Kuper looks at all sorts of aspects in the world of soccer. His journey spans five continents and over twenty countries. He talks to politicians, generals, coaches, and players to get a full view of everyones perspective on the game. This perspective is added to by the breadth of teams which he involves himself with. From Barcelona, to Dynamo Kiev, to the United States National Team, Kuper goes everywhere and talks to so many players that the reader really gets a full view of what soccer is throughout the world. The only thing that eclipses Kuper’s breadth of teams, is the variety of countries he visits, including but not limited to, Russia, Croatia, South Africa, Cameroon, and Argentina. Kuper’s goal is to give perspective from throughout the world, and he succeeds in this. The few black people who featured in the first 50 years of the tournament’s history played mostly for Brazil. However, the country’s racial divides are stark, and even the Brazilians were long wary of selecting black players. When the black Brazilian keeper Barbosa blundered in the World Cup final of 1950, helping Uruguay to win, it prompted a Brazilian taboo on black goalkeepers that survived about 50 years.