A LOT of people are preaching “democracy” at the moment in Britain, with slogans like “for the many, not the few” dominating the narrative of some politicians. Football, the game of the many, is certainly dominated by the few, but it hasn’t always been like that. There was a time when the old first division championship could be won by more than a very small … Continue reading Football Read Review: The Title – the story of everyday championship contenders
STEVEN MANDIS wrote a revealing book on Real Madrid a couple of years back and he’s returned – with his colleagues – with an appraisal of the history, current status and future prospects of Italy’s Serie A. The most recent golden age of Serie A , the 1980s and early 1990s saw Italy become a magnet for every major football star. Serie A attracted the … Continue reading Football Read Review: What did happen to Serie A?
IS THERE a more prolific writer of quality football books than Jonathan Wilson? There are others who write a lot of books, but few that can match the depth of content, useful insights or accuracy. His latest tome, exploring how the current football paradigm owes its roots to Dutch football philosophy and Johan Cruyff at Barcelona, also examines the dynamic of two of the modern … Continue reading Football Read Review: The Barcelona Legacy – the story of our footballing time?
THESE are troubled and uncertain times for Britain’s Jewish population. With accusations of anti-semitism aimed at the country’s biggest political party, the mere mention of which sends a shiver down the spine of anyone with knowledge of the Holocaust, there is an underlying fear that history could be repeating itself. From that dreadful period, the tale of a hugely influential football figure has emerged, written … Continue reading Often overlooked – the Jewish influence on world football
DAVID CONN is one of the best writers when it comes to getting to the roots of the problem and this book, first written in 2004, explains why football is what it is today. The Beautiful Game? – Searching for the Soul of Football – is not a book that makes you feel good about the game, or some of the people involved in it. … Continue reading Football Read Review: The Beautiful Game?
FRANKLIN FOER’s book, How football explains the world is heavily influenced by Simon Kuper’s Football against the enemy, and it shows. As an essay on why we have so many prejudices and misconceptions, this book provides an easy, go-to source on a broad range of subjects. Did I learn anything new from it? Not a great deal, but it was a very accessible read. The … Continue reading Football Read Review: Explaining the game and its impact