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HAPPY HOUR AT VERT & VOGUE | With Special Guest Laurent Dubois

June 7, 2018

The Language of the Game

Vert & Vogue
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Happy Hour with Laurent Dubois as part of Third Friday Durham
Enjoy a drink on the house!

Friday, June 15, 2017
5:30 pm - 6:30 pm


On Sunday, June 3, the New York Times Sunday Book Review published an expansive guide to the best new books for summer reading. Vert & Vogue is thrilled to host one of the featured authors, Laurent Dubois, at its Third Friday Happy Hour, June 15th. He’ll discuss his new book The Language of the Game: How to Understand Soccer a day after the 2018 World Cup kicks off, played this year in Russia. The Times called Dubois' new book "a collection of wisdom gleaned from a lifetime of reading about (Dubois’) beloved sport." The book functions as a practical and philosophical guide to the intricacies of the game.

In advance of his appearance at V&V, Dubois, a Professor of Romance Studies and History at Duke, and the founder and author of the Soccer Politics Blog, answered a few questions about this year’s World Cup and the murky politics of the game...

For a novice or casual soccer fan, what advice would you give for following the World Cup through the initial group stages and into the knock out round? Is it best to concentrate on one group or watch the tournament as a whole?

It’s obviously a lot to watch three games straight for two weeks, so the group stage can be a lot to take in – especially since some games will be starting early in the morning for us. That said, the early games are often really interesting match-ups, and you can see unfamiliar teams from smaller nations, for whom this is often the height of the tournament. This is also when the plots of the World Cup begin to unfold, like the beginning chapters of a great novel. Following one group with teams that interest you is obviously a great way to go, since then you get a sense of how things are playing out, but I’d also pick interesting match-ups.

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