An outstanding, thought-provoking study of the state of modern professional football....
|Title||:||The Beautiful Game? Searching for the Soul of Football|
|Number of Pages||:||410 Pages|
|Status||:||Available For Download|
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The Beautiful Game? Searching for the Soul of Football Reviews
Excellent but worrying for any real football fan
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 is a warmhearted ode to the small clubs and their supporters, and a big shout out to the people who Conn feels are ruining football with their money and debt.I'm curious though, Conn is Man City fan, my copy of the book is from 2005, so before the sheik entered City. How is Conn's feeling about the current championship (2011/12) did he celebrate or mourn? Does he feel that this is a victory of his City or a loss for the beautiful game?
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 City, Bury and AFC Wimbledon.Prahaps Sepp Blatter should read this following his 'slave' comment!
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.
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.
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.
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.
a must-read for any football fan.
A great insight into the murky world of football. If you like football, read it.