 AM


"Soccer bonds. Soccer makes both young and old feel that they belong, that they matter, and that they can win.”
From Goal! author Mina Javaherbin's blog:
"The more we value and respect each other, the less we are willing to go to wars or to stay quiet in face of injustice. The more we value and respect each other, the more we will move toward a civilized society."
Posted by: Vorarlberger Blogger ( Email ) at 6/22/2010 3:07 AM


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