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Understanding The Game The World Loves

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Now THAT's a scissor kick. Or a bicycle kick.

The world says "football," and we say "soccer."  We say "football," and the world says "huh?" 

Our version of football--pointy-ended ball and helmets--is not played in much of the world.  But soccer is the most popular sport in the world (under the name football).  And billions of people around the world will be watching the World Cup coming this summer, the quadrennial world championship. 

Where DID soccer come from, and how did it get so popular everywhere but here?  Answers to these questions and more appear in Laurent Dubois's book The Language of the Game: How to Understand Soccer.  Tune in and tell the difference between a set piece and a scissor kick. 

 

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Geoffrey Riley is a graduate of the University of Missouri School of Journalism and has hosted the Jefferson Exchange on JPR since 2009. He's been a broadcaster in the Rogue Valley for more than 35 years, working in both television and radio.
April Ehrlich is an editor and reporter at Oregon Public Broadcasting. Previously, she was a news host and reporter at Jefferson Public Radio.