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Rock 'n' Roll Soccer: The Short Life and Fast Times of the North American Soccer League By Ian Plenderleith Rodney Marsh,

  • Title: Rock 'n' Roll Soccer: The Short Life and Fast Times of the North American Soccer League
  • Author: Ian Plenderleith Rodney Marsh
  • ISBN: 9781250072382
  • Page: 143
  • Format: Hardcover
  • The North American Soccer League at its peak in the late 1970s presented soccer as performance, played by men with a bent for flair, hair and glamour More than just Pel and the New York Cosmos, it lured the biggest names of the world game like Johan Cruyff, Franz Beckenbauer, Eusebio, Gerd M ller and George Best to play the sport as it was meant to be played withoutThe North American Soccer League at its peak in the late 1970s presented soccer as performance, played by men with a bent for flair, hair and glamour More than just Pel and the New York Cosmos, it lured the biggest names of the world game like Johan Cruyff, Franz Beckenbauer, Eusebio, Gerd M ller and George Best to play the sport as it was meant to be played without inhibition, to please the fans.The first complete look at the ambitious, star studded NASL, Rock n Roll Soccer reveals how this precursor to modern soccer laid the foundations for the sport s tremendous popularity in America today Bringing to life the color and chaos of an unfairly maligned league, soccer journalist Ian Plenderleith draws from research and interviews with the men who were there to reveal the madness of its marketing, the wild expectations of businessmen and corporations hoping to make a killing out of the next big thing, and the insanity of franchises in scorching cities like Las Vegas and Hawaii That s not to mention the league s on running fight with FIFA as the trailblazing North American continent battled to innovate, surprise, and sell soccer to a whole new world.As entertaining and raucous as the league itself, Rock n Roll Soccer recounts the hype and chaos surrounding the rapid rise and cataclysmic fall of the NASL, an enterprising and groundbreaking league that did too much right to ignore.
    Rock n Roll Soccer The Short Life and Fast Times of the North American Soccer League The North American Soccer League at its peak in the late s presented soccer as performance played by men with a bent for flair hair and glamour More than just Pel and the New York Cosmos it lur

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    1. The attention that the United States team received in the World Cup soccer tournament this summer caught many by surprise Suddenly, thousands were living and dying with each play of the tournament in Brazil Large screen television broadcasts the games to thousands in public squares in cities throughout America For a country that had yawned at the game for the most part for decades, it was a shock.However, for those who remember the North American Soccer League, particularly in its glory days of [...]

    2. Although the writing is uneven and the narrative isn t always linear, this is still one of the books you want to read if you re interested in the NASL, and it s pivotal role in the evolution of soccer in the United States.

    3. The North American Soccer League evokes memories of fast paced soccer played on Astroturf pitches, where fading legends like Pele, Johan Cruyff, Franz Beckenbauer, and George Best plied their considerable talents in locales like New York and Los Angeles andTulsa The general consensus of the NASL is that it was a league that bit off than it could chew With the lure of easy money and large crowds, deep pocketed owners of teams like the New York Cosmos could build what amounted to an overpaid All [...]

    4. ensuingchapters 2014 09 27Rock n Roll SoccerThe Short Life and Fast Times of the North American Soccer LeagueIan PlenderleithI recall, from my childhood, soccer on television, cheering for Pel and watching him slow motion bicycle kick his way through Nazis alongside Sylvester Stallone And then it was gone.Rock n Roll SoccerI don t remember when it went away, but in the early 1980s, my attention turned to music and girls So long, Pel Farewell slow motion bicycle kick We hardly new ye It didn t ev [...]

    5. The late 70s and early 80s is when I discovered soccer as a pre teen then teen following NASL s Ft Lauderdale Strikers Plenderleith s well researched and entertaining book not only brings back those days but puts them in the perspective that the NASL changed soccer not just in America Yes, Plenderleith has an axe to grind, but the experience of soccer fans does not lend itself to dispassionate disinterest Plenderleith s comparison of the wide open, attacking play in the NASL helped by a 35 yard [...]

    6. This hugely entertaining and informative book tells the fascinating story of the brief, colourful life of the North American Soccer League Behind this lies Plenderleith s thesis, namely that in many of its innovations making the game the centrepiece of an afternoon or evenings entertainment, its business model, and some of its rule changes the NASL pointed in the direction European, and particularly British, football took later on But like all the best sports books, Plenderleith uses the sport a [...]

    7. Ian Plenderleithin Rock n roll Soccer Icon, 2016 kertoo pohjoisamerikkalaisen NASL jalkapalloliigan noususta, uhosta ja tuhosta.Vuosina 1968 1984 pelatun ammattilaissarjan vaiheisiin kytkeytyv t niin New York Cosmoksen kaltaiset j ttiseurat kuin Team Hawaiin kaltaiset yhden kauden viritelm t, ik ntyv t mutta siit huolimatta parhaimmillaan maagiset maailmant hdet kuten Eusebio, Pele, Franz Beckenbauer, Johan Cryuff ja George Best, s nt muunnelmat kuten rangaistuskuljetukset 35 jaardin alueelta ko [...]

    8. Love the research and the lack of condescension It probably could have dropped a couple chapters and been punchier without losing any depth the Philly chapter in particular had little to add other than a re examination of the rock and roll soccer title theme, which the author spent way too much time justifying A for the Washington chapter, though rarely is hatred for Washington and its sports culture so well executed and dead on and I say that having lived in Northern Virginia proper for three y [...]

    9. A shame this book was written by a snobby Brit who seems to enjoy making sneering asides at North Americans, such as the following comment, on page 216 of the hardcover version Canadian Buzz Parsons played for the Vancouver Whitecaps, while American Buzz Demling turned out for the San Jose Earthquakes this is stated merely to prove that in North America it is perfectly legal to name a child Buzz I m sure all the readers in Cornwall were floored by that broadside After reading that comment, I put [...]

    10. There must have been countless hours of research thrown into this project and there is a lot of detail, sometimes a tad much A number of really interesting stories of players, teams, glam and glitter, creativity, ideas that later caught on in real football makes it a must read for those who want knowledge of the game outside of Europe and South America.Some parts could do with a rewrite or editing, but all in all I enjoyed it.

    11. this is a bit of a curates egg Plenderleith is a fun guide to a short lived time in world football he manages to be linear and yet to explore little corners of the soccer world.The book is probably the only book you ever need to read about nasl , it reads a little like what you would expect Michael Lewis would write but every so often it falls a little flat

    12. For a soccer fan, this is actually really fun and very well researched It is in the class of wondrous history books that teaches you a past that informs the present, and provides you with laughs and who knew s.

    13. A thorough history of the North American Soccer League I was in high school when I went to Detroit Express games at the Pontiac Silverdome, and I enjoyed those games and the sport as opposed to the nation s other summer time game I really liked this book.

    14. There are than 304 pages of narrative404 to be exact Couple of Appendixes, Notes, and an Index and total pages of this book goes to 434 Just saying because I m on page 358 and getting closer to finishing this great book.

    15. I really enjoyed this book But as a non soccer fan, I don t automatically know some of the players and I felt like there was a certain level of knowledge required before reading.

    16. Fantastic anecdotes about the original NASL Written in a very casual style that made it easy and entertaining to read Would love to see Ian Plenderleith tackle the modern North American game next.

    17. An entertaining book full of funny and illuminating anecdotes, but a bit of a mess in terms of organization There is a great deal of jumping around in terms of chronology.

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