Blog 5: Give a brief explanation of the chapter. (Chapter 6 How Soccer Explains the World)   

Chapter six “How Soccer Explains the Black Carpathians” of How Soccer Explains the World is about Nigerian soccer players who were brought to play for Ukraine’s soccer clubs. Edward Anyakegh and Samson Godwin were both Nigerian soccer players that the Ukraine team Karpaty Lviv purchased to play for them. At the time when Edward Anyakegh and Samson Godwin were bought to play for Karpaty Lviv, Ukraine was going through a phase where Nigerian soccer players were a fad. Teams in Ukraine would have to recruit a Nigerian to play for them to be considered a respectable and powerful team.The Nigerian soccer players face some difficult situations playing on the Ukraine team. Edward and Samson had to deal with racism. Since black people were not a common site in Ukraine, many of the people in Ukraine did not know how to interact with them. They also had to adjust to playing and practicing in polar opposite conditions than what they had grown up playing in. Ukraine weather will fall way below freezing while Nigeria has a lot warmer weather. The two Nigerian soccer players also had to learn and adjust to play soccer in a different way. The Karpaty Lviv play soccer with strategy, force, and long passes. Nigerian soccer players are more free while playing. The Nigerian soccer players use fancy footwork, short passes, and quick thinking. Even though the two players, especially Edward Anyakegh, face difficulties and wish to join a different team, they do not allow the hardships they face stop them from playing the game they love.

3 thoughts on “Blog 5: Give a brief explanation of the chapter. (Chapter 6 How Soccer Explains the World)   

  1. I can’t imagine moving to such a different place and experiencing the things. I can’t imagine being Edward or Samson and having to be part of a “fad” when they were so much better at the game than many Ukrainians were!

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  2. It’s hard to understand the lengths these guys will go to and the things they are willing o endure so that they can continue to play soccer. It’s not unlike the early days of Major League Baseball in a lot of ways. The prejudice, the players being owned and having little to no control over their own careers, and rough living conditions. It’s really kind of sad.

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  3. It is so sad to think of the way of life those guys lived during that time. Today we praise and love our sports players and shower them in money. Soccer was a lot like the slave trade and it is very comforting to know that there are better things for these people now.

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