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The Beautiful Game?

4.04 of 5 stars 4.04  ·  rating details  ·  77 ratings  ·  7 reviews
The most important football book published this year — a powerful, passionate exploration of a game
in turmoil.

Soccer has never been richer, more hyped or more central to Britain’s culture than today. Yet never has it been in greater turmoil. Once, football was about passion, community and beauty. Today, football is about money. Its richest club, Manchester United, earned
Paperback, 320 pages
Published October 26th 2004 by Yellow Jersey Press (first published 2004)
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Excellent but worrying for any real football fan
Martin Rouchmann

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.

The book i
Richard O'Brien
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
Sep 11, 2008 Jak rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
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.
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.
Tim Evans
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.
May 08, 2007 Richard rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Football fans that can read
A great insight into the murky world of football. If you like football, read it.
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