From Our Staff | July 06, 2004

While people across the country celebrated the Fourth of July, much of the rest of the world was watching the final game of the European Championships — the second greatest competition in the world of soccer next to the World Cup. The final brought the implausible match-up of two underdogs: the host country, Portugal, and Greece, which had never won a major game in international competition. The Greek team prevailed 1-0, sending their countrymen everywhere into Dionysian delight. The New York Times marked the occasion with a review of Franklin Foer’s book, How Soccer Explains the World: An Unlikely Theory of Globalization. Foer makes the case for soccer as a mirror of global society in all its capitalist, tribalist and hooliganist ways.