Based on Australia-wide research and over a hundred interviews with Dutch-born migrants and their families, Clogball tells the rich story of Dutch migration to Australia through the lens of soccer.
Clogball adroitly captures the role soccer played – and still plays – in the lives of so many Dutch living in ‘New Holland,’ and the overlooked and largely forgotten contribution they’ve made to the roundball code here, individually and collectively.
You don’t have to love salty liquorice, cheese, tulips, Johan Cruyff or the colour orange to enjoy this Australian sporting and migrant story.
Clogball: The Dutch and Soccer in Australia. A migrant story. Vulgar Press.
Published by Vulgar Press, Footscray, Victoria. 388 pages, colour and black and white images; 40 chapters, appendices, comprehensive endnotes, bibliography, index.