89. A Brief History of Soccer

The sport known as soccer in the United States is called football in England. But the word soccer is actually British in origin. British historian and UC Berkeley history professor James Vernon tells us how the game was shaped by colonialism and capitalism to became the most popular sport in the world, the reason for its delayed entry into the United States, and why soccer fan culture can get so intense. Then explore the country of Uruguay — home to the first FIFA World Cup, the world's longest national anthem, a seriously loaded Chivito sandwich, and a day of the month dedicated to eating Gnocchi.


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