Weird IR pp 81-98 | Cite as

SCREAM (Soccer Rules Everything Around Me)



This chapter delves into the deep and understudied relationship between international relations and soccer. It suggests that the world’s most popular sport might be a cause and effect of international relations. It is only natural that international soccer matches should rack up more than their fair share of international incidents, such as the 1969 Soccer War between El Salvador and Honduras or the Christmas Truce football match of World War I. Chapter six collects many of these instances in which soccer was something more than just a game.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.American UniversityWashingtonUSA
  2. 2.School of Human SciencesOsaka UniversitySuitaJapan

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