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Football Manager Stole My Life: 20 Years of Beautiful Obsession [Paperback]

Iain Macintosh , Kenny Millar , Neil White
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Book Description

10 Aug 2012
Football Manager Stole My Life lifts the lid on the cult of Football Manager (FM). It is an easy-to-read, highly illustrated, light-hearted guide to the game s lasting impact on popular culture. We hear from the gamers whose lives have been taken over by FM, a game cited in 35 divorce cases in the UK. There are interviews with the players who become world beaters in the game, but in real life never make the big leagues. The incredible scouting network of Sports Interactive is revealed. We speak to the men who make the game, and put an FM addict on the psychologist s couch to discover what 20 years as a virtual football manager has done to him.

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  • Paperback: 260 pages
  • Publisher: BackPage Press Limited; First Edition edition (10 Aug 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0956497179
  • ISBN-13: 978-0956497178
  • Product Dimensions: 23.2 x 16.4 x 1.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (136 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,803 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Iain Macintosh writes about football for numerous publications in Asia, USA and the UK and is one of the Football 50, the top football writers on Twitter according to TEAMtalk. Kenny Millar is a sportswriter for The Sunday Post. Neil White is a former sportswriter for The Sunday Times. All three are Football Manager addicts.

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant, must have book for FM fans 6 Nov 2012
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This brilliantly witty, well-written and in-depth analysis of the Champ Man / FM series is a joy to behold for any fans of the game. It takes us from the early dark days to the current day multi-million pound franchise.

Entertaining accounts and stories are provided by normal fans, scouts, software developers, celebrities and footballers alike. The numerous Tweets, anecdotes and real-life stories will keep you entertained for days (I couldn't put it down, and read it inside 2 days).

The book covers many fascinating chapters, including FM legends that never cut the mustard in real life (Tonton Zola Moukoko, Cherno Sama and the ilk) and other sections giving an in-depth analysis and user guide on training, tactics, scouting, contracts, youth policy, meeting the press, etc etc.

In summary, if you like the games, you'll love this book and a nostalgic warmth will fill warm your heart as you read each page.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Super! 5 Feb 2013
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Great read, it's inspired me to 're-start my old FM game! Only downside...no chapter on Supat Rungratsamee! Great player, great game and great read!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Football Manager Stole my life 29 Jan 2013
By Barry
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Great read laughed so hard at the player interviews. Would highly recommend to any gamer that plays this game. Great Service product arrived quickly as well
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18 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant, Simply Brilliant 13 Aug 2012
By Reedy
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Well i ordered the book as i love Football Manager. The book arrived this morning, and I'm Obsessed with it! I Havent put the book down since i got it, it tells you the ups and downs of experiences in the game and a lot of interviews with former legends of the FM Game. If anyone plays Football Manager, this is a MUST Buy. You'll love it!
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Championship manager save01 23 Jan 2013
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For anyone who's stayed up far later than is accepted by loved ones to play just one more game.
You no who you are
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Iain Macintosh is a legend 25 Jan 2014
By Tim
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The only thing that could've made this book better was Ibrahima Bakayoko sitting in the hole behind the front two, this boom reminded me of the agony and ecstasy of the days of my life that have gone into this game
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good fun brought back memories 13 Nov 2013
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Good fun and some funny stories of people getting hooked on the game.
I particularly liked the section about why some future stars in the game didn't make it in real life
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I thought I was alone. We all did. 25 Sep 2013
By M Allan
Format:Kindle Edition
The opening line of the Introduction sums it up perfectly.

Reading this book was a bit like therapy. I haven't actually played FM for a few years now but when I did, it was definitely an addiction. This was a nostalgic journey into the fantasy careers of footballing geniuses like Mark Kerr, Kennedy Bakircioglu and Cherno Samba. The best bit was finding out that my addiction was just a mild form of the problem. There were worse than me!

Great work and fantastic tribute to the greatest 'game' ever produced.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Tommy Svindal Larsen
Made me wish I had held on to my Everton '98 shirt so that i could put 'Svindal Larsen' on the back for 5 a-side night!!
Published 1 month ago by C. Wood
4.0 out of 5 stars great
Great read from CM/FM fan!
Recommend you read it soon as possible :)
For football fan football manager fans read it :)
Published 1 month ago by Charles Richards
5.0 out of 5 stars Succinct
Bought for a Christmas gift which went down very well. Accurately describes life with a footie manager addicted man !
Published 1 month ago by Elsie Garcia
5.0 out of 5 stars Football manager book
I bought this for somebody who plays football manager regularly as a joke but it turned out that he found some good tips.
Published 2 months ago by sheilapearce
3.0 out of 5 stars ok easy read.....
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Published 2 months ago by feedback
5.0 out of 5 stars Buy It
This PC game over various editions has lost me weeks of my life I'll never get back. This book tells the tales of others like me who immersed themselves in their teams' progress... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Chris Norton
5.0 out of 5 stars Funny and very, very true
Really good read, scary as I've done a lot of these things. I would really recommend it to Football manager addicts like myself
Published 2 months ago by Mrs Lynne Drew
5.0 out of 5 stars Bought as a gift
Not my cup of tea normally, bought as a gift but very much appreciated by my soccer mad son in law.
Published 4 months ago by Bob Richards
4.0 out of 5 stars There are others
I enjoyed this because it made me realise I and my mate were not the only ones who still talk about Tonton, To Madiera and Mike duff. Read more
Published 5 months ago by archie
4.0 out of 5 stars A very entertaining read for any FMer.
This is a hilarious book, well worth reading. The book takes you down an entertaining and nostalgic journey remembering & rediscovering CM and FM greats. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Matt
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