The author took leave from his day job to travel around the world watching soccer matches. Of course he had to attempt to write a semi-profound book. There's some interesting stories, but tying them to globalization is a stretch.
The book was just okay, which disappointed me a bit. While it was an interesting look at a game to which most Americans pay little attention, the arguments could have been made by anyone with even the slightest knowledge and understanding of international affairs.
I great read with lots of excellent examples, even for those of us who don't get soccer...lol. Overall, the book isn't as effective in explaining globalization as I would have expected, mainly b/c it doesn't 'close the loop' but overall, I enjoyed the analogies and would definitely recommend this to others.