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The Beautiful Game? Searching for the Soul of Football

3.99  ·  Rating Details ·  113 Ratings  ·  9 Reviews
An outstanding, thought-provoking study of the state of modern professional football.
Paperback, 410 pages
Published January 2007 by Yellow Jersey Press (first published 2004)
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Gregg
Jul 25, 2009 Gregg rated it it was amazing
Excellent but worrying for any real football fan
Martin Rouchmann
Sep 28, 2012 Martin Rouchmann rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition


This is a book for everybody who have a real interest in football and what mechanics, economical and emotional, that drives people to the beautiful game.

If anybody thought that rich people's interest in football started with the oligarchs and sheiks this book proves them wrong. Rich people have always invested in football, some because they thought it was a good investment, others for the love of the game. Unfortunately most of them failed and drove the clubs into economical despair.

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Richard O'Brien
Mar 25, 2011 Richard O'Brien rated it really liked it
Top read which covers a selection of chapters which aim to show the current plight (as of 2005) of English football & how some of the happenings in todays game can be put into perspective with incidents from the past.
The chapters bearing the connections between Glossop NE and Arsenal where quite enlighting & the ones concerning Sheffield Wednesday & Mr. Richards shed no light as to what I already knew about very own club.
But also a great read about clubs I knew little about like York
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Jak
Sep 11, 2008 Jak rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Any football fan
I liked and hated this book in equal measure. I liked it because it’s a well written expose on the mismanagement, duplicity, foolishness and out right corruption of how badly football and it’s individual clubs are governed. But having my cynical worst fears confirmed was saddening and made my blood boil.

This book is a must for any true footie fan.
Tim Evans
May 21, 2012 Tim Evans rated it it was amazing
A must for any football fans. Covers all the disgraces from the formation of the Premier League, MK Dons, York, Bury, Hillsborough and, of course, the Woolwich Wanderers move up north. Conn is a god.
Simon
Mar 08, 2016 Simon rated it it was ok
It had some slow parts, and went over a lot of what I read in Broken Dreams about how the Premier League is ruining football in England. I liked when he went into depth on a few clubs and how they were either ripped off by a rich jerk or run well.
Sean
Jun 12, 2009 Sean rated it really liked it
I didn't truly understand the incompetence of the game's governing bodies, the greed of the clubs' shareholders, or more encouragingly, the love (and sheer bloody mindedness) of football supporters up and down the country until I had read this book.
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