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The Same Old Game - Before Codification: The True Story of the Ancient Origins of Football (Paperback) Loot Price: R308
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The Same Old Game - Before Codification: The True Story of the Ancient Origins of Football (Paperback): Mike Roberts
The Same Old Game - Before Codification: The True Story of the Ancient Origins of Football (Paperback): Mike Roberts

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The Same Old Game - Before Codification: The True Story of the Ancient Origins of Football (Paperback)

Mike Roberts

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Where did football start? That's one question Mike Roberts fails to answer, coming to the conclusion that it's rather like asking when and where dogs first learned to fetch sticks. But the story of the ancient games that may or may not have had something to do with the modern codes is a fascinating one, and this book explores each of them in detail, drawing on the very latest research while re-examining the original sources to dispel a number of misconceptions and presenting plenty of surprises along the way The 'true' story of football's ancient origins looks not at what we think we know, but what we know we know. Could football really have started as a fertility rite or with ancient head kicking cults? What is the real story behind the games played by pre-Columbian Americans, Aboriginal Australasians, the Ancient Chinese, the Romans, the Vikings, the Celts and many other cultures? And how much did they really have to do with the way football is played today? Sport and history combine to tell an intriguing story as we explore the medieval folk games, the school traditions and the earliest clubs that played football long before it was ever standardised into the modern forms of soccer, rugby union, rugby league, and Gaelic, Australian, American and Canadian football. From William Web Ellis picking up a soccer ball and single handedly inventing the game of rugby to Melbournian settlers adapting Gaelic football to an Aboriginal game called marngrook it can be hard to separate myth from reality. Which is precisely what this book does.. Visit www.sameoldgame.com for full details and also to learn about The Same Old Game Volume Two: Codification

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Imprint: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform
Country of origin: United States
Release date: April 2011
First published: April 2011
Authors: Mike Roberts
Dimensions: 235 x 191 x 20mm (L x W x T)
Format: Paperback - Trade
Pages: 380
ISBN-13: 978-1-4610-9319-0
Barcode: 9781461093190
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LSN: 1-4610-9319-8

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