Soccer Empire: The World Cup and the Future of France (Hardcover)
When France both hosted and won the World Cup in 1998, the face of its star player, Zinedine Zidane, the son of Algerian immigrants, was projected onto the Arc de Triomphe. During the 2006 World Cup finals, Zidane stunned the country by ending his spectacular career with an assault on an Italian player. In "Soccer Empire," Laurent Dubois illuminates the connections between empire and sport by tracing the story of World Cup soccer, from the Cup's French origins in the 1930s to Africa and the Caribbean and back again. As he vividly recounts the lives of two of soccer's most electrifying players, Zidane and his outspoken teammate, Lilian Thuram, Dubois deepens our understanding of the legacies of empire that persist in Europe and brilliantly captures the power of soccer to change the nation and the world.
About the Author
Laurent Dubois (PhD. University of Michigan) is associate professor of history at Michigan State University. His book "A Colony of Citizens: Revolution and Slave Emancipation in the French Caribbean, 1787-1804" (2004) won the American Historical Association Prize in Atlantic History and the John Edwin Fagg Award. He is also the author of "Avengers of the New World: The Story of the Haitian Revolution" (2004), which was a "Christian Science Monitor" Noteworthy Book of 2004 and a "Los Angeles Times" Best Book of 2004, and "Les esclaves de la Republique: l'histoire oubliee de la premiere emancipation, 1787-1794" (1998).